Isabel was born on July 6, 1911 in Havana, Cuba and she moved to the United States in 1960. Married to her husband Albert for 50 years before his passing, she remains very close to her daughter Isabelle Herrera Couceiro and her three grandchildren, Joseph, Ana, and Maria and her great grandchildren Elizabeth and Chelsey.
Isabel has been a resident of Marian Towers, an adult apart ment building operated by the Archdiocese of Miami in Sunny Isles Beach. Jose Valle, Resident Service Coordinator planned a party to celebrate the country’s Independence Day as well as Isabel’s 100th Birthday with her family, friends and neighbors in the community.
At 100 years old, Isabel is proud that she can still live independently in her own apartment with a little help from some friends and medical aids, giving special meaning to “independence day” to her as she enjoys having “her own place” to call home. Her daughter, also named Isabelle, lives at Marian Towers just one floor below her mother and can keep an eye on her while giving her plenty of space to remain ‘independent’.
“Eating small portions is the key to living a long and healthy life” is Isabel’s advice to her friends that want to have as a fulfilling life as she has had.
In honor of her birthday, Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman S. Edelcup presented her with a proclamation proclaiming Wednesday, July 6, 2011 as Isabel Herrera Day at her party at Marian Towers.