Mama Lizzie celebrates 101st birthday

24 April 2020 By Donna Crowie

On Sunday, April 19 Elizabeth Peters - better known as Mama Lizzie - celebrated yet another milestone.

At 101 years of age, she is currently the oldest person on St Helena.

Due to Covid-19 social distancing measures, Mama Lizzie spent her special day quietly with her daughter Jean, son Harold and their families to celebrate and cut her birthday cake.

Last year, on her 100th birthday, she and her six children were able to celebrate with a tea party at Plantation House and a birthday party at Rosie’s Taste 4 Life.

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Photos taken last year at Mama Lizzie's 100th birthday celebrations - pre-social distancing!.

Back in the day, Mama Lizzie worked in the Flax Mill, the Dairy and at Scotland where she cleaned the insides of tin cans so they could be used to plant seedlings. She became a widow at age 32, and to help keep her family, she used to collect and sell firewood and fir cones, and that is why she is affectionately known as ‘Lizzie Fircones’!

Mama Lizzie now lives with her daughter, Jean, in Jamestown, where she spends her days relaxing and reading out loud. She enjoys talking about the old days when she used to have to work so hard, and telling funny stories of things that happened then. Many might remember Mama Lizzie as playing a big part in the Salvation Army. Unfortunately, she doesn’t go to church services as often as she used to, but she does say her prayers twice a day and read from her Bible daily.

Apart from a slight hearing problem and a few aches and pains, Mama Lizzie is in good health and tries to maintain her independence as much as she can.

The Sentinel extends best wishes to this remarkable lady on her special day and for many years to come.