January 15, 1912 June 13, 1990
John Thomas Funeral Home
7:30 a.m. -830 a.m.
Thursday, June 21, 1990
VIEWING AT CHURCH
9.00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Estate Anna's Retreat
Cold Point Cemetery
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A TRIBDTE TO A REAL SAINT
There are certain people in the course of a
-.'" pastor's ministry and within the life of a congre-
'%'..':.- gation who stand out...not necessarily because of
.;.:. their strong leadership activities but because of
their basic, beautiful, down-to-earth faith lived
out in quiet, but very important ways.
Evelyn Brathwaite was such a person. She is
the kind of person of whom the angels sing: "How
beautiful are the feet of those who love the Lord."
"MUDDY'S" LOVE FOR HER LORD WAS HADE VERY REAL
THROUGH TEE COUNTLESS WAYS SHE GAVE OF HERSELF AND
HER TALENTS. THE DOOR TO HER HOME WAS ALWAYS OPEN.
HER WILLINGNESS TO SERVE AS MOTHER TO SO MANY PEOPLE
OUTSIDE OF HER REGULAR FAMILY IS LEGENDARY, SHE
WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A MODEL, AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US
AS WE SEEK TO SERVE OUR LORD AND LIVE OUR LIVES.
And so, we thank God for His precious gift of
"Muddy" who has shown us what a saint, a precious
servant of Christ Jesus, is all about. Surely, the
angels are singing with great happiness because of
The Rev. Lawrence A. Miller, Jr.
Pastor(for the Church Council)
Pastor Lawrence A Miller
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Pastor Thomas Heil
Frederick Evangical Lutheran Church
Pastor Carlyle O. Sampson
Nazareth Lutheran Church
St. John, Virgin Islands
Women of ELCA, Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Franklyn Brathwaite Sr.
Keith Mercer Sr.
Kenneth Hermon Sr.
Emile Francis Sr.
James Martin Sr.
HONORARY PALL BEARERS
Elmo Hendricks Sr.
Humphrey Hermon Sr.
SISTER BROTHER AUNT
Lillian A. Hermon Lionel A. Hermon Cassandra Hermon
Kenneth Hermon Sr / Liston "Nant" Brathwaite
Franklin Brathwaite, Sr.
Ruth Schochane / Edita Joshua / Eunice Joshua / Almira Smith /
Olivine Brathwaite / Zandra Ritter / Coreen Brathwaite / Nytha Brathwaite
36 including: Merle Joshua / Patricia Phillips / Andrew Schochave /
Carolyn Percell / Troy Donovan / Roxane Ritter / Ariel Evans /
Gregory Smith .' Chanika Brathwaite / Sharifah Rhymer
33 GREAT GRAND CHILDREN
Leola V. Hermon / Alica Brathwaite / Linda Gerard /
Clarissa Scotland / Dina Hermon / Monique Hermon
Emile "Milo" Francis / Robert Francis / Henry Francis / James Gerard /
Keith, Roy, Kay Mercer / James Martin / Edward Brathwaite
Alma Hermon Cheryl Brathwaite / Charlene Blackman Brathwaite
Wilbur A. Smith
Leander George Rehenia Industrious / Emelda Brathwaite /
Sarah Herbert Hortense McTavious / Alvara Shaw
NUMEROUS COUSINS / GREAT NIECES / NEPHEWS /
RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
Leola V. Hermon
EVELYN INGERBORG HERMON BRAT;IWAITE
JANUARY 15, 1912 JUNE 13, 1990
Evelyn I. Hermon Brathwaite was born on January 15, 1912
the first of five children to Leslie Hermon and Estella
Gibbs of St. Thomas, U.S. virgin Islands. A lifelong
resident of Smith Bay, she was deeply involved with
religious and family activities. She was a full member of
the New Herrnhut Moravian Church until she was at the age
to be confirmed, then journeyed to the city to Frederick
Her early education was at Charlotte Amalie School now
known as Edith L. Williams School and Moravian School now
the New Herrnhut Moravian Church.
At the early age of 11, her mother died and she took over
the care of her brother and sisters. She also worked on
the farm with her father tending cattle. After her
father's death, she was hired as a housekeeper by Louis
Lindquist. There she worked for several years until her
first four children were born.
She was a good mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and
neighbor to all who came in contact with her. Her way of
caring, sharing and helping people brings to mind the
parable of Jesus and the feeding of the multitudes with
five fish and two loaves of bread. She did the same with
a pot of soup and other available food. No one would ever
leave her house hungry or unattended.
Affectionately known as "Muddy", she raised her children,
grandchildren, her nieces and nephews, and more than a
third of her neighbors' children, she even adopted
children. Muddy was a "doctor" without a degree. If you
had a cold, fever or any aches or pains, Muddy would be
there with some medication or advice. Up to the day she
died, she had a "bush" remedy to prepare for one of her
She met and later married Watley Brathwaite. From this
union they were blessed with seven children.
In 1965, Mrs. Gladise Gabriel hired Muddy part-time to
assist with the Head Start program at Madison Elementary
School now called the Edith Williams Elementary School.
She continued with the program, moving from the country to
the Moravian Church Hall on Norre Gade where she was hired
fulltime as a Nutrition Worker.She retired in June of
Muddy was very active at the Lutheran Church of the
Reformation from its inception. She served as an usher
through the Women's Organization. She was well-known for
her fine cooking and always donated foodstuff to groups
and to fund-raising efforts.
In 1977, she was selected "Mother of the Year" at the
Lutheran Church of the Reformation. In 1979, she was
honored by the Sunday School and Youth Group of the
Church. At that point,and up to the date of her death, she
had the most relatives in the Sunday School and the Senior
Choir. She also was a member of the American Association
of Retired Persons.
Muddy taught us the basics: love, respect, kindness,
thoughtfulness and obedience. However, most of all she
gave us knowledge of God and His will for our lives. To
take a complaint to Muddy about any concern, she would
reply: "Leave that alone. God will take care of it;
don't upset yourself."
On June 13, 1990 Muddy suddenly left us as she went home
for eternal rest. She has left a legacy of cooking,
caring, sharing and her witness to the Lord for all to
MUDDY, DEARZST MUDDY, this world would not be the same
without you. However, we are happy we can say, "YOUR
LIVING WAS NOT IN VAIN." We loved you and are left
behind to carry on-to celebrate in our memories and
display in our deeds the joys and goals of your life. We
will live in the faith of meeting with you one day in a
reunion that will have no end.
ANTHEM: "Come, Come Ye Saints"... New Herrnhut Sr. Choir
FIRST LESSON ............................. Micah 6:6-8
SOLO: "Better Days".................. Yvette Finch Osborne
SOLO: "O Rest In The Lord" ....................Joyce Gilham
SECOND LESSON ....................... Romans 8:31-39
ANTHEM: "Lead Me, Guide Me" ........... Reformation Choir
GOSPEL AND SERMON ............. Pastor Lawrence Miller
PASSING OF THE PEACE
SOLO: "Lonesome Valley" ..................... Rna Thomas
TO MY WIFE:
I thank God for the many years we shared together. Your presence will be
missed, however, we know that the ones we love, the Lord loves most.
Sleep on Beloved, Sleepand tke your rest
Lay down your head upon your Savior's breast
We all loved you, but Jesus loves you best
FAREWELL! FAREWELL! FAREWELL!
Your Husband, Watley
Muddy, your untimely departure will leave a tremendous void in the lives of many
of us who were close to you. Your willingness to help others and a genuine
commitment to your family are the characteristics of a real champion. You are and
always will be a champion in our hearts and minds.
We are indebted to carrying on the memory of your untiring efforts to bring
happiness to everyone. Muddy we love you and will always remember your kindness
Your loving daughter and family,
Myra, Willo, Greg. Gary, Goil, Shernell & Sherell
It hurts deep inside to face the fact that you were coming home to be with your
family and for God's reason he took you away from us. I will always remember the
good things you have done for me. Muddy, I thank you for making me what I am
today. I wil remember the laughten and tears we shared together. For the prayers you
couldn't utter in your final moments, I pray that the good Lord will grant you peace.
You were a sweet mother to me, a lady I was proud to call Mommy.
May you rest in peace. I will miss you deeply, my memories of you will NEVER
Eunice and Family
"HONOR THY MOTHER"
In the twinkling of an eye "Muddy" was swept away. Some might say that we lost
Muddy on Wednesday evening. That is not true. Let us remember the words of that
great Gospel singer, Shirley Caesar: "I did not lose my mother, because when
someone eis lost you do not know where she is; but we know where our Mother is.
Muddy is safely resting in the arms of Jesus. Muddy, you have been the family's great
stalliard. You have been the pillar of the church. You have been everyone's
comforter. Muddy, you taught us well. Your teachings, your strength and your
kindness will live on in our hearts. "On that resurrection morning. Soul and body meet
again, no more sorrow, no more weeping, no more pain."
Your loving Daughter,
Ours is a prayer of thanksgiving. Thanks to Godfor you and the port you played
as our Mother, when our real mother wa gone. Later mother and grandmother tc
our children. Thanks for being our guide and counselor in the time of our .need
Life on earth is a transient affair
Just a few brief years in which to prepare
For a life that is free from pains and tears
Where time is not counted by hours or years
So death is not sad it's a time for elation
A joyous transition the souls emigration into a place where
the soul's safe and free
To liLe with God through eternity.
Thanks for just being the most wonderful sister anyone could have had.
Rest in peace for your toil has not been in vain.
Your Sister and Brother
Lillian and Lionel and their Children
Your way of living and caring lives on forever with my children and I. You were a
woman of your own mind, no matter what no anyone said, and still that love for all was
always there. We love you and always will remember those caring ways for us and
others. We will always love you.
Nytha, Sharifah, Nesta and Shaness
Wednesday, June 13, 1990
MUDDY, MY FAVORITE AUNT
I WILL MISS YOU DDEPLY
So deeply mere words cannot explain. Never once did you ever say Lucita I heart
you're doing this or you're doing that. You treated me with most respect and in return
I've always loved and cherished you as My FAVORITE Aunt. I've had, all through my
year, all the respect in the world for you and will stay having respect for you.
MUDDY. I love, and will miss you.
Loue You Always
Rest In Peace
Your Lot'ing Niece, Lucita
(Written 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 1990)
Words cannot express the way I feel today. To know that such a beautiful and
loving woman such as yourself has been taken away from us. I cannot begin to
understand why God has taken you from us in such a tragic and unexpected way as
he did. You were the wind beneath my wings, you were my inspiration, with your kind
and generous ways. At times we misunderstood oneanother, as people sometimes
do. I now know that you only wanted the best for me and my kids. And I will always be
grateful for that. We will miss you deeply. May you rest in eternal peace.
Dina, Shanee and Shawon
"A TRIBUTE TO MUDDY"
From May 1, 1938 to June 13, 1990, you were my idol and I was yours. You were
the greatest mother any one could have. I was so lucky to have been your son, your
first son. Until we meet again I promise to always make you proud to say "that is my
son, my first son."
Your son, Kenneth Leslie Hermon
There are so many things that I didn't get a chance to say. Did I tell you lately how
much I love you? When you left me, a part of me died too; but Muddy there are many
immeasurable treasures that I will hold in my heart your love, your kindness, your
willingness to help any and everyone. God blessed me with a mother like you. I miss
you more than words could ever say. I love you. Ill cherish always, the memories of
you, knowing that though you have left this world, you will always be with us.
Your loving son, Frankie & Family
Thanks for the bush tea, the afternoon walks and the lovely summers you spent
with us. We will always remember you.
Rashid, Rashida and Jamila Martin
In life it always seems that we have forever to say and to do the things we should
and then, unexpectedly, we learn that the time we thought we had has come to an
And, so it is with us. We thought we had all the time in the world to tell you "I love
you." We love you for mixing bush to ward off our fevers, calling us for maubi,
reminding us to go to church and for all our other memories of you.
Our only comfort is in the hope that you understood from our words and our
actions that you were, and will always remain, our much LOVED grandmother.
Jackie, Beverly and Kenny
Karl and Angel
Lisa, Charmalia and Ray
My grandmother, my best friend, words cannot express my feelings now. Muddy
I know we had to depart one day, but not like this. I leave everything in the hands of
the Lord. My never ending love. May you rest in peace.
Your loving Granddaughter, "Merle"
I'm going to miss the Saturday phone calls. Thanks for all the things you've
taught me through life, but the time came and you must go. Peace be with you. Love
There are a million words that can describe "Muddy", but one word covers them all -
LOVE! She has been EVERYTHING to me.
With Loving Memories,
TO MY BELOVED GRANDMOTHER
Muddy, I am shocked and deeply saddened by your untimely death. You have
been one of the most special persons in my life, one who took the time to care and
discipline all of us. You took care of your husband, children, grandchildren, great.
grandchildren and others of no relations, this goes to show you were special in our
lives. You were always there when we needdd you...so very kind and understanding.
Even though you're gone, you will be missed very much. I know you will still be
guiding and watching over us. You will always remain in my heart. I appreciate the
time and care you have given to me (Pat) from the age of six months until.... You will
always be remembered and loved by me. I LOVE YOU.
Your loving granddaughter,
Patricia Marie Phillip & Family
Muddy, you were a mother to me in my youth
You corrected me when I did wrong and thought it was cute;
You always taught me to do the things that were right
And that I was not to argue, fuss or fight;
I am now a young woman with a family of four
And to those four (my sons) you never one day closed your door;
You always welcomed them as though they were me
Just like when I was a little baby;
You were taken from us with not even a chance to say goodbye,
But, one day soon I know it would not be long;
Before we can get together around God's throne
And be able to "NO NEVER ALONE!"
WE WILL MISS YOU A LOT, GOOD-BYE "MUDDY" AND REST IN PEACE.
Girlie & Sons (Oheam, Okeam, Okil and Okeamo)
Thank you for the beautiful legacy which you have left for us. By your example,
you have taught us the importance of loving, of canng and of sharing. You have
passed the torch now; I pray that we will grasp it and keep it ever glowing to your
endearing memory. We thank God for your life, and that you were a part of our
family. The Lord giveth and the I.ord taketh; blessed be the name of the Lord.
TRIBUTE TO MUDDY
AN ANGEL IN DISGUISE
THERE WAS ALWAYS A SWEET ANGELIC LOOK IN MUDDY'S EYES
THAT MADE US STOP AND WONDER IF SHE WAS AN ANGEL IN DISGUISE.
MUDDY WASY ALWAYS STANDING BY WHEN SOMEONE NEEDED A
NO ONE HAD AS MUCH COMPASSION NOR WAS QUICKER TO DEFEND
THERE WAS ALWAYS A LITTLE BIT OF GOD IN MUDDY'S HEART
HE MOLDED HER WITH FINE CLAY AND SET HER WELL APART
SHE WAS AN EARTHLY BLESSING THAT HEAVEN ITSELF SUPPLIED
AND SO WE CANT HELP BELIEVING THAT MUDDY WAS AN ANGEL
THE BRA THWAITES
USTON, CHERYL AND CHILDREN
When someone dies, we mourn because we miss him/her; but we should keep them
alive in our hearts. The memories of "Muddy" will live on in OUR hearts.
Ms. Clorita Frett and Family
You were not just a lady
You were once, twice, three times a lady
You shared so much with us
Through life's changing times you were always there.
And the love that you gave was so complete
That it made us cherish you even more.
There is a place within our hearts
A place reserved just for you, because you were so
dear to us and will always be.
Sleep on, beloved, sleep, and take thy rest
Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast.
We love thee well; but Jesus loves thee best
Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight our beloved Muddy.
Zandra, Roxone, Kevin and Kim
TO OUR BELOVED "MUDDY"
Beyond life's gate there's an open gate at the end of the road through which each
must go alone, and there is a light we cannot see our Father claims His own. Beyond
that gate "Muddy" you will find peace and happiness but most of all comfort, for our
loving God knows best.
From the Rodriquez Family
For the past 10 year< 'hat I have known you, you were like a mother to me. Often
enough times you and I would sit and talk. I enjoyed every moment of it. Muddy you
will always be remembered by Adeto, Shamara and I.
Words can never express the way we feel about you. Thank you for your love
and guidance that you have given us for so many years. We love and will miss you
forever. Rest in peace.
Ruth, Andrew, Isa, Diane, Martha and Benny
Muddy you were our strength.
You showed us kindness.
You gave us love.
You were always there for us.
We may never get answers, but
we never question God's work.
For we are told:
"God will never leave us
nor will He forsake us.
Neither does He give us
more than we can bear."
You always have been my Muddy and
You always will be my Muddy.
We will say goodbye here on Earth.
But never in Heaven.
Thank you for the advice and spankings you gave me so that I would stay on the
right track. Now that you have passed away, I hope that this family can survive
without you beside us, to guide us all. Because you were the root of this family, you
brought everybody in this family together. We will miss you, may you rest in peace,
until we meet again.
Your loving Great Grandson
"WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU"
When I must leave you for a little while.
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears.
And hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile.
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways.
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheet
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near,
And never, never be afraid to die
For I am waiting for you in the sky.
Farewell, farewell Muddy dear
We all love you, but God loves you best.
Godfrey & Elamay Herman
I REMEMBER, WE REMEMBER
Muddy, we gave you a rose one day
What a joy it was to see
Your beaming face as you received it
Muddy, today as I remember
I am sad
I am crying
We all are crying
Muddy, we cannot hug or kiss you
In this life anymore
We cannot put a rose in your hand again
Muddy. I am saying
We all are saying
You will live forever in each and every one
Of our hearts; for to live in the hearts of those
Who love you, is not to die
Sleep on beloved, take your well earned rest.
Cassandra Hermon and Family
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June 15, 1990
Ms. Leola Hermon
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Anna's Retreat, Charlotte Amalie
Saint Thomas, United States
Virgin Islands 00802
Dear Ms. Hermon:
I write to you to express my condolences on the untimely
death of Mrs. Evelyn Hermon Brachwaite. I did not know her
as well as my mother did. But listening to my mother talk
about her and Mrs. Brathwaite's kindness, warmth and helpful-
ness to people, I can imagine just the kind of person she was.
Mrs. Brathwaite's death really upset my mother, for when
we talked about it over the telephone, all she did was cried.
Please, if the Police Department can be of Any service,
let me know.
In God's Blessing.
Al M. Donastorg, Sr.
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God holds majestic mountains steep,
He holds the foaming ocean deep,
In iiis hands.
the rushing winds that sweep,
the brooks and waterfalls,
the woodland flowered halls.
the brilliant starry sky,
the little birds that fly,
the helpless baby that cries.
He holds the ones that you adore,
From His hands he daily gives them more
With His hands He guides us to the other
And now MUDDY, He is holding and guiding you with
His mighty hands.
Sleep on Muddy, Take Your Rest. We All Love You.
The Women of the E.L.C.A.
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Dear Mr. Brathwaite:
My deepest sympathy Is hereby being expressed to you and your family
on the sudden passing of your beloved wife, Evelyn, fondly known to
all as "Muddy".
Accept this loss as the will of God. with the profound knowledge that
those whom we love, He loves best and, above all. He knows best.
Take comfort In praying and knowing that this time of sadness "too shall
"Loneliness may visit
But it can never possess
A heart where God's love lingers
And where His spirit rests".
Roert Connor, jr.
EVELYN HERON BRATHWAITE
KNOWN TO ALL AS "MUDDY"
Muddy was a strong fan with a large warm heart. The
Pirates Softball Team would like to express deep Sympathy.
She was always there when we needed help in the kitchen
for fund raisers.
Those who knew or came in contact with her would feel
bereaved at this time. We know that God will console
If there ever was a person with a "TRUE" heart of GOLD,
Muddy own was made out of 24 Karats.
Her love, support, and presence will be greatly missed.
MAY SHE REST IN PEACE
on behalf of entire
Pirates Softball Team
and Pan Club
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Pictures depicting scenes of Muddy being honored in 1979 by the
SLutheron Reformation Sunday School.
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Muddy along with Hugo Moloon as they were being