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Footprints: Denese Douglas - A ‘definition of love’

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Denese Douglas

The thanksgiving service for the life of Denese Ouida Douglas will be held on April 16 at the Faith Chapel United Pentecostal, Southampton, Leeds, St Elizabeth.

She made transition on March 11.

To Rose Malcolm and Timol Douglas, Denese was born on January 11, 1965 at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston.

Her siblings include four brothers - Patrick and Richard Douglas, Dayne and Cebert Johnson - and six sisters - Joylett, Althea, Paulette and Andrea Douglas, and Cherrine and Cheryl Johnson.

She attended the Ensom City All Age School in St Catherine and Duff's Business College in St Andrew.

Her working life included being a receptionist at Innovative Systems Ltd. and a sales representative at New Era Tiles.

Douglas was the mother of Simone Blake, Raymond and Tisean Sutherland.

When she passed away peacefully, Tisean and Raymond were physically by her side, and Simone Blake watched via FaceTime from her home in Palm Beach, Florida.

"It was hard to say goodbye to our mother, a beautiful, hardworking, kind and gracious woman who captured the hearts of many," her children wrote to Footprints.

"Just a year ago, Mom was diagnosed with cancer and the prognosis shook our entire family, but she always remained strong and was more concerned with how we were doing and if we were happy."

They also said: "As frail and sickly as she was, she was adamant about making natural juice for her younger daughter weeks before she died. Mommy was the definition of love. May she be fondly remembered with love and laughter. We love you, Mommy, and we miss you, but we will see you soon."

Denese Douglas also leaves behind three grandchildren, Li'eno Ming, Simo'niel Ming and Saniek Sutherland, and many relatives and friends.