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Toast to centenarian Doris

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Toast to centenarian Doris

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Surrounded by family, friends and well-wishers Barbados’ newest centenarian Doris Cox celebrated her milestone earlier today.

The soft spoken Doris sat in the living room of the Salem Retreat Home in Foster Hall, St George with Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands, engaging him in light conversation.

The mother of six, who also helped to raise her 30 grandchildren, worked at Government headquarters as a maid until she retired.

Her daughter Jasmay Cox who celebrated her 69th birthday one day earlier, described her mother as a hard worker and disciplinarian.

“She raised us without a father. My mother has brought us a long way as a single parent. In those days there was no money but she never let us go to sleep hungry. Even if there were not a lot of clothes … she kept a shelter over our heads”, she said.

Doris spent most of her life at Holder’s Land in St Michael and attended the St Leonards’ Anglican Church. She still maintains her strong faith in God even though she can no longer attend church.

She has no major health issues, but her daughter Jasmay said sometimes she’s lucid sometimes she not and she has impaired vision.

The centenarian was described as a good cook in her earlier days with a liking for meat, soup and cou-cou. (CM)