Irene Carlos, Antigua and Barbuda’s oldest living person, celebrated her 110th birthday among family, friends and well-wishers on Monday January 23rd at the Fiennes Institute.
In high spirits, the plucky centenarian danced during her birthday celebration and was all smiles as a cake stating “110 And Still Batting” was presented in her honor.
Among the guests at the birthday celebration was Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Minister of Health; Wilmoth Daniel, Brenda Thomas-Odlum; Director of the Community Development Division, and members of the Freetown Community.
During the party Miss Carlos requested three of her favourite hymns “Blessed Assurance”, “God, Our Help in Ages Past” and “To God Be the Glory”.
Born in the village of Freetown on January 23rd 1902, at 110 years old Miss Irene Carlos is the eldest of three children, and was often called upon to take care of her younger siblings. A task she carried on throughout her life.
Although Miss Carlos never married or had any children she readily stepped forward to raise two nieces and a nephew after their mother died when they were at a young age.
An excellent cook – demonstrating exceptional culinary skills from her youth, Miss Carlos’ favourite meal to prepare --and eat is fungie and pepperpot.
It is therefore no surprise that she took up a career within the culinary field, working until the age of sixty-five at the Mill Reef Club.
Not known to be shy Miss Carlos is a very friendly lady that sings well, loves dancing and socializing at various events. Singing at Concerts, the harvest cantata and church events were among her favourite pastimes.
Miss. Carlos said she’s very fond of two other centenarians whom she met several years ago while working on an estate.
They are Miss. Marion Cornelius of Willikies and Mrs. Charlotte Gilbert of English Harbour.
At 110 years old Miss Carlos is a remarkable and exceptional woman.
She thanks God for all her blessings.