Herma Ivores Green: Remembering a ‘warm, caring ‘ mother, sister
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida:
Former Managing Director of RJR Ltd J. A. Lester Spaulding joined family, friends, and associates on Saturday, January 17, in paying tribute to his late sister, Herma Ivores Green, who died in Maryland, USA, on December 26 last year.
At a memorial celebration at the Sunshine Ballroom, Fort Lauderdale, Spaulding remembered younger sister Herma as "always having a pleasing disposition, generous in nature, always anxious and willing to help others".
He noted that despite some very early health challenges, she was regarded as the social director and glue of the family, spread across three continents.
Eye for detail
According to Spaulding, the oldest of five siblings, his late sister had an eye for detail and kept meticulously detailed records, memorabilia, and financial transactions for the family, an innate talent that extended throughout her professional life as an accountant.
The 67-year-old and mother of two sons was remembered as a very warm, caring person, who had a passion for fun, never missing an occasion to have a party, which was her way of expressing her love for family and friends.
Former Deputy Ambassador of Jamaica to Washington, DC, and a lifelong friend Dr Basil K. Bryan remembered Herma while they were students in Maryland.
"We shared a lot in common then, forging a friendship that lingers and will live on in her memory and her offspring into eternity."
Similar sentiments were shared by a number of speakers, including the Reverend Shirley Scott, who moderated what was a spirited luncheon event. In one poignant moment, she asked each person present to turn and smile with the closest person to signify the essence of the caring life that Herma had lived.
That mood changed drastically when sons Warren and Naeem and their wives, Rochelle and Anisa, offered heartfelt but teary-eyed thank you's as in their words, they wanted "to honour her memory, not only in Maryland, where she lived for some 40 years, but in South Florida, where she spent the last 13 years".
The Central Branch Primary and Excelsior High alum and the fourth of five children for Leslie and Myrtle Spaulding succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
Along with her two sons, she is survived by mother Myrtle, brother Lester, sister Clare, and three grandchildren - Christina, Naeem Jr and Tariq.
She was predeceased by her father Leslie and two brothers - Glenworth and Howard. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, January 7, in Silver Springs, Maryland. Her body was cremated.