Abigail 'Kayon' Bryan will be singing to angels in Heaven
"You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she's left..." David Harkins
ON Sunday August 10 2014, the thanksgiving service celebrating the life of 37-year-old Abigail 'Kayon' Bryan was held at Guys Hill Apostolic Church in St Catherine. Dozens of mourners trekked the hilly terrain to Guys Hill to say their final farewell to Kayon.
Kayon was eulogised as someone who was easy-going but not a walkover.
According to Jim Monroe: "She was a person who made her decisions and stood by them." She was said to be a good singer. Monroe recalled how Kayon's singing would give him goosebumps. It was said that her signature greeting for her female friends was 'hey mama seeta' which was usually said in the warmest and most cheerful voice.
"Abigail spent her childhood years in the district of Meuse with her great-grandmother, brother and cousins. She loved dancing and sports in general. Her reaction to the win by her favourite football team Germany cannot be forgotten," Monroe added.
Saying goodbye to Kayon was a very difficult task for family members and friends. Her cousin Janice McLean-Forrester, who delivered the remembrance. described the feeling as having a lump in the throat. "It is hard to describe the void, the pain, and emptiness that I feel," she said.
McLean-Forrester recalled the closeness shared with Kayon. She recounts her childhood spent with her and other cousins. She said they would usually look out for each other and provided company for each other in many ways.
Kayon's accomplishments were way beyond her years spent on earth. She was an entrepreneur from a very young age. She operated a number of beauty parlours and clothing establishments.
Her former employer Sandra Johnson spoke of her neatness, which she showed in her attire and her work. She recounted how she would rearrange her work and home space in such a way that you never thought possible.
The atmosphere at the church was very mournful. It was visibly painful for family members and friends to contain themselves. The entire congregation could be seen at times wiping tears during the many tributes offered.
Kayon passed away on July 19, 2014 after battling Lupus for approximately seven months. She leaves to mourn: mother Faymeleta Francis, stepfather Carlos Allen, two brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Kayon was buried in the family plot at Guys Hill, St Catherine.
— Renae McCalla