Family and friends celebrate with newest centenarian

Barbados’ newest centenarian, Loleta Virginia Worrell, celebrated the milestone surrounded by family and friends at St Judes Nursing Home in Holders Hill, St James.

Worrell, who hails from The Whim, St Peter, excitedly engaged Governor General Dame Sandra Mason in conversation, talking about her love for cou cou and encouraging the GG to pay a visit to The Whim Wesleyan Holiness Church where she was formerly the senior superintendent of the Sunday Day School.

The centenarian was in high spirits and all ears as she laughed and joked with family and friends.

Nurse Phyllis Britton indicated Worrell joined the home in 2014 and her only ailment was old age, as she could often be found making another laugh.

Worrell’s niece Sandra Waterman, who fondly referred to her as Leta, spoke of her aunt’s love for children and her family.

The former seamstress had no children, but she was a stepmother to Veronica Greene and was a second mother to all, taking care of all those around her.

“She was always helpful,” commented Waterman who added that whenever one visited Worrell’s house it was certain that they would leave with a full stomach.

“She looked after people’s children because she has none of her own. She loved to cook so when she cooked she would just share. You could always go to her house and get something to eat no matter how small it is. That was her passion,” said the 66-year-old.

Eighty-nine-year-old Syril Leacock described how Worrell became her ‘big sister’ at the age of ten.

“I was fatherless . . . and my mother was a domestic servant working . . . so she [Leta] used to help take care of me,” Leacock explained while adding that although they were different denominations, they walked each other to and from church every Sunday.

The close-knit duo, were neighbours, as Leacock indicated, “we were so close in proximity, that if we opened our window, she [Leta] could hand me anything through mine”.

9 Responses to Family and friends celebrate with newest centenarian

  1. Cecil Brooks January 21, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    God’s blessings on you Miss Worrell, and way all your remaining days be good to you.

  2. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy January 21, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    I have to say it, the new Governor General does dress real hot and does look too sweet.

  3. Kasha Mendiaz Worrell
    Kasha Mendiaz Worrell January 21, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Loleta, one of my favorite people

  4. Eleanor Maxine Harewood
    Eleanor Maxine Harewood January 21, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    may god bless both of them , very beautiful ppl , i respect them both

  5. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson January 22, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Congrats to her and also congrats to our Governor General. She is like a breath of fresh air.

  6. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 22, 2018 at 6:55 am


  7. Beverly Hackett
    Beverly Hackett January 22, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Happy birthday to you

  8. Helicopter(8P) January 22, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Birth Day! and may yo have many more.

  9. Allison Walker January 25, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Happy birthday to one of my village mothers and Sunday School teacher. As the old adage says, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. I can truly say that I am blessed to have you as a part of my village. You had a hand in helping to mold me into the lady I am today. Thank you for everything you have done. I thank God for blessing you with long life and very few, if any aches and pain. May he continue to bless and strengthen you.
    Love always from Yvette in Brooklyn, NY.


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