Wisconsin woman celebrates 107th birthday

Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 18:28:21-04

ALTOONA -- A Wisconsin woman celebrated a birthday milestone Tuesday - she's turning 107 years old this year.

Phyllis Beebe of Osseo, Wisconsin celebrated with friends and ice cream sundaes. Her actual birthday is Thursday.

Phyllis says she studied to become a teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before it was a university. 

She says she attributes her long, happy life to her strong devotion to her faith.

"Well I tell everybody the only reason I'm here is because the Lord has let me live," she said. "I just want to thank everybody for being so kind to me." 

And while Phyllis may be celebrating her 107th birthday, she's still 9 years shy of the world's oldest person, who is 116.