A lover of fam­ily and home­maker

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOTPRINTS -

MAY 28,1953, the lives of David and Al­bertha Ste­wart changed for­ever as they were blessed with a beau­ti­ful baby girl to be called Mer­lene Veron­ica Ste­wart.

Mer­lene could be de­scribed as the per­fect baby as she hardly fussed and was gladly kept by neigh­bours and friends when­ever her par­ents had to go to work or run er­rands. This trait grew with her, and even at school, she was al­ways com­mended for her be­hav­iour.

With her ra­di­ant and car­ing per­son­al­ity she en­tered into the fit­ting pro­fes­sion of child­care, but didn’t con­tinue for long as she re­turned home to as­sist her par­ents on their fam­ily farm.

In 1970, she got preg­nant with her first child, Richard, and years later, a sec­ond child. She still re­mained a beau­ti­ful and hum­ble be­ing which made Lin­val An­der­son fall deeply in love with her. He ac­tively pur­sued her with zeal and zest and, of course, they joined their hands in mar­riage and had seven beau­ti­ful chil­dren.

WORKED HARD TO SUS­TAIN FAM­ILY

Aunty Merl, as she was af­fec­tion­ately called by her nieces, neph­ews and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, worked for many years pick­ing cof­fee at dif­fer­ent farms. This was a job she did very well to sus­tain her fam­ily.

A lover of fam­ily and a home­maker, her favourite meal was rice and peas with chicken. She was also known for her stewed peas which she de­scribed as ‘tun up’.

She en­sured that her hum­ble home was al­ways kept clean and her doors was al­ways open to fam­ily and friends in need.

Man that is born of a woman but a short time to live and is full of trou­ble. Their lives are full with mem­o­ries, pre­cious mem­o­ries that will live on, long af­ter they are gone.

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