Tears of joy
Barbados’ latest centenarian overcome with emotion
Barbados’ newest centenarian Inez Verona Miller was overwhelmed with gratitude today as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
As acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves paid a visit in recognition of the milestone, the former Pipers Avenue, Bayville, St Michael resident bowed her head and shed tears of joy and gratitude.
Miller told Sir Philip: “God is so good. He’s been good to me.”
Surrounded by family, friends and loved ones, Miller, a devoted Christian who used to worship at St Paul’s Anglican Church, testified of the goodness of God and quoted the Scriptures.
She also shared with journalists her secret to a long life.
“I’m feeling very good. Work hard, go the sea and swim . . . eat vegetables [and] ‘nuff’ meat.”
Her grandson, Fitzroy Smith, said as Miller no longer makes it out to church, services were held at the Cyrilene’s Senior Citizens Home where she now resides.
Miller walks with the support of a cane, but has no other ailments. She has a very hearty appetite and loves to tell stories of the past.
“Her long term memory is still very good and once you get her talking, she can go on for hours,” her grandson said with a chuckle.
Her daughter, Gwendolyn Miller, said her mother was a big disciplinarian, but a very kind woman.
“She always loved helping people out. She always said, ‘If you sell all you have, you will have to buy all that you want’. She always encouraged us to be good to people. She loves to interact with people.”
In her younger years, Miller worked as a School Meals server at the St Matthias School.
She was never married and had two children, one of whom is now deceased. She has two grandchildren and five great grandchildren.