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Former Elliot Schoool teacher celebrates 101st birthday

Educator Hilda Harford had plenty to celebrate this past weekend.

The former Elliot School teacher celebrated her 101st birthday with family and friends at the Extended Care Unit at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on Saturday.

“She still has her wits about her through the grace of almighty God,” smiled Mrs Harford's great nephew, Philando Hill, who is a local reggae DJ and producer.

Mrs Harford was born in Smith's parish as the eldest of four daughters belonging to Eugene and Minna Harvey.

She was educated at Berkeley Institute and also studied in Jamaica where a trailer of a local reggae documentary that her great nephew Mr Hill is producing received encouraging reviews at last month's Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival in Ocho Rios.

In 1947 she married late police officer Austin Coleridge Harford and whenever the opportunity presented itself the couple travelled extensively before settling down to enjoy life at home.

Mr Harford passed away in 2011.

Mrs Harford was also predeceased by her three siblings.

The daughter of late master builder Mr Harvey taught at Elliot School for nearly half a century and despite her age still remembers most of her former students.

Outside teaching, Mrs Harford indulged in many other activities during her younger years.

She spent countless hours playing the piano and also enjoyed singing and reciting poetry.

Mrs Harford also kept records of just about everything one could imagine as a self-professed book-keeper.

These days the former educator continues to enjoy her golden years with family and friends.

“She enjoys life and loves God,” said Mrs Harford's niece, Vinette Hill, in a previous interview with this newspaper. “She remains comfortably content with the many visitors, friends and family she has amassed over the years. We encourage her to relax and enjoy her jovial character and longevity.”

Hilda Harford: Turned 101 over the weekend (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published September 03, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 03, 2013 at 1:40 am)

Former Elliot Schoool teacher celebrates 101st birthday

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