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Lady B remembered on her 100th birthday

Published:Friday | March 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga (centre) gives an address during yesterday's wreath-laying ceremony for Lady Bustamante at National Heroes Park in Kingston. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

The late Lady Bustamante was yesterday remembered during a wreath-laying ceremony at National Heroes Park in Kingston, on what would have been her 100th birthday.

"She has been an inspiration to me," Evelyn Sangster-Barnes, the niece of late Prime Minister Donald Sangster and adopted daughter of National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante and Lady Bustamante, said before the ceremony.

"Having helped her look after Chief (Sir Alexander) during his years of sickness inspired me to travel abroad and become a nurse for the US army. I attained the rank of major."

Seragh and Effie Lakasingh reminisced about Lady Bustamante's wonderful sense of humour, saying she could adapt to any environment.

Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga also hailed Lady Bustamante as a trailblazer, having held an early position of leadership as a woman.

"I am so glad that she set that example because today in Jamaica women are taking over more top positions," Seaga said. "It is a very important development in our social and corporate lives. Leadership is something that has to be tempered always, and the women of today who are leaders in our society have indicated to us how they can do this."

Lady Bustamante died in 2009 at age 97.