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Footprints: Elsa May Binns ... mother, friend, counsellor to all

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Elsa Binns

Elsa May Binns nee Wilmot was born to Adina and Theodore Wilmot on February 19, 1950, in St Mary.

The family later moved to St Ann at an early age and settled in a community named Eltham, now known as Wilmot Town. She was the third of four children.

Elsa attended the Exchange Primary School in St Ann and was intrigued by her teachers, who described her as the life of the classroom. At age 10, she sat the Common Entrance Examinations and was successfully placed at the Westwood High School for Girls in Trelawny. According to her children, it was growing up at Westwood High, she learnt commitment and dedication.

After Westwood High School, she went into Kingston to further her studies, and it was there that she met Lloyd Binns. The friendship blossomed, and they were soon married at the St Matthews Anglican Church in downtown Kingston. The union produced two girls, Katherine and Sabrena. Sometime later, Sophia joined the family. Elsa was described as an extraordinary mother who never missed a parent-teacher association's meeting, school recital or any event with the girls.

Despite being actively involved in family life, she was not prevented from accomplishing her many dreams academically and otherwise.

She entered the government service at 18 years old and retired at 59 years, holding various positions from administrative clerk, supervisor, acting permanent secretary and retired as chief technical director. But while these paid positions gave her satisfaction, her greatest joy came from the many people she helped at work. She was mother, friend, counsellor, peoples' representative. She spoke to any and everyone. She was a woman for all seasons.

On Thursday, May 18, 2015, she slipped into a coma, and a week later, went to join her Father in Heaven.

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