Friends and family gathered for what most would consider a big birthday! Mrs. Naomi L. Bender celebrated her one hundredth birthday at Meridian's United Methodist Building. Bender's actual birthday is December 9th. She says she has lived to be one hundred because she's lived by her lfie secret.
"Well my secret is that I have always tried to do what God expects me to do. And he always expects you to live right and do the right things, so I tried to do it," exclaimed Bender.
Benders ays she is excited so many people came out to celebrate such a special birthday. Bender was a teacher for 34 years. She taught in both Jasper and Clarke counties.
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