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Briland's Finest: Ruby Percentie, MBE
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Page 1 of 1Total of 6 messages
Posted by:Jun 23rd 2006, 06:42:26 pm
MaddieCongratulations to Ma Ruby from all the Bronsons!
Posted by:Jun 18th 2006, 03:12:55 am
Sue R.Our warmest congratulations go out to you, Ma Ruby! A well-deserved distinction for Briland’s matriarch!

Love to you and all the family. And best wishes! Everyone is so proud of you!

Sue and Jesús
Posted by:Jun 17th 2006, 11:33:34 am
Blue EyesCongratulations to Ma Ruby! What a great honor for you, Harbour Island and all the are an inspiration for all Bahaians! To you, an honor well deserved, and it is an honor to know you. May you continue to inspire others for many years to come. Congratulations again!
Posted by:Jun 16th 2006, 12:13:40 am
KimberlyWhat a great honor for such a lovely woman! But how do we now hail Ma Ruby ... "Lady Ma Ruby"?? "Ma Lady Ruby"?? The possibilities are endless ;-).
Posted by:Jun 15th 2006, 09:25:46 pm
briland's bestMa Ruby is indeed one of the Bahamas best! A woman of high standards who demonstrates this daily with a sincere warm smile! She is a international individual with a humble heart! No matter where one is from Ma Ruby is able to converse with them, and warm their hearts like only she can! She makes all feel at home in our country! She is like the sun, sea and, sand to the souls who are fortunate to meet her! And she will then too become affectionately known to them as "Ma Ruby!" Thus returning annually for more "Ma Ruby!" A true Bahamian ambassador! God bless her continuously is my prayer! We love Ma Ruby!
Posted by:Jun 12th 2006, 01:57:57 pm
Fig Tree News TeamMa Ruby of Tingum Village recently travelled to Buckingham Palace, and her son Dr. Lea Percentie sends this trip report from the Freeport News, online at

"As for the purpose of this trip, I had accompanied my mother (Ma) Ruby Percentie to England to receive her Most Excellent Order of The British Empire Award at Buckingham Palace.

What a mind-blowing experience! The Bahamian High Commission went out of their way to accommodate us, even providing a car and driver to take us to Buckingham Palace. There, our group was treated to a tour of the splendour that is Buckingham Palace with its great history and priceless pieces of artwork. In the Grand Ballroom of Buckingham Palace, Pomp and Pageantry fitting the occasion was the order of the day. The ceremonies traditionally hosted by Queen Elizabeth now 80 years of age, were conducted by his Majesty Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. Flanked by his special Royal Guards which also included members from the elite Gurkha unit all smartly dressed and decorated for the occasion, invested the recipients with their awards. In a private conversation between Prince Charles and "Ma" Ruby after receiving her OBE medal, the Bahamas, Eleuthera and Harbour Island dominated the conversation. Ma Ruby proved that she was a more than capable Ambassador to represent the Bahamas as she openly invited Prince Charles to return to the Bahamas, especially to Eleuthera where the Royal Family has a home. Should his Royal Highness take up this invitation, on his itinerary would be one of "Ma" Ruby's special Cheeseburg-ers in Paradise at Tingum Village in Harbour Island.

What was so unique about this ceremony is the fact that Awardees were from all over the world. This now puts the whole award system in its proper perspective. A Bahamian could now share their nationalistic pride with the world. Not bad for a little barefoot girl who grew up on the island of Acklins with an outside toilet, no running water and no electricity and whose only ambition in life was to become a schoolteacher. Now she belongs to that special international group of achievers recognized the world over. Well done and congratulations "Ma" Ruby!

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Leatendore Percentie Boston, Massachusetts

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