Barbados’ newest centenarian Olga Augusta Boyce had plenty to say as she celebrated her birthday in the presence of the Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at the Geriatric Hospital, Beckles Road, St Michael today.
Boyce, who is the last surviving female of five siblings, was in a buoyant and chipper mood as she conversed with the Governor General.
The witty and jovial centenarian, who formerly lived in Mount Friendship, St Michael, enjoyed today’s festivities reminiscing about the beauty of her youthful years and her strong faith in God.
The centenarian, who was born in Cambridge, St Joseph, promptly entered the workforce when she completed her education at the St Joseph Girl’s School, now known as St Elizabeth Primary School. Having worked as a domestic all her life, she raised two children who are now deceased. However, the devoted Christian and member of the St Barnabas Anglican Church, has nine grandchild and countless great-grands.
Surrounded by staff of the Geriatric Hospital who have been her family since she joined the institution in September 2017, Boyce sang church hymns and explained that the secret to her longevity was following the doctor’s orders, as well as her faith in God and her good looks.
“Every morning . . . you drink your medication and ask God for strength, health, peace wisdom and understanding,” Boyce said.
Her niece Hyacinth Howard, who lives in the United States, was on island to help her celebrate the milestone. Howard described her aunt as a modest and compassionate individual.
“She is blessed and she is very humble and I know that God really really gave her the opportunity to live past this milestone,” Howard said.
She revealed that it was Boyce who had cared for and provided emotional support to her children while she was overseas.
Also taking part in today’s celebrations, 58-year-old Goldeen Herbert spoke of her aunt’s love for God.
“As a young person she encouraged me to continue to serve God and I am so blessed and honoured to see her reach this milestone,” Herbert said.