Gleaner stalwart laid to rest
She was a former advertising manager at The Gleaner Company Limited and a thanksgiving service to mark her life reflected a full-colour tribute in the region's leading newspaper.
Family, friends, and well-wishers mixed sorrow with happy memories as they said farewell to Imelda Williams-Howell last Friday at a thanksgiving service at the Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St Andrew.
Williams-Howell, who passed away on January 30 at age 94, served as the advertising manager at The Gleaner Company's Harbour Street and North Street locations. She held the post until her retirement in 1984.
In his homily, the Very Reverend Father Burchell McPherson offered words of comfort to the family even as he pointed to the reality of death.
prepare for death
"Lord help us to prepare ourselves for that day when death comes knocking at our doors as none of us here this morning will have an opportunity to say to death, 'Come back for me a next time'," said McPherson.
"So each day as we go through our journey in life, we ought to be prepared because we know not what tomorrow holds," he added.
"Today, we are here, but there is no certainty that we will be here tomorrow. The Lord wants us to inherit this place that Jesus says he has prepared for Florence and all of us here this morning, a place after our death.
"There will be no more weeping, no more sickness, no more suffering. Jesus said I'm going out to that place and I will come again to take each of you," said McPherson.