Beavley Powery has joined the small group of Caymanian centenarians.
Born on 14 November, 1911, she celebrated her 100th birthday last Monday at a party with friends and family at the Church of God Full Gospel Hall in George Town. This celebration was planned to the smallest detail by her only living sister, Ethel Ebanks, who is 93 years old and who is her supervisory caregiver. Many friends and family assisted.
Several friends and family of Mrs. Beavley spoke of not just a long life, but a life well-lived as a great example to her peers and the younger generation. Marjorie Ebanks, her second cousin said, “We praise the Lord for the many years he has given her. This was not her choice; this was not her plan; this was not within her power. Credit however goes to her – not for the length of life, but for the choices she made, the most important decision she made – to give her heart to the Lord – the contribution she made, and the lives she touched on earth and in heaven. Even today at 100 years old, Mrs. Beavley expresses thankfulness and demonstrates a positive attitude.”
She sang along with the group on the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and her favourite “What Shall I Give to the Master?”
Many friends and family brought gifts and cards to celebrate her life, but the highlight was a letter from Governor Duncan Taylor congratulating her on her special milestone and wishing her the best. A special nephew, Rev. Byron Powery, came from Florida for the celebration.