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.


7 Responses to 100 not out

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Praise the Lord. Happy 100th Birthday Granny!

  2. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock April 24, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Congrats, happy birthday ma’am.

  3. Jean Rycroft
    Jean Rycroft April 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Happy birthday.

  4. recoanthony April 24, 2016 at 8:44 pm


  5. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley April 25, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Bless her, she’s looking good for 100, I hope she has a wonderful birthday

  6. Anne Pennyfeather April 26, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I just found out that this lady is my Great Great Aunt. She is my Great Grandmother’s sister by father. Happy Birthday Auntie Mildred!

  7. Carl Lavine July 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    This lady Mildred Turney is my aunt, my father Joseph Leachman Lavine Jr. sister through his father Joseph Nathaniel Lavine Sr., b. 1857, d. April 1945 and Editha Ernestine (Ruth) Turney Lavine b. 1893, d. 1986, she Mildred was born April 24th 1916.


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