At 100 years old, Myrtle Eumilda Lucas had her family in stitches as they joined her in celebrating the milestone this morning.
Even Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave was pleasantly surprised at her vivaciousness, exclaiming: “I have met so many centenarians [but] I have never come across one like you yet!”
Her grandson Michael Lucas, recalled that the former domestic worker, who was born in Ebenezer, St Philip, spent her life helping others and putting her family first.
“I remember hearing stories of people coming to her house when they had nothing to eat and she wouldn’t turn away anyone even though she had very little herself. She would always make certain that if you were hungry you were fed,” he said.
Lucas added that his grandmother always wanted what was best for her offspring, and he attributed the success of the close-knit family to her love and discipline.
“Domestics don’t get paid a lot but we never went without food, we never went without love most importantly, we never went without discipline and those things I credit for the success of every member of the family. It all started with her, she is the foundation.”
Myrtle Lucas has three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. (KK)