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Ernesta toasts 100th birthday

TRE GREAVES, [email protected]

Ernesta toasts 100th birthday

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ERNESTA SMITH WAS the centre of attention as she basked in the moment of her 100th birthday recently.

Like mother like daughter, Smith followed in the footsteps of her mother who lived until she was 102. When asked what was the reason for longevity in her family, she was tightlipped.

Those who know the Storey Gap resident said Smith is an independent who fancies her privacy, even to the point of declining to have the Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave visit.

Friend Andrea Taitt told the MIDWEEK NATION that Smith, who lives on her own, does most of her own chores.

“I only do minor things like paying her bills. And if I ask her if she wants help going to the supermarket she says, ‘I ain’t feeble’.”

Though Smith has a hearing problem, Taitt said the Whitehall resident, who spent some of her days working in agriculture, was still capable and can still be seen walking to the supermarket or walking to church.

And Smith sauntered into the Whitehall Methodist Church waving and thanking everyone who welcomed her with loud cheers, claps and singing of hymns. She was also presented with gifts and showered with hugs and kisses.

Reverend Michael Charles spoke of Smith’s love for God.

“If there is one habit of Sister Smith’s faith is that it continues to shine brightest, it is her joy in the Lord for 100 years she still wakes up each morning and experiences God’s steadfast love,” Charles said.

“She has learned the value of making life count. Knowing life is fragile, we need to make the most of each day and live it wisely.” (TSG)