Stunning century

Cheerful Melvy celebrates 100th

Melvy Urene Harewood did a lot of good in her younger days.

And as she celebrated her 100th birthday Thursday with a visit from Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, family and friends, Harewood declared that maybe it was the good she has done that helped her reach the milestone.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (right) looking on as birthday lady centenarian Melvy Harewood enjoy a glass of wine.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (right) looking on as birthday lady centenarian Melvy Harewood enjoy a glass of wine.

Speaking with the media following her visit with Sir Elliott at Sharon Moravian Church, St Thomas, the centenarian said she helped many people from the Licorish Village, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael community where she spent most of her life.

“I can’t remember them now but I was helpful so many,” she said.

The member of the Belmont Methodist Church said despite little aches and pains she was feeling good as she celebrated her 100th birthday, attributing the grace and mercy of God for her long life.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (right) saying hello to centenarian Melvy Harewood’s great granddaughter Saraia Harewood (left) as her mother Kim Harewood (centre) looks on.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (right) saying hello to centenarian Melvy Harewood’s great granddaughter Saraia Harewood (left) as her mother Kim Harewood (centre) looks on.

The mother of three, who currently resides at a St James nursing home, said she was as strict with her children as her parents were with her.

“I kept them decent and I just covered them as usual,” she said.

Harewood, who washed and pressed clothes for a living, said a strong faith in God and the pursuit of the straight and narrow, helped her overcome obstacles along the way to 100.

“I might have had obstacles in my road, yes. But I look to God and I go to my churches,” an outspoken Harewood recalled.

Her eldest grandson Dwayne Harewood, who boasted that she had raised him to become a man, said his grandmother was sure to call him if he missed a single visit at the nursing home.

Harewood has seven grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren residing in Barbados and overseas.

Also in attendance to help Harewood celebrate were Justice William Chandler and Member of Parliament for St Michael East Trevor Prescod.

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