Retired nurse from Queens celebrates 100th birthday

When Gladys Barney worked at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and Flushing Medical Center in Queens, she was beloved by her patients and staff.

It’s hard to keep up with Gladys Barney in her home in Cambria Heights, Queens, as she zips through her living room, kitchen and dining room — pointing out her numerous pictures on the wall.

What You Need To Know

    • Gladys Barney was born in Bermuda but came to New York City to pursue her nursing career


    • When she worked at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and Flushing Medical Center in Queens, she was beloved by her patients and staff


    • Barney is now a widowed great-great grandmother who volunteers at her local church Allen Ame Cathedral


  • She said she doesn’t have a secret to turning 100 years old, she just takes it one day at a time

Her home is a treasure trove of memories.

She was born in Bermuda 100 years ago and was the third of 12 children.

Barney dreamed of becoming a nurse and eventually graduated in 1947. But she was heartbroken when she learned Black nurses were banned from working at the main hospital on the island.

Because of that, she came to New York City to make her dreams come true.

Mother Barney, as she’s called by her family and friends, took it all in stride.

“The nursing was good- I had friends that helped me along the way when I came to America,” Barney said.

For eight years, she worked at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, and then worked at Flushing Medical Center in Queen for 26 years.

She retired in 1982 but keeps active at her local church, Allen Ame Cathedral, in Jamaica, Queens.

When asked about her secret for longevity, Barney said: “I have no secret. I just ask God to bless me and he blesses me and I take one day at a time.”

Story courtesy of Spectrum News NY1/Cheryl Wills

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