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Footprints | Olive May Lewis - Loving mother to all

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Olive May Lewis (nee Stewart), of Frankfield Clarendon came into this world on December 18, 1932, child number five of 12 children born to Samuel and Ivy Stewart. She made her transition on January 23, 2016.

As a child she was vibrant yet petite, her size leading her to be affectionately referred to as Chiquita or Keitha, a name which stayed with her for life.

Throughout her school life, she was a model student who excelled. In fact, she sat and was successful in the First, Second, and the Third Jamaica Local Exams and she was one of only 19 who was successful in the entire island.

She pursued secretarial studies and went to work full-time as an administrative assistant at the Edwin Allen High School where she worked for more 20 years.

Ms Keitha's greatest ambition and accomplishment, however,was being a mother.

She had six biological children and two non-biological children who she loved dearly.

She invested greatly in being an excellent mom, and they often joke as adults that some persons invest in education, while their Mom invested in her children. It must be noted, however, that education was of utmost importance to her, and she encouraged them to always strive to be the best at what they do no matter how humble the position. They have all become successful in their careers contributing to the nations, as farmers, teachers, agriculturists, scientist, and medical doctor.

Ms Keitha's quest was also to be the best grandmother possible, and she often said, "I am so happy to be blessed with six grand and six great-grandchildren."