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Aunty 'Tellen' marks 100 years

From left, Joyce Belle, grand-daughter of centenarian Ellen Paulwell, pays close attention to her grand-mother, while Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave looks on.

She is the matriarch of the family, but aunt Tellen to the younger ones who find some difficulty in pronouncing the name Ellen she was given at birth.

“Everyone in the family brings their problems to her. She may be visually impaired and an amputee, but her voice is very strong. She is the matriarch of the family” said her son, Eric Aitchenson.

And earlier today, Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, visited the centenarian, Ellen Paulwell, at her Lodge Crescent, St. Michael home to bring her birthday greetings from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11.

During the celebrations, Paulwell was surrounded by relatives and friends who had flown in from Jamaica, where she was born, England and the USA.

The centenarian who is visually impaired, an amputee and a diabetic is cared for by her grand-daughter, Joyce Belle.

She was the mother of two children, one of whom predeceased her, while her only surviving son, Eric, flew in from England for the occasion. Paulwell first came to Barbados in 1992 when her grand-daughter came to the country to take up a job as a physio-therapist.

The centenarian has made several trips to England, but said she does not like the country because it is too cold. Since 1996, she has been living in Barbados.

Paulwell was described as a very Christian person who loves everyone. She is also a very committed follower of the West Indian cricket team. (NC)

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