Martha Elizabeth Ricketts celebrated her 101 birthday on Friday, March 19. On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the day of her a hundredth birthday, Mayor Dale V. Holness of Broward County, Florida, formally declared the day Martha Elizabeth Ricketts’ Day, in honour of the centenarian from the Jamaican Diaspora.
Ricketts, initially from Tucker district in Montego Bay, is the youngest daughter of James and Mary Ricketts. She is preceded by three brothers and three sisters. Her daughter, Stephanie Campbell, at present resides in Montego Bay. Ricketts, who’s from a household recognized to be gifted with longevity, continues to get pleasure from good well being. Her eldest sister, Minna Lynch, lived to the age of 106 and her different surviving sibling, Alice Powell, will attain the age of 104 on Might 7.
In 1964, Ricketts migrated to america and between 1979 and 1989, she labored in New York Metropolis with Mary Newland, a author for the distinguished Good Housekeeping Journal. It was there that Ricketts honed her expertise in effective eating, which complemented her well-known present of hospitality. A 12 months in the past when Martha turned 100 years outdated, her home friends who arrived for the birthday celebrations praised her unique meals of Spinach Florentine for breakfast; cheese puffs served with wine for dessert; poached pear appetisers; and dinner entrées of Cornish hen and breaded fish, sautéed and served in beautiful sauces. It was famous that Ricketts continues to prepare dinner with exact measurements.
In 1989, she retired to Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, and actively served on the Merrell Methodist Church, whereas aiding the aged in her group.
Though Ricketts’ birthday celebrations had been interrupted by COVID-19, and family and friends cancelled journeys from Canada, Italy, Georgia, Panama, Germany and Florida, buddies continued to ship her their best needs.
To an individual so lovely and uncommon, an individual with knowledge and integrity, although humble and noble, comfortable 101 birthday! We hope you loved your big day and daily after. An impressive individual such as you deserves solely the most effective.
Contributed by Dr Maureen F. Linton