Family, friends and a host of loved ones from all walks of her life converged on every square inch of space at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Old Hope Road, on Tuesday, December 17, for final a farewell. Cheerful attire did not conceal the sadness behind the eyes on faces that told a tale of Annakay Ziadie-Lazarus' life. The beloved daughter, mother, friend, business associate and relative had taken her leave of them much too soon.
The Mass of Thanksgiving for Ziadie-Lazarus was officiated by Msgr Michael Lewis assisted by organist Mark George, pianist Joseph Brown, cantor Kevin Williams, and trumpeter Dwight Richards. As they had often gathered to feast from the delectable treats she baked, so they did for her final exit.
A most fitting tribute for the caterer par excellence came from Zed and Jane who penned in the following poem:
The Last Profiterole
So lovely, so precious, so beautiful, so dear,
Only now that she is gone from us do we hear.
The conflict, the turmoil, the foreboding feelings inside,
The smile, the laugh, the confidence, with which she tried to hide.
Decadent chocolate, scrumptious cupcakes, the perfect profiterole,
Purple ties, school ties, symbols of tranquility and repose.
Wooden pews overflowing with friends and family - mother, father, brother, sons,
With saddened hearts and songs of praises on their tongues.
Rest in peace, Annakay, there are lots of family to see you through,
We shall miss the bubbling effervescence that made you you.