Gingerland-Nevis—At age 99, Mary MEM Browne of River Path in Nevis, is still amazingly mentally alert and on her birthday which was celebrated on Sunday 1st of November, she threaded a needle and read extensively from the book of Psalms, without the use of glasses. Truly amazing!
The ‘birthday girl’ was surrounded by a number of family members and friends and also received an official visit from representatives of the Ministry of Social Development.
A brief ceremony was held to celebrate the significant milestone. This was chaired by Mrs. Kim Singh, Deputy Director at the Social Services Department.
Minister in the Ministry of Social Development, Hon. Hazel Brandy –Williams, saluted Ms Browne on the significant occasion and applauded her for her vast contribution to the community and the wider region, as a dress maker of no small reputation and congratulated her on the way that she had instructed her children. “One is a Pastor; one is a Deacon and the others have become professionals in various other fields of endeavour,’ she noted.
Several of her children and grand children, some of whom flew in from distant lands for the grand occasion, also spoke highly of Ms Browne’s sense of discipline; her enduring love and the way she provided for them, as she nurtured and cared for them in their youth.
The admonition was for her to “bat on and make that one crucial ‘run’ to get to the century mark.’
Several bible verses were read and included among the songs which were sung were the well loved hymn ‘To God be the glory’ and the birthday song.
Ms Browne for her part, thanked God for allowing her longevity of life and thanked all present who had helped to make her special day, such a wonderful one.
Minister Brandy-Williams, ably assisted by Asst. Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Social Development, Miss D Michelle Liburd, presented Ms Browne with a fruit basket and wished her many more enjoyable years of life.