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Monday 10 August, 2020

Woodbrook centenarian thanks God for long life

“I give all praise and thanks to the Lord for He knows all things.”

These were the words of wisdom from Woodbrook resident Ida Berry, who recently reached one of the most significant lifetime milestones, having turned 100 years old

She made the comment during a visit paid to her home by Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn last Thursday.

Berry, originally from Castara, Tobago, was born May 2, 1918. She migrated to Trinidad at a young age and still visits Tobago occasionally. She has four children, and according to her, “a lot” of grandchildren.

She attributes the secret of her longevity, to her amiable nature. 

“I myself don’t even know. I am just good with everybody. Once people pass here and they ask and I have my collection to give for Sunday, I used to go and take it out and give them and everybody will know once they pass here, they will get something because I used to bake, make nuts and all sorts of things.”

The centenarian, who is still very lucid, said she is above all, “most thankful for having all her faculties because she has seen many her age not being able to do so.”

Berry recounted fond memories of using the SS Belize Boat from Trinidad to Tobago, to attending meetings by Penny Bank (now First Citizens) and taking her children to Band Concerts in the Square.

Minister Crichlow-Cockburn in presenting an award and a bouquet to the centenarian said the presentation is just one of the Ministry’s ongoing activities for older persons, as she noted that such persons would have contributed significantly to the development of the country.


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