Iris Angus, Prayer Warrior, laid to rest
THE sun beat down in all its glory on the Kitson Town Baptist Church filled to capacity and overflowing into the churchyard for the funeral service of Iris Angus, "prayer warrior" of the Kitson Town community on Saturday, September 15.
Deacon Hector Gilpin who taught her Sunday School class remembered her as a "prayer warrior" whose heartfelt prayers were forthright and clear, as she named the people she prayed for.
"When she prayed it was like she took our hands and lead us into the presence of Jesus," said Deacon Gilpin.
He remembered Miss Iris as an active part of the church fellowship, who took immense pride in decorating the church with beautiful flowers, an activity she did every Sunday before worship, and getting home in time to prepare for the morning's worship service.
He said the matriarch did what she had to do willingly, and in so doing touched the lives of the community in a positive way.
Member of Parliament Dr Ken Baugh said she was his patient for many years and he remembered her most as a 'patient' patient.
Dr Baugh said he respected and loved her as she always showed appreciation and he thanked God for the blessings she brought to the Kitson Town community through her life.
The deceased's son Leopold Angus said his mother was the fulcrum around which the family revolved. Angus said he has "strong memories of my mother's singing, backed up by her younger brother James. The strains of good Christian hymns such as Nearer My God To Thee and Abide With Me will remain with me as long as life shall last".
"She relentlessly went to a great extent to instill sound values in all her children. She insisted that we her children, should always be helpful to the young, the sick and the elderly and she taught us at all times to display good manners."
Grandson Garfield Angus, a journalist with the Jamaica Information Service, in remembering his grandmother told the Jamaica Observer that without a doubt the memory of his grandmother "shall remain with those of them who she touched in wonderful ways."
Angus said he first met his grandmother as an infant school student in 1975 and when she exclaimed, "A mi blood, a mi blood, a mi blood." According to Garfield it was one of the most exhilarating statements that he had ever heard and she followed it up by regularly bestowing gifts on him, for which he is eternally grateful.
Reverend Norva Rodney, in delivering the sermon, used the testimony of Timothy in the biblical book of the same name, Chapter 4: 1 - 4, said Miss Iris had fought a good fight and challenged the congregation to emulate her.