She was a well known seamstress and fashion designer in her younger days, and Isabelle McCaskie still looked the part as she marked her 100th birthday today.
Her daughter, Hazel Alleyne, said Ms McCaskie grew up in Sweet Bottom, St George, and after leaving the St Augustine School, “she became a dressmaker with a clientele from Barbados and overseas, and won several prizes for her designs at the annual Exhibition in Queens Park over the years. She also owned and operated Ornette’s Boutique in Balmoral Gap, Hastings, for about 30 to 40 years.”
Isabelle, who never married, had two children, namely Hazel and her brother, Bentley McCaskie, but her only grandchild, Hazel’s daughter, died from leukemia at the age of 28. Hazel said her mother “walks slowly sometimes, depending on the weather, but other than that, she has no major health problems, and her vision and hearing are still in good shape.”
The centenarian attributes her longevity to exercise as she did a lot of walking and cycling in her younger days, also travelling between St George and St Joseph on foot. She also mentioned eating healthy foods and her faith in God. Isabelle is still a member of the All Souls Anglican Church, which she joined after moving into the Bank Hall area at one point in her life.
After receiving a visit from acting Governor-General, Sir Philip Greaves, earlier this morning, her family took her out to lunch at the Brown Sugar Restaurant.