Driven to achieve

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Alver­ine Mo­rales Richards was placed in the lives of her par­ents, Juliet and Theophilus Richards, on July 25, 1946.

She spent many of her years liv­ing on Duke Street, where she lived with her mother and grand­mother. Richards was al­ways the type of per­son to stay in­side and keep up to date with her soap op­eras or read a novel; she knew how to en­joy her own com­pany.

Alver­ine was al­ways kept in the lat­est gar­ments by her mother, who wanted her to live the best life pos­si­ble, and would of­ten say that “Alver­ine must al­ways be bet­ter than her”.

Richards was, there­fore driven to achieve as much as she could in her life­time.

Her call­ing was in teach­ing, and Richards joined the teach­ing staff of St Theresa’s Prepara­tory School in March 1964. She was given the nick­name ‘Miss Richie’ while work­ing there and taught Grade Four.

In Septem­ber 1964, she chose to teach the younger ones and started in the ‘B’ Grade. She taught grade one for a num­ber of years upon re­tire­ment.

Through­out her ca­reer, Richards con­tin­u­ously up­dated her skills in her cho­sen pro­fes­sion through a va­ri­ety of cour­ses. Among them was a course in early-child­hood ed­u­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies, where she was suc­cess­ful upon com­ple­tion. She was a mem­ber of the Brown­ies and re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate for com­plet­ing three lev­els of guide train­ing.

On July 15, 1975, Alver­ine’s most prized pos­ses­sion, her daugh­ter, Camille, came into the world.

Camille was her only child, and if asked why she only had one, Richards would sim­ply re­ply, “Bwoy, me take what I can man­age”.

Richards raised Camille the same way her mother had raised her, that she must be bet­ter than she was.

For years, it was only the two of them, un­til grand­chil­dren Nichele and Nickoy were born.

Richards loved chil­dren, so she took care of her grand­chil­dren and the four of them were in­sep­a­ra­ble.

Un­for­tu­nately, health is­sues arose in Au­gust of 2015, and just two months later the Lord called Richards home to a life of nev­erend­ing hap­pi­ness.

She is now rest­ing in the arms of God.

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