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Footprints: Joyce May Thompson - Jovial mother rests her bags and hats

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 3:00 AM

"We are sending a dove to Heaven with a parcel on its wings. Be careful when you open it. It's full of beautiful things. Inside are a million kisses wrapped up in a million hugs to say how much we miss you and to send you all our love. We hold you close within our heart and there you will remain, to walk with us throughout our life until we meet again."

The above is a poem that the loved ones of the late Joyce May Thompson, of Chester Castle, Hanover and 3 Brahms Avenue, Kingston 8, St Andrew, want to dedicate to the woman who relatives told Footprints was a jovial and humorous person. They said she loved fried chicken, Dragon stout, Malta, ice cream, bun, and chicken's feet, and who took her handbag, hat and head tie everywhere she went.

Joyce May was married to Henry Thompson, who predeceased the mother of 10 children: Sylvester, Dorothy, Headley, Esmine, Mary, Eunice, Edward, Alexander, Isola and Roseline. Her children then gave her 36 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. Sylvester also made the transition before her.

Joyce May, born on December 12, 1933, departed this world on March 5, at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. Her thanksgiving service takes place on Saturday,

March 19 at Grace Missionary Church, 7 West Ave, Kingston 8 at 10 a.m. Interment is at Dovecot Memorial.

- Paul H. Williams