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A day fit for a queen

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

A day fit for a queen

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BARBADOS’ newest centenarian is well-travelled and can boast of meeting famous movie stars of yesteryear.
Beulah “Queenie” Mackie, who lives with her grandchildren in Rendezvous Terrace, Christ Church, has been around the world during her long lifetime but considers Barbados home. Born in Guyana, she moved to Trinidad at a young age before relocating here in the 50’s.
Among her many jobs, she worked with the then Tourist Board at the airport, meeting people such as the late actors/entertainers John Wayne, Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney. She had some advice for working youth.
“I would tell them to do their best – people appreciate when you offer to do things for them – and make a good impression on people. Make them feel like you are taking an interest in them,” she said.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave visited Mackie in honour of her celebration and said he quite enjoyed talking to her as she was able to converse well.
Mackie had five children – two who have predeceased her – 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Her late husband, Alfred “Sandie” Mackie was credited for giving her the nickname Queenie. (CA)