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Then & Now – A tribute to Ms. Eldra

 

It is with a great sense of sadness and loss that I write about and pay tribute to one of the greatest ladies of the Virgin Islands who was laid to rest today – Mrs. Eldra Violet Smith, August 3, 1919 – September 6, 2012. One of her Pastors wrote that she was “calm, soft-spoken, wise and spiritually mature.”  As I listened to all the tributes from her family and well wishers, I went back to a time when I was much younger, spending time with my sister who lived just up the hill from her husband’s bakery in Road Town, I would run down the hill to buy hot butter-bread with cheese – she always had a nice smile and lots of patience….I must now confess that I did not know, until today, that I shared a part of her name.

It was on August 3, that she made her 94th birthday and I wanted so much to speak with her about her life growing up in the Virgin Islands – that was not to be – from all that was said today, she was truly a blessing to the community in which she grew up, lived and raised her family – may her soul rest in peace.

Then & Now – “Good Old Days”

“On Monday morning, bright and early
Not tired, vexed or even surly,
One rose to tread the path “over the hill”
Without a whimper, but with a will,
To arrive in time for school
For this was the best and safest rule.”
(Taken from: 150 Years of Achievement 1834-1984, By: Pearl Smith)

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