Premier helps celebrate Eula’s 100th
A 100-year-old woman celebrated her century with a gathering of relatives from around the world.
More than 120 people turned up to mark former beautician Eula Hill’s milestone, from as far afield as Switzerland.
Ms Hill’s daughter, Shari Hill-Smith, 66, said that the party was more like “a family reunion”.
Ms Hill-Smith added: “In doing the guest list I only wanted to bring 100 people but we had more than 120 people show up.
“They gave speeches on how loving she was, how she would take them out, how she would cook food for them and do their hair, just things like that.
“One cousin said ‘Oh, I remember when Aunt Eula used to do my hair’ and little things like that.”
Ms Hill-Smith, who lives in Pennsylvania, admitted she and her brother, Wayne, 64, were worried that nobody would be able to attend.
She said she was delighted by the number of distant relatives who visited from around the world.
She said: “She had people from Switzerland come in, people from the United States come in, everywhere — they all just poured in.”
Ms Hill-Smith was speaking after Ms Hill celebrated her 100th at the Ocean View Golf Club in Devonshire, where her late husband, Harry Hill, was one of the founders in the 1950s.
David Burt, the Premier, Zane DeSilva, the Minister of Tourism and Transport, and Dennis Lister, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, also attended the party.
Ms Hill, born Tuzo, a mother of two and a resident at Lorraine Rest Home in Warwick, was the middle of seven children born to Geraldine and Francis Tuzo.
She lived in Flatts Village with her family until 1952, when she married Mr Hill and moved to Southampton.
Ms Hill-Smith said that her mother was a well-known beautician who styled women’s hair and dresses from her home for about 40 years.
She added: “Everybody my age and older would get their hair done by my mom and get dressed by her.
“Many people have come up to me and said ‘your mom did my hair and she dressed me for my wedding’ and things like that.
“My friend had a double wedding and one day she said to me ‘I remember your mom did me and my sister’s hair and dresses for my wedding’, so things like that make me feel good that people remember what she has done.”
Ms Hill-Smith said that her mother has started to “slow down” in recent years and rarely speaks.
She added that Ms Hill was still very perceptive and communicated with facial expressions. Ms Hill-Smith said: “We were smiling during the party because when the Premier and other men from Government gave their speeches, her face lit up, so we thought ‘it’s funny how the men are getting all the attention’.”
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