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St Hugh's graduate celebrates 100 years

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Sylvia Demetrius-Walters at 99 years old.

Sixteen years ago, Sylvia Demetrius-Walters participated in St Hugh's High School's 100th Anniversary Walk, starting from Hanover Street, the original site of the school.

Today, December 21, Demetrius-Walters celebrates her own 100th birthday and recalls how St Hugh's has remained a part of her family throughout the years.

Born at a home on Bray Street in Kingston, to Henry and Ellen Jane Demetrius, Demetrius-Walters attended St Hugh's High, formally known as Deaconess House, when it was located on Hanover Street.

After passing her Junior Cambridge exam, she left school to work at the post office. Her father remarried, to Edna Murray, and had one daughter, Yvonne, Lady Richardson, also a St Hugh's graduate.

Demetrius-Walters married Noel Walters, a teacher, on December 29, 1943.

Together they had six children - Memory-Dawn, Desmond, Dalsett, Michael, Marcia and Noel Jr.

Both her daughters are graduates of St Hugh's High School.

Noel passed away in 1996; her first child, Memory-Dawn, died in 2009; and her youngest, Noel Jr, foloowed in 2014.

Sylvia has seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her 11th and 12th great-grandchildren are slated to be born in early 2016.