Gingerland –Nevis-She still has ‘a lot of chat’ and a hearty laugh. Sister Eileen Smithen of Zion Village celebrated her 101st birthday at her home on Wednesday 20th June.
She was surrounded by her long serving care taker, Pastor Theophilus Kelly, members of the Zion Chapel and representatives of the Seniors’ Division of the Social Services Department, along with the Minister of Social Development, Hon. Eric Evelyn.
The proceedings, which were ably chaired by Coordinator at the Seniors’ Division, Miss Trudy Prentice, commenced with prayer by former top cop, Mr. Joseph Liburd. This was followed by the singing of a hymn, led by Pastor Theophilus Kelly.
The scripture reading was then read by Deputy Director of the Social Services Department, Miss Joyce Moven. It was Psalm 91, which was read in its entirety, as it was pointed out that it is the favourite scripture text of the celebrant.
Miss Smithen who has been blind from the age of 19, actually quoted the scripture, almost word for word, as it was being read.
Hon. Eric Evelyn in making a special presentation of a gift basket, and a voucher for $50.00 from the City Drug Store, wished Miss Smithen ‘grace, strength and good health.’ ‘We love you very much and we hope to be back next year,’ he said.
Miss Smithen, never at a loss for words, thanked God for her long life and had special words of thanks for Pastor Kelly, who she said has been there for her, day after day.
She also thanked all present for making her day a really special one.
One of the features of the brief ceremony was a superbly created birthday cake which had the conspicuous sign of 101 at its top.