At 99 years she enjoys doing chores such as washing, weeding, cooking and she loves to watch television. When asked to what she attributes her long life she says that she is unable to tell.
“Only Gods knows,” is her response.
Esther Louisa Joseph was born on July 4th 1913 and spent most of her childhood days with her godmother in Newtown but at 20 she settled in Bense, the village of her roots.
Joseph is by no means an ordinary woman. She has outlived six of her 13 children, recalls gathering coconuts on the Hampstead Estate and working side by side with her husband, Sentil Joseph, in the garden.
She tells of walking across the river with a basket full of provision on her head without losing a single dasheen in the process. She remembers carrying a bunch of bananas on her head from the Roseau Market to Newtown.
She boasts of eating some of the best foods including provisions, saltfish (which she said was cheaper yet thicker back then), Cane Juice, Cocoa Tea with milk, cow meat and toloma.
She remembers Bense with only foot paths, no electricity and no pipe borne water. She had no stove in her early years of marriage and child rearing but she still managed with her wood fire and coal pot.
Because of her tenacity Esther Louisa Joseph was honored and received a citation at the Bense Reunion Award Ceremony.