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At 100 she continues to shop, dine in fine style

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Alice Powell

Alice (Ricketts) Powell turned 100 on May 7, and this milestone was celebrated with family and friends at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Palm Coast, Florida.

The centenarian, a firm believer in Christ, was honoured at the service and received a special birthday party in the church hall immediately after. The occasion was marked by tributes sent by Governor Rick Scott of Florida and from the 14th District, Florida House of Representative.

Alice has been a member of the church for more than 30 years.

It was recently published that the world's oldest person currently resides in Jamaica and, therefore, it is of interest that both Alice and her siblings, born in Jamaica, also celebrate outstanding longevity. Her sister, Mina (Ricketts) Lynch, who formerly resided in Montego Bay, Jamaica, died two years ago at the age of 106 years; and another sister, Martha Ricketts, age 98 years, currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

While living in the Bronx, New York, Alice acquired a nursing degree and worked in the field for more than 20 years. Her natural curiosity about life led her to travel extensively to places including Italy, Germany, Hawaii, Panama, The Bahamas, and numerous islands of the Caribbean.

Alice currently lives in an assisted living facility and enjoys relatively good health. She continues to shop and to dine at fine restaurants with friends. Alice is a very engaging communicator who keeps current by reading the daily newspapers and magazines. She enjoys solving crossword puzzles and playing bingo.

When asked the secret of her longevity, Alice readily attributes it to her inheritance of excellent genes.

The celebrations were attended by friends, family and well-wishers from places including Panama, Gurney ILL, North Carolina, New York, Connecticut, Apopka, and Jacksonville, Florida, Indiana and from neighbouring communities.

Contributed by Dr Maureen F. Linton. Email maureen.linton1@gmail.com