2017-12-01 / Front Page

100 Years Young and Loving Life

By Jessica Mejia


Beth Lambert at one of the celebrations for her 100th birthday Beth Lambert at one of the celebrations for her 100th birthday It is not an easy feat to keep active and mentally sharp at 100 years old, but Beth Lambert has managed to do this and more. To celebrate this achievement, family and friends joined her at two separate gatherings where she was presented with gifts of orchards, roses, and cards.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, November 15, 1917, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Jordan Lambert moved with her family to Mullins, South Carolina, after her father’s death. Edward Ernest Jordan, her father, was an electrician in a cotton mill before succumbing to the flu during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. In the following years, Beth, along with her mother and older brother, lived with relatives and sometimes in boarding houses.

Lambert’s trust in God has been a constant in her life.

Her faith in Him comforted her when her mother was hospitalized for serious burns after her robe accidently caught fire. With nowhere to live after her mother’s release, God provided them with their own place, which they still have to this day.


Beth Lambert’s birthday recognized on the Today Show. Beth Lambert’s birthday recognized on the Today Show. After graduating from Columbia High School in 1934, Lambert attended Bowen’s Business College. Later, she gained the distinction of being the first employee of the Unemployment Compensation Commission, funded by the federal government. “ When they employed me, they told me they would pay me $100 a month, which was amazing at that time,” said Lambert. “Almost everyone started at $70 or $75.” She would stay there for 19 years.

In 1956, Lambert married Robert “Bob” Lambert Jr., the chief engineer at WCOS Radio. She continued working until her son Robby was born later that same year. Her daughter, Mary Beth, was born in 1959.


Beth Lambert in her high school days Beth Lambert in her high school days Although she stepped out of the workforce, Lambert kept herself busy by volunteering at her church, Eau Claire Presbyterian, teaching Sunday school, teaching vacation Bible school, and helping in the nursery. “She’s a pretty remarkable woman.

Her light shines everywhere…” said Linda King, a family member. “I really think she’s been blessed with a long life to be a blessing to others.”

Today, she serves as treasurer of Women in the Church by overseeing its finances. She is an avid seamstress, creating quality clothing items and quilts, and she still prepares her own meals.

“People say she is like the energizer bunny,” said Robby Lambert, her son.

In addition to eating right, Beth joined a water exercise group at Drew Wellness Center.

“My doctor said I was amazing, and I said I didn’t feel amazing. She said, ‘You don’t have other people your age to compare to,’” said Lambert. “God’s blessed me, and I’m very thankful.”



Beth Lambert was the first employee of the Unemployment Compensation Commission. Beth Lambert was the first employee of the Unemployment Compensation Commission.

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