Marielot Coppin always dreamed of celebrating her 100th birthday and today she did just that in fine fashion.
There is no doubt that Barbados’ latest centenarian had a thing for dressing, as she was adorned in a white hat, pink and white blouse, navy blue skirt and silver shoes for the momentous occasion at the Geriatric hospital.
Coppin, who was the guest of honour this morning, received a bouquet of flowers and a letter from Queen Elizabeth as she toasted the milestone with Governor General Dame Sandra Mason along with friends and nurses from the hospital.
The longest living member of the Coppin family had no children or husband but was a devoted member of the People’s Cathedral Church and laboured as a domestic worker until the age of 80.
The visually impaired centenarian grew up in Kings Village Dayrells Road and later moved to St Matthias Road, St Michael. She was very upbeat during her birthday party.
“I feel very good. I feel wonderful to be this age. I work so hard but I’m thanking God,” the witty, spirited 100-year-old said while reminiscing on her church days.
“We had some nice services, nice pastors, and the congregation was nice as well,” she added.
Her 75-year-old nephew Jeffrey Coppin told members of the media that her aunt had long predicted that she would become a centenarian one-day.
“She always say she would love to see 100 and when we come to visit her, she would say I am going to make 100 and anything else can happen after that. I am happy to see that she has lived to be so long and still has all her wits about her. That is very good.”
Coppin said Marielot was never one to mix up but often kept to herself.
“From a child growing up, it was Marielot, my mother, my sister and I – the four of us lived in the house and she was always very quiet and reserved. I never yet seen anyone in her house or hear about her going at no-one.”