Angele Madeleine Labiche joins the ranks of the country’s centenarians

Angele Madeleine Labiche joins the ranks of the country’s centenarians
Angele Madeleine Labiche joins the ranks of the country’s centenarians

Africa-Press – Seychelles. Mrs Labiche on the day she celebrated her 100th birthday

Baie Lazare resident Angele Madeleine Labiche, nee Dogley, is the newest addition to the country’s list of centenarians after celebrating her 100th birthday yesterday.

She is the district’s only resident to hit the century mark.

Born on January 18, 1922, Mrs Labiche discreetly celebrated her birthday, observing all health protocols in the presence of close family members, including her daughter and grandchildren who made a trip from the United Kingdom for the event.

The special occasion began with a religious service led by Father Jacques, before principal secretary for Local Government and Community Affairs Kevin Perrine handed her a hamper on behalf of President Wavel Ramkalawan.

Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Baie Lazare, François Adelaide, also presented Mrs Labiche with a gift on behalf of the district’s community.

Tantin Baba, as she is most affectionately known, gave birth to two daughters, one of which has unfortunately passed away.

A fervent Christian from an early age, Tantin Baba has been described by her family members as a ‘God-Fearing’ person who dedicated her entire life to the service of the Lord.

They said she is a lady of prayer who attended all the pastoral feasts held in all the districts during her younger days.

She also had regular confessions, and according to her family members, this she said was for Grace of the Lord.

Tantin Baba was also a member of various prayers group, attending night sessions on a regular basis.

Her strong faith and devotion towards her spirituality has been the main driving force behind her longevity, her family said.

According to her grandson, well-known singer and musician Clement Dogley, who grew up with her, Tantin Baba has inculcated in him a strong sense of spirituality which led him to adopt a fair sense of responsibility and discipline in life.

He added that his grandmother has been very influential and also supportive in his musical career, especially at the beginning, when he and Jean-Marc Volcy were allowed to rehearse until late at her house.

Not really able to do much these days, Tantin Baba lives with her adopted daughter (niece) Raymonde Dogley who takes over after her day-time carer.

Despite not being able to move around, she can eat and drink on her own.

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