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Retired sugar plantation worker turns 100


Retired sugar plantation worker turns 100

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A retired sugar plantation worker is Barbados’ latest centenarian.

Ruby Lotta Austin on Monday celebrated the occasion with family and friends, along with Governor General Dame Sandra Mason who paid an official visit to the centenarian’s residence at Mount Gay Village, St Lucy.

A cheerful Austin who engaged Dame Sandra throughout her visit asked those present to sing her favourite hymn Standing On The Promises, joining them in this song of praise.

The centenarian told those present: “I feel good and special this morning that so many of you all came to see me today, and I give God the praise and I am standing on the promises of God.”

Austin had three children: two sons who were present and a daughter, who predeceased her.

A former employee of the Mount Gay Plantation, she is deeply religious and a long-standing member of the Christian Mission at Rock Hall, St Lucy. (RL)