Lived to serve
The large congregation at the thanksgiving service for the life of Ellen Anita Chambers repeatedly chorused “Amen!” as the tributes which spoke of her godly character poured out.
Miss Ellen girded her loins with the words of Psalm 121, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help...” and set out on a mission to be a positive influence in the lives of everyone she met and to be a stalwart and devout Christian.
She is remembered as the prayer warrior who prayed sometimes more than three times per day.
Her prayers had substance, they were meaningful.
She clearly believed in the word of the song “Brother, sister let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you.”
She served her church, the AME. Zion Church, very well. She played a great role in church conventions locally and abroad.
There was no task too menial for her. Her service extended to her family and members of her community, not out of duty, but because of her compassion and love for everyone.
She looked out for everyone, whether they were close by or far away, family or friend. She gave unconditionally and never expected anything in return. Many persons attest to the fact that she always kept in touch to find out how family, friends and acquaintances were doing.
Miss Ellen, though jovial, was no pushover. She was very determined.
She was an avid advocate for the interest of members of her community and the various groups she belonged to. She was able to transcend generational boundaries as both old and young attest to the positive impact she has had on their lives.
“Man, she had stories to tell!” was oft repeated, but her stories were for uplifting the spirit and teaching life’s lessons.
“By their fruits you shall know them.” Miss Ellen instilled positive principles in the lives of her 7 biological children and the countless others she raised. Persons who didn’t know her spoke of the values and attitudes her children display which could only be as a result of the guidance, love and support that they have received from their mother. So many persons call this lady “Blessed.”
Her journey has ended but her footprints are forever etched on the annals of time.
IGT staff Janeece Banton (centre), Tassana Thomas (left) and Trudy McNally were among many to pay their respects at the funeral of Brian George held at the St Andrew Parish Church last Saturday October 29.