Her dy­namism was con­ta­gious

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOTPRINTS -

NINETY-YEAR-OLD CYN­THIA Etta Jen­ningsWal­ters was eu­lo­gised by her son Ge­orge An­thony Walters and daugh­ter Dr Ann-Marie Walters-Smith in the form of a liturgy and the acro­nym CYN­THIA.

Car­ing, cre­ative, com­pas­sion and colour­ful are few of the words used to de­scribe this stal­wart whose gen­eros­ity knew no bounds. She was warm, friendly and had such a level of em­pa­thy that she felt the pain of oth­ers.

Youth­ful­ness char­ac­terised Cyn­thia. She was full of en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm. She had a zest for life and was usu­ally ‘head cook and bot­tle washer’ in any project she deemed wor­thy. Her dy­namism was con­ta­gious

Nat­u­ral leader and teacher, nurse – Cyn­thia al­ways had an ac­tion plan and ef­fort­lessly en­gaged oth­ers in her pur­suits. She was a nurse in what­ever con­text she was in. She pro­vided care at Chap­le­ton and Spald­ings hos­pi­tals. She was a trav­el­ling nurse with Ja­maica Milk prod­ucts for over 25 years. For more than 15 years, she op­er­ated the Lit­tle Nest at her home. This was a place of safety and com­fort for aban­doned and dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

Tal­ented and true friend – Cyn­thia’s mouth­wa­ter­ing giz­zadas, Christ­mas pud­ding, hams, jams and Jel­lies are among her fa­mous de­lights. She was a dress­maker and in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor, farmer, hor­ti­cul­tur­ist, and singer. Her won­der­ful so­prano en­riched the church choir.

Home­maker, high stan­dards – She made her home com­fort­able and at­trac­tive so that ev­ery­one would be com­fort­able. Her vi­brant per­son­al­ity was re­flected in her ac­tions and love for colours even in her speech. She was very or­gan­ised and in­sisted that any­thing worth do­ing must be done well.

Ini­tia­tive, in­no­va­tive, in­vin­ci­ble – She was con­stantly de­sign­ing and ex­e­cut­ing new projects. She earned the nick­name “patches” be­cause she could re­pair any­thing, whether the car en­gine, a wa­ter pump or bro­ken dreams and shat­tered hopes. She was a strong woman who scaled life’s chal­lenges.

Amaz­ing mother – Cyn­thia was self-sac­ri­fic­ing. Al­though she had only two bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren, she lit­er­ally raised hun­dreds of chil­dren. She loved and cared for them all. Her love was lim­it­less.


WON­DER­FUL SO­PRANO Lo­cal res­i­dents of­fer the fu­neral prayer of an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer in Charsadda, Pak­istan, yes­ter­day. Po­lice of­fi­cer Khalid Khan says two gun­men on a mo­tor­cy­cle opened fire early yes­ter­day, killing in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer Ak­bar Ali in the Charsadda dis­trict of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa prov­ince. Khan says the at­tack­ers fled the scene.

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