Lived to serve

Jamaica Gleaner - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

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