Her secret to a long life has been 'Live with the Lord every day.'
Mabel Dunbar started her 105th birthday celebration with a banana split with strawberry ice cream, sprinkles, nuts, whipped cream, and caramel fudge with about 38 other friends at the George Wickline Senior Center in Flagler Beach on Aug. 30.
Dave Dawley, her friend and Flagler County bus driver for two years, describes her as "a beautiful energetic and humble person that loves the Lord."
Her secret? Walking with the Lord, she says. "It enhances my life every day."
Her routine? "Spending time with God because you will need him, and he will be there for you." She said this in a soft voice while holding my hand.
Later that day, she was scheduled for a lunch with more friends, family time while Hurricane Dorian makes landfall, and a flight to catch to New York on Wednesday for another birthday celebration with her grandchildren. Her birthday is Sep. 5.
The blessings keep on coming while she was eating ice cream. Site leader Frances Gallagher announced that the cake was a gift from the local Publix bakery employees who felt like adding to the celebration.
Gallagher described her as a woman with a warm and genuine heart full. She is also full of energy. Mabel was born in 1914 in Jamaica and has lived in Florida since 1994.