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Footprints: Thelma Mavis Blair - Red roses for beautiful mother

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Thelma Mavis Blair ... spent all her life in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth

Thelma Mavis Blair spent all her life in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth. She was born there on January 21, 1928, and there she died on February 11.

Her parents were Adrian Blair and Florence Facey.

Blair attended the Santa Cruz Elementary School and Santa Cruz Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her siblings were Lennart Facey, Rosa Blackwood, and Ena Blair, and she was to become the mother of Madge, Merle, Ashon, Maxine, Judith, and Patrick.

She died at home with caregiver Carol and dear friend and church sister Alvida Johnson at her bedside.

She was interred beside her mother in the family plot at Santa Cruz after her thanksgiving service on March 1 at the Santa Cruz Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Her children eulogised her as a great friend, teacher, provider, and listener.

They also remembered her for being supportive, intelligent, thoughtful, forgiving, friendly, and strong.

The eulogy was read by Angela Russell, a family friend.

Her six children and all children present paid tribute to her with Celine Dion's Goodbye, while placing red roses atop her cream and gold coffin.

There was also an instrumental rendition of How Great Thou Art by granddaughter Nishanae Williams.

Elston Allwood, a past student of St Elizabeth Technical High School, remembered his interaction with her when he was a footballer on the daCosta Cup squad and the critical role she played in providing nutritious meals for him and others such as Wendell Downswell during and after the football season.

Blair was beautiful on the outside, as well, it seems.

"My mother was very beautiful and she transformed before my eyes. On the day she died, I told her she looked like a beauty queen. She taught me most of my life skills, especially cleanliness and multitasking. My mother emphasised education for all her children," daughter Judith Williams said.

"Mama was a loving, kind, and good, natured person who extended love to all, especially to those in the Santa Cruz community and particularly those who stopped by her home at 'Budwood Tree'. Everyone got a meal or fruits."

Her grandson, Carl 'Speedy' Roye, calls her his hero, while Suen Brown, a grandniece, remembers her as the loving aunt who was always there to provide that solid support when she needed it.

"She is forever loved and missed. God knows best, and we are still in mourning," Judith Williams told Footprints.