Oldest person on Statia dies | THE DAILY HERALD

The late Albertha Timber-Maynard is seen seated in this file photo at her 100th birthday celebration along with family, friends and government officials.


ST. EUSTATIUS–Centenarian Albertha Timber-Maynard, the oldest person on St. Eustatius, succumbed to death on Tuesday, leaving to mourn her sister Mary Busby (99), son Peter Maynard, grandchildren Petra, Bertram and Brenda, extended family and friends. She was the widow of the late Henry Timber.

The St. Eustatius government conferred the Medal of Exceptional Inspiration to Timber-Maynard on her 100th birthday in January. The medal is awarded to citizens who have invested considerable personal time and effort into the community to bring comfort, relief, motivation and a better way of life to fellow citizens and setting an example of community spirit.

Timber-Maynard had ensured for half-a-century children at the Governor de Graaff School received a good breakfast. She was active in the Dorcas Society of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and in her church.

She sold parched and boiled peanuts, and coconut tarts to aid the church in its outreach to the needy at home and abroad.

The centenarian was dedicated to supporting young people and contributed financially to the educational development of several.

She was a vivid fan of cricket and football and cheered very vivaciously for her teams.

Learning of her passing, government Commissioner Marcolino “Mike” Franco said Timber-Maynard was a stalwart in the community who ensured that a generation of students were fed daily with her delicious bread.

“Her legacy of cultural participation, civil servant, business lady and spiritual advocate will live on in the lives that she touched and the people that knew her. We honour her and mourn her loss alongside her family and friends as well as the people of St. Eustatius. She truly was a magnificent lady and may she rest in eternal peace,” said Franco.

Timber-Maynard was born January 5, 1918, on the neighbouring island of Nevis.

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