Barbados’ latest centenarian this morning marked her precious milestone with a church service, attended by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, at the St Leonard’s Anglican Church, Westbury Road, St Michael.
Several family members and friends also attended this morning’s service held in honour of Gweneth Fonrita Urlene Sandiford, who was proud to be able to read aloud her own birthday cards, including one from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.
The lively centenarian has survived her late husband of 40 years, Gordon, as well as three of her seven children. However, she was delighted today have her brothers Vaughn and Winston and her sister Thelma by her side as she gave thanks to God for allowing her to live to a ripe old age.
During the 9:30 a.m. mass, led Reverend Sonia Hinds, Sandiford’s brother Vaughn said he was delighted that she had reached the milestone. The former seamstress, who was fashionably decked out in white today, was also hailed for her charitable nature. Many recalled that as a dress-maker, she didn’t always charge for her work, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
The centenarian has 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grands.
(Pictures and reporting by Charmaine Walker)