Footprints: Luriene Wilson - Dedicated church woman takes a break
On July 2, 1947, Violet Darby gave birth to Luriene Elizabeth Wilson, fathered by Albert. Violet was eventually called Wilo, Aunty Lucy, and Miss Lucy.
When her mother got ill, Luriene's aunt, Dudda, and uncle, Kunkun, took care of Luriene, who attended Blacksbur Elementary School, Gordon Town All-Age, and Kingston Technical High School. She also took evening classes at Campion College. From the Lynch Sewing School, she obtained a certificate in dressmaking.
Over the years, Luriene worked at Jamaica Frozen Foods Ltd and The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) as a practical nurse and in the sewing room department for more than 20 years before retirement. She was once awarded a certificate at work for hard work and dedication.
From her church, too, Luriene got a certificate of dedication for service to the church. She was a Christian for more than 33 years. Her baptism took place at the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church at Wildman Street, Kingston, where she worshipped until 2001, when her membership was transferred to Waterhouse.
"She did not love undisciplined behaviour, vulgarity, and non-ambitious ways. She loved to see progress from persons she was surrounded by," Trishana McGowan told Footprints.
Miss Lucy, a woman of principle, was herself surrounded by relatives and friends at the UHWI when she passed away on June 23. Her bereaved family includes children, Violet Darby, Charmaine, Howie and Annie; one sister, Nammy; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one son-in-law; and one daughter-in-law.
"The relationship with her children, grandchildren, sister, and other relatives was wonderful, always looking out for them, going above and beyond to ensure they were OK," McGowan said.
"Our relationship was great. We understood her purpose and her principles."
Miss Lucy will be remembered for her "strictness, her Christian life, her willingness to help others, and her love for her children".
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