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'We need to trust God'

BY EVERARD OWEN
Observer writer

Monday, October 16, 2017

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PORTLAND'S Mello Agers group earlier this month honoured centenarian Louise Williams to mark International Day of Older Persons.

Williams, who is 104 years old, was presented with a plaque at her home in Folly, Portland.

“We continue to embrace and respect our older persons because they are the foundation of our lives and because of them we are here. They have set the foundation for us and we need to set the foundation for those who will come after us,” Patricia Gayle, senior citizens council parish organiser, said as she presented Williams with the plaque.

Williams, who is still very alert and witty, had words of advice for those around her.

“We need to trust God and if we fall, get up and move on and live well. We must know how to live. We are human and we must learn to forgive and how to deal with people and situations,” the woman from Rose Hill in the Buff Bay Valley said.

She then spoke specifically to men, telling them to honour their wives.

“My father, if him slip him was extra nice to my mother. We knew him so well and he loved my mother. Men, treat your wives well. When you are wrong, accept it and humble yourself and don't play big and bad. No matter what the wife is going on with, take her and love her,” Williams stressed.

She told the women present to be caring and kind.

“I tried to follow the example my mother set; she loved everybody. The kitchen was full of all the children from around the area and I don't know how she did it, but the little food she had she shared for all of them, all when their parents didn't have,” she shared.

A Mello Agers gift basket was also presented to her by 94-year-old Vida Bailey.

The Mellow Agers was started by the late Reverend Father Lloyd Becca 19 years ago. The group consists of golden agers from different walks of life in Portland.

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