100 not out
By Anmar Goodridge-Boyce
She might be 100- but Mildred Turney is looking forward to living many more years.
The mother of three children and 11 grandchildren who lives at Hothersal, St Michael today became the island’s newest centenarian.
Adorned in a peach outfit, with a black and white hat and shoes to match- the spritely Turney was thrilled to welcome her special guest – Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave who delivered letters of congratulations from Queen Elizabeth II and the customary gift.
When Sir Elliott asked Turney what was her birthday wish, she happily declared, “to live many more by the help of God” and then started to sing, “Hallelujah anyhow never let life troubles get you down” in a very joyful and high spirited tone thanking God for reaching the milestone.
Her 76-year-old son Fizroy Turney described his mother as a disciplinarian who was very serious about church.
“I couldn’t do as I like , I couldn’t even frown. I remember wanting to go to pictures at midnight and she told me ,‘you can’t go’ and you know when she told me you can’t go, you can’t go.”
The youngest grandchild Tracey Birth and great granddaughter Andrea Turney said “ Mama is a very witty, strict, loving and sporty lady who always finds time to tell a joke.”
Andrea went on to say though her grandmother is a lot of fun she has no tolerance for “foolishness”.
“Otherwise your backside would get cut,” she said.