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RITEOFCHRISTIANBURIALFORTHELATEBorn:May 25th, 1934Died:December 14th, 2010Thursday,23rdDecember,2010at10:00a.m.St.Joseph'sChurchBoyd Road, Nassau,TheBahamasCelebrant:Fr.Martin Gomes, SS.Cc. Deacon Gregory TaylorOrganist:Mr. Cyril BakerCommentator:Mrs. Carla JacksonInterment:Church's Cemetery Boyd RoadR.I.P
"WhoCanFind A Virtuous WOman? ForHerPriceIsFarAbove Rubies"PROVERBS31:10Ironaca Morris-Baker was the second childborntoOrtlandandOtianBodie (nee Stuart) in thetranqMangrove Cay, Androsonthe25thMay, 1934. She was baptized at St Benedict CatholicChurch.Whenher parents came to Nassau, she attendedOurLady's School, Sourhern Primary and Secondary Schools. Later she enteredSt.Francis Xavier Academy on scholarship where she obtained her Cambridge Senior Certificate and high school diploma. Ironaca attendedOurLady'sChurchandparticipated in mostofthe acriviries afforded theyouthofthe parish. She was a memberofrhe catholic band, and also playedonthe basketball teamunderFather Alban FursrandFarher Marcian Peters respectively. Becauseofher working hours, lronaca lefrOurLady'sChurchtoattendSt Joseph CatholicChurchwhere the timeofmass suired her schedule.AtSrJoseph'sChurchshe became acriveasa Sunday school teacher, a choirmemberandservedaschairmanofthe bazaar committee,amongothers. tt%ITUARY 25THMAY,1934-14THDECEMBER,2010Ironaca alsohada close relationship with rhe nunsofSrMartin's Convent.Thisrelationship began from her early yearsatSt Francis Xavier Academy. She became a Benedictine volunteer and formanyyears was active along with her late sisrer 1I0nka organizing home visits to the sickandelderlyofthe church.Theywere also responsible for the social outreach program. She obtained a teachers certificate in secondary education in 1952andtaught for two yearsatEastern Secondary School before going abroad to England to study nursing at the ageof19. Ironaca attendedOrpingtonandSevenoaks Hospital SchoolofNursing in Kent where she became a state registered nurse in 1957anda year later a srate registered mid-wife. Ironaca returned to the Bahamas in 1960andworkedasHeadNurseandWard Sister at the Princess Margaret Hospital. She was eventually appointed Senior Nursing Officer at the Bahamas SchoolofNursingandlater Principal Nursing OfficerattheDepartmentofNursing Education. A trained teacher by her first profession Ironaca reasoned that nursing education was a logical careerpathafter nursing trainingandthat there was a need for more Bahamians in this area. Ironaca further pursued additional studies at the Royal CollegeofNursing where she was awarded the TutorsDiplomafromLondonUniversityin1966. Ironaca also completed studies at the UniversityofMiami receiving a bachelor's degree in scienceofnursinganda master's degree in education. In 1990, lronaca was a graduateofthe advanced diplomainpublic administrationandpolicy management programme. A highlightduringher tenure was the SchoolOfNursing being granted full reciprocity by the GeneralNursingCouncilofEnglandandWales enabling students trained at the Bahamas SchoolofNursingto be eligible to be registered in England. While studying in the United Kingdom Ironaca was an active officeroftheStudentNurses Associationandrepresented the association at conferences at the Royal CollegeofNursingandotherevents.Herinterestandactivities with the Nurse's Association led to her involvement with the Bahamas Graduate Nurses Associationandthe Nurses Associationofthe Bahamas.Anactivememberofthe Nurses Association, Ironaca has servedassecretary, first vice-presidentandpresident. She was also chairmanofthe Nursing Council from 1984 to 1992. Ironaca retired in 1994 and continued to lead an active lifeasa volunteer. She actedonher interest in gerontologyandin her spare time assisted with the formationofan Alziemers Disease Association.ThePilotClubofNassauofwhich sheisa chartermemberisa project parmer. Ironaca continued toattendSt Joseph'sChurchassisting in many church activities. She servedasa past chairmanofthe bazaar committee, a choir member, a volunteer with the Let's Read Bahamas literacy programme for adultsanda Benedictine volunteer.
Ironaca married the firstofher two husbands Shadrach Andrew Morris (deceased) in 1959, becoming a mother to three children, Sharon (deceased), Monique (deceased) and Shadrach,Jr.In 1988, she found trueloveonce again and married Gorman Beresford Baker (deceased). A natural homemaker, Ironaca enjoyed being a wife and a mother. She took her duties seriously and ensured that her children had a Christian upbringing. She loved, among others, to cook, bake and entertain. Itwasa constant comment after a particularly savory meal for Mr. Baker to remark thatifhis wifewasnotthe best cook, that shewasamong the best cooks. These culinary skills served her well in boasting attendance at meetingsasmany otherwise errant members would turnoutwith the anticipation that tasty treats wouldbepresent. Above all, Ironacawasconsistently devouted to her God. Her ability to live her faith and to actualize love in her daily tasks touched her family, friends and those she came in contact with in the community. "Educated and brought up by the nuns, Iwascommitted to service....",shesays,"weshouldallhave a social conscience itisthe qualityofthe life you live thatisimportant." In late Marchofthisyear,Ironaca's health took a sharp downward turn and shewashospitalized. She fought back bravely and recovered enough to leave the hospital and return home to convalesce. Itwasduring this period that manyofher family, friends and past colleagues visited her expressing well wishes, songs and prayers.Thefamilyisindeed grateful for the effortsofallthose family, friends and colleagues whogavecomfort in those visits, inquiries, telephone calls, songs and prayers. Ironaca's health, however continued tofailandonTuesday the 14th December, 2010, after exemplary care from her doctors and nurses, Ironaca passed away peacefully into the armsofOurLord and Saviour Jesus Christ.Withmemories cherished and precious, sheissurvived by herSon:Shadrach Morris Jr.;Sisters:Reorien Rolle, Venus Ryan, Yvonne Smith, Nancy Rigby, Althea Stuart, Sylvia Mitchell, Natalie Bodie, Rose Stubbs, Beautis Morales, and Clorina Jackson;Stepsons:Bernard, Sylvian, Dwight, Jeffrey&Michael Baker;Step-daughters:Christine, Cecilia and Terecita Baker;Brothers:Jack,Rev.Prince, Duke, Reortland, Kirkland and Orthland, Jr., Alphonso, Charles and John Bodie;Grandchildren:Jonathon WilliamsandMiracle Morris; aunts: Euterpie Newbold, Inez Burrows and Clarita Stuart;Daughters-in-law:Sherry Morris, Linda, Pearl and Cherrine Baker;Grandnieces' and Nephews:Brianne and Brenelle, Dwight, Jr., Elayna, Ryan, Georgia, Jeffnae, Jessica Ravyn, Julian and Ashley Baker;Andahostofother relatives and friendstoonumerous tomentionbutincluding:Sam Williams and Family, EdmestonJ.Williams and Family, Rudolph Williams, Veronica Williams, Evalina Johnson, Walter Williams, Gentry Morris, Maxroy Williams, Jessica McQuay,Jacqueline Williams and Family, Sharlene Hickson & Family, Ahab Morris & Family, Joseph Morris & Family, Maurrena Morris, Eloise Morris and Hestine Morris, Nelson Forbes and Family, Livingston Forbes and Family, Patsy Thompson and Family, Eunice Hanna and Family, Leta-Mae Forbes and family, Violet Duncombe and Family, Kenneth Sealey and Family, Ricky Sealey and Family, Abie Sealey and Family, Claudette Sealey and Family, Zipporah Sealey and Family, Lillian Sealey and Family, Carol Morris and Family, Patrick "Shem" Morris and Family, Philip Morris and Family, Cyril Baker and Family, Commodore Davy Rolle and Family, Joan Rolle and Family, Yvette Thompson and Family, Dr. Christopher Basden and Family, Rachael Williams and Family, Wendy Craigg and Family, Richard Bowe, Lome SmithSr.and Family, Lome Bernard Smith and Family, Chester SmithandFamily, Scott Smith, Leslie Ryan,Srand Family,YvenaBrown and Family, Kwame Ryan and Family,KwesiRyan and Family, Anastasia Sergeant and Family, the entire Stuart Family including Clarietta Stuart, Henrietta Gilbert, Rupert Stuart and Family, Tyrone Stuart and Family, Bertie and Emeline Murray and Family, Eugene Cooper and Family, Catherine Tucker, Floraine GibsonofMiami,Fl.,the familyofthe late Terecita ChristopherofArizona, the familyofthe late Ellen Williams, the familyofthe late Ivan Blackman, the familyofthe late Madge and Edward SimmsofGoulds,Fl.,Alphanso, Sidmourh and Lancelot Bodie, the Wilson Family, Andrea Adderley, Elza Benren and Sylvie Baker, Mary Thompson, Lolitha McKenzie, Helen and Ronnie Rolle, the familyofthe late Audley and Ethel Kemp, Trevor Thompson and Family, David and Rosemae Bain and Family, Julian and Candice Bostwick, Alice Neymour and Family, Anastasia and Tyrone Brice, Dorothy HepburnandFamily, Vernita Cleare and Family,Gurthand Beverly Ford and Family, Juliette Barnwell and Family, Jean and Jerry Isaacs, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Newry and Family, Ethel Russell and Family, Margaret Claridge and Family, the Godet/ Moss Families, Judymae Brice and Family, Dr. Henry Podlewski and Family, Dr. Jean Turnquest, Carla Jackson, Patricia Lewis and Family, Kirklyn Barr and Family, Vylma Curling&Family,EdmundRigby and Family, Leroy Thompson and Family, Samuel and Rosalie Hall and Family, Trevor Glinton and Family, Mispah Tertullien,VanBenson and Family, Jimmy&Terry Jones, Isabel EdgarofEngland, Dorothy ClaridgeofEngland, Bishop Samuel Greene and Family, Bishop Wenith Davis and Family, Bishop Roscoe Davis and Family,Fr.Martin Gomes and the parishionersofSt. Joseph's Catholic Church, Dr. and Mrs. Percival McNeil and family, Dr. Eugene Gray and staff, Dr. Vincent Nwosa and staff, Dr. Agreta Eneas-Carey and Staff, the membersofthe Pilot ClubofNassau, members and staffofthe Nursing Councilofthe Commonwealthofthe Bahamas, SistersofSt. Martins Convent, members and staffofthe Nursing Associationofthe Bahamas, membersofChristian Gospel Church, membersofBahamas Holy Mission, Nursing staffofthe Princess Margaret Hospital and Nursesofthe DepartmentofPublic Health and the MinistryofHealth .Yi7f7
OFSERVICEATTHECHURCHENTRANCE: Celebrant: Praise beGodthe FatherofourLord Jesus Christ, the Fatherofmercies and theGodofconsolation!Hecom fonsusinallour afflictions and thus enablesustocomfonthose who are in trouble, with the same consola tion we have received from him. Assembly: Blessed be God the Fatherofour Lord Jesus Christ. BLESSINGWITHHOLYWATER: Celebrant: I bless the bodyofour sister, Ironaca with the holy water that recalls her baptismofwhich St. Paul writes: ''Allofuswho were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death."Bybaptism into His deathwewere buried together with Him,sothat, justasChristwasraised f;om the deadbythe gloryofthe Father,wetoo might live a new life. Forifwe have been united withHimby likeness to His death,soshallwebe united withHimby likeness to His resurrection. PLACINGTHEWHITEPALLONTHECASKET: Celebrant: In remembranceofbaptismweplace a white pall over the bodyofIronaca.Onthe dayofher baptism Iro nacaputon Christ. In the dayofChrist's coming may she be clothed with glory. ENTRANCE HYMN"TheStrife IsO'er"CEREMONY OFTHEPASCALCANDLE Alleluia!Alleluia! Alleluia!TheStrifeiso'er, the battle done Nowisthe Victor's triumph wonolet the songofpraise be sung Alleluia! Death's mightiest powers have done their worst And Jesus hath Hisfoesdispersed Let shoutsofpraise and joy outburst. Alleluia!Onthe third mournHerose again, Glorious in majesty to reign,oletusswell the joyful strain, Alleluia! Lord,bythe stripes which wounded Thee, From death's dread stingThyservantsfreeThatwemay love,andsing to Thee. Alleluia! Behold the lightofChrist. Thanks be to God. Celebrant: Assembly: Celebrant: Jesus says, "I am the Resurrection and the Life; the person who believes in Me, though she dies, yet shall that person live, and whoeverlivesand believes in Me shall never die.Doyou believe this? Assembly: Yes!We believe that Jesus is the Anointed One, theSonofGod,Hewhois to come into the world.
Celebrant: Celebrant: Assembly: Assembly: We musr work the workofHimwho senruswhile itisday,for night comes when no one can work.''AslongasI am in the world." Jesus says, "I am the Lightofthe world."TheLordiswith you.Andalsowithyou. Letuspray: Almighty Father,Youraised Your Son Jesus Christ from the deadsothatwewho believeHimtobethe Lightofthe worldmay,with Him, be brought to the fullnessofLight in His resurrection. Grant,weaskYou,that our sister, who has left this world will inherit eternal life through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son,OurLord who lives and reigns withYou,in the unityofthe Holy Spirit,OneGod, forever andever.Amen.FIRSTSCRIPTUREREADING LAMENTATIONS 3:17-26Readby:Dr. Christopher BasdenRESPONSORIALPSALM"TheLordismyshepherd"R.RR. R.R.TheLordismyshepherd;thereisnothingI shall want.TheLordismy shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures hegivesmerespose; beside restful waters he lead me; he refreshes my soul.TheLordismyshepherd;thereisnothingI shallwant.Heguides me in right paths for his name's sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear noevil;for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.TheLordismyshepherd;thereisnothingI shallwant.Youspread the table before me, in the sightofmyfoes;you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflowsTheLordismyshepherd;thereisnothingI shall want.Onlygoodness and kindness follow meallthe daysofmy life; and I shall dwell in the houseofthe Lord for yearstocome.TheLordismy shepherd; thereisnothing I shall want.SECONDSCRIPTUREREADING REVELATION 21: 1-7 ..............Readby:Emeline MurrayV.R.V.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia. I am the resurrection and the lifesaysthe Lord; whoever believes in me will not die forever.Alleluia, alleluia.GOSPELREADINGHOMILYPRAYEROFTHEFAITHFULCelebrant: Leader: We turntoa loving Lord, who knows well our sadness thisday,and who has promisedtobring consolationtothose who mourn. For Ironaca, in thanksgiving to Godforthe manywaysinwhich herlifeentiched ours,wepray to the Lord.
For Ironaca, given the promiseofeternal life in baptism, that she may be rewarded for all good doneandsuf fering borne well,wepray to the Lord. Lord,hearourprayer. Lord,hearourprayerAssembly: Assembly:Leader: Leader: Forallfamily members and friends who have precededIronacain death, that they maybethere to welcome her to eternal life,wepray to the Lord.Assembly:Lord,hearourprayer. Leader: Forallwhofacetheir own death with confusion andfear,that they mightbestrengthened, enlightened and consoled by the Holy Spirit,wepray to the Lord.Assembly:Lord,hearourprayer. Leader:Assembly:Leader: Forallthe sick and sufferingofour community, those hospitalized and homebound, those facing and those recovering from surgery, we pray to the Lord. Lord,hearourprayer. Forallwho mourn for Ironaca, that they may benefit in their own lives from having known and loved Iro naca,wepray to the Lord.Assembly:Lord,hearourprayer. Celebrant: Gracious God, you who bring into beingallcreation, hear our prayers this day for those who have gone beforeusmarked with the signoffaith, that they may enjoy eternal rest and be rewarded for their faithfulness to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord.Assembly:Amen. PRESENTATIONOFTHEGIFTS Brianne BakerandRyan Baker PREPARATIONOFTHEALTAR OFFERTORYHYMN''Alleluia! Sing To Jesus!" Alleluia! Breadofheaven, Hereonearth our food, ourstay!Alleluia! here the sinful Flee to you from day to day; Intercessor, friendofsinners, Earth's Redeemer, plead for me, Where the songsofallthe sinless sweep across the crystalsea.Alleluia! King eternal,Youthe Lordoflords we own: Alleluia! bornofMary, Earth your footstoll, heav' n your throne:Youwithin theveilhave entered, Robed in flesh, our great High Priest: Hereonearth both Priest and Victim In the eucharistic feast. Alleluia! Sing toJesus!His the scepter, his the throne; Alleluia! his the triumph, His the victory alone; Hark!Thesongsofpeaceful ZionThunderlike a mighty flood; Jesus ourofevery nation Has redeemedusby his blood. Alleluia!Notasorphans Areweleft in sorrow now; Alleluia! heisnearus,Faith believes, nor questions how; Though the cloud from sight received him,Whenthe forty days were o'er, Shall pur hearts forget his promise, 'myou evermore"?
Celebrant: All: We pray togetherasJesus taughtus,"OurFather."THESIGN OF PEACE: PEACEHYMN....................................................................................................."JustA CloserWalk With Thee"We share a greetingofpeace with one another. Celebrant: Just a closer walk with Thee, Grant it, Jesus,ismy plea, Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be. Through this worldoftoil and snares,IfI falter, Lord, whocares?Whowith me my burden shares? None but Thee, dear Lord, nonebutThee. I am weak,butThouart strong; Jesus, keep me fromallwrong; I'll be satisfiedaslongAsI walk, let me walk close to Thee.Whenmy feeble lifeis0'er,Time for me will be no more; Guide me gently, safely0'er ToThykingdom shore, toThyshore.LambofGod:COMMUNIONHYMN"Thou,WhoAtThyFirst Eucharist Didst Pray"Thou,who atThyfirst Eucharist didst prayThatallThyChurch might be forever one, Grantusthat ev'ry Eucharist to sayWithlonging heart and soul,"Thywill be done." a may weallone bread, one body be, Through this blest sacramentofunity. We pray Thee too for wand'rersfromThyfold;obring them back, good Shepherdofthe sheep, Back to the faith which saints believedofold, Back to the Church which still that faith doth keep; Soon may weallone bread, one body be, Through this blest sacramentofunity. ForallThyChurch, 0 Lord,weintercede; MakeThouour sad divisions soon to cease; Drawusthe nearer each toeach, we plead,Bydrawing all to Thee,0PrinceofPeace; Thus mayweallone bread, one body be, Through this blest sacramentofunity.So,Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease, Maywebe one withallThyChurch above,OnewithThysaints in one unbroken peace,OnewithThysaints in one unboundedlove;More blessed still, in peace andlovetobeOnewith the Trinity in Unity.INVITATIONTOPRAYER FINALCOMMENDATION:COMMUNIONMEDITATIONSister Cecilia Albury, O.S.B. Letuspray. SaintsofGod, come to heraid!Come to meet her angelofthe Lord. ReceivehersoulandpresenthertoGodtheMostHigh.May Christ, who called you, take you to himself, may the angels lead you to Abtaham's side. ReceivehersoulandpresenthertoGodtheMostHigh.Give her eternal rest,0Lord, and may Your light shine on her forever. ReceivehersoulandpresenthertoGodtheMostHigh.Assembly: Celebtant: Celebrant: Assembly: Celebrant: Assembly:
Celebrant: Letuspray RECESSIONALHYMN......................................................................."ThroughAllTheChanging ScenesOfLife" Throughallthe changing scenesoflife, in trouble and injoy,the praisesofGodshall evermore my heart and tongue employOfHis deliverance I will boast, tillallthat are distressed from my example comfort take, and charm their griefs to rest.o magnifY the Lord with me, with me exalt His name; when in distress toHimI called,Heto my rescue came.ThehostsofGod encamp around he dwellingsofthe just; deliverance He affords toallwho on His succour trust.omake but trialofHis love; experience will decide how blest they are, and only they, who in His truth confide. Fear Him,yesaints, and you will then having nothingelsetofear;makeyou His service your delight Your wants shallbeHis care: To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the God whomweadore, be glory,asit was,isnow, and shallbeevermore.HEAVEN'SJUBILLEE"Some glad morningweshallseeJesus in the air, Coming after you and me, Joyisours to share;Whatrejoicing there willbewhenthe saints shall rise, Headed for that jubilee, yonder in the skies.Ohwhatsinging, Oh,whatshouting. Onthathappy morning when weallshallrise;Ohwhatglory, Hallelujah! W'hen we meet our blessed Saviourinthe skies.Seems that now I almostseeallthe sainted dead, Rising for that jubilee, thatisjust ahead; In the twinklingofaneye,changed with them to be, All the living saints to fly to that jubilee.Whenwithallthe heav'nly hostwebegin to sing, Singing in the Holy Ghost, how the heav'nswill ring; Millions there will join the song, with them we shallbePraising Christ thruageslong, heaven's jubilee.
HOWSWEETTHENAME OF JESUS SOUNDSHowsweet the NameofJesus sounds In a believer'sear!It soothes his sorrow, heals his wounds,Anddrives away hisfear.It makes the wounded spirit whole, And calms the troubled breast; 'Tis manna to the hungry soul, And to the weary rest. Dear Name! the Rock on whichwebuild;Ourshield and hiding-place;Ournever-failing treasury, filledWithboundless storesofgrace. Jesus, our Savior, Shepherd, Friend,OurProphet, Priest, and King;OurLord, our Life, ourWay,our End, Accept the praisewebring. Weakisthe effortofour heart, And cold our warmest thought; But whenweseeTheeasThouart, We'll praise Theeasweought. Till thenwewouldThylove proclaimWithevery fleeting breath; And triumph in that blessed Name Which quells the pow'rofdeath."TIS SO SWEETTOTRUSTINJESUS"Tissosweet to trust in Jesus, Just to takeHimathisword; Just to rest upon His promise; Just to know,"Thussaith the Lord"ohow sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to trust his cleansing blood; Just in simple faith to plunge me 'Neath the healing, cleansing flood.Yes,'tis sweet to trust in Jesus Just from sin and self to cease; Just from Jesus simply taking Life and rest, and joy and peace I'msoglad I've learned to trustHimPrecious Jesus, Saviour, Friend; And I know thatThouart with me, Wilt be with me to the end. Jesus, Jesus how I trust Him! How I've provedHimo'erando'er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! oforgraceto trust Himmore.GODBEWITHYOUGodbewithyoutill wemeetagain; By His counsels guide,upholdyou,WithHis sheep securely fold you;Godbewithyoutill wemeetagain.Tillwemeet,tillwemeet,TillwemeetatJesus' feet;Tillwemeet,tillwemeet,Godbewithyoutillwemeetagain.Godbewithyou till wemeetagain;NeathHiswings protecting hide you; Dailymannastill provide you;Godbewithyoutill wemeetagain.Godbewithyoutill we meet again;Withthe oilofjoyanointyou; Sacred ministriesappointyou;Godbewithyoutill wemeetagain.Godbewithyoutill wemeetagain;Whenlife's perilsthickconfoundyou;PutHisarms unfailingroundyou;Godbewithyoutill we meet again.Godbewithyoutill we meet again;OfHis promisesremindyou; For life'suppergarnerbindyou;Godbewithyou till we meet again.Godbewithyoutill we meet again; Sicknessesandsorrows taking, Never leavingorforsaking;Godbewithyoutill wemeetagain.Godbewithyoutill we meet again; Keep love'sbannerfloating o'er you, Strike death's threatening wave before you;Godbewithyou till we meet again.Godbewithyoutill we meet again;Endedwhenforyouearth's story, Israel's chariot sweeptoglory;Godbewithyoutill we meet again
THENURSES'ASSOCIATIONOFTHECOMMONWEALTHOFTHEBAHAMAS(NACB)Est.1947ATRIBUTETOANURSELEGEND President The Nurses' Associationofthe CommonwealthofTheBahamas1970-1972Mrs. Ironica Morris-Baker was an Icon in the nursing profession.Hermanyachievementsandaccomplishments in the developmentofnursingthroughouttheCommonwealrhofthe Bahamas are legendary. She was a pioneering advocate for the growthanddevelopmentoftheNACBlocally, regionallyandinternationally. She campaigned for the educationalandprofessional developmentofnursesthroughouttheCommonwealthofTheBahamas. Behind themanyachievements, awardsandaccolades, there was awomanwho personally touchedandenriched the livesofcountless nurses withwhomshe worked, taught, mentored,supportedandknew. Mrs. Morris-Baker modeled leadership behaviorsandprofessionalism.Heractive involvement in multiple organizations was evidenced by servingonboards,holdingleadership positionsandpositionsofadvocacy. She was indeed a change agent. Nurses are the heartandsoulofhealth careandMrs. Morris-Baker has inspiredmanynursestoremain in the profession. She believedthatnursingistruly anArtanda Science. She believed in the valueofpreservinghumandignity in healthandillness. She convinced nurses that thereisself-satisfaction in knowing that you have made the right choice in choosing nursingasa career. She will always be remembered for her significant contributions to the Nurses' AssociationoftheCommonwealthofTheBahamasandmaintenanceofourrelationshipandmembership withTheInternational CouncilofNurses(ICN),TheCommonwealthNurses Federation(CNF)andTheCaribbean Nurses Organization(CNO).MayHerSoulRest in PeaceDeepest Sympathy from:ThePresidentNACBMrs. RosemarieL.Josey (2008-2010), the entire executivesandmembersandindeed nursesthroughouttheCommonwealthofTheBahamas.MRS.MORRIS-BAKER DISTINGUISHEDGUESTOFHONOUR-ApPRECIATIONLUNCHEONFORALLPASTPRESIDENTSOFNACB,MAY12TH,2009.
She was a legendinher time TalentedandstrongbutverykindA professionalofthe highest orderOneofthe nation's finest daughters To raise the standardofnursing was her goalHermanysuccesses remainuntoldIntelligent,RadiantSmile,Obedient,Nurse,Astute, CalmingPresence,AngelicGOINPEACETherewill benomore darkness,Thereisnomore night,nomore nightTherewill benomore sadness,onlyjoyandlight, joyandlight Liftyoureyes beyond the hills,andsee the dawnThereisbeautiful mercy, in the armsoftheHolyOneGoin peace,Godbewithyou,Goin peace, be at restWiththe saintsandthe angels,nowyou are freeGoin peace Butwhenher storyistoldItwill reveal a heartofgold Formanylives were moldedandtouched By this lady who gave somuchNursing in the Bahamasisforever changed Becauseoftherecognition this giant gainedTheroadispaved for all to seeHowrewarding this profession can be Farewell great teacher, mentor, Friend untilinheaven we meet again. written by:SandraC.Adderley Coleby,RNRMGHNMBASee, the Fatheriswaiting,witha robeofwhite, purest whiteGoandfeast at his table,withthe breadoflife, breadoflife Lift your heart, rejoiceandsing for you arehomeHomeatlastandforever in the armsoftheHolyOneGoin peace,Godbewithyou,Goin peace, be at rest.Withthe saintsandthe angels, now you are freeGoin peace-bySarahHart"AuntieRon"youhaveleftanindelible markonourhearts,heLordhasblesseduswithyouforthistime andwewillseeyouagaininglory. Dorea,Davy,Stephanie,Davone & DariaRolle
ATRIBUTETOMRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKERBy:Mrs.MarcelJohnsonDirectorofNursing,MinistryofHealth"Allthe worldisa stageandallthemenandwomenmerely players.Theyhave their exitsandtheir entrances;andonemanin his time playsmanyparts ... These wordspennedby the great playwright William Shake speare in his play''AsYouLike It," can be applied toourfallen colleague, Mrs.IronacaMorris Baker.Thisnursing legend entered the professional stageoflife viaTheTeachers Training Collegeofthe MinistryofEducation in January 1951andfollowing successful completion was transferred to the Eastern Secondary School, where she taught until theendofJune 1954 under the late Mr.Donald W Davis. Responding to a clarion call for Bahamian nurses, byTheGovernmentofTheBahamas, Mrs. Morris-Baker leftNewProvi denceon1st August 1959, to study Nursinginthe United Kingdom.Uponher return home, she was offi cially transferred to the MinistryofHealth where she beganherlegendary Nursing career.Aneducator par excellence, Mrs. Morris-Baker made magnanimous contributions to the fieldofNursing Education inTheBahamas.Thisdynamic educator was appointed to serveasPrincipal Nursing Officer at theDepartmentofNursing Education, MinistryofHealthonDecember, 1968. Recognizing the need for further academic preparation, she pursuedandsuccessfully completed a MastersofEducation Degree at the UniversityofMiami in 1977. Mrs. Baker was knownasan expert in Nursing Education at homeaswellasin theCARICOMregion. She was intricately involved in the planning for the "Regional Examinations for Nurse Education" inCARICOMcountries.InMarch 1979, she was invited byTheRegional Nursing Body to assist in the assessmentofRegional Nursing Schools in the Caribbean. Mrs. Morris-Baker was appointed to serveasthe second Bahamian DirectorofNursingon1st October, 1983.AsDirectorofNursing, she impacted the nursing profession athomeandabroad. This legendary nurse servedasa memberofTheRegional Nursing Bodyandduring her tenure a Regional Nursing Body Meeting was held inTheBahamas, in July 1990. Mrs. Baker made her exit from the professional stageoflife by retiring from the Public Serviceon25thMay, 1994, following a colorful career in Nursing. A nursing legendofher time, hermanycontributions to the nursing profession will never be forgotten. She along with others has left a strong foundationonwhich we in the profession today are building.OnbehalfofTheMinistryofHealthandpeopleofTheBahamas, I extend deep gratitude to Mrs. Baker's immediate family, those who predeceased her,aswellasher son Andrew, his wife Sherryandgrandsonandgranddaughter JonathanandMiracle, for allowing hertoserveournoble profes sionandThepeopleofTheBahamas.Mayshe restinpeace!
A TRIBUTETOMRS. IRONACA MORRIS-BAKERBy:The Nursing Council CommonwealthofTheBahamasMrs. Baker was an Icon in theNursingProfessionasshe was theQueenofEducation in Nursing. A5 a Powerful Educator; she spent her whole career in training nurses to achieve their full potentialandstrive for excellence.Duringthe 1960's, she alongwiththe late Ms.HildaBowenanda few other pioneers networkedwiththeNursingLeaders RegionallyandInternationally to ad vance the Nursing Profession. These efforts resulted in the formationofthe NursingCouncilofTheBaha mas in1972following the passingofthe NursesandMidwives Act in 1971.TheCouncilisthe Regulatory BodyofNurses.Itisresponsible for the train ingofnurses by determining the curricula; the qualificationoftutors, evalu atingandapprovalofnursing schools, the settingandmarking examinations which have to be reviewed by the External Examiners, registrationofnurses before they are allowed to practice, the settingofstandardsofpracticeandthe discipliningofoffenders. These are all necessary to ensure that Nurses are trainedata high standard to give qualityandsafe care to their clients. lronacaspentmanyyears in the Council, performing such rolesasSecretary,Chairmanto RegistrationandEducation Committee and thenasChairperson to the Council until her retirement.Herefforts led to the developmentofnursing to oneofthe most respected in the Regions.Oneofher mostproudmomentswas the completionofthe Nursing School building. She was pivotal in the designandbuildingofthe SchoolofNursing in Grosvenor Close, whichisnow a campusofthe CollegeofTheBahamas for the trainingofnursing students. Some mentorsunderher leadership recallhowin the 70's listening to her planning for nursing in the year 2000.Hervision then was Nurse Practitio ners inmanyspecialties; nurses workingwithhigh technicalequipmentandnurses taking Regional Examinations. She wasontargetandtoday, Nursing has benefitted from hermanycontri butionsasitisonthe shouldersofpersons likeIronacathatwe stand today. So the Nursing Council membersbothpastandpresent express gratitude for her servicesandconvey deepest sympathies to her sonAndrewandthe other family members.Mayshe restinpeace!
DearSister Baker,All the membersofSt. Joseph's SeniorChoirare assembled. We've cometohonoryou. To share sweet recollectionandexpressourgratitude.Yousangwithusformanyyears. Your melodious voice rangoutamongthe altos.Thiswe shall never forget. But even more unforgettable, your generous loving spiritandyour radiant smile was the best ever yet. We know that we were privileged,toknow someonesofaithfulanddear.Andnowthat you've left us, the lossismuchtobear. SleeponSisterB!"Sing with the HeavenlyChoir"aroundTheWhiteThrone"asprecious memoriesofyou will continuetolive on. Heartfelt condolences are extendedtothe familyandfriendsofthe lateIronaca Morris Baker,FormerDirectorofNursing.From:TheActing Principal Nursing OfficerandstaffDepartmentofPublic Health.Maythe wonderful memoriesofIronacaliveonin your hearts.MaytheLordstrengthenyouduring this timeofbereavement.ThankyouGrammie for Caring!Thankyou Grammie for Sharing!Thankyou Grammie for Loving! Rest In PeaceJonathanDavidWilliamsTribute to GrammieI will never forget you.
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