Happy Birth For The One Hundreth and First Time

How many years have you been told “Happy Birthday”? Blunetta Roach would respond, “101 times”! and just to ensure you heard her correctly she’d be sure to add, “I was born 1912, the year the Titanic sink”. The Pastors and members of South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist are honored to celebrate with its oldest member another year of Hope in the coming of our Lord and wish her God’s richest blessings in this the twilight of her life.

As can be expected her bank of memories far exceeds the average persons and she still recalls with warmth the joy of growing up with her six siblings while farming “Bert Road Land”, eating wild yam during the war when things were hard, going to school in Devils Point. Her devotion and tender love for her  7 kids, 16 grandkids and 10 great-grandkids exudes from the same heart that was won by her late husband A. Leon Roach. Their marriage of 73 years has raised the bar for their off-springs as they seek to emulate this pattern of a Christian household.

Sister Roach believed the three Angels Message of Revelation 14, and joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1940. As she puts it “I never looked back and never regretted being an Adventist”. She loves to sing and is a woman of prayer. Her favourite hymn is “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand” and her favourite passage of scripture is Psalm 23 because she has lived it. Sister Roach has served her church in number of areas in the Grants Town and Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Churches.Though words are inadequate to express the affection she engenders those who love her cant resist repeating the sentiments. For Tamara McGee Andersen, it is a treasured opportunity to be able to wish her Grandmother Happy Birthday as she adds yet another year to her century. In a tribute to Sis Roach Tamara writes:

Grandma, you helped shape my character at your knee. I heard you pray for us you went through your day. I heard you plead with God for us and that has never left me. I laughed as a child and still laugh at your charm and your humour. You always made me believe that I was special. Grandma, you are TRULY a Proverbs 31 woman. We can indeed "rise up and call you blessed." I love you for the memories and laughter that I still carry from my childhood. Happy 101st Birthday Grandma. I love you very much and am BLESSED that YOU were chosen to be MY grandma.

Her children all, Dr. Clara Roach McPhee, Dr. Arthur Roach (deceased) Veronica Roach McGee, Leona Roach, Annette Roach Dorsett, Anthony “Tony” Roach and Adelma Roach rise up and call her “Blessed”!

Article By: Patrice Williams-Gordon
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