Mrs. Enid Beazer of Barbuda celebrating her 100th birthday today

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Mrs. Enid Maudina Warner-Beazer (Mrs. Beazer)

Matriarch – Wife – Mother – Grandmother – Farmer – Businesswoman

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. Proverbs 31:10-14 (KJV)

Life is worth celebrating! It is nothing short of amazing to witness the matriarch of our family celebrate a century milestone. To see Mrs. Beazer, wrap her arms around her great great grandson, is nothing short of phenomenal.

Mrs. Enid Beazer was born on January 6, 1922, to Vivian Warner and Florence Warner. She got married to Tyril Beazer and had 5 beautiful children with him – Daphne Beazer, Keith Beazer, Avirl Beazer, Myrna Beazer and Valerie Beazer- Thomas. Her union was blessed with 19 Grandchildren, 40 Great Grand Children and 2 Great Great Grand Children.

The number 100 is just that – a number! Mrs. Beazer is sharp as a tack! She tells the most amazing stories. With 5 children, 19 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, it is an honor to document her life.

Mrs. Beazer carries many names but the most treasured of them all is mother. Mrs. Beazer is a firm believer in the family institution. She adores her family and would do anything to see her family prosper. She always made the tough decisions to make sure her off springs had a good life.

She was a tray lady. In Barbuda ambitious women would have a tray on their head or at their side selling bits and pieces to supplement their family’s income. Mrs. Beazer was a savvy businesswoman in her younger days. She sold candies, snacks and sucka bubby on the government wall outside the Holy Trinity School compound. She targeted the most loyal customers any business could wish for – school children. She marks your face to make sure you remained loyal to her.

She believed like most Barbudans in cultivating their own food. She practiced farming by going to ‘grung’ (farm plot) with her mother and her husband. They grew their provision, peas and reared their goats. At home they kept the yard fowl to supply them with fresh eggs and meat. She always insists on a good diet. Stale food or leftovers were never a thing in her house, especially having her grandkids stop by.

Being married to her husband was the joy of her life. She took her responsibility of being a housewife very seriously.  She loved and cherished her husband. Her husband could never leave her yard unkept – his clothes were always well washed and pressed to perfection.

She is a devoted Christian woman. She lives by the mantra – there is nothing too good for God. She attends the Barbuda Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Harvest Sunday is one of her favorite church celebrations. She gets to give something and wear her Sunday best. You see, Mrs. Beazer can dress well. Each outfit she wears must have a hat and some jewelry. She’s one of the community’s best dressed women.

 

At 100 years, Mrs. Beazer is still going strong. Her life and her story tell us that life should be lived while we are alive.

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations to Mrs. Beazer on reaching this milestone. God be praised. However, her date of birth is stated as 6 January 1922. According to my calculations she should be celebrating her 101 birthday but if she is now celebrating 100 years, a correction to her date of birth needs to be done.
    Once again, congratulations to her and may God grant her good health to celebrate in the future.

  2. Fantastic news! Another Antiguan reaches the 100 figure. Wow!

    Our scientific and biological teams need to research this phenomenon and make some big big money for the country regarding this important longevity … or else an outsider from abroad will. Simple really!

  3. ONE THOUGHT or TWO
    “A people (especially our youths) without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
    Our people of African descent must tell our past stories in historical context, over and over and over, “Lest we forget, //And our identity becomes lost…..// For as a people, we sure are unique.”

    Congratulations “mother” on your 101 years of Excellence!
    Respect and honor Mrs. Enid Maudina Warner-Beazer (SGOE), Senior Grandparent Order of Excellence! You are the Matriarch and Queen of Barbuda!
    The core factor of your life is like a lodestar for our youths: self-sufficiency, “able to do all things….according to the power that works in us”, agricultural and animal farming providing healthy quality food from the earth for family and community, “The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them;” business/entrepreneurship/trade – producing goods for family and distribution to others with attention to good customer service; close relationship with family and community.

    Our venerable, noble, native Centenarians of African descent had few economic and education choices within the colonial systems to earn a living: “Washing, cleaning, working in the canefield, picking cotton.”
    Their labor produced the economic wealth and cultural benefits of our colonizers.
    Our Centenarians survived by practicing the fundamental economic principle: “Eat a little, save a little, spend a little.”
    And spiritually, they internalized hope of a better life, faith, through religion.

    We MUST PRIORITIZE STEM + creative Arts + business/ entrepreneurship/ trade in the curriculum of EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL and INSTITUTION, Pre-K to Tertiary, year-round, in school, extra-curricula programs (after school activities), summer to achieve our economic and social development goals.
    Let us interact with each other with humility, grace and good intentions!

    Save our Humanity, Save our Youths, Save our Environment, Save our Soil!!!

    Respect

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