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Farewell ‘Auntie Grannie’

Sunday, December 25, 2011    

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IT didn't matter whether they called her Grannie, Sister Adams, Aunt Emma or Auntie Grannie, the tearful congregation at the Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kingston on Thursday made reference to one person — Hilma Felecita Adams.

The different titles didn't matter. They all were synonyms for care, compassion, wit, and humour, all which personified the woman.

Adams, born January 20, 1916, made her transition earlier this month, signalling the end of a peaceful and eventful life on earth.

This made her relatives and friends — both young and old — who turned up a her funeral service cry.

"What constitutes a memory? The good times? The bad times? Lets say both," said Maureen Garriques, who read a tribue on behalf of Adams' family.

"Grannie, Sister Adams, Aunt Emma, Aunti Grannie, my favourite of all names, refers to one individual; our grandmother . Even at her passing persons with whom she interacted for more than 30 years never knew the name given to her at birth," said Garriques.

"As children growing up there were two days off for grannie. These are Wednesdays for prayer meetings, and Sunday for church activities, which included visitig the sick and shut-ins," said Garriques. "The first time grannie left her grandchildren to attend a weekend church retreat it was pure mayhem. This was our first experience of praying and fasting. Sunday evening could not come fast enough," she continued.

Garrique described Adams as a peacemaker, a person who loved to read, witty, and someone who never got upset.

"Loving to all who came in contact with her. The warm welcoming smile always left a lasting impression. At the end of a telephone call you would always hear 'thanks for calling', and on visits: 'Thank you for coming'," said Garriques.

Adams was born to parents Matilda Smith and Jasper Adams in Brompton, St Elizabeth. She attended the Brompton Elementary School. She pursued a career in sewing when her desire of become a teacher did not materialise. Her trade took her to Kingston.

She was particular good at sewing uniforms, her grandchildren stated.

Adams was interred at the Calvary Cemetery.

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