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Footprints | Joan McFarlane - Always smiling from the heart

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Joan McFarlane entered this world at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston on August 20, 1968. She was one of six children for her parents, Violent Stewart and Sidney Roy McFarlane.

McFarlane attended Norman Manley Secondary School and worked as a professional hairdresser. She herself gave birth to six children: Gregg Gentles, Craig Allen, Kemo Allen, Yanike Edwards, Nickal Wade and Ethan Edwards.

Together, they gave her five grandchildren. It is said that she loved her offspring dearly, and they were the focus of her life, "and she did whatever it took to make sure they got what they needed".

McFarlane, who last lived at Kennedy Lane in Gordon Pen, St Catherine, had heartwarming, radiant smile that would light up any room, a relative told Footprints. But the radiance became a pall of gloom on Sunday, May 12, when her mouth closed forever.

"Joan's untimely death was a blow to my entire," Melinda Robinson, a cousin, told Footprints, "Joan was a sister, a friend, and a confidante."

The thanksgiving service for the "avid lover of the Jamaica Labour Party", "in which she took a active part", was held on June 18 at Mount Faith Church, located at Hanson Avenue, Gordon Pen, St Catherine.

She was remembered as "a very willing individual, who would help anyone in need in the community, whether it was babysitting, accompanying someone to the hospital, or just sharing her meals".

Her daughter, Yanike Edwards, told Footprints that McFarlane was "a strong, black woman, who was always trying, and would not take no for an answer". Her mother, she said, was her role model and motivator, who was always pushing her to complete her studies.