Friends and family travelled from as far away as the US and England to visit Clarendon native Vinette Briscoe as she celebrated her 100th birthday on May 15.
The mother of five, whose eldest passed away two years ago, lived in the UK between 1962 and 2002, undertaking multiple professions, including working at a factory, dressmaking, and making teddy bears. After returning to Jamaica permanently, Briscoe chose to reside in her hometown of Belmont, Grantham, though she was presented with other options.
A deeply religious woman, Briscoe got baptised a second time at the River Jordon in Asia and was an active member of Kilsyth Baptist Church where she played the church organ for years. She was also active at home until she became sick in 2019. Despite falling ill and losing her sight, the centenarian likes to remind others she is not in pain.
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Briscoe’s granddaughter, Tameca Hall, has described her as a source of encouragement and motivation. According to Hall, Briscoe has helped many children from the community complete school and would give them breakfast and lunch money if they did not have the funds. The 100-year-old still motivates others to be charitable.