Family, friends and members of the church community joined staff and residents of the Love and Care Nursing Home to celebrate the life of that home’s latest centenarian, Evadne Yarde.
During her birthday celebrations, which began with a prayer from Pastor Anthony Sobers, Evadne’s surviving siblings, nephews and nieces all paid tribute to a lady they described as “thoughtful, compassionate and caring, who has sailed through the storms of life and provided us all with a platform to stand on.”
Staff from the nursing home, along with her niece, Greselda Evans, described her as a “prayer warrior”, in that, “you can call on her to pray and worship at any time, and she is very loving and giving. She also likes to sing and dance.”
Evadne was the second of nine children, four of whom are still alive.
“She worked as a cook at the Coral Sands Guest House before moving to the United States where she lived for 20 years and worked as a housekeeper. She also raised two children there from birth till their early teens, and they still call regularly to check up on her,” said Greselda.
Evadne was married, but her husband died in the 1980s, and their only child died as an infant. However, she helped raise many children over the years, including her nieces, nephews and younger siblings. In her younger days, she lived at Goodland Road, Christ Church before moving to Rendezvous Gardens. She came to the nursing home five years ago because her eyesight was failing.
Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason, who came to share in the festivities, noted that she has met over 20 centenarians since assuming office in January this year, “and they all believe steadfastly in God and love, and I believe that is what brings them to this age. They have loved and looked after a lot of people in their lives, and it is important to love people, whether good or bad, and to demonstrate that love at all times.”