Today marks a significant milestone for Victoria Selomie Rhodes, affectionately known as Aunt Selma, as she celebrates her 104th birthday.
Born on February 12th, 1920, in the village of Liberta, Antigua, Aunt Selma’s life is a testament to resilience, faith, and love.
At the age of three, Aunt Selma, along with her older brother Rueben, found themselves orphaned. Despite this early hardship, they formed a strong bond that would guide them throughout their lives. Raised by relatives in Sweets village, Aunt Selma’s upbringing was not without challenges. However, she learned the value of trust, faith, and perseverance from a young age.
A devout member of the St. John’s Seventh Day Adventist Church, Aunt Selma dedicated herself to serving her community and congregation. Over the years, she served in various roles, including as a Choir Member, Deaconess, and Bible Worker, setting an example for generations of her family who followed in her footsteps.
In her professional life, Aunt Selma exhibited diligence and honesty, working in the Government Treasury and at the Blue Waters Hotel. Despite her petite stature, she possessed a hearty appetite, with favorites including Fungi and Fish, Veggie Soup, and Bryson Sweet Drinks. Known for her fashion sense, Aunt Selma adores the color pink and is rarely seen without her signature pink sunglasses and “good wig.”
Family holds a special place in Aunt Selma’s heart, with her descendants including one daughter, one granddaughter, one grandson-in-law, and two grandchildren, as well as over two hundred nieces and nephews. Despite her love for her family, Aunt Selma fiercely guards her independence, demonstrating her strength by walking miles to church well into her mid-nineties.
Reflecting on her remarkable journey, Aunt Selma’s guiding principle remains steadfast: “Put God First in All Things.” Her unwavering faith, coupled with her resilience and love for her community, continues to inspire all those who have had the privilege of knowing her.
As Aunt Selma prepares to celebrate her 104th birthday surrounded by loved ones, her life serves as a poignant reminder of the power of faith, love, and determination in overcoming life’s challenges. We join her family and friends in wishing her a joyous celebration and many more years of health and happiness. Happy Birthday, Aunt Selma!
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