A jovial, assertive and energetic Millicent Smith-Springer celebrated her 101st birthday at her 203 Agriculture Road, Triumph, East Coast Demerara residence yesterday.
Ms Smith-Springer vividly recalls her birthday as April 29, 1909.
The mother of five displayed a marvelous memory for one her age as she named her 17 grandchildren and a number of her “countless great grands”.
At her home, Ms Springer entertained a small gathering, and sang the praises of God vociferously, while she swayed to the sounds of a beating drum while singing her favorite church melodies.
Being an able body, she said only arthritis has bothered her in her old age. She boasts of not having to worry about hypertension, cholesterol, heart problems, diabetes or any other illness that comes with maturity.
The upbeat centenarian praised her vegetarian lifestyle for her health and intact God-given senses. She reads the bible to date without the need for spectacles, and enjoys the taste of fruits, especially cherry.
A devout Christian, she would sometimes abstain from food many times during the week. “I was baptized on 3 June 1928.
Fasting is a major part of my life, and is mostly done on each new moon of the lunar calendar. Sometimes I would eat one cherry and drink a cup of porridge for the entire day and pray. Your body is the temple of the living God and your heart is the altar.”
According to her physician, Dr. Iamei Aowmathi, she is a very healthy centenarian who has dedicated her life to God as well as healthy living and eating.
“Love is essential to life, truth makes you get enemies although it sets you free.” Mrs. Smith-Springer said.
Her advice to today’s youth is, “according to your life and the way you are living, God is going to bless you, always have God in your heart.”
Millicent Smith-Springer is cared for by her son Carlton Smith, who has devoted his life to this responsibility, as well as her nurse Latchmin Ramadhar who works in collaboration with Dr. Aowmathi who operates a Holistic Care and Convalescent Service.
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