The grandmother of Speaker of the House Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Myrtle Jane Brown, turned 100 on Wednesday and celebrated her birthday surrounded by friends and family.
Four hundred people attended the formal birthday party during which Mrs. Brown, a Watering Place resident, was escorted down a white walkway by her two oldest grandsons, Barton Ebanks and Bernard Watson, to the strains of the song “What a Wonderful World.”
She says her secret for long life now is simply “Don’t stop breathing.” When she reaches 105, she says, she intends to let everyone know the real secret to longevity.
Family and friends joined her at the Aston Rutty Civic Centre in Cayman Brac to toast her century and “dance two good reels,” said her granddaughter Susan Watson.
Mrs. Brown is the grandmother of Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Caymanian politician and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands.
Mrs. Brown said she felt good about all the attention given to her on her birthday. She has lived all her life on the Brac, and she said she intends to die there. Her only wish is to visit the Holy Land one day.
She said she is grateful to God for giving her this time on Earth and letting her reach 100 years of age. She added that the most amazing thing that had happened in her life was raising her children and seeing them raise their children.
According to Mrs. Brown’s fifth daughter, Shirleymae, her mom is a good mother who is loving and kind. “If I had to pick another mother, I would pick the same one,” she said.
Granddaughter Ms. Watson said, “The only thing better than having her as our grandmother is our mothers having her as their mother.”
Mrs. Brown has six children and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.