Hundreds of mourners looked on in anguish as a casket containing the body of the late Annya Duncan was wheeled down the aisle. These mourners were paying their tributes at a thanksgiving ceremony held at Webster Memorial Church in Kingston yesterday.
Duncan left her home in Richmond Park, St Andrew, just two years ago to live in Montserrat after finding employment there as a teacher.
On October 7 of this year, she was one of three persons who died in a plane crash at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua, the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off.
As Sabrina Duncan, Annya's sister read her tribute, her eyes glistened with tears as she tried to hold them back. But it was to no avail, as each drop came flowing down as she shared memories of Annya.
Sabrina described her sister as a kind and remarkable person, one who believed in progress and had a passion to move forward.
"She took all her roles seriously and took honour to guide and support her family, her devotion to her family anchored and defined her life," Sabrina said.
Annya was also lauded by her close friend, Annie Patterson, for her ability to bring joy into the lives around her.
"She was remarkable in so many ways. I see Annya as a great friend, one who had listening ears and encouraging words when needed the most. She is also a firm believer in God, it is impossible to pay tribute to Annya without recognising the important role that spirituality played in her life," Patterson stated.
Carl Watts, another close friend of Annya, also highlighted the significant role she played in his life.
"Annya was like a sister to me, our connection was like a strong understanding. She was consumed by a fire, one that burns to drive onward. We both believed that we could make a difference, and she definitely made her mark or her loss would not have been so earth shattering to many as she was a shelter to her friends and family," he added.