Gwendolyn Smith is Barbados’ newest centenarian. The elderly woman was in high spirits as she was showered with love by friends and family for the auspicious occasion.
Her granddaughter Michelle Smith, who spoke to Barbados TODAY on her behalf, said her grandmother was a very religious woman,
“She would credit her longevity to the love of Jesus Christ. My grandmother served the Lord in spirit and in truth,” she said adamantly.
Smith had nothing but kind words for her beloved gran, “she is a very honest, trustworthy, loving and sweet lady,” she said.
Gwendolyn, born in Jericho, St. George, married her late husband Leonard Smith before subsequently moving to Market Hill, St George and though she may be the biological mother of four children, her granddaughter readily admits “She is the adoptive mother of an entire community, she is loved and well respected in the community, always willing to lend a helping hand and have a listening ear, she [hardly ever] said no.” she said.
“Granny biologically has five children, one passed away in infancy and Hugh passed years later. She is survived by Lloyd, Carolyn and Carson,” Smith said of the elderly woman who has two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
According to her daughter Carolyn, along with her religion, her healthy lifestyle would have contributed to her longevity, “She ate very healthy, she loved to eat ground provisions and she still enjoys them now; but all of her food must be pureed,” she said.
She added that her mother’s favourite thing to do right now is hum, “She hums all the time, through the night, even now she loves to hum gospel songs.”
Pastor Lennox Wiggins spoke very fondly of Gwendolyn who is lovingly referred to by many of the St Helen’s Christian Mission Church as ‘Mother Smith’
“Mother Smith is a contented servant of God and although she has not been able to attend church consistently because of ill-health, whenever we visit she is responsive to the singing of songs and pray,” he said describing her life as a testimony of the virtuous woman amplified in Proverbs.