Seniors from St. Maarten, St. Maarten & Anguilla turn out in record numbers

POSTED: 10/2/15 12:19 PM


Ursilla Levons-Conner102 year old Ursilla Levons-Conner received a gift for her contributions to the community of Anguilla, St. Maarten and Guadeloupe. Here she is surrounded by her relatives at the International Day for the elderly at Riviera One in Sandy Ground. Photo Today / Andrew Bishop

Marigot/ST.MARTIN – Some 350 senior citizens from St. Martin, St. Maarten and Anguilla turned out for a day of activities at the Riviera One in Sandy Ground yesterday. One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of a huge vase to the 102-year old Ursilla-Levons Conner who resides in Anguilla with roots on both sides of the island.

Her nephew Julio Carty read a brief biography, saying that she was involved in “kitchen gardening” to provide for her family with proper nutrition. In her later years she travelled to Guadeloupe where she met her husband. She had her first son in Sandy Ground.

Even at the age of 102 she is still able to have her kitchen garden and conducts all her business at the bank without the help of her relatives since she is still able to see to read and write.

Marva Hanson who was one of the organizers of the event said that the initiative came after they were aware that the government was not able to host the event for the seniors each year. It was decided to raise funds to have the event annually and to seek funding from different organizations.

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