‘Aunt Cin’ celebrates a century

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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St Elizabeth — A cherished childhood memory for her loved ones is that 100-year-old Cinderella Colquhoun-Myrie never forgot special occasions.

They say that in her earlier years Colquhoun-Myrie, affectionately called ‘Aunt Cin’, always ensured that a gift would help to convey her best wishes at those times.

"Aunt Cin has been a permanent presence in my life, never forgetting a birthday or a holiday. I never wished to go to America or wanted for anything because she made sure that every single holiday we would get a barrel or trunk filled with goodies…," said her granddaughter Karen Beckford-Tapper.

She added: "When I would see my cousins, we would all have on the same clothes; we didn’t even need to say a word because we already knew that we shared the same guardian angel, she loved us all."

With many recollections of kindness, relatives of Colquhoun-Myrie saw it fitting to make her century memorable with an event in her honour at the Santa Crest Hotel in Leeds, St Elizabeth late last month.

Colquhoun-Myrie was born on August 28, 1916 and grew up in the Cool Retreat and Ginger Piece areas of north western St Elizabeth. She attended the New Roads Elementary School, Nightingale Grove Elementary and the Nightingale Grove Baptist Church, where as an adult she served in a number of roles.

She resided in the adjoining community of Woodlands after marriage and is remembered for her homemaking abilities and fashion designing skills.

"So proud were you of your designs that the tags in the clothes of your clients defined without a doubt that they were unmistakably Cinda’s Creations," said a citation read for her.

Following the passing of her husband, relatives say, she travelled to the United States of America where she lived and worked for many years.

Today, she spends her days in Compton, also in northern St Elizabeth.

Colquhoun-Myrie outlived her seven siblings.

She has no biological children but has earned the title of mother and grandmother because she took on the parental responsibility of some of her relatives.

Included among them is her niece and adopted daughter Millicent Thomas-Monteith (Dotty) who is now her caregiver.

Those who know Colquhoun-Myrie have also attested to the care she has for others outside of her family.

"Aunt Cin, over the years I have known you to have made contributions not only to just your family members, but by your warm personality, generosity and loyalty you have enriched the lives of many in the different communities you have resided," said her niece-in-law Beverly Tulloch-Danvers.

Thomas-Monteith told the Jamaica Observer Central that Colquhoun-Myrie still has an independent spirit.

She said that on her monthly visits to the bank she merely accompanies her because she is fully capable of handling her financial affairs.

Thomas-Monteith said that she can take a bath on her own, comb her hair, read the instructions before taking medication, sweep the floor, water her flowers and, up until recently, take the walk through the different aisles in the supermarket to select the items she wants when they go out to shop.

She said that she enjoys having friendly conversations with her community members as they pass by the house.

Though relatives say that Colquhoun-Myrie was initially hesitant when she heard that a celebratory event was being planned for her one-hundredth birthday, she told Observer Central that she was grateful.

"It’s a blessing from God to me that I live so many years. I thank everyone," she said.

The turnout was a mixture of people from the various communities where she has lived, and family members who reside in Jamaica and overseas.



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