SHE was not a rocket scientist or a Nobel prize winner, but Dorothy Alithia Coates was a wonderful human being.
On Sunday October 5, dozens of mourners turned out at the Gospel Refuge Tabernacle on Barbican Road to say their final farewell to a woman who was the living example of humility.
Coates passed away on September 18 after a battle with illness.
Her granddaughter Jonelle Ross held back tears as she paid tribute.
"What a strong black woman! I remember my grandmother today with love. I am proud to be one of your granddaughters," Ross said.
Coates was born on October 8, 1931 to parents Herbert Crooks and Victoria Kelly at Slipe Road in Kingston.
At age 18 she relocated to the parish of St Mary with her mother, eventually bearing nine children.
Her eldest son Phillip McLeod delivered the eulogy and said while his mother was not the richest person in the world, she nevertheless gave of the little she had freely and was a loving mother to her children.
"She was a kind, hard-working, loving and caring mother. She gave us what she possessed, a love that was real," McLeod said.
Coates was known to her associates as a petite, woman who was so soft-spoken that many would wonder if she had ever shouted in her life.
"My mother instilled good ethics in her children. She was pleasant and sociable and very soft-spoken," he said.
Dorothy Alithia Coates is survived by children Phillip, Silbert, Clarence, Gloria, Norma, Prince, Jean, Joan, Norma and Murlene, 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Her remains were interred in the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.