Charlestown-Nevis-Friday 29th April was a significant one in the life of Ms. Rosa Nisbett of Jessups village. That was the day that she celebrated her 90th birthday, which was actually officially designated for the following day.
The quietly spoken mother and outstanding community woman was celebrated by her family members and officials from the Ministry of Social Development, on her important milestone.
The brief ceremony was chaired by her granddaughter, Mrs. Tricia Daniel and her eldest son, Arch deacon Rudolph Smithen offered prayer on her behalf and on behalf of those present. He also used the opportunity to officially wish his mom, a blessed birthday, on behalf of the entire family.
Representing the Ministry of Social Development, was Asst. Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development, Miss D. Michelle Liburd who congratulated Ms. Nisbett on her milestone achievement and read a profile in her honour and noted that she was an intelligent woman, based on her achievements in school.
She also indicated that she was a hard working woman who migrated to Curacao at one time, in order to help in the support of her growing family. She later returned and majored in Agriculture and as a small business operator, making and selling cakes and other goodies. She was also a sharing type of persons and gave freely to persons in need.
She was also very actively involved in the work of the St.Thomas’ Anglican Church and served in various capacities, until she became ill.
Interestingly, her profile indicated that she keeps up with the news and loves to watch Cricket, especially when the West Indies team is playing.
She noted that they made her really happy recently when they won the recent T-20 world series.
Miss Liburd then gave the celebrant a plaque and a fruit basket, complements of the City Drug Store and the Ministry of Social Development.
Personal Caretaker, Yvette, also congratulated Ms. Nisbett on the celebration of her birthday, a request she had personally made to God for her to live to see her 90th birthday.
Granddaughter Tamecia Lestrade, spoke of her grandmother as her best friend and showered her with love, as she praised the way that she had helped to raise her children and grandchildren.
Mr. Masefield Nisbett and his team from the Social Services Department, who normally assist with massage therapy and other related areas for the seniors, also expressed their best wishes to the dear lady.
Ms. Nisbett for her part, thanked God for his many blessings and guidance throughout the years.
She also thanked her children and grandchildren for all of their assistance. She noted that sometimes the way she feels, she was not sure that she was going to get to the age of 90. So she thanked God for his goodness.
The celebrations concluded with the lively singing of the happy birthday song and a smiling Rosa Nisbett thanked all present for sharing in her special day.