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Elicia Tummings: 111 and going strong

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Elicia Tummings is the oldest living resident in Bounty Hall, Trelawny, at 111 years old. - Photo by Mark Titus

WESTERN BUREAU:


At an enviable age of 111 years old, Elicia Tummings is the oldest living resident in the rural community of Bounty Hall, Trelawny.

Tummings has managed to outlive most of her loved ones, which is a bittersweet reality for her emotionally.

"Jehovah God keeps me. God keep all of us," she told Western Focus during a visit to her home.

Born in the community of Lilliput in St James on March 26, 1900, the former sugar plantation worker made Bounty Hall her home during her younger years.

The centenarian, though having a hearing impairment, managed to recollect many events from her past.

While she could name the elementary school that she attended, Tummings said she spent most of her working life at the Tilson Sugar Estate in Trelawny, which is located in Bounty Hall. The lands of the estate today hold acreages of cash crops, including papaya and cabbage, as well reduced sugar-cane production.

She has survived her two children, Septimus and Agatha, as well as two granddaughters, who were tasked with caring for her.

Hard worker

Tummings, who now lives with another granddaughter, is a long-standing member of Falmouth Methodist Church. Her family remembers her as being a hard worker in her active years and as having mothered scores of children in the community.

On a lighter note, the centenarian reminded the news team that on its visit to her home, she wanted to be gifted with her favourite meal of fish and bread.