Disciplinarian Elma celebrates 100

Centenarian Elma Ernesta Timothy has lived a fulfilling and loving life.

The fact that she was surrounded by family and friends from Barbados, Canada and the United States, as she marked the milestone, was a testament to that.

The family of centenarian Elma Timothy had many stories to share about her.
Son of centenarian Elma Ernesta Timothy, Bernard Timothy.  

The former Salvation Army minister and housewife was also joined by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave for her celebrations today. 

(From left) Centenarian Elma Timothy accepts her birthday gift from Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave.

Born in Panama, Mothers or Mamma, as she is affectionately referred to by her children and grandchildren, came to Barbados at the age of three. She went on to attend the Speightstown branch of the Salvation Army and later trained to be a minister. She last held the position of Lieutenant. 

Timothy had eight children, 19 grandchildren and more than 16 great-grandchildren. Two of her children, Bernard and Wynford, recalled that their mother was a strict disciplinarian. 

“She used to keep a belt in her pocket. Anybody complained for us, she didn’t say anything, but 6 o’clock in the morning, licks!” Wynford recounted. 

The mischievous siblings took to hiding the belt, but it was replaced with a thicker and broader version. Nevertheless, the lashings were done out of love.

Reminiscing about how his mother would awaken him with lashes, Wynford commented: “I believe she was a headmistress.”

The brothers unanimously agreed that it was all for the best. 

“She did it with effort, strength and perseverance. She just wanted us to grow up the right way,” said Bernard. “And I think she succeeded. She did her best with us.” 

3 Responses to Disciplinarian Elma celebrates 100

  1. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond December 14, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Happy Birthday to Grand .

  2. lily December 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Mrs Elma Timothy’s children took her away from her ancestral home on Church Street Speightstown St. Peter and her last son RODNEY TIMOTHY who is alive and well and still lives at the ancestral home, he faithfully took care of her for several years before and after he went to the London College of Business and Computing until 2013 when she was spirited away by them, he searched tirelessly enquiring of her whereabouts from them, the community and the Salvation Army but to no avail, this has been traumatic and psychologically debilitating for him not knowing where his mother was, what they did was unconscionable. He wishes to convey HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY TO MAMMA his mother.

  3. Christine December 19, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Dear ‘lily’

    Perhaps you should speak to the family that ‘whisked her away’ as to their reasons for doing so before condemning them in so public a forum. Just saying…


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