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Footprints | Caroline Heron - spiritual and selfless

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 12:13 AM

In the early morning on Saturday, August 12, 2017, the Lord opened his doors and welcomed Caroline Heron, after sharing her with us for 99 years and 4 months.

Caroline Heron, lovingly called 'Aunt', 'Grandma', 'Ms Caro' and, most lovingly 'Ma', was born April 17, 1918, in Smithfield, Manchester, to Catherine Hylton and Richard Duncan. She was raised in a family of five sisters and four brothers.

She raised two sons Patrick and Horace, and mothered, nurtured and supported many other children. Mourning her departure are her two sons, 14 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, daughters-in-law, her only surviving sibling Clarise Morgan, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and a host of cousins and extended family.

Caroline attended Grovetown All-Age School in Manchester. She was a very accomplished dressmaker and a member of the Smithfield Anglican Church, where she was a soloist on the choir and remained a member for life.

In 1968, she migrated to the United States, where she lived and worked in Brooklyn among her family. In the late 1980s, she returned to Jamaica and resided in Russ Heights, Barbican. She became a member of St Andrew Parish Church, where she worshipped and participated in church activities until she relocated to Ocho Rios in 2014, where she spent her final years.

Caroline was a very supportive and loving mother and grandmother. She was a very kind, generous, and spiritually strong individual. She quietly gave to many charities and needy individuals. In retirement she loved to read, do crossword puzzles and watched her favorite soap operas. She also listened to a lot of radio talk shows, especially on Sunday evenings. She had an excellent memory, and often shared information about the family, especially about her mother's siblings; had a great diction and was like an encyclopedia when you talked with her about historic evens, and topics related to the Bible and the church calendar.

Caroline lived a long, full life. She will always be remembered for her kindness, her love of life, her spiritually, and by the people that she touched so dearly.