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CHARLES KONG SOO
Daphne Parsons has enough
joie de vivre and thankfulness
to celebrate her birthday twice
this year. She celebrated her 75th
birthday yesterday at her Ojoe
Road, Sangre Grande home with
a small, intimate gathering of
close friends and family, a mod-
est-sized cake and “a little wine”
to make a toast.
Parsons will hold her second
birthday celebration on March 18
with more friends and family, open-
ing the get-together with prayer,
open the floor for people to give
greetings, eat “good food”, stick a
big cake, and have a good time.
She is no stranger to giving and
charity. Parsons holds an annual
thanksgiving every second Satur-
day in July at her home, where she
treats children and adults.
Parsons was born on March 11,
1942, the first of eight children to
Edmund and Ivy Phillip in Rous-
seau Street, Sangre Grande. She
then moved to Brooklyn Settlement
in upper Sangre Grande and spent
her childhood there. She attended
Sangre Grande Government School,
then went on to St Andrews High
School and started to work at Textile
Fabric Manufacturers in the 60s.
Parsons’ three children are all in
the security and protective services,
her firstborn, Joel, is a prison officer,
the second child, Dexter, also known
as “Stinger” the calypsonian is a po-
lice officer, and the youngest is her
daughter, Loella, a security officer.
She is also a grandmother of five;
three girls and two boys and recently
became a great-grandmother of a
boy on February 18.
Parsons married her husband,
Garvin, in 1975 and he died in June
1988. She used to cook food and sell
barbecue every Friday and creole
food on Wednesdays and Tuesdays.
Her profession as a seamstress saw
her outfitting many women since
1970, but she had to stop two years
ago when she became sick. The
worst is over but she still suffers
from leg and knee pains.
Speaking to the Sunday Guardian
on Monday about what she did to
live a long life, she said, “Make sure
to get eight hours rest if you can. I
don’t drink, never had a drink in my
life. I don’t lime, I never break a night
to party instead I go to church or a
“I try to eat the right things, no set
of oil, more vegetables as much as I
could although it’s very expensive.
“I go to the New Jerusalem Church
She is proud of her grandchildren,
one is a research assistant at UWI
and the other will be graduating as
a fireman in March 29.
Parsons said she participated in
the first and last Queen of Industry
pageant in 1964 and placed third.
She reminisced when she was
growing up and having lots of fun
days playing with her siblings. Par-
sons said the family did not have
television or a gramophone in those
days. She said Sunday evenings they
would put on a show where each
child will do an act such as sing or
tell a joke and they would receive
shelled-out roast corn in a plastic
bag as a prize.
Parsons recalled that as she blos-
somed into a young woman, her
mother did not want her to go out
without a chaperone. She had to go
to the two cinemas—Ascot and Silk—
in Sangre Grande accompanied with
a girlfriend and her mother would be
waiting for her to be home by 6 pm.
Parsons recalled fondly local dee-
jays and bands such as Cliff Harris
from Coalmine and waistline parties
where they measured your waist and
paid 25 cents for every inch. She en-
joyed life thoroughly.
Daphne Parsons at her home on Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande.
PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
Daphne, 75, celebrates her birthday twice this year
NOTICE OF 61ST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
NOTICE is hereby given that the 61st Annual General
Meeting of AMGECU Credit Union Co-Operative Society
Limited will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Radis-
son Hotel Trinidad, Festival Ball Room, Wrightson Road,
Port of Spain at 2:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order – National Anthem, Invocation and
Minute of Silence
2. Notice Convening Meeting
3. President’s Address
4. Special Presentation
Meeting held on Saturday, April 02, 2016
6. Business Arising from the Minutes
7. Acceptance of Reports for 2016
9. Auditor’s Report and Financial Statements for 2016
10. Amendment to Bye-Laws: Article 2, “Name and
12. Review of Income and Expenditure Estimates for 2017
13. General Business
14. Vote of Thanks and Formal Closure
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Beverly Young (Mrs)
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