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Footprints: Trevelle Angella Bartley - Minding her own business elsewhere

Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Trevelle Bartley

Trevelle Angella Bartley was the fourth daughter to Verzie and Elese Bartley.

She spent her early years in the United Kingdom (UK), but completed her education in Jamaica, after which she worked at different places in different capacities.

For the past two decades, Bartley taught at Immaculate Conception High School in St Andrew, where she excelled as a classroom teacher.

Over the years, her students have done exceptionally well at internal and Caribbean Examinations Council exams.

But after a long illness, Bartley passed away on January 18. She was interred in the Dovecot Memorial Park.

At her thanksgiving service on Tuesday, February 23, a former colleague said of her: "As a member of the English Department, Trevelle Bartley was willing, helpful and kind-hearted, a real trooper. No matter how sudden or demanding the request, Trevelle, in her calm, dignified way, was always committed to doing her little bit.

"Members in her department describe her as a gentle giant, quiet, poised, approachable, helpful and encouraging. She was never arrogant, but displayed a willingness to admit her mistakes and to be vulnerable as she sought to get the job done."

Edise Bartley, a sister, remembered her as a great cook, a storyteller, an entertainer who had a contagious laugh, and a worker.

"She worked hard at whatever she did, in her own words, she was a 'doer'," Bartley shared with the gathering.

She is remembered as the woman who walked with her elderly mother to and from the third floor, night and day, day and night, slowly and patiently. And, if she was frustrated, she did not betray it. It was always a pleasant countenance that she had, a radiant smile. She had strength of character, diligence, commitment, and a great love for her mother.

She was, to her neighbours, a woman who minded her own business, detaching herself from the rumour mills and gossip parties.

Was she too aloof? Some people might say yes. Yet it worked for her. It was what endeared many to her. And wherever she is right now, she is minding her own business and marking papers, unmindful of the drama unfolding around her.

- Paul H. Williams