Centenarian Ms. Rachel Benjamin is celebrating her 101st birthday today


Mrs. Rachel Victoria Benjamin was born on 2 October 1920 at Langford’s, Antigua to
Mary Matthew and Johnson Joseph.

She grew up in the Cedar Grove community with four siblings and attended the St. James’ School before entering the world of work.

In those early years, her work consisted mainly of farming, picking cotton and later
domestic duties for homeowners in the Crosbies and Hodges Bay areas.

She resided for many years at York’s Village, Fort Road and later at Vernon’s Estate.

Mrs. Benjamin is the mother of six children and the wife of George Benjamin
(deceased). While raising her children, she was a strict disciplinarian who relied heavily
on the power of prayer.

One could say that the teachings of the Bible were her reference guide on child-rearing. She taught all of her children and eventually her grandchildren, the value of hard work and the importance of being disciplined individuals at all times – at home, at school and at work. She truly believes that “manners will get you everywhere”. No complaints about the teacher were ever acceptable. The teacher was always right.

From an early age, Mrs. Benjamin loved to worship the Lord and the St. James’ Anglican
Church in Cedar Grove was interwoven in the fabric of her life.

As a result of her marriage and the subsequent move to St. John’s, her church family expanded.

She began to worship with the St. John’s Cathedral 8:00 a.m. congregation and became a
member of the Anglican Mother’s Union.

She was tasked with sitting in the balcony with the children who were preparing for Confirmation to ensure that they were paying attention to the Mass.

Later on, she worshipped at the 11:00 a.m. service where she
joined the Office Choir.

Mrs. Benjaminbegan worshipping at the St. Andrews Anglican Church from its inception
and devoted her time to cleaning and decorating the church on Saturdays.

As she grew older, she delighted in picking flowers from her modest garden to be used in decorating the church for Sunday services. Crotons were her favourite choice.


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  1. Congratulations Ms. Rachel Benjamin on your 101 years of excellence!
    The venerable centenarian-members of Living Legends from life’s experiences in historical context, say to all of us, especially the youths, simply:
    Develop a Culture of Health. EAT BETTER and EXERCISE MORE so that we can all TAKE CONTROL OF OUR HEALTH and be better together.
    Plant, Eat, and Trade (PET action) fresh Fruits and Vegetables.
    Grow Herbs in the garden and use them.
    “You are what you eat.”
    “Health is Wealth. Wealth is not Health.”


  2. Mrs Rachel Benjamin, here’s wishing you a very happy birthday and many more happy returns of the day! Sending lots of love and respects to you all the way from India from someone who worked and lived in Antigua!

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