Hyacinth Mottley, the country’s oldest resident dies


Hyacinth Mottley, the country’s oldest resident has died at the incredible age of 107. Mottley, born in Barbados celebrated her last birthday in May 2021. Mottley lived in Antigua for more than 75 years.

She leaves behind son Dr Marcus Mottley, two grandsons and a great granddaughter.

Mottley was a long-standing member of the Roman Catholic Church which she attended every Sunday for decades of her life.

Known for her fierce independence, she was a firm believer in the power of prayer and praise.

This was exemplified in her book “Words of Wisdom – Words of Praise” which she published when she was 97.

Mottley, who lived on All Saints Road, passed away this morning.

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  1. We give thanks to the Creator for her life. May her loved ones recall the wonderful memories they had with her until when the trumpet sounds.

  2. Condolences to the family, friends, many past customers of Ms.Hyacinth Mottley in A&B, Barbados and beyond, on her passing over after 107 years!
    A tribute to the Queen from the Poetry: I come from the nigger yard by Martin Carter.
    “From the nigger yard of yesterday, I come with my burden.
    To the world of to-morrow I turn with my strength”.
    Hers was a life well lived, driven by the will to be better within and without. She always moved forward, never marking time. Her indomitable spirit for self-independence against the legacies of slavery and colonialism made her the business entrepreneur and later author of the book “Words of Wisdom-Words of Praise”.
    Her book should be read and discussed by all students, especially 6-12 grades, during the summer break, by parents/guardians and teachers/educators, lest we forget and become the least among us.

    All our centenarians who passed over join with the venerable centenarian-members of Living Legends from life’s experiences in historical context, and say to all of us, especially the youths, simply:
    Develop a Culture of Health. EXERCISE MORE and EAT BETTER 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.
    “Health is Wealth. Wealth is not Health”.


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