Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Felicia Geraldine Hodge
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Felicia Geraldine Hodge
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Felicia Geraldine Hodge
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Hodge, Felicia Geraldine
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300163
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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2A Service of Thanksgiving
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Roy M. Hodge
Monsell and Alwyn Hodge
ADOPTED SON and daughter
Benjamin Laboy and Evet Birch
Clare Hughes, Jacqueline, Amorelle and Anise Hodge
Eunice Hughes, Maisie and Tryphina Gumbs, and Alexandra Reid
Michael, Victor, and Oliver Connor
Ronald Hodge, Orville Isaac and Samuel O. Nicholas
Mitchell Zenith and Anika Nicholas, E'doni and Monsell Carty,
Dontai Hodge
Annette Nles, Sandra Chabonia, Brenda Hughes, Amorette Bethel
Mamreen Brown, Kathleen Hughes, Christobel Connor,
Grethel Hughes, Hansel Thibou, Icilma Joseph, Kim Connor,
and Carls Connor, Marvin, Keith, Hubert, Granville, Oriela,
Authwell, Petersen, Cedric and Ovin Connor, Rickford,
Calvin and Vernon Hughes, Romell and Wilson Gumbs
Derrick, Sam, Elliot, Arnold and William Hodge, George Carty
Christine Mussington, Marita Carty, Rosita Niles, Monica Hodge,
Salome Hodge, Sylvia Richardson, Cynthia Weekes
Maxine Reid, Eva Reid and Marie Brooks
Juliet James, Una Fleming, Ann Hughes, Patti Birch, Faye Silevera,
Bunky Birch, Rita and John Hughes, Celine Gosdont and Monica Esprit

3eliciageraldnw 3Iodge
Mrs. Felicia Geraldine Hodge was born on November 28, 1935, in
South Hill, Anguilla. She was raised by her late mother, Phina Connor,
and her stepfather, Antonio Connor. As the youngest of six children, she
was devoted to her mother, stepfather, brothers and sisters.
Even though things were hard during her childhood, Felicia worked
along with her siblings to help her mother and stepfather. At an early age,
she began working with Nora Connor as a domestic, and even worked in
the Salt Pond at Sandy Ground picking salt
On September 19,1959, Felicia married Roy M. Hodge, a hard working
young man, who later sailed the seas, never failing to returning to An-
guilla to take care of his young family, which at this time included Clare,
Monsell, and Alvin. In her husband's absence, our industrious mother
decided to supplement her income by opening a "sugar cake" business.
Since her house was strategically located next to the Road Primary School,
she sold sugar cakes to the school children, who affectionately tagged her
as "the sugar cake lady." Our mother has traveled as far as England, the
United States, Puerto Rico and yet, wherever she went, individuals ap-
proached her to say hello and reminisce, and called her the "sugar cake"
Seeking a better lot in life, in 1968 our father decided to move to the
island of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. Our mother was reluc-
tant to leave her close-knit family, and so decided to remain in Anguilla
for a while until our father was able to find a home and settle in. As a
result, she traveled back and forth between St Thomas and Anguilla to be
with her husband and her immediate family. During this span of time,
between 1965 to 1968, Felicia had two additional children, Jacqueline and
Anise. Our family permanently settled in Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas in
1970, at which time, she became pregnant with her last child, Amorelle.
Refusing to stay in St. Thomas for the birth of this child, Mommy decided
to return to her family in Anguilla.
While living in the US. Virgin Islands, Felicia worked for Attorney
Everett Birch and his wife, Patti Birch, for twenty-seven years. She was a
dedicated, loyal, trustworthy and hard-working employee who started
out as a maid and ended up being one of the family. So much so, that she
even became a confidant and adopted mother to the Birch's daughter
Bunky, who today calls her "granny."
Our mother retained a quiet strength, determination and sharp intelli-

gence. She gave her all to her job, her friends and her home. As a mother,
she was the epitome of a ruling matriarch. She instilled a respect for
ourselves and others, and insisted that we put education first. But, most
importantly, our mother ensured that we supported each other as sib-
lings. This unity will definitely continue now that she is gone.
Mommy you are gone, but will never be forgotten because you were,
and always will be, a phenomenal woman. Rest In Peace.

Order of Service
HYMN #427 ............ "Through All the Changing Scenes of Life"
PRAYERS .................................... Rev. N. D. Brodie
EULOGY ........................................ Anise I. Hodge
SELECTION .......... ........... .......................The Family
POETRY RECITAL ................................ E'Doni Carty
THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM ...................... Congregation
SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:31-39 .................... Zenith Nicholas
SCRIPTURE: St John 14:1-6,27 .................... Jermaine Hughes
SELECTION: "Oh, It Is Jesus" ...................Christobel Connor,
Icilma Joseph and Friend
HOMILY ............................................Rev. N.D. Brodie
HYMN #402 .............................. Faith Of Our Fathers
RECESSIONAL HYMN ...................... "The Strife is O'er"

Alwyn and Monsell Hodge, John Hughes, Ronald Joseph,
Samuel Nicholas, Vernon Hughes

32onorary Pallbearers
Iton, Stedman, Authwell, Orelia and Michael Connor,
Arville Hughes, Orville Isaac, Wilson Reid, Ronald Hodge

Felicia ... My beloved, wife, confidant, and friend through the last 37
years we have struggled, laughed, and cried but through it all we sur-
vived, and successfully saw the fruitrition of our labor of love. My heart
is heavy laden, and filled with sorrow, to know that you will no longer be
by my side to see the wonders life provides. Felicia, I always thought that
we would reach old age together, and see all our children, grand- and
great-grand children flourish. However, God has seen fit to carry you
home, and so I must accept his decision. I will always love and miss you
more than anything. Sleep on my beloved.
Your Husband Roy

Mommy ... It is not easy to say good-bye to your smiling face, quiet
strength and kindred spirit, but God has promised and we hold this truth
sincere: With wings unfurled, He touches our hearts and will keep you
forever near.
Your Sons Alwyn and Monsdl

Mommy... Our Father knows what's best for us, so why should we
complain? We always want the sunshine, but He knows there must be
rain. Mommy you were a best friend, confidant, and inspiration to me.
You were there for me through all my trials and tribulations, I will miss
you dearly. Rest In Peace.
Your Daughter Jacqueline, E'Doni and Monsdl

Mommy... People always said that I look just like you, I use to always
laugh and say, "I don't see it" However, if I could be one-tenth the
woman that you were to all your family, close friends and admirers I
would be proud to have been born in your image. I will miss you dearly.
Your Daughter Anise

Mommy ... Words cannot express the way I feel, but even though
death is no surprise, I was shocked and couldn't understand at the
moment the Lord took you. Mom you was there when I needed you
throughout my life. You were my sister, my mother and my best friend. I
will cherish our secrets and special memories that we shared. May you
rest in peace, I love you Mom.
Your Daughter dare

Mommy (Mother-Hubbard)... Who will be there for me now? You
have carried me and made me strong for twenty five years. We have
shared so much with each other, that words alone cannot express the
gratitude and love that flows through me. At this sad and most memo-
rable time I would just like to say thank you, Mother-Hubbard for help-
ing me to grow, for sending me to college (when I didn't want to go), for
seeing me down the aisle and embracing my husband, Ronald, as a son
and especially for being by my side through Dontai's birth. Through all
my trials and tribulations you was always there-just a phone call away at
my most busiest time, a shoulder so strong and true. My best friend, my
mother my voice through the dark -Mother Hubbard, Mommy. I will
always love you.
Your Youngest-Amordle

Auntie Feicia ... You were my Auntie, mother and best friend. I am
sure that this in not the end. I never forget the good times we shared.
When we needed you, you was always there. I will never forget how
special you were to me and my family, therefore our love for you will
always be there. We love you but God love you best, my dear Aunt, and
so it is time to take your rest One day in the sweet by and by, we will all
be reoicing with you. Always remember, God is good, and he has done
well. And so, Auntie we must say farewell
Grithe & Family

Dear Mother-In-Law ... In the five years, that I have known you, I
have loved and respected you always. You have been a mother to me,
and now that you're gone you can rest assured that your daughter
Amorelle (my wife), Dontai and the future baby will be well taken care of.
Ronald Hodge

Granny ... You always played a very significant role in all our lives
from our formative years to the present, especially in our upbringing. As
we go through our daily lives and spiritual growth we will always trea-
sure and remember your love, strength and determination.
All the Grandchildren

My Dearest Sister... Our hearts are filled with sorrow, our eyes are
filled with tears, but we will always cherish the happy memories ob-

trained throughout the years. Felicia you will always be in our hearts and
minds through the remembrance of special times, sad times and laughter
at family gatherings.
Your Sister Tyrphina and Family

When sorrows assail us or terrors draw nigh,
His love will not fail us, He'll guide with His eye;
And when we are fainting and ready to fail,
He'll give what is lacking and make us prevail
Your love and memory shall never die, we will always have you in our
heart. Gone may be your body, but not your spiritual part.
Your Sister Eunice and Family
Precious memories, unseen angels
Sent from somewhere to my Soul;
How they Linger, ever near me,
And the sacred past unfold...
You will be greatly missed, our dearest Sister and Aunt
Your Sister Maise and Family

To My Last Sister... Sister you were adorable, loving, kind and true in
all you thought, said and did. You stole away from us, but God knows
you tarried long enough. We will never forget we bore your pains even
though we were far apart, and shared a love from deep within our heart.
Sister, we will meet you again someday. Remember, God loves you and
so he took you away. Rest In Peace.
Brother Mike

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to
pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to
breakdown, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
(Ecclesiastics 3: 14)
You will be missed, but always remembered. Until we meet again in
Your Sister Alice and Family

Felicia Hodge, has been my loving friend for over twenty seven years-I
cannot imagine my life without her comfort and intelligence. The days to

come will be sad and empty Over the many years Mrs. Hodge has
helped and befriended hundreds of people the telephone calls I have
received from all over the world as the news of her passing has spread is
unbelievable. Everyone talks about her beautiful qualities and what a
great lady I love you and will love you forever.
Patti Birch

Fello ... Your death was so sudden and shocking, that I couldn't
believe it when I saw you lying there. But, as we all know, that some
sweet day we have to depart this world. We will always remember you
through the many years we were friends. You will always linger in our
hearts. You were so kind, loving and giving always ready to lend a
hand to everyone, you will be missed dearly now let Jesus give you that
eternal rest in his heavenly kingdom. Rest in peace and be safe in the
arms of Jesus.
Fleming's Family

"I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there
you may be also." (ohn 14:3)
Amorette and family

"And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with
songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and
gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall free away." (Isaiah 35:10)
Karen and family

Felicia has always been a constant presence in my life, and treated me
like a member of her family. She was someone who was there when I
needed someone to talk to, even if it wasn't about anything important. I
will look back fondly at the times we spent in her kitchen conversing.
Felicia always ended our conversations with the phrase, "God spare life."
I'm going to miss you, "granny." With deepest sympathy,
Evet "Bunky" Birch

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