Rest­ing af­ter 107 years

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From left: Stu­art Barnes of the Na­tional Com­mer­cial Bank presents a cheque of just over $900,000 to Chetwynd Chuck, Calvin Lyn, Dr Az­zard Com­rie, and Sylvia Lyn of Har­g­reaves Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal. WEST­ERN BU­REAU: THERE WAS a great out­pour­ing of love, re­spect, and tears for the pass­ing of 107-year-old Sev­enth-Day Ad­ven­tist (SDA) stal­wart Mitella Wool­ery, whose body was laid to rest fol­low­ing her fu­neral at the Vaugh­ans­field SDA Church in Vaugh­ans­field, Ma­roon Town, re­cently.

Fam­ily, friends. and well­wish­ers from all walks of life, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the clergy and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, gath­ered to say their fi­nal farewells to the centenarian, who was born in Sun­der­land, St James, on March 8, 1909, and who had been an ac­tive and wide-reach­ing mem­ber of the SDA de­nom­i­na­tion since her bap­tism in 1938.

The el­derly Wool­ery, af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘Miss Mitty’ and ‘Mum,’ was mar­ried for 14 years to hus­band Samuel prior to his death in 1952. The cou­ple raised seven chil­dren, and fol­low­ing her hus­band’s pass­ing, she sin­gle-hand­edly brought up her chil­dren as a farmer of ba­nana, yam, and sugar cane and as a small-busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur, sell­ing her home­made pas­tries at the Vaugh­ans­field SDA Church School’s front gate.

In read­ing the eu­logy, daugh­ter Nora Wool­ery de­scribed her mother as a faith­ful Chris­tian who was loyal to her friends and loved ones.

“One of the most im­por­tant things in Mum’s life was her faith in God. Her life re­flected the ideals of her faith,” Wool­ery said while read­ing the eu­logy. “She was con­fi­dent and de­ter­mined, and some would say a lit­tle


stub­born. She was con­sis­tent and force­fully loyal to those who were blessed to be in her life. She taught us how to love and re­spect each other.”


“Our mother was a hard­work­ing small-busi­ness owner, and ev­ery­thing she did, God blessed her. She was a faith­ful ste­ward and demon­strated obe­di­ence by re­turn­ing her tithes and of­fer­ings,” the younger Wool­ery added. “Though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love and per­se­ver­ance.”

Be­sides be­ing a found­ing mem­ber of the Vaugh­ans­field SDA Church, Miss Mitty served as the church or­gan­ist and choir di­rec­tor and as a dea­coness. She also lived for a time in Co­ral Gar­dens, Mon­tego Bay, and at­tended the Iron­shore and Mount Salem SDA churches.

Pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Union of Sev­enth-Day Ad­ven­tists Pas­tor Everett Brown hailed Wool­ery for her many years of ser­vice to the Church.

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