Vida Llewellyn Grace whipped up many tasty
breakfast dishes for tourists staying at the then Holiday Inn Hotel and other
hotels with aplomb.

Her dedication to her role as breakfast
cook earned her the respect of her peers and management.  It brought tremendous self-satisfaction for a
job well done. 

Vida was born at Massiah Street, St. John
to Annie and Herbert Craig.  The eldest
of four siblings, all now deceased, she was educated at St. John’s Mixed School
where she remained until the age of 12.

From an early age Vida loved cooking and
domestic work.  It was this passion that
led her to work alongside her mother at the Lodge School as a domestic in the boarding
section of the school. 

As a country girl, she had a strong desire
to experience City life and started spending time with friends and relatives
living in the environs of town. 
Satisfied with the experience, Vida worked in Belleville and Maxwell as
a domestic.

She completed a course in Housekeeping at
the now defunct House Craft Centre in Bay Street.   On completion, she worked at Benston Beach,
the Holiday Inn, Grand Bay and Grand Barbados.

Niece, Heather Craig-Gill describes her
aunt as “friendly, jovial and mouthy”. 
She added: “If annoyed, she will tell you off.  Her mother, my grandmother, often described
her as the most “hard-ears” of her children but I think she was just
determined.”

Mrs. Craig-Gill said her aunt was
independent and loved to make her own decisions.  One decision was to sell her home in St. John
and move to Wildey, St. Michael on the death of her life partner.  She later moved back to the country at the
birth of her son.

She also credited her aunt for single handedly
raising her three teenaged great granddaughters on the death of their mother –
her granddaughter in 2006.  Vida loved to
travel and she visited Trinidad and Dominica in her younger days.

Former work colleague at Holiday Inn
Hotel, Victor Forde, said she was a very good cook who had an excellent memory
and never got the orders mixed up.  “She
was a joy to work with.  She had a good
sense of humour and loved a good laugh,” he added.

Ms. Grace is the mother of one son,
Erskine Lyder who resides in the United States of America.  She is the grandmother of two, great
grandmother of four and great-great grandmother of two.

Vida said it felt great to be
100-years-old and said she had no ailments.