Mrs. Martin, who is the mother of a dozen children, including former Island Government Minister, Mr. Victor J Martin, and also well Nevisian attorney Oral Martin, celebrated her 90thbirthday on Friday 1st June, with her family, some of whom travelled from overseas for the occasion.
However, amongst those well wishers who took the opportunity to extend birthday greetings, was Nevis’ Premier, Mr. Joseph Parry.
Parry is reported to have said that he has known Mrs. Martin for many, many years and she has always been a hard-working woman who took care of her 12 children and other family members throughout her life. “I wish her a very happy birthday,” said the Premier.
Parry who is also the constituency representative or Jessup’s, told family and friends assembled for the landmark event that the celebration of her 90th birthday is good fortune, and it is important for the family to give God thanks for her longevity and her numerous blessings.
During the brief but significant ceremony, daughter of the celebrant, Mrs. Naomi Douglas said that “Mama has been blessed and caring”. She said she had cared for her twelve children, her niece Carrie and nephew Eustace, and not one of them has passed.
Premier Parry presented Mrs. Martin with a gift basket and a certificate of recognition and sealed the gifts with a big kiss and hug.
The certificate of recognition is awarded to Mrs. Martin in recognition of her 90th birthday from the Ministry of Social Development.
It was day of celebrations, filled with the singing of hymns and the reading of bible passages by Mrs. Martin’s home care-giver Mrs. Janet Herbert, who said that caring for Mrs. Martin is a joy and she wished Mrs. Martin many more fruitful years on God’s earth.