Cheer­ful farewell planned for Elva

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT THE WEEKEND STAR - AN­DRÉ WIL­LIAMS Staff Re­porter

Beloved co­me­dian and me­dia per­son­al­ity Elva Rud­dock told her fam­ily mem­bers one year ago that her go­ing home must not be a sad oc­ca­sion. In seek­ing to hon­our her wishes, Elva, who died on Oc­to­ber 7 af­ter bat­tling the au­toim­mune dis­ease Lu­pus, is slated to get a colour­ful send off this Satur­day. A me­mo­rial ser­vice for the co­me­dian and me­dia per­son­al­ity be­gins at 2 p.m. and will take place at the Karl Hen­drick­son Au­di­to­rium at Ja­maica Col­lege in St An­drew.

“Last year, she wrote her will and the for­mat her me­mo­rial ser­vice must take. She also re­quested a party to fol­low. All her friends and as­so­ciates called, want­ing to do some­thing, so ev­ery­thing falls in line, re­ally, with her wishes,” said Evla’s sis­ter, Karen Rud­dock­Fred­er­ick.

“She also re­quested no nine night. The fam­ily un­der­stands, though, that sev­eral per­sons who con­sider Elva their own have gone ahead and done some­thing in recog­ni­tion as she is well loved.”

Rud­dock-Fred­er­ick said that no eu­logy would be de­liv­ered at Satur­day’s thanks­giv­ing ser­vice.

“One eu­logy can’t cover her,” she said.

Rud­dock-Fred­er­ick told THE WEEK­END STAR that Elva’s body would not be present at the ser­vice.

“In liv­ing, she never did that. She never looked at a dead, not even her own mother. Her last me­mory of you has to be when you are alive,” Rud­dock-Fred­er­ick said of her sis­ter, who was larger than life.

BACK­BONE OF FAM­ILY

Rud­dock-Fred­er­ick re­mem­bered her sis­ter as the back­bone of the fam­ily and a friend to all.

“To me, she was my cham­pion. She would fight for me. To oth­ers, she was a men­tor. She did mo­ti­va­tional speeches through­out. At one point, she told me she talked some­one out of com­mit­ting sui­cide. To oth­ers, she was too loud, too rau­cous and moody. There were so many sides. She was lov­ing and kind,” Rud­dock-Fred­er­ick said.

She said that Elva was al­ways cheer­ful and help­ful, and even though she had no chil­dren, “for all the kids who knew her, she was the best mother.”

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