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Dec 13, 2019

Leonora Patnett is 106!

Tonight we take you to a home on Wagner’s Lane, Belize City, where a special lady is celebrating a big milestone. We stopped in to visit with Leonora Patnett for her one hundred and sixth birthday today. The lively birthday girl was in her usual cheerful mood, laughing and sharing some of her wisdom. She says she didn’t expect to live to see one hundred and six – and so she can only credit God for this extension on life. Reporter Andrea Polanco reports.

 

Leonora Patnett, 106-years-old

“Today is Friday. Friday the thirteenth. It’s my birthday and I am one-hundred-and-six. I thank and praise the Lord to keep me so long.”

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

This is Leonora Patnett. Today she is celebrating a milestone – her one hundred and sixth birthday. It’s a ripe old age that most people don’t live to see. So, what’s caused Patnett to live for so long?

 

Leonora Patnett

Leonora Patnett

“Only, God could tell you (laughs). Only God could tell you. He’s keeping me up. I pray that I live to see it and anytime God say well, I ready for you; then I am ready too because it is a long time that I live.” (laugh)

 

Andrea Polanco

“It is a very long time – did you expect to live this long?”

 

Leonora Patnett

“No. I neva expect this.”

 

So, what do you does a hundred and six years old woman do to pass the time? For Patnett, it is about relaxing, her bible, spending time with loved ones and watching TV.

 

Leonora Patnett

“Every morning I would get up and I sit down and say my prayers and look over the bible and so on. I nuh do nothing much per say.  I would come out and sit down and listen because I like to hear 3BN.”

Andrea Polanco

“Your daughter is telling me that you like to watch basketball – tell me about that?”

 

Leonora Patnett

“Yes I like to watch mi basketball. The one that I like to watch is Lakers.”

Andrea Polanco

“Lakers – so why you like Lakers?”

 

Leonora Patnett

“Because when I first start to watch them and they play so good I get to like them. I get to know some of them – from they start to play and I see them I know them. I know their name.”

Andrea Polanco

“And you eat anything nice?”

 

Leonora Patnett

“Oh, yes! I eat good.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What all you like eat?”

 

Leonora Patnett

“I eat the chicken wing and chicken foot.” (laugh)

At one hundred and six, Patnett reports that overall she is doing welll. These days she is still moving around, laughing, and at times leave the house to go to church.

 

Leonora Patnett

“I walk around with the walker because I go in the kitchen too and get whatever I want to get, you know.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you are still moving around?”

 

Leonora Patnett

“Yes.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“You feel good otherwise, though, health wise you alright?”

 

Leonora Patnett

“Otherwise, I am alright.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Just a little knee problem you have? Weh the happen with that knee?”

 

Leonora Patnett

“Just the knee, aha.” (laughs)

 

And on her one hundred and sixth birthday she shares a little wisdom for Belizeans.

 

Leonora Patnett

“The advice I would give them is that they must live a good life. Don’t drink and smoke. They mustn’t do those things that are detrimental to them, but they don’t know that.”

 

Patnett  will go to church and have dinner with her family to celebrate her birthday.

 

Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.


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