The Alphonse family was thrown into mourning on April 25 – exactly 23 days after Anne Alphonse, better known as Ma Etienne or Noratta, celebrated her 100th birthday.
Anne was born on April 2, 1915. She is survived by two sons, Gabriel who is 81 and Robert who is 79 years old.
Dozens of relatives and friends from the community of Monchy, Gros Islet, had on Saturday, April 2 joined with the Alphonse family to celebrate her birthday.
Former Parliamentary Representative Sir Julian Hunte was among the people who celebrated Anne’s milestone.
“She is really remarkable, they don’t come like Ma Etienne anymore. We are all fortunate to have known her and have her here with us,” Sir Julian had said. “I went to see her after a long time, and she recognised me almost immediately. That was a touching moment for me.”
Also addressing the short ceremony was former parliamentary representative, now judge of the Caribbean Supreme Court, Mario Mitchel: “I too had the good fortune of knowing Ma Etienne, as we affectionately called her. I got my first history lesson of the community of Monchy from Anne, when I got involved with the community 20 years ago.”
The former minister of education went on to say: “She told me a lot about the history and the politics of Sir George Charles, Herman Collymore and Carl La Corbiniere. I am happy to have learnt a lot from her and may God bless her.”
Anne will be buried on May 8 after a funeral mass at the St. Joseph The Worker Church in Gros Islet.