Cheers and applause highlighted the 100th birthday of Mrs. Virgie Martin Creekmur, a longtime member of Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church in Los Angeles.
In recognition of reaching such a significant milestone, Pastor D.L. McPhaull and Ephesus members saluted Mrs. Creekmur during the worship on Dec. 2.
The service included the presentation of birthday greetings from President Donald Trump, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and the mayor and city council of Portsmouth, Virginia, which is Mrs. Creekmur’s hometown.
Also, her son, Robert; his wife, Toni; and son Robert traveled from Virginia to surprise Mrs. Creekmur for the occasion. Her daughter-in-law, Vashti Creekmur, attended the celebration as well.
Reflecting on her long life, Mrs. Creekmur said, “I had no idea that I would ever reach this age. I just thank the Lord for another day.”
Born on Dec. 21, 1917, Mrs. Creekmur was married to the late Linwood Creekmur, Sr. Their union produced three offspring, two who are now deceased, Linwood, Jr., and Deborah.
In addition to raising her children, she was also a career woman and worked at the Virginia Naval Yard and the Department of Health.
Noting his grandmother’s positive impact, her grandson said, “I want to thank you for your example. Since I was a little boy, all I ever saw was your clean living. Obviously the Lord has blessed you with many years and He can bless you with many more. We all love you and appreciate you.”
Expressing similar thoughts, Pastor McPhaull added, “I would say one of the keys to her longevity is her connection with the Lord. Clearly, she is a woman of God and we’re blessed to have her as a part of our family.”