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Maria Ramos Kendell
Lauralee Joseph Alwyn Joseph, Alrick Maynard,
Keisha Lespeirre, Kelima Lespeirre
Charles Barry, Sr., Juanito Barry
Velisa B. Hansen, Elsa B. Rabsatt
Ecedro "Sweets" Rabsatt
Hilda Barry, Elizabeth Barry
Carolyn R. Archer
Many nieces, nephews, cousins,
relatives and friends
Andrew Archer, Ray Barry, Wayne Hansen,
Albert Joseph, Landell Prosper, Alwindel Thomas
Reginald Georges, Manuel Ramos,
Edward Scatliffe, Arnold Vanterpool
Maureen Cullar, Paulette Rabsatt
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The life of Iza Louise Barry was characterized by laughter which was
the shock absorber that eased the blows to her life. On April 30, 1927, this
giant of a human being was born to Charles Frederick Barry and Anita
Gordon, on the island of St. Thomas. Her experiences at the George Wash-
ington, now Evelyn Marcelli and Leonard Dober elementary schools were
limited as she was stricken with muscular dystrophy at a very early age.
Ihe disease crippled her limbs, but left her spirit undaunted.
Although confined to home, she never bemoaned her situation; instead,
she made every effort to overcome. Her famous words were "If what I have
was sold at stores I would not have gotten it, because I certainly would not
have bought it; therefore I will abide and thank God for little mercies." On
October 19,1946, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Maria, who bounti-
fully blessed her with five grandchildren.
She busied herself, at all times doing constructive things like sewing,
cooking baking and looking after the children at home. For many years,
with the assistance of her mother and other family members, she made pies
and other pastries which she sold to earn money until her hands lost
strength and muscle coordination.
Her voice was always strong and could often be heard on radio talk
shows or sending birthday and anniversary wishes to family and friends,
because she always remembered special days. Many persons when meeting
her for the first time, would marvel when they realized she was unable to
walk or move her lower extremities voluntarily and that her hand move-
ments were also impaired.
Miss Iza, as she was called by many, was a warm, friendly, caring,
sharing person. Those who had the privilege of interacting with her can
attest to her winning personality. She smiled readily; always had a kind
word and a sympathetic ear for one and all. Her circle of telephone friends,
some shut-in as herself, were contacted daily, and the happenings of the day
were vehemently discussed.
Iza was family oriented and loved her immediate family dearly, always
pressing her concern for their well-being; particularly her grandchildren.
Even lying flat on her back she was a great organizer. If you wanted to
get something done, tell Iza and right away she would set to work and often
times amaze you with the results achieved.
She was a great lady with an indomitable spirit; laughed often, loved
much, appreciated earth's beauty, and always looked for the best in others
while giving the best she had.
OPENING HYMN .......................... I Come to the Garden
1ST SCRIPTURE READING, Romans 8:35,37-39 ...... Unah Turnbull
2ND SCRIPTURE READING, Rev. 7:9-17 ................ Hilda Barry
HYMN ............................ Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
RECESSIONAL HYMN ............. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Who was this lady, Iza Louise Barry mother, grandmother, sister,
aunt, friend, advisor; name it, she was that. A generous person always
willing to share with others, nothing was too great or too small for her to
give to someone else.
Despite her debilitating illness, through the years she was never
known to murmur or complain. Rather, she accepted the inevitable
graciously, and with humor.
When the New Year opened she advised that this would be her last
one with us. We all disagreed jokingly saying, you will out last us all Iza,
but she was right.
During the past months, especially the last few weeks, she experi-
enced constant pain and prayed to be relieved. Although we will miss her
presence with us, happy are we that she has been released from her
We will all remember the happier moments with her and continue to
give God thanks for the sixty-five years she shared with us. We will, like
Iza, keep faith in God's promises until we meet her once again.
Iza, I have known from childhood days. Always the same in her
sorrow and pain. Her big smile, her determination and willingness to
help anyone she could, will always be remembered. God, open your
heavenly gates and take her in. You will be missed.
Medina Scatliffe and family
Iza, we will always remember your kind words, the loving thoughts
and sweet moments we shared together. We miss you dearly your
smile, your phone calls, your words of encouragement, but especially
your sense of humor and your ability to see good in any situation no
Ruth and Chalaine
The things you made me do and some of the advice you gave me
during my childhood, was not welcomed. Now that I am grown and have
children of my own, I realize it was for my own good. Even though you
are not with me in person, I feel your presence will be with me always. I
really can't believe that my Saturday phone calls will be no more.
Charles Barry, Jr.
My aunt, whom I affectionately called Miss Iza Barry, has left with me
a legacy of love, kindness, sharing and the ability to look for good in grim
situations. For all my life, I remembered her bedridden, yet laughter,
kindness and straight forwardness was her motto. It is said that "Depend-
ing on how a man lives, he may die old at forty or young at eighty." Never
a day would my aunt cry or complain. She was good for us! I will miss
her lengthy conversations, and when she ran out of words, her whistles.
To the family ... May God pour out his blessings on you. We know
you all shared her sufferings and will miss her. God said, "Well done
thou good and faithful servant."
Thefamily would appreciate
if they are allowed to retire quietly after the burial service.
ARRANGEMENTS BY CREQUES FUNERAL HOME
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