Celebrating 103 years with Miriam!

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She’s more than 100 years old — but just a couple of years into retirement!

A Sheepshead Bay super senior who blew out the candles on a cake celebrating her 103rd birthday on Jan. 30 quit work just two years earlier before settling in to Sunrise Senior home on Emmons Avenue.

Miriam Benson didn’t take a break from work until she completed her first centennial on the planet, according to her son who was there to celebrate.

“She was working until 101 with me — she was answering the phones all day,” said Kenneth Benson, who ascribes his mom’s longevity to the many vitamins she takes. “She also told me what stocks to buy.”

And the staff where she lives says she could pick up and head back to work tomorrow if she wanted to.

“She’s a feisty woman, god bless her. I’ve never seen a woman who smiles all the time, never ever complains. She’s unbelievab­le,” said Amelia Cardona. “She wheels herself around, she participates in some activities — the ones that she likes. She likes when we have the cooking shows.”

Benson scarfed down her cake and raised up a glass to thank everyone for coming and celebrating with her.

“Thank you everybody, very good to see you,” the birthday girl said.

And her son is already planning next year’s party.

“We’ll be back for 104 next year,” he said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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