Centenarian Credits Dasheen, Yard Fowl, Cow’s Milk

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Caption: Centenarian Fanny Parris with Minister of Social Development and Family Services Donna Cox

FANNY Parris, reached a remarkable milestone on Sunday, as she celebrated her 100th birthday at her home in Maracas Gardens, St Joseph.

He loved ones travelled from England and the USA for the special occasion.

Minister of Social Development and Family Services Donna Cox also shared in the celebration with Parris and her family.


Parris confessed that while she hadn’t imagined turning 100, she expressed gratitude for the opportunity and humorously added, “If in case I live to see one hundred and one, I would be glad.”

She attributed her longevity to her diet of locally grown produce such as dasheen, yam, fig, fresh fish, yard fowl, fresh cow’s milk and more.

Parris said, “We planted and ate what we reaped.”


She credited the almighty: “Everything is possible with God, once you keep him as your bosom body.”

Affectionately known as “Fan Fan,” Parris is a mother of six, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of 16, and great-great-grandmother of 14. When asked about her favorite, she jovially declared her love for all her descendants, stating, “I love all my children, all. My grandchildren, great-grandchildren, I love all of them, the same amount.”

Fanny Parris with her family

Cox presented Mrs. Parris with a Certificate of Honour and Achievement. She also received a centenarian medal, a birthday cake courtesy of platinum sponsor, the Kiss Baking Company, and a food hamper.


To register for the National Centenarian Programme, visit the ministry’s website at www.social.gov.tt to complete the online form or print a downloadable form for completion. For more information, contact the Division of Ageing at 623 – 2608; Ext 2001 to 2009, or 800-OPIC (6742).


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