A sprightly 100

St John resident marks century

Hermione Parris is Barbados’ newest centenarian.

Hermione Parris being greeted by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave.

She celebrated the milestone today at her Pool Land, St John residence, receiving a special visit from Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and celebratory toasts from several family members.

“It means a lot. I never expected it. When I first came along, I used to be sick,” said Parris who attributed her longevity to eating ground provisions and God.

An elated Parris was excited as he interacted with the Governor-General for just over an hour. She engaged Sir Elliott in discussion about current affairs and her pastimes, impressing the head of state with her knowledge and ability to read, without glasses, the special birthday card presented to her from Queen Elizabeth II.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, accompanied by his security detail, and one of Hermione Parris’ granddaughters.

Parris had seven children, two of whom are deceased. She has 19 grand-children and 66 great-grands, many of whom were on her hand for the celebration.

Tanya Reid told Barbados TODAY that at 100, her grandmother was still very active in church and its ministry and just last year returned from a missionary trip in St Vincent.

She said “Ma” instilled Christian values in all of her children, grands and great grands and had a favourite Bible text which she always preached to family members: “O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.”

The sprightly centenarian is often heard singing her favourite song, Life’s Railways by Patsy Cline. The words go: “Life is like a mountain railroad, with an engineer that’s brave, we must make the run successful, from the cradle to the grave.”

Youngest daughter Wendy Reid told Barbados TODAY that her mum was blessed with many talents, most notably as a seamstress who made all of her clothes growing up. Many family members paid tribute and talked about all the good things which the family matriarch had done for them.

Great-grand, Terrian Reid, said she had been counting down the years to today since she was ten-years-old and her great-grandmother was 90. Terrian said she more looked forward to Parris’ birthday than her own and was extremely glad to be part of the celebration.

9 Responses to A sprightly 100

  1. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin December 30, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Gran is sharp! No frumpy wig for her. She looks stemalizing! Beautiful, elegant lady.

  2. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite December 30, 2016 at 8:39 am

    100 not out …..!
    Much blessings young sister !!
    Live long and prosper..!!

  3. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite December 30, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Well said …..Peggy Stouts Morin ..!
    Wish I can live that long.??
    Well done granny…
    From all in England !

  4. Ann Szebenyi
    Ann Szebenyi December 30, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Happy Birthday to you and many happy returns of the day..

  5. Peter December 30, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Lady, You don’t look a day pass 75. Beautiful lady, firm, upright shoulders. Sitting with lady-like poise. You are of fine stock. Class, and pedigree. God Bless you lady.

  6. Dave Clarke
    Dave Clarke December 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday and best wishes

  7. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed December 30, 2016 at 3:21 pm


  8. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb December 30, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    It is a previledge to live so long on earth,but one must give God praise to be able to still move,speak and have so much,energy Mrs.Parris,those who care for you must also be commended,awe thank God for blessed Barbados,finally something in the news to make me smile.
    Your family must be so proud,may you have the strength to continue your wonderful journey.

  9. Helicopter(8P) January 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Ms Parris and a Happy New Year 2017 to you and family! I can remember the days passing through the village and and smelling de salt-fish and cou cou and the yam pies. School friends who were at Presentation College with whom i would have been visiting lived not far off.


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