Centenarian celebrations continue with 101-year-old Jane-Ann Lee


Lovely Jane was born on 19th January 1920, at GEORGE STREET Plymouth Montserrat.

Her Mom was Amelia Lambert aka Tooksie and her father was Ben Lee .  Ben left Montserrat to seek fortune in the Dominican Republic and was never to return, his parents, Jane’s grandparents, always told Jane he would come back and gave her a picture of him.( which Tooksie subsequently destroyed years after in a fit of frustration.) She knew no father.

Jane was Tooksie’s first child of eight,( Liza ,John, James, Mary, Joey and Florence) and was assigned  with the task of “ looking after”.( Her siblings are all now deceased. )

She migrated to Antigua at the age of 17 (in 1937) with her mother’s friend Viola Nedd from Barbuda who was visiting Montserrat and who lived in Cedar Grove. She came to Antigua to spend time and to help “look after” Viola for a while. When it was time for Jane to return, she landed a job as a domestic helper and she chose to stay in Antigua.

She became a professional at her discipline and was able to juggle the tasks of the Kitchen, laundry and housekeeping and managing the children from babies to kindergarten. She was designed to” look after.”

In 1942 she was married to handsome Craddy Gould, who had actually travelled to Montserrat to ask Tooksie for Jane’s hand in marriage and this marriage lasted until his death in 1991. (49years)  As a married couple they lived at Grays Hill ,St. Johnston’s Village and finally at St Johnston’s Boulevard Sutherlands.  She had no children.

Through her work as a domestic, she made strong and lasting relations with her employers she often spoke fondly of the Francises on Factory Road the Jonases of Potters and the wonderful Simpson family also of Potters.

In 1980 at age 60 she was employed with Arah and George Derrick of Scott’s Hill and was eventually morphed into their family. Upon Arah’s passing Jane hung on to her daughter Jennifer, and insisted that she work with her. Jennifer then became her employer, stepdaughter and eventual caregiver.

In 2009 Jane at age 89 moved in and lived with Jennifer at her Potters home. In 2018 when Jennifer had to do extensive travels she placed Jane at Bishop J E Knight Nursing Home where she now resides.

Jane turns 100 on January 19th 2020.

God richest blessings are wished for her.

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