Descending from the horse-drawn carriage just after having a ride around the grounds of the Living Water Community Centre, Barbados’ newest centenarian Emmeline Augusta Stoute did a jig to show her enjoyment of the special treat, given her for her birthday.
The sprightly centenarian, who still loves to dance, had just met with Governor General of Barbados, His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave, in the Living Water Community Centre at St. David’s, Christ Church. After a lively conversation with him and a meet and greet session with relatives, friends and well-wishers, Stoute was taken outside to the horse-drawn carriage, much to her delight, for a ride around the property with her daughter, Betty Stoute-Mason and grandson, Kamal Stoute.
Stoute, who has five children (Betty, Hugh, David, Lloyd and Cecelia), 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grands, would later return to the decked-out community hall for lunch with her family and specially-invited guests.
Her grandson Kamal Stoute, the spokesman for the day, told members of the media, “My grandmother has been a stalwart in this society and a pillar of strength. She raised over five children. She has been a lady who has given much to everybody, not just people that she liked. She is a wonderful lady, a blessed woman.”
Reflecting on his time being raised by his gran, he added, “She was strict in what she did, but she was fair. That’s how she raised me. So I am the man I am today because of this lady, so I
really appreciate her. May God keep her and I pray that she will be able to continue on, even after reaching this landmark.”
Another grandson, Courtney Stoute, recalled how he and his family would visit from his home in England every other year, to spend time with gran.
“Granny’s always had a great spirit and a lot of life in her. She is always encouraging and always has a positive outlook on life, which is a great thing. So I am really grateful she has made this milestone,” he stated.
Stoute’s daughter, Betty, indicated that in her earlier days she worked as a nanny and later spent 10 years of her life with SuperCentre Ltd.
Stoute, who lives at 16A Bottom Close, Wildey, St. Michael, also had her say on her big day. When asked how she was feeling, with a broad smile she stated, “I am feeling good.” (RSM)