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'We have to do a resurrection'

A 105-year-old Fort Myers, Fla., woman is alive again after she became bureaucratically deceased recently due to a Social Security Administration worker's snafu.
/ Source: NBCMIAMI.com

A 105-year-old Fort Myers woman might be old, but she's not dead.

Try telling that to the federal government.

Gladys Malarkey is alive again after she became bureaucratically deceased recently due to a Social Security Administration worker's snafu, WBBH reported Tuesday.

"On paper, they had killed her," said daughter Beverly Ridge.

It turns out an investigator went to the address of a woman with the same last name as Malarkey, and when neighbors told the investigator that the Malarkey who lived there died, Gladys' Social Security checks stopped rolling in.

When Malarkey's bank account started going into the red, Ridge stepped in to resurrect her.

"I have a birth certificate, all of this paperwork, I will bring everything," Ridge says she told the SSA.

"We have to do a resurrection," the SSA representative said, Ridge reports.

Malarkey was brought back to life and celebrated her 105th birthday Tuesday. She said she's seen a lot in her time and isn't ready for the party to end.

"I often say, 'Why am I here?' I must be here for something," Malarkey said. "People ask what my secret is. All I can say is have love in your heart and a smile on your face."