Family and friends of Beulah Rogers filled the upstairs at the Kirby Theater Saturday to celebrate a the Roxboro woman’s 100th birthday.
Born Jan. 12, 1919, Rogers still lives an independent life, taking care of herself, cooking her own meals and serving as an example for Godly living to her church family at Mill Hill Baptist Church and her large, extended family. She continued to drive herself to places she needed to go until she sold her car two years ago. Her license, though, is still valid.
Rogers spent her working life as a nurse at Person Memorial Hospital. Her family life was spent with her late husband Ivory and their two daughters, Mary and Frances.
She has nine grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. Many of them were in attendance Saturday for the festivities, which included a catered meal and tributes from family members, the Order of the Eastern Star and the reading of a proclamation from the city of Roxboro recognizing Rogers long life.
Throughout it all, Rogers sat at the center table, laughing at jokes and chatting quietly with he one surviving daughter Frances.
Rogers’ nephew LeRoi Lattie helped organize Saturday’s event. He said his aunt deserved the recognition. “We told her we wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday because no one in our family had ever lived that long. She was so humble about it. She said we didn’t need to do that, but we really thought we should,” Lattie said.