Ms. Adriana Aliza Victoria Burton celebrating her 100th birthday today

Ms. Adriana Aliza Victoria Burton


Adriana Burton Joseph “Mama”

A woman of strong belief and faith who has lived a long Christian life – she thanks God daily for all her blessings – and until recent years she herself would have read the bible daily.

Mama was born in John Hughes village in the parish of St Mary’s on 23rd September 1922 – to Matilda Daniels and Thomas Burton.

She had two sisters and one brother – Rose Francis now deceased, Daisy Burton who is now living in New York and will be 95 this month and Ethel Burton (brother) also deceased.

She was schooled in Sawcolts in her early years and then she went to live with her aunt Winnie in Parham where she attended school.

After her schooling she moved back to her home area of John Hughes where she married Mr. Jerry Joseph (now deceased). She went on to raise her 11 children and also help to raise some of her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She now has a legacy of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren too numerous to mention.

Mama was a farmer (she always worked the land), a home maker (she raised her family) and an entrepreneur (sell her produce and remedies at St. John’s Public Market). She had many little businesses going and on the weekends she also sold cooked food as a second income to sustain her family.

Mama was a devout church goer and a member of the All Saints Anglican Church Mothers Union. She also worked at the Department of Public Works as a cook for the men who worked on the street and also as a cook at the Antigua Development Bank.

Mama always had a love for music and dancing – most weekends she would have spent time with her friends out at the many dances around the island.

She was always and still is a very sociable and friendly person who values all the friends she has had on the island and afar.

Mama was loved by everyone – encouraging, supporting and motivating family and friends to work hard and achieve whatever they wanted in life.


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    Congratulations “Mama” Adriana Burton Joseph on your 100 years of excellence! Also congratulations to your sister Daisy Burton on her upcoming, this month, 95 years of excellence! Both of you have healthy, strong genes! I believe you’re waiting for her 100th birthday!

    “Mama,” your biography is the testament of a balanced life of personal values: love of family, goal setting and achievement, work ethic to satisfy your health and financial needs, trustworthiness among family and friends – relationships – and experiences of joy and spiritual strength.
    Your family, relatives, friends, acquaintancies make up the entire Village!
    “Mama” you are the Queen and Matriarch of the Village!
    We are reminded of Psalms 127: 7 : Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
    127: 3 :Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
    127: 4–5. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
    Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gates.

    Our venerable Centenarians – our noble grandparents – and heroic enslaved ancestors, of African descent had none and few choices within the economic systems (slavery/colonialism) to earn a living: ” washing, cleaning, working in the canefield and picking cotton.” Their labor produced the economic wealth and cultural benefits of our enslavers/colonizers.
    They, our African descendants, survived by practicing the fundamental economic principle: ” eat a little, save a little and spend a little.” And spiritually, they internalized hope of a better future, faith, through religion.

    “Mama” you advise us, especially our youths to set goals and achieve them by our work ethic; use our cellphones to research, study, learn and apply the knowledge mixed with our entrepreneurial spirit and. talent to start and build business enterprises.
    For our health you say simply: EAT BETTER and EXERCISE MORE.
    Plant, Eat and Trade fresh Fruits and Vegetables and develop Family Farms. Interestingly, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is strongly advocating the development of the Family Farm model in Latin America and Caribbean to achieve food security sustainability and economic growth in the 21st century and beyond.
    Pre-K to tertiary! Our education system MUST PRIORITIZE STEM and business curriculum powered by our OECS and Caricom creative Arts (consciouness) in EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL and INSTITUTION year-round, after school activities, summer.
    Our economic growth and social development REQUIRE that transformation from the colonial education for elite management and unskilled labor.
    Thank you “Mama.”

    Respect always!

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