Meet Barbados’ newest centenarian

Barbados’ newest centenarian, Ismay Weekes, as she was surrounded by family as she celebrated the milestone today.

Originally from Silver Sands, Christ Church, the retired hawker, was overwhelmed as she recounted to Governor General Sir Philip Greaves how she survived two strokes with the support and love of her close-knit family.

The great, great grandmother of 45, great grandmother of 49 and grandmother of 19 celebrated her birthday with the surviving three of her six children, 83-year-old Erma Rivera, 77-year-old Glenfield Bynoe and 71-year-old Elaine Anthony at her granddaughter’s Vauxhall Gardens Christ Church home.

Weekes’ children all described their mother as a tenacious and cheerful woman.

Weekes or Mum, as she was affectionately called by her family, was a hard worker who spent the majority of her lifetime selling vegetable produce. Her mother got her involved in vending from the age of 14 selling snacks in Nelson Street.

The elated and talkative centenarian who expressed her delight in reaching the milestone, attributed her longevity to her faith in God.

“I feel nice because I work hard so I thank God . . . sometimes Satan does keep your heart down but I still hold on and I hold on ‘til this day,” said the longstanding member of the St Christopher Anglican Church.

Weekes said she always advised her great grandchildren to “work and live good”.

“Don’t go about stealing doing nothing that is bad. Serve the Lord first,” she added.

Weekes’ eldest surviving daughter Erma Rivera spoke of her mother being a kind and compassionate woman, who not only put the needs of her family first but also selflessly gave to strangers who needed help.

“She has sown good seeds not only to us as children and to her family but to strangers. People come from all over the place with no money and she let them stay,” said Rivera.

“I think God has blessed her because she earned her blessings. She cares for everybody,” she added.

17 Responses to Meet Barbados’ newest centenarian

  1. Julie Willoughby
    Julie Willoughby December 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm


  2. Jabarry bynoe December 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks too everyone who took the time to wish my great grandmother a happy 100th birthday

  3. Saga Boy December 2, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Congratulations on reaching such an important milestone.

  4. Linda Edwards
    Linda Edwards December 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations my lady.

  5. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood December 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Congrats gran

  6. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott December 2, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Congrats she looks good.

  7. Yvonne Blackman
    Yvonne Blackman December 2, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Congratulations Ms Weekes.

  8. Icil Phillips
    Icil Phillips December 2, 2017 at 11:57 pm and good works…

  9. Maureen Medford
    Maureen Medford December 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

    congrats xx.

  10. Vivica Primo
    Vivica Primo December 3, 2017 at 6:52 am


  11. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith December 3, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Congrats,!!!!! You look as young as the GG

  12. Cecelia Cox
    Cecelia Cox December 3, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Wow! looks just as young as the GG

  13. sugga December 3, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Congratulations Ismay God has been good to you
    may the remainder of your life be filled wth the blessings of the Lord

  14. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm


  15. Marcia Clarke December 3, 2017 at 2:07 pm


  16. Andrea Atkins
    Andrea Atkins December 3, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    A blessed 100th birthday to you Ms Weekes.

  17. Helicopter(8P) December 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Happy belated birthday Ms Weekes and may our Gracious God grant you more to come ! You are blessed with a wonderful and beautiful family. Merry Christmas and a bright and life, longliverty New Year!


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