Errie Elease Young is still as sprightly today as she was in her prime.
As she celebrated her 100th birthday, the centenarian — who was one of two visited on Saturday by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave — was at her entertaining best, as she personally welcomed this country’s Head of State to her Christ Church home.
With five of her six children — including well known businessman Neville Rowe — at her side, the centenarian gave thanks to God that she was not only able to raise her own children, but 11 grands and great-grands, as well as several other children in her community.
“I’m grateful to God that I’m 100 years old today,” said Young, who was also visited by her Member of Parliament John Boyce.
In her early days she made a lot of black pudding and souse for sale at the Garrison, St Michael and for cricketers at the Pickwick Club.
She later married a baker and worked at their shop on Baxter’s Road, primary handling the financial side of the business. That shop is now known as Young’s Supermarket and is currently operated by one of her sons, Curtis.
Today, her other five children spoke glowingly of their mom, saying she was responsible for everything they had achieved.
An impressed Sir Elliott said he was very pleased that many Barbadians were reaching their century. He said this was testimony that many were leading quality lives, in which there was strong appreciation for God, healthy eating and other wholesome habits.
(Pictures and reporting by Charmaine Walker)
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