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113-y-o thankful for new birth certificate

Published:Friday | June 3, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Yvette Scott (left), deputy CEO of the Registrar General's Department (RGD), and Hazel Cunningham (second left), acting RGD marketing manager, present centenarian Lillian Anderson with a modern copy of her birth certificate, while her son Raymond Anderson looks on at the centenarian's Millsborough Avenue, St Andrew, home yesterday. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

Kaymian Weekley, Gleaner Writer

Centenarian Lillian Anderson cheerfully accepted a new copy of her birth certificate from the Registrar General's Department (RGD) yesterday in a belated celebration of her 113th birthday.

Lillian, born on February 28, 1898 in Mount Charles, St Andrew, was registered Lillian Campbell the following day through a process called 'bedside' registration.

Her husband, Robert Anderson, died in 1971. They had married in 1937.

According to RGD Deputy Chief Executive Officer Yvette Scott, Lillian's registration was done in full so when the family requested a new copy from her office, it was an easy task.

"We wanted to do this on her birthday but because the request was made a day before, it was a little challenging. However, we are here today to celebrate with her," said Scott, who was visiting Lillian's Millsborough Avenue, St Andrew, home.

Lillian belongs to the age group of longest livers and, despite being aided by a wheelchair, her playful personality outshines her confinements. When Lillian was presented with her new birth certificate, her son Raymond Anderson explained to her that the "Registrar General's Department" sent the document for her. However, unable to clearly hear all the words, Lillian exclaimed: "But I don't know the general. Who is he?"

Asked how she felt about her new birth certificate, Lillian praised God and thanked all the persons present before carefully staring at the document and smiling.

"New birth certificate. It is pretty; and I thank you for it and thank God," she said.

Recently, Lillian received a birthday card from England's Queen Elizabeth, who was informed about the centenarian's milestone through Governor General Sir Patrick Allen's office.