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Marjorie Melville remembered for her wisdom and understanding

Life Tributes

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Life Tributes writer

Sunday, May 04, 2014    

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LAYING a loved one to rest is never an easy task and for the four children of retiree Marjorie Anna Vaughan Melville it was a bitter pill to swallow.

Melville was hailed as a mother of wisdom, love, understanding, grace and selflessness, and her children Milton Michael Powe, Dawn Hampton, Ann and Dave Melville, although grieving, endured the thanksgiving service in memory of her life at the St Richard of Chichester Catholic Church at Red Hills Road, St Andrew, with unassuming grace.

Melville, who was a certified nursing assistant in elderly care, died after a bout of illness.

She was 87 years old.

Daughter Ann Melville was the first to offer a tribute during the service.

According to Ann, were it not for her mother's investment, as she believed strongly in family, she would not have been the established and fortified woman she is today.

"She had a tremendous love for her large family. Mama was from St Elizabeth and when I think of family, I think of a multitude because my mother always kept connection with them. She was hospitable. In times of scarcity, she was swift. She was very organised, meticulous and never left things undone," Ann said.

Ann recalled that for the over five decades she knew her mother, she cared selflessly for her four children and made sure they were well disciplined.

"Disciplinarian; all of us remember that clearly. She always wanted us to live with our heads held high. She always did what she thought was best for the family in the sight of God," Ann said.

She also mentioned her mother's sharp wit that stayed with her to the end.

"After she retired and came back from abroad and you called her and asked, 'Who came to look for you, Mama?' She would respond, 'Who came to look for me? After I am not lost," she said.

Melville's granddaughter Michelle Powe, hailed her as a role model to many women and a woman of great wisdom and understanding.

"I remember Mama as being a very stern and strict woman. When I was a child, I used to wonder why she was not as a grandmother should be. However, I now understand she struggled single-handedly to take care of her children. She went to the US, worked for her green card before filing for her children and grandchildren," Powe said.

"Without her, I would not be the person l am and who I am working to be," she added.

Other mourners who gathered to bid their farewell, told Life Tributes that Melville was always a sincere friend who cared for others, hard-working and devoted to the Catholic faith.

During the homily, the Very Reverend Monsignor Michael Lewis encouraged the mourners to be of good courage as Melville had served her purpose on earth.

"As a family, you are hurting because your loved one is gone, but Jesus said 'I am the light. I am the resurrection.' Trust in him and be of good courage," Lewis said.

Melville's remains were interred at the Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine.

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