Buxton celebrates the life of newest centenarian
Being the second senior in her family to celebrate the momentous milestone
of becoming 100 years old, Mrs. Evadney Talbot of Lot 51 Company Road Buxton, received a grand birthday bash yesterday when a number of family and friends congregated to show appreciation to the woman who they said impacted their life in so many ways.
The centenarian, who is an active member of the Buxton Golden Age Club, said that she never thought that she would live to see 100 years and often wondered what it would be like. Yesterday, Mrs. Talbot said it was great to have reached the landmark, and without a doubt, she believes that God has truly favoured her.
The wife, mother, grandmother, great and great, great grandmother said that it was effortless to meet the stage that she is at today. According to her, God has been the true purpose of her success in life, family and prolonged existence.
For one thing, the Buxtonian said, principle is in most cases the essence of living, and to her children and all those close to her, she tried to transfer to them what she was taught about life.
Mrs. Talbot spoke of certain values which she expressed as being dear to living itself. She said that she tried to instill in her children a way in which they could appreciate others and thus people may learn to appreciate them.
“The basic things are what I tried to teach them. Learn to appreciate people; be kind to them, help them and not get angry too fast.”
Mrs. Talbot had five children – two girls and three boys. Remaining are two boys and one girl, all of whom were present yesterday to celebrate with their mother. The lively centenarian said her husband passed away on June 16, 1985, a date she remembers all too well. She said that at that point she realized that she was no longer a housewife and a mother, she was now all of those things and “the father of the home”.
She recounted that with the assistance of her wonderful children, she began to do what she knew was necessary. “I always did my little sewing, domestic duties and then I started selling at the village market. I did what I had to do for my children.”
Mrs. Talbot was proud to be surrounded by the various generations of her family. Fondly referred to as ‘Mother’, she sat and listened as scores of persons wished her well and extended heartfelt greetings.
Among those wishing well were her grands and great grands. Mrs. Talbot said that from her offspring, she has about 50 grandchildren, 32 great grand and six great, great grandchildren.
Many of those wishing Mrs. Talbot the best on her day, sought to unravel one secret and while others claimed that they knew or had an idea, they all wanted to know what the secret to her long life was.
She opined that God had richly blessed her and had obviously had a purpose for her being here for so long. She did reveal that she never liked sitting down and that keeping up to speed was probably the main thing. She said she often went to bed late and would rise early in the morning.
Mrs. Talbot said it couldn’t be food because when she was asked by a relative what it is she eats and whether she is a vegetarian, the woman replied that she ate everything.
The country’s newest centenarian was vibrant and energetic at her birthday bash, ready for the years ahead. Her family advised her not to change a thing and they all look forward to sharing many more birthdays with her.