Hermine Henry was an ambitious, 'boasy' woman who operated a fashionable beauty salon in Sandshore, Manchioneal, Portland, where the ladies would all come for their fancy hairdos.
The then 49-year-old entrepreneur soon decided to branch into chicken rearing and egg farming, so she withdrew most of her life savings and invested it in the potentially profitable business.
But Hurricane Gilbert didn't care about all that. On September 12, 1988, it came with all its fury as a powerful storm and took it all away from Hermine.
Now 25 years later, she still has not recovered.
"I was living down near the seaside where my beauty parlour was going on good and I just build the coops and start to raise chickens," she shared with The Gleaner.
"When Gilbert came, I had 370 head of chicken - the layers. They were six months mature and they started to lay. I was getting orders from Port Antonio, Long Road, Hector's River, all over, for eggs, because at that time eggs was scarce.
"Gilbert came and take everything, put me flat on my face. And until now I can't come back. All that I had in the bank, me draw it out to set up me business.
"Gilbert wipe out me business, me furniture, housetop gone, everything just wash wey gone a sea."
Still fresh in her memory, she said she would never forget that day.
"That morning when me come outside and look, me see the sea, foaming, like Frisco, a come. Me son grab me hand and we had to run and we see the sea coming behind we. We run till we reach a Ken Bryan (a neighbour) yard and him take we in.
"When I come back and see what Gilbert do and how everything gone a sea, all me coulda do is hold me head. It was terrible, really terrible. I never see anything like that again."
She added: "Up till now me can't recover. Because what I had in the savings, it mash up and gone and the business that I spend it on mash up. I couldn't afford to start over and then I took sick after that. Me eyes them not good again because I have cataract."
Since that devastation and the illness, Hermine has not been able to earn a living. Her children now take care of her needs.
"Gilbert was a wicked, wicked hurricane. It take away me life. And up 'til this day me can't come back," stated the now 74-year-old.
"Gilbert change my life completely, completely."