Doris “Mumsie” Greaves is Barbados’ latest centenarian.
And today the bubbly birthday girl was celebrated by her family and got the customary visit from Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave at her Bow Road, Codrington, St Michael home.
She was more than elated to have Sir Elliott’s company and engaged him in a lengthy conversation about her likes, including her favorite food cou cou, and her dislikes.
The centenarian even took a special liking to the Governor General’s Aide-de-Camp Captain Carlos Lovell, prompting her granddaughter Janet Connolly to confirm that she “likes the fellas”.
The alert Greaves also read her birthday card for those gathered.
Connolly said her grandmother was still very active and is well loved by all those in the community.
“She interacts a lot with her grands, sometimes too much. She knows them all by name and she knows all their business because she always wants to know what is going on,” Connolly said with a chuckle, adding that she still calls all of them especially for birthdays and remembers their numbers.
Hazel Smith, the only surviving child of Greaves who had two daughters, said she was very proud to see her mother reach 100.
“If anybody is to reach 100 it is my mother. She eats well, is very alert, speaks well and is very happy,” Smith said.
And the centenarian offered some advice for those gathered, in particular the members of the media who showed up for celebration: “Serve God in spirit and in truth. He has done a lot for me and he can do it for you too. Put him first in everything and you will see.”
Greaves has four grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 13 great great grands.