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Centenarian gets high profile visit

23th February 2016

Two prominent officials paid a courtesy call on Gladys Francis, one of Antigua and Barbuda’s most recent Centenarians.

Francis, who turned a hundred years old on Friday the 5th of February, was showered with hugs, kisses and gifts from Governor General His Excellency Sir Dr. Rodney Williams and Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph.

Speaking at today’s (Tuesday) visit, Minister Joseph said that after hearing Miss Francis speak, he definitely got a lesson about life and will impart some of the principles that the Centenarian spoke about into his lifestyle.

“It is a delightful day, and we saw the mental energy of this lady who is a hundred years old and she has all her faculties together and she is blessed, and it is a lesson for us and obviously as she said put God first and have God in your life all the time’

Minister Joseph added, “ I think in this modern time, we become stressed out over everything and that is what I learned here today, that we must not take on everything but leave some of the things in the hands of a greater being so it has been an inspirational day for me”, .

Joseph, who is also the Member of Parliament for the area, expressed his delight that Francis is from his constituency, saying that she can expect a regular visit from him going forward.

“I have known her for a long time, I have known her daughter and grand-daughter and she specifically asked that I visit and so I am very pleased that she remembers me so I will have to make it a point to visit more regularly”, Joseph stated.

Miss Francis entertained both officials with stories of her past that left them amazed.

In one instance, Francis delighted His Excellency Sir Rodney and MP Joseph with an encounter she had at Holberton Hospital while preparing for surgery and the Governor General, who is himself a Doctor, was stunned at her recollection of the events that took place before and after the procedure.

The Centenarian also spoke of the Syndicates and Plantation era of the early 19 hundreds.

She was presented with a food basket and other gifts.

For Further Information Contact:
Ms. Debbie Francis Communications Officer
Ministry of Health & the Environment Redcliffe Street,
St. John’s,
Tel: 1(268) 464-8026