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Footprints: Judith Smith Rhule - Peaceful and caring with the kindest heart

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Judith Smith Rhule was a positive, happy woman who gave motivation to those around her.

She was a wife, a mother, and a good listener.

On March 22, in 1948, William and Icema Smith welcomed their daughter into the world.

Rhule grew up in James Hill, Clarendon, with her four siblings, Melzar, Jane, Avis and Benjamin.

She had the kindest heart and was peaceful and caring.

"My mother enjoyed caring for others," her son recalled.

She got married to Osmund Rhule in 1988. She started a family of her own, bearing three children - Lola, Ryan and Bruce.

She was a happy person and a loving mother who would listen to anyone, even her children, and try to address any problem they were having. Judith was selfless.

"I could tell her about anything that was happening in my life and she would give me advice," Bruce reflected.

She was a dedicated wife and she adored her husband.

She taught her children values, love and respect. She looked out for their well-being and did everything a mother should. She was the type who would go above and beyond for the people she loved.

Rhule was known for being positive and she would always give suggestions. Due to her kind nature, Judith motivated everyone around her to be better versions of themselves. She had two grandchildren Phoebe and Zoey Brown who she adored and cherished endlessly.

She also enjoyed travelling.

Rhule worked at the Ministry of Education and then at the Ministry of Finance. She was an accountant and a member of the board of the National People's Cooperative Bank in Clarendon.

Rhule was a God-fearing woman and a member of the James Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She passed away on November 3.

Her life was celebrated on November 22, with a thanksgiving service, where her family and friends said their last goodbyes with promises to treasure her memories.

- Rasheda Myles