Over 200 friends, family and well-wishers turned out to wish Mother Edna Stewart, a happy 100th birthday at a special party held in her honour at TottenhamTown Hall.
Mother Stewart, a member of Calvary Church of God in Christ in Tottenham, North London, was overwhelmed by the love and affection she was shown, and special guests in attendance included Bishop John Francis, one of her favourite preachers.
She shared that she had a great time. “The party was very good. I enjoy myself. And there were a lot of people I hadn’t seen for a long time.”
When asked the secret of her long life, the centenarian replied, “Without Him (God), I haven’t got any breath to talk. Without Jesus, we are nothing.” She added, “I love to be a Christian to help somebody in any way that I can, even to talk and encourage them or pray with them. You’ve got to do things from your heart, and do it with a clean heart.”
Mother Stewart was born onJune 6, 1912 to Jamaican parents, whilst they lived in Cuba. They returned to Jamaica when she was eight – along with her two sisters and a brother – and she regularly attended Sunday school.
She immigrated to the UK in 1956 to join her late husband,Constantine, and recalls Britain as being a cold place. She worked at a carpet factory for many years.
She joined COGIC church upon arrival, and has been a member ever since.
Although Mother Stewart didn’t have any biological children, she is viewed as a mother by many, due to the love, care and support she’s shown to others. This includes her great nephew, whom she looked after as a child. He shared, “We wanted to celebrate and hold this party for her in appreciation. She’s touched a lot of lives.”