She spent hours on end toiling in the fields, but this did not stop Marguerita Jones, the latest Barbadian to become a centenarian, from ensuring that her children learnt about God.
The Watt’s Village, St George resident devoted many years being active in the Fulnec Wesleyan Holiness Church located in parish, witnessing to the old and young as she carried out her various roles.
And even now in her golden years, while she is unable to go out to preach the gospel, Jones can still be heard praying.
This is why it was deemed fitting that her 100th birthday today was marked with a religious session held at her daughter’s Plumgrove, Lodge Road, Christ Church home, which Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave attended.
Hymns were sung and prayers said though the centenarian was not responsive.
Her daughter, Golda Jones, told the media that her mother lived what she preached.
“She was a prayer warrior. She believes in God. She loves her church family and she loves the young people. She don’t talk very much now but she would pray. She is a very quiet person nevertheless,” Jones said.
She recalled that her mother, who gave birth to eight children, worked at the Boarded Hall Plantation for about 30 years.
Like many of those who live to see the milestone, Jones said her mother can say what it means to work long hours in the hot sun.
She explained that around 7 am her mum left home to walk to the plantation and returned about 4:30 pm to prepare an evening meal for her husband and children. She then ensured that all of her offsprings were prepared for school the following day.
“Then she was gone again the next morning to do that all over again,” Jones declared, adding “she was a loving mother who would go all out for her children.”
The centenarian has four surviving children, four grandchildren, one great-grand and four great-great grands.