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A son weeps for his mother after accident

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, January 19, 2014    

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DAVE Hall is the oldest of three children for his mother and the only son, and so everyone is expecting him to be strong for the family.

But losing the closest person to him, his mother, is posing a major challenge to him as he struggles to cope.

Recognising the struggles that his mother passed through to take care of her family, Hall said that it was his dream to see his mother grow old so that he could take care of her.

Sadly, that was not to be.

On the Saturday night of January 11, Joy "Precious" Reid, 52, died after the driver of a van lost control of the vehicle which then ran into the Nissan van in which she was a passenger, near White River in Ocho Rios. Her spouse who was driving the vehicle has since been hospitalised with multiple broken bones.

"The whole of my life gone. I am just a shell," Hall, a small business operator, told the Jamaica Observer recently.

Reid had only returned to the island recently to spend time with her family and was expected to leave on January 14, Hall said.

He remembered his mother as a hardworking woman who ensured that her family was well taken care of. Hall said that he admired his mother's courage and it was his dream to see her grow old so that he could take care of her.

"She was a go getter, a woman who don't depend on any man, a wonderful woman," Hall said of his mother.

Hall said that he admired his mother for her strength, as she was always determined to make life better for her children.

"She always tell us to try and make it," he said.

Hall explained that as an adult, his mother went to school and did a course in housekeeping which landed her a job in the tourism industry.

"It is very hard to know I lose my mother like that," he lamented, "She was everything to me."

Hall said that his mother had a good relationship with the community and news of her death shocked the area last Sunday morning.

"I cry till my eyes hurt me. I can't swallow anything from Saturday. This is the best mother ... a wonderful woman," he added.

Hall said that persons had asked him to be strong and many expected him, as the man of the family, to be just that. But the young man explained that he was broken.

"I can't stop thinking about her," he stated.

Reid's two daughters have also been devastated by her death.

The younger one, Sue-Ann Hall, did not think that when she discussed a dream with her mother on Saturday morning that that dream would have actually become reality that same night.

"She call me and say 'mi dream see mi a dig hole last night and a carry a casket'," she recalled her conversation with her mother.

"Mi tell her that mi niece dream see she crash and dead and she say dream no walk straight," Sue-Ann recalled.

What the family now sees as premonitions of her death did not end there on Saturday. Reid's daughter said that she saw her mother on Saturday and she was looking "extremely beautiful".

"Mi ask her how she so pretty, and she say everybody telling her she pretty," Sue-Ann said.

Sewain Hall, another of Reid's daughters, recalled her mother visiting her on Saturday at work, spending three hours there, most of the time just looking at her.

At the time it seemed strange, but now for the family, Reid may have been bidding her last goodbyes to her children.

"She was a very nice lady, kind, loving, hardworking and jovial," Sewain said of her mother.

Rhona Reid, Joy's mother, said that her oldest child was one of her chief breadwinners. The mother of seven said that her children, which included two daughters, all ensured that she was well taken care of.

"Dem no mek mi short a nothing ... dem look after mi all when dem no have it," Rhona Reid said.

A diabetic, Rhona had to be rushed to the doctor on Sunday, following news of her daughter's death.

She explained that she has never had problems with hypertension. However, the shock of her daughter's death has since seen her being treated for the condition.

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