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Centenarians celebrate


In the course of just under a week three Barbadians would have reached or the momentous milestone of a century.

Fenty, seated, surrounded by her relatives.

On Wednesday, January 9, Frank Moore of Bannister Land, George Street in St. Michael will celebrate his landmark, while last Saturday, January 5, Carmen Fenty, Barbados’ latest centenarian was feted by friends and family as they gathered at the First Care Service Inc., formerly the Golden Years Retreat in Golf Club Road, Rockly in Christ Church.

Tomorrow will be Elise Brome’s big day when she celebrates her 100th birthday. Matron Marcia Hoyte at the St. Lucy District Hospital, where Brome has been a resident since last April, described her as a quiet Christian woman.

She told Barbados TODAY that Brome, the first of five children, all of who are now deceased, was born in 1913 in Fustic Village St. Lucy. She was baptised at the Bethany Christian Church in 1942 and is still a member.

At age 28 she married Newton with whom she raised, 11 children; seven girls and four boys, until he died in 1974 after 33 years of marital bliss.

Although her husband worked, she refused to be a stay-at-home mother, instead spending many years at Broomefield Plantation, Mount Gay Plantation as well as the Oxford Plantation, working as an agriculture labourer.

The centenarian was known to be strict mother. She was a Sunday School teacher and made sure that her children attended Sunday School every week. Brome credits her love of sweet potato, cassava, breadfruit and especially fish for her longevity and health. The only ailment she has is a hearing problem in one ear, but she is still able to carry on a conversation, walks with assistance and feeds herself.

She has 33 grand children and 66 great grands. (KC)

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