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                               Special Thanks

The family members of the late Elma Theresa ‘Terry’ Gordon wish to express
their thanks and appreciation to the many friends, well wishers for their sym-
        pathy, prayers and support given in this time of bereavement.
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 We have been comforted by your visits, offers of assistance, prayers, flowers,            FC aÉäxÅuxÜ? DLGF @ EH `tÜv{? ECCF
telephone calls and your presence here today. The family also wish to express
  sincere thanks to the doctors, public health nurses and the staff at Peebles
   Hospital, Auxilio Mutuo in Puerto Rico, and at Schneider Hospital in St.
Thomas, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida, Michigan University Hospital
 in Detroit and University Hospital in Jamaica, who over the years have ren-                            Saturday 5 April, 2003
            dered medical care and assistance to our beloved Terry.                                  Road Town Methodist Church

Special thanks to Dr. Heskith. D. Vanterpool, Dr. Mirian M. Rodriguez -Hodge,                        Viewing: 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
   Dr. The. Hon. Orlando Smith, Dr. Jana Downing, Dr. Salvador Vila, Dr.
                                                                                                            Service: 11:00 A.M.
    Kedrick Pickering, Dr. Dawn Bain and Dr. Ignacio Mendiguren (Chief
                            Physician and Friend).                                  Officiating Ministers: Rev. E. Lloyd Brissett, Rev. Edris O’Neal &
                                                                                                             Rev. Keith Lewis
                           May God Bless You All.                                       Organist: Dr. Charles Wheatley, Mrs. Rosa Vanterpool &
                                                                                                     Mrs. Patricia Archibald-Bowers
                                                                                               Interment: Road Town Methodist Cemetery


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         Husband                      Uncle-in-Law                       Cynthia Dore

     James Julian Gordon             Maxwell Thomas
                                                                        Jackie Stevens
                                                                    Babra Gordon-Burnett
                                                                                                            WÉÇËà zÜ|xäx yÉÜ Åx? yÉÜ ÇÉã \ËÅ yÜxx
(also known as Julian Gordon)
                                      Aunts-in-Law
                                                                       Melonie Gordon
                                                                        Muriel Jerigan
                                                                                                            \ËÅ yÉÄÄÉã|Çz à{x Ñtà{ ZÉw Ät|w yÉÜ Åx
    Adopted Daughter
                                       Astrid Rossi
                                                                          Enid Estrill
                                                                      Melonie Ringrose
                                                                                                           \ àÉÉ~ [|á {tÇw ã{xÇ \ {xtÜw [|Å vtÄÄ
Tanisha Tracy-Ann Anderson           Venella Chalwell               Rachael Ventura Rios
                                                                     Sandra Ringrose (1)
                                                                                                                 \ àâÜÇ Åç utv~ tÇw Äxyà |à tÄÄ
         Brothers                        Nephews                       Jannet Ringrose
                                                                       Alexia Ringrose
 Rupert Seymore Ringrose
      Vernon Ringrose
                                   Charles Farquharson
                                        Betteto Frett
                                                                   Rosemary Ann Ringrose
                                                                       Samantha Kellor
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 Levi Constantine Ringrose               Diego Penn                      Alecia Stoutt                         gtá~ Äxyà âÇwÉÇx Åâáà áàtç à{tà ãtç
      Henry Ringrose                  Walden Powell                       Tracy Russ
                                      Norris Gordon                   Whitney Ringrose                          \ yÉâÇw t ÑÄtvx tà à{x vÄÉáx Éy wtç
          Sisters                   Timothy Ringrose                    Dorcas Blyden
                                       James Gordon                     Cheryl Gordon
       Joyce Taylor                    Keith Gordon                    Beverly Gordon
  Mavis Monica Ringrose                 Billy Gordon                 Merlene L. Gordon                           \y Åç ÑtÜà|Çz {tw Äxyà t äÉ|w
                                   Alexander Wheatley                     Dorriel Lee
     Brothers-in-Laws                  Noel Ringrose                 Sandra Ringrose (2)                        g{xÇ y|ÄÄ |à ã|à{ ÜxÅxÅuxÜ|Çz }Éç
                                 Rickie Penn (now in Iraq)          Alicia Gonsalez Stoutt
     Stanley Gordon                     Liston Jacobs                                                          T yÜ|xÇwá{|Ñ á{tÜxw? t Ätâz{? t ~|áá
  Wendell Wesley Gordon              Clifton Ringrose
                                      Philip Ringrose
                                                                Special Friends and Relatives
                                                                                                               Tç çxá? à{xáx à{|Çzá \ àÉÉ ã|ÄÄ Å|áá
      Sisters-in-Laws                  Billy Lettsome          Chief Justice Sir Dennis Byron
                                     Jason Greenacre             Dr. & Mrs. Charles Wheatley
    Lilliet I. Gordon
    Louise Lettsome
                                       John Lettsome
                                     Rolin Gordon, Jr.
                                                              Mr. & Mrs. Elmore Stoutt & Family
                                                                   Ms. Adorothy Turnbull                     Ux ÇÉà uâÜwxÇxw? ã|à{ à|Åxá Éy áÉÜÜÉãA
     Ruth Gordon
      Naomi Smith
                                      George Gordon
                                      Johnny Gordon
                                                                  Mr. & Mrs. Elroy Turnbull
                                                              Mr. & Mrs. Alford Penn & Family
                                                                                                             \ ã|á{ çÉâ à{x áâÇá{|Çx Éy àÉÅÉÜÜÉãA
    Elfreda Ringrose
    Maureen Ringrose
                                     Sherman Gordon
                                   Aziel John Ringrose
                                                                      Mr. Sydney Bennet
                                                                      Mrs. Jannet Stoutt
                                                                                                               `ç Ä|yx ãtá yâÄÄ? \ átäÉÜxw Åâv{
     Irma Gordon
      Lou Gordon
                                Randolph Penn (now in Iraq)
                                        Ruben Penn
                                                               Mrs. Marguerite ‘Susie’ Fredrick
                                                                    Mr. Alfred Christopher
                                                                                                            ZÉÉw yÜ|xÇwá? zÉÉw à|Åxá? t ytÅtÄçËá àÉâv{
                                       Samuel Jacobs               Mr. & Mrs. J.S. Archiblad
           Uncle                                                  Mrs. Amey Lewis & Family

       Leo Chambers
                                          Nieces                  Mr. & Mrs. Elihu Rhymer
                                                                     Ms. Inez V. Turnbull
                                                                                                                    `ç à|Åx ãtá ÇÉà uÜ|xy
           Aunt
                                     Sonia ‘Yvonne’ Say
                                    Sonia Patricia Kellor
                                                                  Mr. & Mrs. Elton Georges
                                                                  Mr. Gerard St. Clair Farara
                                                                                                             WÉÇËà ÄxÇzà{xÇ |à ÇÉã ã|à{ âÇwâx zÜ|xyA
                                        Marcia Sassi                 Mrs. Angela Bennet                      _|yà çÉâ|Ü {xtÜàá tÇw á{tÜx |à ã|à{ Åx
        Olga Blake                      Sandra Clore             Mr. & Mrs. Mark Vanterpool
       Myrtle Bryan                   Barbara Gordon                  Mrs. Rita Christian                    ZÉw ãtÇàxw Åx ÇÉãAAA[x áxà Åx yÜxxA
                                      Sylvia Freeman                 Mrs. Maria Dawson
                                   Floris Lettsome Lewis       Hon. & Mrs. Ruben Vanterpool
                                        Joann Smith                  Mrs. Connie George
                                                                               Continued...
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the end of the process, I couldn't move. That was the worst and I made it," she revealed. Terry
returned home with a new feeling: restlessness. "Having been active all my life - teaching and my                      Mrs. Ruth Frazer
involvement in drama productions in Jamaica - I felt restless after that last flare up, so I decided I               Ms. Vera Brathwaite                         Caretakers
would write short stories to encourage reading among students in the fifth to eighth grade".Her ven-                    Ms. Junie Davis
ture was well accepted by the community and Terry decided to expand her idea "I wanted to expand                 Mr. Roy Chambers & Family                    Lois Elaine Fraser
this idea to include not just reading but other subjects, so I went on line but couldn't find a Learning       Mrs. Victoreen Varlack & Family                 Jackie Plummer
Centre oriented to GCE and CXC. So I decided that this will be my focus," she said.                             Mrs. Dossie Garieve & Family                  Kathleen Gobern
                                                                                                                  Mr. & Mrs. Aston Gordon                       Sonia Douglas
After constructing her web site with the able assistance of Joanna Dane of OnePaper.Com., her site                     Mr. Joey Quinlan
- The BVI Review.Com- became one of the company's features. "I started getting e-mails before I             Dr. The Hon. & Mrs. D. Orlando Smith                Pall Bearers
even knew the site was up. I was totally overwhelmed by the response. I'm using my site to let the                     Ms. Ideen Smith
world know about this great place called the BVI and the many activities the territory has to offer                   Ms. Blanche Oliver                       Walden Powell
and the wonderful sites to see," she said. There's no doubt that Terry is smart. She designed a triv-                Mr. Reynold Davies                         Betteto Frett
                                                                                                           Mrs. Geneva Reynolds-Lettsome & Family               Cecil Hodge
ia game aimed at attracting traffic to the site and in a fun way getting students to understand how
                                                                                                                        Dr. Joel Stevens                      Seymore Fonseca
government works. The prize package for the first draw was donated by Mr. Andre Niederhouser,                                                                    Diego Penn
manager of Prospect Reef Resort and Mr.Ira Smith of Smiths Ferry Service and was won by                                Mr. Keith Brooks
                                                                                                                                                              Clinton Thomas
Richard C de Castro of B.V. I.                                                                                       Ms. Nelrene Walker
                                                                                                                                                               Allen Wheatley
                                                                                                                      Mrs. Claudia Kettle
                                                                                                                                                               Leroy Abraham
'I got responses from all over the United States. I was hoping that someone outside the territory                  Mr. Hector Torres Nadal
would have won, but it doesn't matter. I'm glad it was well supported and I'm sure everyone had fun                    Mrs. Muriel Ham
                                                                                                                                                            Honory Pall Bearers
                                                                                                                 Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Pickering
playing," Terry said. She added: "I had lots of support and contribution from the community and
                                                                                                                        Ms. Ann Carter
past students. I miss teaching sometimes. I miss most of all the interaction with the kids. I'm very                                                    Chief Justice Sir Dennis Byron
                                                                                                                  Mrs. Vanora Allen-White                       Stanley Gordon
proud of my former students when I see them performing at all levels in society." Terry updates here
                                                                                                                 Mr. & Mrs. Cyril B. Romney                  Hon. Omar W. Hodge
site at her pleasure and thanks everyone who supports it. Polymyocitis rarely affects people under the                  Mr. Rey O’Neal
age of 20 but cases of childhood and infant polymyocitis have been reported. The disease affects                                                                   Laxmi Das
                                                                                                                    Mrs. Rosa Vanterpool                       Clarence Thomas
more women than men.                                                                                               Mr. & Mrs. Paul Webster                   Mr. Patrick Whittock
                                                                                                                  Mr. & Mrs. Roland Abner                     J.S. Archibald, Q.C.
                                                                                                                 Mr. & Mrs. Hugo Vanterpool                   Mr. Elton Georges
                                                                                                              Mrs. Athlene Hammond & Family                    Mr. Carl Dawson
                                                                                                            Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Whittock & Family         Dr. The Hon. Orlando Smith
                                                                                                              Mr. & Mrs. Keith Gumbs & Family                Mr. Calvin Baronville
                                                                                                                    Mr. & Mrs. Laxmi Das                        Cyril B. Romney
                                                                                                                     Mr. Theodore Skeete
                                                                                                                   Mr. & Mrs. Leo Francis                          Ushers
                                                                                                                     Mrs. Doris Hepburn
                                                                                                                      Dr. Larry Rawlins                        Loretta Powell
                                                                                                                       Ms. Elvera Potter                         Dawn Smith
                                                                                                                    Mrs. Barbara Turnbull                     Carmen Wheatley
                                                                                                                    Mr. & Mrs. Ira Smith                        Noni Georges
                                                                                                                        Ms. Loy Grant                         Najan Christopher
                                                                                                                  Mr. & Mrs. Claire Roberts                     Emily George
                                                                                                                 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Georges                    Ayana Glasgow
                                                                                                                 Mr. & Mrs. Juanito Rubaine                     Regina Powell
                                                                                                                 Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Bernard                     Eideen Smith
                                                                                                                    Mrs. Juliette Pickering                    Angela Bennet
                                                                                                                 Mr. Roy Anderson & Family                    Avelinda Freeman
                                                                                                                 Mr. & Mrs. Allington Hodge                   Kindra Pickering
                                                                                                              Mrs. Beatrice Robertson & Family                 Sylvia Freeman
                                                                                                            Other Staff of the Spanish Department                Maude Frett
                                                                                                                       (Past & Present)
                                                                                                               Many other relatives and friends.




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                            Pre- Service.................Mrs. Connie George & Mrs Ruth Fraser



                                     bÜwxÜ Éy fxÜä|vx                                                                                                                                                        She never loses hope

                                                                                                                                                                                 Local woman fights rare disease with hope, courage
Opening Sentences..................................................................................................................Rev. Edris O’Neal                                                        By AMANDA WILSON

Hymn.............................................................................................................................Praise Him! Praise Him!             "I never gave up hope. I believe what my Bible says. Ask and it shall be given. Many thought I would
                                                                                                                                                                     not have made it. I never thought I was going to die" Her battle for life began in 1997, five years after
                                                                                                                                                                     she was diagnosed with polymyocitis, inflammation of the muscular system. Terry Gordon watched
                                   Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessèd Redeemer!                                                                              her body change, endured sometimes excruciating pain, the deafness and even the constant visits to
                                        Sing, O Earth-His wonderful love proclaim!                                                                                   the hospitals but never lost faith in God.
                                     Hail Him! hail Him! highest arch-angel in glory;
                                       Strength and honour give to His holy Name!                                                                                    Her story is one of devotion and courage, and the never-ending will to contribute to the world around
                                      Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,                                                                                her. Terry was born in Jamaica but lost her heart to the British Virgin Islands more than 20 years ago.
                                                                                                                                                                     Already an established teacher having taught in several schools in Jamaica, the last being Campion
                                         In His arms He carries them all day long.
                                                                                                                                                                     College in Kingston, she was recruited by the BVl government in 1977 to teach Spanish to high school
                                                                                                                                                                     students. From her bed at her MacNamara home, she said she taught at the local high school for 20
                             Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness.                                                                                years until she was forced to retire in 1997 due to illness.
                                    Praise Him! Praise Him ever in joyful song.
                                                                                                                                                                     " I came here in 1977 and I fell in love with the place," she shared. But her love for the territory goes
                                   Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessèd Redeemer!                                                                              deeper. Terry met her husband, Julian Gordon, a month after she came off that plane. "I was diag-
                                                                                                                                                                     nosed with polymyocitis since in 1992 in Florida but never felt ill until 1997.1 had a beautiful class
                                       For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died.
                                                                                                                                                                     that year and really wanted to see my students graduate. It started gradually. I would feel great while
                                       He, our Rock, our hope for eternal salvation,                                                                                 at school but when I got home I was always tired..." she said. Terry felt exhausted because her mus-
                                          Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus, the Crucified!                                                                                  cles were slowly seizing up. A health website explained that polymyocitis causes the muscle to weak-
                                     Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,                                                                                  en gradually, and a person to experience difficulty in walking and inability to breathe due to muscle
                                      Love un-bounded, wonderful, deep and strong!                                                                                   failure.

                                                                                                                                                                     "It started gradually with my legs. The numbness then spread to my right side. At one point, my right
                             Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness.
                                                                                                                                                                     hand was so affected that I couldn't eat properly and I was also completely deaf," she recalled tearful-
                                    Praise Him! Praise Him ever in joyful song!                                                                                      ly. "You can't imagine one day not being able to put something in your mouth," Terry said. Over the
                                                                                                                                                                     next few months, the former teacher was in and out of hospitals both in Tortola and Puerto Rico. She
                                  Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessèd Redeemer!                                                                               underwent test after test, took medications in all forms - orally, intravenously and intramuscularly -
                                        Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!                                                                                    and watched her once very active life take a slow turn. Before retirement, Terry made her way to
                                         Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever.                                                                                   school with the assistance of a walking stick, then two walking sticks and finally a walker. "I loved
                                                                                                                                                                     teaching. It gave me satisfaction when I saw my pupils become involved in my lessons. It is a good feel-
                                 Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!
                                                                                                                                                                     ing."
                                       Christ is coming! over the world victorious,
                                         Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong!                                                                                       She can now laugh at some of the incidents that occurred during those trying months. "My friend
                                                                                                                                                                     Camille Gumbs was visiting me and she noticed I was having difficulty breathing. We were chatting
                             Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness.                                                                                and I didn't even realize that I wasn't breathing property until she pointed it out. Can you imagine hav-
                                    Praise Him! Praise Him ever in joyful song.                                                                                      ing difficulty breathing and not realizing it", Terry shared after a few seconds of laughter. "Camille
                                                                                                                                                                     called Dr Heskith Vanterpool, who came running as he always does, and having discovered that I had
                                                                                                                                                                     water on my lungs, he rushed me off to the hospital in Puerto Rico. "I went through difficult breath-
Prayer........................................................................................................................................Rev. Edris O’Neal      ing and the numbness. But all along I never thought I was going to die. While in the hospital, I just
                                                                                                                                                                     kept saying - I shall not die but live and exalt the works of the Lord".
Eulogy......................................................................................................................................J.S. Archibalc Q.C.
                                                                                                                                                                     With tears in her eyes, she shared her worst experience. "The worst was when I was unable to eat for
Psalm 23...........................................................................................................................................Congregation      19 days and some persons feared I was not going to make it. Not me though. I knew I was going to
                                                                                                                                                                     make it. "I was taken to Puerto Rico for treatment again. My sister-in-law Ruth was with me and at
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fession. I subsequently became bedridden, despondent and depressed.
Now with more time on my hands, I was determined to put this opportunity          Tribute..............................................................................................................................BVI High School Staff
to good use. My fascination with the Internet grew; I kept acquiring more
                                                                                  Tribute.......................................................................................................................Mrs. Joyce Taylor (Sister)
computers and at the same time immersed myself in Desktop Publishing.
                                                                                  Tribute.................................................................................................................................Ms. Nicole Donovan

I produced a number of short stories - a collection of Island Tales for Grades    Tribute.....................................................................................................................................Mr. Elihu Rhymer
5 - 8 students that are yet to be published. This led to the idea of developing   Hymn..........................................................................................Now I Have Found The Ground Where In.
a website to provide homework help for students in High Schools by way of
                                                                                                                                NOW I have found the ground wherein
a Learning Centre.                                                                                                               Sure my soul's anchor may remain-
                                                                                                                                  The wounds of Jesus, for my sin
                                                                                                                                 Before the world's foundation slain;
While exploring that avenue the concept of an electronic journal was also                                                         Whose mercy shall unshaken stay,
explored out of which the present website The BVI Review was born. It was                                                       When heaven and earth are fled away.
not intended to be a standard paper. It would be a socio-cultural and educa-                                                        Father, thine everlasting grace
                                                                                                                                   Our scanty thought surpasses far,
tional resource about the territory. The Learning Centre is yet to be launched.
                                                                                                                                 Thy heart still melts with tenderness,
The website is powered by onepaper.com community papers out of                                                                     Thy arms of love still open are,
                                                                                                                                     Returning sinners to receive,
Tennessee, USA.
                                                                                                                                  That mercy they may taste and live.
                                                                                                                                 O Love, thou bottomless abyss,
Two months after being launched the response was tremendous. The Editor                                                         My sins are swallowed up in thee!
of The BVI Review gives thanks firstly to The Almighty God for bringing                                                          Covered is my unrighteousness,
                                                                                                                                Nor spot of guilt remains on me,
her a long way, from the point where she almost died to this plateau where she                                              While Jesu's blood, through earth and skies,
can function. Unto Him be all the Glory and Praise. Next she want to thank:                                                    Mercy, free, boundless mercy! cries.

Freddie Creque (Tortola), Vanessa Faulkner (Anegada), Vincent Wheatley                                                              With faith I plunge me in this sea,
                                                                                                                                    Here is my hope, my joy, my rest;
(Virgin Gorda), Jennie N. Wheatley (Tortola), Joanna Dame (Tennessee),                                                               Hither, when hell assails, I flee,
Shawn Pennington (St. Thomas source. com), Linton Leonard (Tortola), The                                                             I look into my Saviour's breast;
                                                                                                                                    Away, sad doubt, and anxious fear!
GIS and a host of Advisors, Supporters and Contributors.                                                                             Mercy is all that's written there.
                                                                                                                         Though waves and storms go o'er my head,
                                                                                                                       Though strength, and health, and friends be gone,
                                                                                                                           Though joys be withered all and dead,
                                                                                                                            Though every comfort be withdrawn,
                                                                                                                              On this my steadfast soul relies,
                                                                                                                                Father, Thy mercy never dies!
                                                                                                                                  Fixed on this ground will I remain,
                                                                                                                                 Though my heart fail, and flesh decay;
                                                                                                                                  This anchor shall my soul sustain,
                                                                                                                                 When earth's foundations melt away;
                                                                                                                                 Mercy's full power I then shall prove,
                                                                                                                                    Loved with an everlasting love.
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 Old Testement:                Ecclesiastes 3:1-14...........................................................................Mr. Patrick Whittock
                                                                                                                                                                                           The BVI Review.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                   by
 Epistle:          1st Thessalonians: 4: 13-18................................Mrs. Athlene Chambers Hammond (cousin)
                                                                                                                                                                                            TERRI GORDON
 Selection......................................................................................................................Road Town Senior Choir

 Gospel          St. John 14: 1-6, 27.........................................................................................Mrs. Connie George                      I relocated here from Jamaica in 1977, recruited by the BVI Government to
 Homily.....................................................................................................................................Rev Lloyd Brissett        teach Spanish at the BVI High School.

 Apostles Creed................................................................................................................................Congregation
                                                                                                                                                                      Before coming to Tortola I taught in several Schools in Jamaica the last being
 Prayer of Thanksgiving.........................................................................................................Rev. Keith Lewis                      Campion College, in Kingston, where I taught Economics and Spanish
                                                                                                                                                                      Literature to 6th form students. I also prepared students for the annual dance
 Hymn.........................................................................................................................................The Strife is O’er
                                                                                                                                                                      and drama festival held there.
                                                    The strife is o’er, the battle done;
                                                    Now is the victor’s triumph won;
                                                                                                                                                                      While at the BVI High School I asked my husband Julian Gordon to buy me
                                                    Now be the song of praise begun:
                                                                 Alleluia!                                                                                            a typewriter, but he refused saying `I will not do that, because this is the com-
                                                                                                                                                                      puter age'. So he bought me a computer, which I did not know how to use.
                                            The powers of death have done their worst;
                                             But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
                                                                                                                                                                      This computer was in the study, dusted it frequently because that was least
                                                 Let shouts of holy joy outburst:                                                                                     intimidating, and the extent of my familiarity with it.
                                                             Alleluia!

                                                 The three sad days have quickly sped;                                                                                Later on I would play around with my new `toy' all night until the wee hours
                                                   He rises glorious from the dead;                                                                                   of the morning. Then, eureka! I developed some knowledge and facility with
                                                     All glory to our risen Head:
                                                                                                                                                                      this object. I was absolutely fascinated by the information I could obtain on
                                                               Alleluia!
                                                                                                                                                                      my new toy.
                                                 He closed the yawning gates of hell;
                                               The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
                                                Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell:                                                                                I did Internet classes on the web, and downloaded so many files that the avail-
                                                               Alleluia!                                                                                              able space was almost nil, leaving the computer technician to declare that the
                                                                                                                                                                      patient (computer) was DOA (Dead on Arrival). However he was able to
                                            Lord! By the stripes which wounded Thee;
                                            From death’s dread sting Thy servants free;                                                                               miraculously resuscitate the computer, hence my skills continued to be devel-
                                               That we may live and sing to Thee:                                                                                     oped.
                                                             Alleluia!

                                                                                                                                                                      Soon afterwards I was diagnosed with polymyocitis - inflammation of the
                                                                                                                                                                      muscular system. This led to my premature retirement from the teaching pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Continued...
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     Commendation.....................................................................................................................Rev. Lloyd Brissett

     Lord’s Prayer..................................................................................................................................Congregation

     Benediction

     Recessional.........................................Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory Of The Coming Of The Lord


                                Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
                          He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
                             He has loosed the faithful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
                                                His truth is marching on.


                              He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never sound retreat;
                               He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgement-seat;
                                  O be swift, my soul, to answer Him; be jubilant my feet!
                                                   Our God is marching on.


                                   In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,
                                   With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
                                   As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
                                                  While God is marching on.




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            With Friends On Earth                                              That Beautiful Land

With Friends on earth we meet in gladness                          I am thinking today of that beautiful land
      While swift the moments fly,                                   I shall reach when the sun goeth down;
 Yet ever comes the thought of sadness,                        When through wonderful grace by my Savior I stand,
     That we must say “Good-bye.”                                     Will there be any stars in my crown?

                     Refrain                                                           Chorus
     We'll never say “Good-bye” in heaven,                         Will there be any stars, any stars in my crown
          We'll never say “Good-bye”...                                When at evening the sun goeth down?
       In that fair land of joy and song,                         When I wake with the blest in the mansions of rest
           We'll never say “Good-bye.”                                  Will there be any stars in my crown?

   How joyful is the hope that lingers,                         In the strength of the Lord let me labor and pray,
   When loved ones cross death's sea                                    Let me watch as a winner of souls,
 That we, when all earth's toils are ended,                     That bright stars may be mine in the glorious day,
        With them shall ever be.                                    When His praise like the sea - billow rolls.

                 Refrain
  No parting words shall e'er be spoken                           Oh, what joy it will be when His face I behold,
         In yonder home so fair;                                       Living gems at his feet to lay down!
 But songs of joy and peace and gladness,                         It would sweeten my bliss in the city of gold,
        We'll sing for ever there.                                   Should there be any stars in my crown.


                                                                            On Jordon’s Stormy Bank
                There’s A Land...
                                                                         On Jordan's stormy bank I stand,
   There's a land that is fairer than day,                                    And cast a wishful eye
      And by faith we can see it afar                                    To Canaan's fair and happy land,
    For the Father waits over the way,                                      Where my possessions lie.
   To prepare us a dwelling-place there.
                                                                       We will rest in the fair and happy land
                       Chorus                                            Just across on the evergreen shore
                                                                  Sing the song of Moses and the Land by and by
  In the sweet.............. by and by,...............                     And dwell with jesus evermore.
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;.........
 In the sweet................. by and by,...............                O'er all those wide extended plains
  We shall meet on that beautiful shore.                                      Shines one eternal day;
                                                                        There God the Son forever reigns,
   We shall sing on that beautiful shore                                     And scatters night away.
   The melodious songs of the blessed;
   And our spirits shall sorrow no more-                               When I shall reach that happy place,
    Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.                                      I'll be forever blest?
                                                                        For I shall see my Father's face,
                       Chorus                                               And in His bosom rest?
      To our bountiful Father above                                    Filled with delight, my raptured soul
    We will offer the tribute of praise                                      would here no longer stay
    For the glorious gift of His love,                                Though Jordan's waves around me roll
  And the blessings that hallow our days.                                     Fearless, I'd launch away

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                                                                                                                          Who Who Are These?

                                                                                                                 Who, who are these beside the chilly wave
                                                                                                                  Just on the borders of the silent grave
                                                                                                                       Shouting Jesus’ power to save
                                                                                                                                                                                 In The Land Where The
                                                                                                                   “Washed in the blood of the Lamb?”
                                                                                                                                                                                Bright Ones Are Gathered
                                                                                                               “Sweeping through they gates of the New Jerusalem
                                                                                                                                                                       In the land where the bright ones are gathered
                                                                                                                    Washed in the blood of the Lamb?”
                                                                                                                                                                           In the far-away home where they dwell
                                                                                                                                                                       Do they know how our sad hearts are breaking
                                                                                                              These, these are they who, in their youthful days,
                                                                                                                                                                          Do they know that we love them so well?
                                                                                                                 Found Jesus early, and in wisdom’s ways
                                                                                                                      Proved the fullness of His grace
                                                                                                                                                                                Do they know, do they know
                                                                                                                    “Washed in the blood of the Lamb”
                                                                                                                                                                          Do they know that we love them so well?
                                                                                                                                                                       In the land where the bright ones are gathered
                                                                                                               These, these are they who, in affliction’s woes
                                                                                                                                                                          Do they know that we love them so well?
                                                                                                                 Ever have found in Jesus calm response
                                                                                                                      Such as from a pure heart flows
                                                                                                                                                                        Where they gaze on the splendours of Eden
                                                                                                                   “Washed in the blood of the Lamb.”
                                                                                                                                                                             On the glories no mortal can tell
                                                                                                                                                                        Do they think of the eyes that are weeping
                                                                                                               These, these are they who, in the conflict dire
                                                                                                                                                                         Do they know that we love them so well?
                                                                                                                 Boldly have stood amid the hottest fire
                                                                                                                    Jesus now says: “Come up higher.”
 Cousin Vanora Allen-White and Husband. Visiting                                                                                                                       Do they stoop from the bright realms of glory
                                                              Terry dressed for work at B.V.I. High School.        “Washed in the blood of the Lamb.”
B.V.I. on cruise joined Terry for breakfast. Feb 2003.                                                                                                                    Where the anthems triumphantly swell
                                                                                                                                                                            Do they long for a blessing reunion
                                                                                                                                                                         Do they know that we love them so well?
                                                                                                                  Will You Meet Me In The Morning
                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, they know, for our spirits are blending
                                                                                                                   Will you meet me in the morning,                     In the mansions of peace where they dwell
                                                                                                                    On that bright and golden shore?                   And they watch and they wait for our coming
                                                                                                                 Will your lamp be trimmed and burning,
                                                                                                                                                                         For they know that we love them so well
                                                                                                                    When He comes to take you o’er?

                                                                                                                     Yes, I’ll meet you in the morning,                         Yes, they know, yes they know
                                                                                                                       When I hear the Saviour’s call;                    Yes they know that we love them so well
                                                                                                                      “Come, ye blessed of My father,                  In the land where the bright ones are gathered
                                                                                                                        To a home prepared for all.”                      Yes they know that we love them so well.

                                                                                                                    Oh to meet on that bright morning,
                                                                                                                    When the clouds have passed away!
                                                                                                                     Oh to walk and talk with Jesus,
                                                                                                                     There to dwell with Him for aye!

                                                                                                                  When we meet our loving Saviour,
                                                                                                                     What a happy hour ’twill be,
                                                                                                                When we’re gathered with our loved ones,
                                                                                                                      And their happy faces see!

                Terry & Julian entertain visiting Taiwanese Ambassador-St. Kitts & Nevis, with Archie,            Oh, this thought should make us happy,
                                          Mac Todman, Cyril, Stanley & Irma.                                        And we all should love Him more;
                                                                                                                    For He’ll come, and will not tarry,
                                                                                                                        Come to bear us safely o’er.




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To My Loving Wife,                                                   You come alive at night, hence your dinner guests and close
                                                                     friends often did not sleep until late or at times not at all.
In the dance of life each of us has one perfect partner who          You were a consumate politician, a lover of boxing, of the
move to the same secret music as our own. For me that part-          performing arts, dance & drama; those were your life blood.
ner was that girl from Kingston. That girl was the one I met         We travelled to Broadway, Reichold Center in U.S.V.I., and
at the home of Beth and Ivor Jackson at Fort Hill. The occa-         enjoyed Classics at the Atrium and Theater in Jamaica. The
sion was a birthday party for Ivor. The rest is history and a        perfomance by Sonny Bradshaw and his classic Big Band
rich tapestry. I saw her walked in with her college mate             Sound and the sultry voice of his wife and other performers
Lorna and her husband Orlando.                                       were the highlights of your Xmas season in Jamaica, lover
                                                                     of music as you are.
As I said to Lorna recently both she and Brother Charles             However, you entertained your friends with a passion, hence
Wheatley stand charged as accessory in this drama of love.           when you were not able to prepare the meals I became your
she was the woman Brother Charles that thou gavest me.               executive chef in residence.
Terry, we had a wonderful life together. I wish to thank
                                                                                                                                      Chatting with former HCA Chairman Kedrick Malone.         Terri & Alphonso at H.C.A. meeting at Prospect Reef
your family for the priviledge of sharing you with us- me,           When you could no longer shop alone in the malls of Perto
                                                                                                                                            I do detect a note of mischief in her look.                        Resort February 2002
my friends and your students here in the Virgin Islands.             Rico, New York and Canada I became your accomplice,
Your love of learning and teaching was a crusade and not             wheel chair in hand. You loved dance-Ballet, Creative and
just a vocation; shaping and molding those young minds               Contemporary Styles. When you once missed seeing
with the tools of your trade. It is as if the students you           Polabulus- a creative dance performance at Reichold it was
touched came under a spell. They sing your praises-gener-            a painful experience. Your ambition was to take the cultur-
ation of students, young ones and not so young. Your wise            al centre and extablish a quality centre for the Performing
counsel and guidance is reflected in students such as Dawn           arts. The onset of your illness supressed that ambition.
Smith, Rey George, Leroy Abraham, Nicole Donovan,
Sandra Ward, to name a few. Your wise counsel extended to            You shared with me a story once of how you prayed to God
adults as well. The thoughts expressed by your friends and           for a good husband and I too, whished for a partner with
wellwishers in this booklet and during this service of               intellect and grace and two little “indians” I am glad to have
thanksgiving reflect the richness of your life, the value of         had someone like you sharing my life, I did not have two lit-
your sojourn here on earth to all- ‘the triumph of the spir-         tle “Indians” but one equal to two-Tamisha Tracyann, who
it in the face of adversity.’ When the International Selection       graduated March 1st from Baptist University in Huston. In
Committee invited you to attand the 5th International                her Certificate of Appreciation she states: be it known that
Quality Convention Geneva 2003 to accept the Century                 Terri (& Julian) during the course of my study, through
International Quality Era Award in the gold category for             personal sacrifice, selflessness, and without material
the website: BVI Review, you asked why me? Yes you. The              rewards, bestowed the support and understanding without
quality comes shining through in all that you do. As our             which my graduation would not have been possible.                 Attending H.C.A. meeting; seen here chatting with          Doing what she loves most-shopping-Barbados
relationship grew and matured, I found myself thinking                                                                                           Birton Lettsome and others.                                  Airport. January 2002.
more and more about the real meaning of love. And I real-            The certificate is hereby conferred to honor and recognize
ized just how much loving you has changed my life. You               the confidence, devotion, guidance and assistance freely
have shown me that true love doesn’t need a special occation         given in helping me obtain this important milestone in my
because you give love so freely every day. I am glad to have         life.
had someone like you sharing my life, for I can’t imagine a
more perfect life.                                                   Now that your life’s work is ended here on earth, I will for-
                                                                     ever cherish the fond memories of you.
Bad times didn’t seem so bad because we had each other and
good times seemed even more special because you were                 I fervently pray that God grant you eternal peace.
there to laugh with, to share with, to love as we kept adding
more beautiful years to our life together. You often reflect-        Your Loving Husband
ed on your University days and your encounter with Dr.               Jule
Ralph Gonsalves, Trevor Monroe, et al, as a student of pol-
itics. The debates with Archie, Cyril, Elihu, Carl, Clarence
and others are legendary. Archie once came to discuss                Dear Terry
Michael Manley and the politics of Jamaica assuming you
were on the same side of the argument; on the contrary. As           You were not just a sister-in-law but also a revered member
a seasoned debater the arguments went on into the early              and confidant of our family. We shared so much together
hours of the mornng.                                                 including our son who was so much in love with you that he          Browsing around the airport in Barbados with             Hanging out with her sidekick-Jule at Barbados
                                                                     became your ring bearer in order to share in your nuptial                       Kathleen-her helper.                                     Airport January 2002




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                                                                                                             some two decades ago. In more recent times we emphatized             it is enduring. It is my privilege to have known Elma
                                                                                                             with you in your suffering.                                          Theresa Gordon (affectionately known as "Terry") as a
                                                                                                                                                                                  friend for over most of the 25 years the BVI has been her
                                                                                                             We admired your courage as a true warrior. Despite your              home. Terry came here as a teacher and served with dis-
                                                                                                             affliction you never complained. You showed us what it               tinction. A caring person, she taught with dedication and
                                                                                                             meant to be a soldier of the cross. Therefore I count it a joy       commitment. I am sure many of her students remember her
                                                                                                             that I was able to visit you, though briefly, on Monday when         with great affection and gratitude.
                                                                                                             you were called to the hospital. It was of even greater com-
                                                                                                             fort to hear you say: "If I never trusted God, I would not           Hers was a life of quiet dignity and firm resolve. I remem-
                                                                                                             have been hear until now." My response was yes, but this is          ber, with a healthy dose of nostalgia, the frequent visits to
                                                                                                             the time when you need to trust him even more-not know-              her home at Fishlock road, and the many impromptu parties
                                                                                                             ing that your departure was so imminent. We praise God               we had there with Julian and her `in the early days'. She was
                                                                                                             for your steadfast faith and hope in Him. And so, we pledge          always a gracious and accommodating host, who loved hav-
                                                                                                             to be faithful in our walk and witness so that this temporary        ing close friends around. Her spirit never withered, even
                                                                                                             absence will only lead to our glorious reunion.                      during the years of physical disability, but continued to
                                                                                                             As one writer wrote in his life story:                               flourish as an excellent example to us all of perseverance
                                                                                                                                                                                  and "fighting spirit".
                                                                                                             I asked God for strength that I might achieve,
                                                                                                             I was made weak that I might learn to humbly obey.                   A forthright person, you could always count on Terry for
                                                                                                             I asked for health that I might do great things,                     her opinion or searching questions whether discussing mat-
                                                                                                             I was given infirmity that I might do better things.                 ters of local or international affairs, of which she main-
                                                                                                             I asked for riches that I might be happy,                            tained a keen interest; or matters affecting you personally or
                                                                                                             I was given poverty that I might be wise.                            professionally, as she comfortably assumed the role of
                                                                                                             I asked for all things that I might enjoy life,                      adviser and confidant. May all of us whose lives have been
Terri with Cousin Dorrel at Conch Shell Point during             Stanley and Irma at Julian & Terry’s        I was given life that I might enjoy all things.                      touched or enriched by her life and journey here, continue
             Wedding January 17, 1981                                Wedding - January 17, 1981
                                                                                                                                                                                  to hold up those qualities and principles which she
                                                                                                             I got nothing that I asked for but everything I had hoped            espoused, as we to journey forth confident of the suprema-
                                                                                                             for; Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were                  cy of God and his promise of eternal rest.
                                                                                                             answered. I am among all men/women most richly                       Rest in peace,
                                                                                                             blessed.God's way is always the best way.                            Gerard St.C Farara Q.C.

                                                                                                             Good-bye, my dear, see you in the morning.                           Our Dear Terry,
                                                                                                             Stanley & Irma
                                                                                                                                                                                  I thank God that he allowed me the opportunity to know
                                                                                                             Tribute to Terry                                                     you. You were a warm, intelligent, and caring person. Your
                                                                                                                                                                                  skills as a teacher, no doubt, were instrumental in honing
                                                                                                             Terry was a very positive person who always had a warm               some of those fine qualities. I have a fond memory of walk-
                                                                                                             welcome as I entered her room She made me feel happy to              ing into a jewelry store in St. Thomas and in a conversation
                                                                                                             be her neighbor, her friend, as she would call me, even if I         with the owner (I believe his name was Ken), the subject
                                                                                                             could not visit as often as I would have liked to. On enquir-        turned to family. And, of course, everyone, whether they
                                                                                                             ing about her condition, she would smile and say, "God is            are in St. Thomas, St. John, or Tortola, always wants to
                                                                                                             good". I could only detect her pain by her discomfort when           know "who is your family?" When I mentioned the names
                                                                                                             she needed to change her position. She preferred to keep her         Penn, Gordon, Dawson, etc. from Tortola, immediately, he
                                                                                                             spirits up by ensuring that my family was well.                      knew Uncle Stanley and Uncle Julian. But what was just as
                                                                                                                                                                                  amazing to me was that he remember you, Terry, and spoke
                                                                                                             She has gone to that place where there is no pain or suffer-         so fondly of you. I believe he lived next door to you and
                                                                                                             ing. I shall think of her whenever the first mango, one of           Uncle Julian at some point in your lives and remembered
                                                                                                             her favourite fruits, turns yellow on the tree.                      you were teaching at the time. All of this is to say, dear
                                                                                                                                                                                  Terry, that you will be sorely missed by me, my family and
                                                                                                             Rest in peace neighbor, friend.                                      I am sure by people such as Ken; people whose lives you
                                                                                                             Kather                                                               have touched in one way or another. I pray that God has a
                                                                                                                                                                                  special place for you where the trade winds and the ocean
                                                                                                             A TRIBUTE                                                            will continue to be a part of your surroundings; that your
                                                                                                                                                                                  soul will find perfect peace in resting with Him.
Terri with her cousin Dorrel and Bridesmaid Joyce           Julian & Terri; with cousin Dorrel Chambers at
            Murraine. January 17, 1981                                Wedding January 17, 1981               Friendship is one of the privileges of Life, especially when



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With God's blessings,                                                the next step in our journey together remember me,
Your niece-in-law, Muriel Penn Jerigan and Family                    remember love, remember understanding and never forget
                                                                     each other. My body may be gone but my soul will always
Dear Terry                                                           be with you. I will be a part of the sun that warms you on
                                                                     a cold day. I will be a part of the cool breeze that refreshes
We will remember you with deep affection for your warmth,            you on a hot day. Most of all I will be a part of that smile
courage and love of life. You enriched the lives of those            you have when you think of me. So dry your tears and smile
around you with your incisive and stimulating conversion,            for me and know. I am a part of it.
especially your vigorous political discourses on current
issues of the day.                                                   I love you always,
                                                                     Your friend Your Lover, Your Soul.
When you were no longer able to be in the classroom, you
taught us all through your own great struggle for life how           TRIBUTE TO ‘TERRY’
one can create meaning in life by finding efforts of joy and
the courage to hope that ultimately leads to peace.We will           Terry arrived at my house 35 years ago as my tenant. Seven       Terri at that famous Cay Hole Bar where she spent, many       Terri & Julian with family at Walden & Loretta’s
miss you dearly, but we thank you for the message of hope            years later she left as a friend and remained a friend until          nights and days with Archie, Doc, Cyril & Tottoy.                            Wedding.
evidenced in your life and the richness it brought to us all.        her death. Terry had not lived in my home for many months
                                                                     before I recognized in her, standing qualities like a loving
In God is your peace                                                 nature, a pleasant and peaceful disposition, a propensity for
Pat and Elihu.                                                       helpfulness, and great generosity. Indeed, she was an excel-
                                                                     lent companion. Marie, my youngest child, was born two
Tribute                                                              months after Terry came to live with us. She immediately
                                                                     became a second mother in the way she helped to take
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot              charge of my baby.
change...... Courage to change the things I can and 'Wisdom
to know the difference.                                              I always thought it a blessing that I could leave the home for
                                                                     short periods confident in the knowledge that Marie was
Terry my dear, we feel such a void in our lives now that you         safe. The other children were also happy in Terry's compa-
have gone, as you were such a special part of our lives. You         ny. It is true to say that Terry's presence caused no disrup-
touched each one of us in so many ways. However, the                 tion in our family. She was greatly missed when she left for
memories of treasured moments will remain in our hearts.             her own home. Terry was a friend, for whom distance was
Terry, you were a woman of courage and great determina-              no barrier. She corresponded regularly with me and her
tion. You brave the rough seas of life and now your trials           `baby Marie'. She remembered all birthdays, and every sig-
are over. We love you, but God loved you best.                       nificant family event. She was present or was represented by
                                                                     her husband if she was too ill to travel.                        At Palm Grove Plaza with her ever present sidekick         Terri’s First trip to Little Dix Bay Hotel in Virgin Gorda
                                                                                                                                                           1978.                                                              1977.
May your soul rest in peace.
Louise & family                                                      I was always humbled by Terry's expression of joy that our
                                                                     paths had crossed. I have never failed to return the compli-
                        The Journey                                  ment, for we both benefited from a sincere and close friend-
                              by                                     ship. Terry never failed to express her gratitude to her hus-
                       Rolin Gordon Jr.                              band for the devotion he showed to her during her illness. I
                                                                     wish to express my heart-felt condolence to my friend
Voyages begin and end with the promise of a new day.                 Julian and the rest of her family. I know our friendship has
Waking I look in the mirror to see only my eyes looking              not ended for death cannot end the union here on earth
back at me. Feeling misty I look back across my world at the         begun. When Terry called me from Tortola just two days
souls that have come before me; who have inspired me to a            before she left us, her halting speech should have warned me
greater understanding of life. I also look and see the souls         but the human heart will always hope so I was unprepared
that walk with me and will follow me. In doing so I begin to         for the final call. However, I know that her going is accord-
smile and cry. I smile for I see the welcome that awaits me          ing to God's will and I believe she is safe in his care. May
when I get home and the love that has never left my side.            Terry rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon her.
However in retrospect I cry for I am leaving you. You who
have made my fondest dreams reality. You who have carried            Rest in peace,
my inspiration to places never thought of and especially             FROM AMY LEWIS, WASHINGTON
you who have made this life worth living. I have lived for           GARDENS KINGSTON JAMAICA
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Disembarking from cruise ship at Crown Bay, St.
and through you all. So now as I leave to prepare and pave                                                                                   Julian, Terri and Tanisha early 1990’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Thomas.



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                                                                                                                           TRIBUTE TO TERRY                                       After Terry’s marriage to Julian she became even closer to
                                                                                                                              FROM DOSSY                                          our family spending many happy occasions together. We,
                                                                                                                    (LETECIA GAREAVE, Kingston Jamaica)                           (Inez & I) were very saddened when we heard of her pass-
                                                                                                                                                                                  ing on Tuesday 25th march expecially since it was not long
                                                                                                             It was with a feeling of deep regret that I learnt of the            before that we had enquired of her and was told that she
                                                                                                             passing of my friend, "Terry'. I came to know her as a               was coming on. Terry had been ill for many years and one
                                                                                                             neighbour but the interest she displayed in the welfare of           can not but admire the courage and dignity with which she
                                                                                                             my family made her into a friend. Without encroaching on             bore her illness.
                                                                                                             our privacy, she was always available to help when she
                                                                                                             could. Perhaps the most important memory I have of her, is           The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The
                                                                                                             the assistance she gave my children with their lessons.              supperior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
                                                                                                             Terry was amenable to guidance. As a young woman, she                Which has she seem to you? She has touched lives in some
                                                                                                             often solicited my opinion in personal matters and was               significant ways; and has now been called to higher service
                                                                                                             grateful for even the smallest amount of help received. Her          and a well deserved rest. Julian, find comfort in knowing
                                                                                                             quiet, pleasant manner endeared her to me and her loyalty            that you have done your best and that the God whom we
                                                                                                             was outstanding. Years after she left Jamaica, to reside             serve has called her home to inherit the rest she deserves.
                                                                                                             abroad, she maintained our friendship through letters, tele-
                                                                                                             phone calls and visits. Even when weakened by illness,               May her sould rest in peace
                                                                                                             Terry kept our friendship alive.                                     Inez V. & L. Adorothy Turnbull

                                                                                                             Terry loved life and I will always remember the occasions            Tribute,
                                                                                                             when she visited and we enjoyed luncheons or dinners
                                                                                                             together, or simply meeting to pass happy hours, reminisc-           Auntie, I am really going to miss working with you on your
                                                                                                             ing on former activities. Her good qualities obviously paid          web site publication; www.bvireview.com. All those times
                                                                                                             off during her illness. Two weeks ago she remarked to me             that I would come over and type for you and you used to
 Julian & Terry at their Wedding. January 1981         Terri & Julian dining at Dupont Plaza. January 1981
                                                                                                             that God had sent her an angel in the form of Julian who             comment on my typing speed that I would finish typing
                                                                                                             has been so supportive in her prolonged illness. I thank             some document that would take you almost a day.
                                                                                                             Julian for his care of her and share his sorrow at this time.
                                                                                                             Terry was an inspiration to me in the way she bore her ill-          You always had a smile on your face, and you never com-
                                                                                                             ness. I believe she was bolstered by her faith in God.               plained that you had any kind of pain. You always had a lis-
                                                                                                                                                                                  tening ear, and treat friends like your own. You always had
                                                                                                             May her soul now rest in peace.                                      something to say, whether on politics, school events, T.V.
                                                                                                             In memory of Elma T. Watson-Gordon                                   shows, commercials, boys, name it, you talked about it. But
                                                                                                                                                                                  the main important thing about you that we will all miss is
                                                                                                             Tribute,                                                             that you always have something to say about the Bible, and
                                                                                                                                                                                  being God fearing.
                                                                                                             “I go not into the gloom but into the dawn.”
                                                                                                             “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers          Well Auntie, I will miss you for all the jokes that we shared
                                                                                                             but with gratitude to those who touched our human feel-              about life, school, boys, everything. Your advice will always
                                                                                                             ings.”                                                               be in my heart, and I hope that I will see you again someday.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Keep shining, and keep on smiling.
                                                                                                             Elma Watson-Gordon affectionately known as Terry was a
                                                                                                             teacher. She joined the staff of the B.V.I. High School in           Your short little Great-niece,
                                                                                                             September 1977 as a Spanish Teacher and soon worked her              Tasha Gumbs
                                                                                                             way up to Head of the Spanish Department. As an
                                                                                                             Assistant Principal my task was to help her to settle in her         REFLECTIONS
                                                                                                             new home as well as the school environment and as such
                                                                                                             developed a close family relationship. Terry was very metic-         Since I joined the Gordon's family, Mrs. Gordon has been
                                                                                                             ulous in dress, speech and general deportment and unlike             like a sister & a best friend to me. We Always encouraged
                                                                                                             many teachers did not allow the student to ruffle her feath-         each other with God’s word and often offered Godly advice.
                                                                                                             ers but established good support with all her students; in so        She was humble, a woman of integrity excellent character.
                                                                                                             much so that during her illness they empathized with her             She often expressed appreciation to me for the way that I
                                                                                                             and were always there assisting in helping her to get from           took care of her. She always say that “My little nurse, you
                                                                                                             the staff room to her class room and vice-versa.                     are always such a nice person.” She often pronounced bless-
Terri & Archie dancing at Wedding. January 1981            Terri as a teenager attending High School.                                                                             ing on me. My challenge to all women is to walk in the fear



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of the lord.                                                           left sided pose that he wanted. They are both together now.       nothing for her to fear; for she knew she was an inseparable
                                                                       Conch Shell Reef restaurant was a good backdrop for the           part of god. She lives in him, he lives in her and she drew          So now it's time to bid farewell
Care Taker, One of her favourite nurse,                                Wedding pictures with the darkness in the background and          upon his prefect peace.                                              To one we'll dearly miss.
Lois Elaine Fraser                                                     the sea in the distance. It is times like these "Terry shined",                                                                        Let us just say we'll meet again
                                                                       They laughed so much that people were amazed at both J.J.         Rest in peace,                                                       And promise her just this...
MARCH 25th 2003                                                        & Terry, even Mildred ‘MA’ was so proud of her new                Hon Omar W. & Dr. Mirian Rodriguez Hodge
REMEMBERING #1 "T"'-TERRY                                              daughter and it showed; she did not hide it at all. All, the                                                                           The true gift is that love remains
                                                                       years afterward they were like Mom & Daughter. What a             Tribute                                                              Although we now must part
DID YOU SAY 'T,’ THE ‘T,’ STANDS FOR MISCHIEF-                         blessing. The life of these two people the way people, ought                                                                           Until forever and beyond
A-FOOT. I MEAN, IF YOU EVER FOUND A HUMAN-                             to 1ive, after one family unite with another in matrimony.        Our late friend and colleague, Terry mastered the art of             we'll keep her in our hearts.
BEING WHO HAD THE WIT OF A "COMIC GENIUS,"                                                                                               turning lemons into lemonade. From a charming, lively and
IT WAS ELMA.                                                           Mildred was so proud of last ‘MUDLISS’ making her so              expectant woman with an excellent career in teaching, she            We loved Terry, and will miss her, but God graciously took
                                                                       happy. Ma made life for the daughter very happy and Terry         found herself facing great adversity in the form of a crip-          her out of her suffering. She fought long and hard and even
From the moment I met Terry at a restaurant in Road                    also voiced it to me time and time and time again. You see        pling, wasting disease. But that did not deter her in her            in her time of suffering and pain she was always there as a
Town, Tortola, the year before they got married, I loved               MA had ten kids and numerous grands and she took to ‘T’           determination to continue to make a contribution to                  source of advice and encouragement. No longer will I hear
every moment of that encounter. Down by the waterfront                 so much, because she was from another Caribbean Island -          mankind. She set up her website providing human interest             her say, "Once you alright I alright." I will miss Aunty
getting a bird’s eye view of the latest happenings in Tortola          Jamaica. The CONNECTION, Carl, Archie, O’Neal, Alburn             stories to people all over the world about the people of the         Terry very much, especially the times we spoke on the tele-
from A to Z. As we all sat there with so many of their                 and a host of others with J.J. & Terry with Stingo & Irma.        British Virgin Islands thereby enabling millions to know             phone. I love her, but God wants her free from suffering.
friends eating Tolian Fish, dumpling, plantain lobster with            HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY days, long live the memories.                 about thee British Virgin Islands.
all the gravy dripping, the delicious, look and smell of that          they were always on the go catching up with everyone.                                                                                  Rest in peace dear one,
meal, I sensed something great was about to happen. I                  Sometimes she will tell me of all the Trips with those kids       Sitting in her wheel chair over the years, she remained              Eideen and Keegan.
sensed that I was in the presence of a very smart and gen-             who wanted to perfect their linguistic abiliy in Spanish. The     brave, always smiling brightly and giving a word of
uine human being. I will say this, I didn't know who Terry             High School was her inspiration, as Home Ec. Teacher and          encouragement to all with whom she came into contact.                Tribute to Aunty
was, but after all that hilarity I sensed something special            Spanish Teacher and adviser to many, including beloved            Terry, you were a fighter to the end but more importantly
was changing in my brother Julian(James).                              Tanisha, at College in Texas. In 1997, I came home to find        you gave us a lesson in courage and dignity - one that will          Aunty, to me, was a wonderful, determined and fun loving
                                                                       Terry very sick and we worked and prayed for God's                live on in our hearts forever.                                       woman. She was always determined in all her efforts. She
This time was spent getting to know one another and all                Intervention in her life and he did.                                                                                                   loved life and enjoyed sharing a good joke. she has left
the happenings on the island. Boy! for a little place like this                                                                          Rest in peace forever.                                               behind a legacy of pure excellence, tenacious living and
oh my, such gossip, I mean clean things, you could have a              She, was encouraged to perfect the Computer for the good          Orlando and Lorna Smith                                              sharpened intellect. She was the first person to show me
belly-full-of-laugh on and feel good cracking up. Everyone             of mankind and she did. Then in 8/22/02 Ma, passed.                                                                                    that life has many roads but you must choose one. She
there spoke of their childhood and school, holidays and boat           Terry told me, Lill I miss Ma so much, I don't know how to        Tribute to my Loving adopted mom - Terri                             always said I made her laugh even when she was down. I
racing, horseracing, fishing, the political party nuttiness,           live without her. I said ‘remember the good days.’ On                                                                                  always smiled and wondered why she did not realize I was
man that was so funny at times, I felt we should get togeth-           Sunday night, 3:00 AM she tried reaching me to pray with          You will be missed because you were the mother that every            simply following her teacher's manual as with all great
er and write this stuff down about our little island and its           her, I never got that call. It hurt so bad because she knew       daughter dreamed of having. We were best friends. You                teachers, she will live eternally in the hearts of those she
people. This would be a best seller. When the information is           her time was at hand: we needed to pray but ELAINE DID            taught me the meaning of love hope and faith. I remember             taught. Aunty has touched my life and I am sure she has
documented it remains. J.J. excused himself from the group             WHAT SHE NEEDED THEN and it helped as she called                  when you were sick there were days when I would lose hope            touched yours too.
and we went outside. He asked me, how do you like her? I               for prayers. On Monday 3/24 6:54 PM, while speaking to            and faith and you would remind me to think positive and
said she is so smart, genuine and make no bones about her              Julian on the phone, I could hear the heartbeats from her         think the best. Now that you are gone to a better place              May her soul rest in peace,
opinion and that's what I admired about the young woman.               monitor and I knew the outcome. Help was needed. On the           where there is no pain and suffering, I can only utilize what        Roy Anderson.
She is so hilarious and comical she draws people to her                3/25 at 2:30 PM God intervened. J.J. for better or worse you      I have learnt from you to make and live life without you.
because she keeps you in STITCHES, great big BELY-                     stood by your 'T'. ‘T’, YOU OWNED YOUR CROWN IN                                                                                        Tribute to Terry,
FULL OF LAUGH SO YOU CAN NOT GET BOARED                                HEAVEN. R.I.P. NO CRYING IN HEAVEN ONLY rejoic-                   May your soul rest in peace.
AROUNDHER. J.J. then said, ‘that’s’ the woman for me, she              ing. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. IF IT WAS GOD’S                      Love Tanisha and Timothy                                             Terry was an inspiration to all of us. Her undaunted
is so much fun". Next thing I know I was getting ready for             WILL, THINE BE DONE.                                                                                                                   courage in the face of challenging odds was a testament ot
a Joyous and Blessed Union.I was the photographer and I                                                                                  Tribute                                                              the triumph of hope and faith in the human heart. Her web-
pulled out all the stops for this affair. It was on a grand            Rest in peace,                                                                                                                         site was an amazing accomplishment, and we share her joys
scale. It was the WEDDING ALBUM OF THE CENTU-                          Sister Lill 3/31/03 N.Y. U.S.A.                                   Goodbyes are not forever                                             in the recognition and Award tangible and intangible. She
RY. Every one at that wedding was in that album. One little                                                                              And nor is it the end.                                               will not be forgotten.
note the ring bearer was TREVOR VAUGHN LINSLEY                         Mrs. Terry Gordon                                                 When angels come to call away
GORDON. OH my God, this kid questioned me about why                                                                                      A loved one or a friend.                                             May her sould rest in peace,
don't you take the picture this way, and that way, I'm sure            Did not fear sickness, disease or death, because the eternal                                                                           Rita and Elton Georges
you see the FAMOUS PICTURE OF 'BOY WONDER IN                           and perfect life animates her body and went always about its      The empty place that's left behind
THE WEDDING ALBUM AND THE SAME PICTURE                                 perfect work, healing and receiving that body. She was not        Within this world we know
GRACED HIS going home rememberance book on                             afraid of want or lack for the one infinite essence supplies      Reminds us just how brief a stay
5/31/2001. He looked so angelic in that picture right side             her with everything she need all of the time. There was           We have before we go.



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