|Ona Glinton celebrates 100th birthday at Government House|
|Thursday, 12 August 2010 13:33|
Distinguished Grand Turk educator Ona Glinton was honored for her 100th birthday at a well-attended party at Government House where she received a card from the Queen.
Mrs. Glinton achieved centenarian-hood in June. She had a distinguished career in the Public Service as an educator. The Ona Glinton Primary School is named in her honor. Additionally, she dedicated many years to Guiding in the TCI, as well as in her church.
Since 1917, the Sovereign has sent congratulatory messages to individuals celebrating notable birthdays and anniversaries in the Commonwealth. Cards are sent by the Queen to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter.Attending the Aug. 6 celebration with His Excellency the Gov. Gordon Wetherell and Mrs. Wetherell were Hon. Derek Taylor, Frederick Glinton, Mrs. Ruthphine Smith, Mrs. Gladys Seymour, Dr Hugh Fulford and Dr. Beatrice Fulford, Mrs. Helena Hawkins, Mr. & Mrs. Leo Astwood, Mr. Dennis & Mrs. Julia Williams, Mrs. Helena Williams, Mr. John Skippings, Ms. Ivy Basden and Mr. Derek Been.
Ona Glinton’s biography
Ona Glinton, one of the stalwarts in Education, spent a great part of her life in the teaching world, both in Junior and Kindergarten teaching in the primary schools of Grand Turk. She has devoted 20 years in that profession.
A graduate of the Grand Turk Secondary School, she retired from teaching at Government schools in 1972 and pursued kindergarten teaching at home. The north Primary School in Grand Turk is now named in her honour — the Ona Glinton Primary School.
As Captain and later Commissioner in Guiding, she trained a number of girls for service in the community and also in the home. She is a faithful member of the Wesleyn Methodist Church and in her youth had served as a Sunday School Teacher, singer in the choir, member of the Girl’s League and assisted generally in all the activities of the church. She is also one of the founding members of the Eunice Household #6314 and has served faithfully in all the offices of the Order throughout the years.
Married to the late Wilfred Glinton of Salt Cay in 1946, she became the proud mother of Mrs. Hyacinth Saunders who is now living in Philadelphia and Mr. Frederick Glinton of Tulsa, Oklahoma also her adopted son and daughter Mr. Earl Glinton of California and Mrs. Estelle Pinder of Abaco.
In the community, Mrs. Glinton is renowned as an educator, friend and good neighbor to everyone. As as ardent traveller, she has visited many countries and she delights in recounting tales about them, especially animals seen at the zoos.
Mrs. Glinton would like to leave the following advice to all:
“Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, when and wherever you can.”
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