Centenarian gives thanks

Barbados’ latest centenarian this morning marked her precious milestone with a church service, attended by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, at the St Leonard’s Anglican Church, Westbury Road, St Michael.

Centenarian Gweneth Sandiford receiving a birthday card today by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave.

Several family members and friends  also attended this morning’s service held in honour of Gweneth Fonrita Urlene Sandiford, who was proud to be able to read aloud her own birthday cards, including one from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.


Here, the centenarian is assisted by the Governor General as she reads aloud her own birthday card.

The lively centenarian has survived her late husband of 40 years, Gordon, as well as three of her seven children. However, she was delighted today have her brothers Vaughn and Winston and her sister Thelma by her side as she gave thanks to God for allowing her to live to a ripe old age.

Birthday girl Gweneth Sandiford, centre, seated with from left her brother Vaughn Collins, sister Thelma Broomes and brother Winston Collins.

During the 9:30 a.m. mass, led Reverend Sonia Hinds, Sandiford’s brother Vaughn said he was delighted that she had reached the milestone. The former seamstress, who was fashionably decked out in white today, was also hailed for her charitable nature. Many recalled that as a dress-maker, she didn’t always charge for her work, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

The centenarian has 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grands.


(Pictures and reporting by Charmaine Walker)

3 Responses to Centenarian gives thanks

  1. Nadene Savoury
    Nadene Savoury December 17, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Bless her Lord….happy birthday my darling!

  2. North Point December 18, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Ms. sandiford, girl keep batting on, God is great, keep praising him.

  3. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin December 18, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Beautiful lady! Looks wonderful.


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