First centenarian for 2015

She laughed, joked and read her birthday card while basking in the company of Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, her friends and family.

This characterized the 100th birthday of Barbados’ first centenarian for 2015, Phyllis Getrude Washburn of 38 Prior Park, Crescent North, St James.

“Today I feel very well, I have good health,” said Washburn, a mother of four.

She marked the special occasion with close friend and fellow centenarian Beulah Mackie, who celebrated her own milestone on May 3, 2014.

Phyllis Getrude Washburn was all smiles as she read her birthday card from the Governor General, while close friend and fellow centenarian Beulah Mackie looks on.
Phyllis Getrude Washburn was all smiles as she read her birthday card from the Governor General, while close friend and fellow centenarian Beulah Mackie looks on.

“She has been a friend for a very long time. I enjoy her company. As a matter of fact, we spent New Year’sEve at her granddaughter’s house and we stayed up until after New Year’s and I didn’t get back to bed until 2 o’clock in the morning,” the birthday girl said laughingly.

She said she had been fielding telephone calls, including from people overseas, for much of the day from people wishing her well on reaching the age of 100.

And she was expecting even more.

“I plan to enjoy all my family who are here, who are very nice to me and I’ve got nearly 100 cards and I just spoke to [someone from] South Africa and I know I’ll be speaking to [someone from] the United States and maybe all over the world. I have friends [in Australia] who I expect to hear from,” she said.

Washburn spent many years overseas, having lived in Trinidad, Venezuela, and the United States, before relocating to Barbados 20 years ago.

She took special joy in the basket of flowers from the Governor General.

The centenarian was also happy to read her birthday card from Sir Elliott.

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