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Leroy Joseph, Alexis Joseph, Lauritz LaFranque
Bassanio David, Jr., Franklin D. Jarvis, Lucien David,
Dr. Leroy Reese, John T. Lewis, Jr., Alexis Joseph, Jr.
Jean Davis, Gwendolyn Lewis, Eloise Lewis
Evelyn Williams, Teresa Smith, Jorge Smith
Carmen Lindesay, Elvina Larsen, Austin Donovan,
Erma Sewer, Melita Hendricks, Sylvanita D. Callwood
Many other relatives and friends
Bassanio David, Jr., Franklin D. Jarvis, Lucien David,
Warren Williams, Hubert Alexis Joseph, Jr., Boyd Berg
Governor Roy L Schneider, Donald Stephens,
Jorge Smith, John T. Lewis, Lynton Lake
Educator, St. Thomas 1910 -1995
Huldah Annabel Joseph, born on St. Thomas, Danish West Indies, July
20, 1910, is the daughter of Herbert and Romalia E. Joseph. She attended
private, public, and parochial elementary schools in the Virgin Islands, then
went on to Charlotte Amalie High School from which she graduated in
During her studies she sat and passed the second class teacher's examina-
tion of the Department of Education and was issued a teacher's certificate.
Her career as a classroom teacher began on August 13,1928, and lasted for
eighteen years. Three of those eighteen years were spent as principal-teacher
at Robert Herrick School, now Joseph Sibilly School. She then interrupted
her teaching to complete her formal education, which included securing a
bachelor's degree in 1949 from Cheyney State College, Cheyney, Pennsylva-
nia, and a master's degree and professional diploma from Teachers College,
Columbia University in 1953 and 1956 respectively.
Upon her return to the Virgin Islands in 1949, Mrs. Joseph became deeply
involved in administration, serving in such positions as supervisor of el-
ementary education, director of elementary education, Deputy Commis-
sioner of Education for Curriculum and Instruction, Insular Superintendent
of Education, Acting Assistant Superintendent, and Assistant Commissioner
and Acting Commissioner of Education. On January 25, 1973, she retired
after forty-two years of public service.
Miss Joseph is cited in Who's Who In American Education (1%7-8) and
in the Dictionary of International Biography (1970 and 1973). She was a
member of several professional and civic organizations, including the Ameri-
can Association of School Administrators, the Association For Supervision
and Curriculum Development, the Board of Directors of the American Red
Cross, and the Commission On Aging. She was past president and vice-
president of the Women's League of St. Thomas; past chairman of Commu-
nity Chest; a past member of the Advisory Council For Hospital and Public
Health Construction, the Governor's Committee For History of the Virgin
Islands, and the Youth Commission. She was chairman of the School Board
for the Seventh Day Adventist School and church clerk and member of the
Council On Education of the Seventh Day Adventist Conference with head-
quarters in Barbados. She was also actively involved in the American Lung
Association and the American Association of Retired Persons.
ce(ra of (Verice
Pastor Desmond James, Officiating
Mrs. Yolanda Scantlebury, Organist
OPENING HYMN............................. I Shall See the King
INVOCATION... ...... ..................... Elder Charles Rogers
SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 121 ............. Mrs. Joy Shackleton
MUSICAL SELECTION .................. City S.D.A. Church Choir
SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 17 ........... Mrs. Sylvanita Callwood
REMARKS............................. Governor Roy L. Schneider
REMARKS................................. Elder Charles Rogers
SCRIPTURE READING John 14:1-3 ................. Ms. Erma Sewer
PRAYER ................................... Pastor John R. Josiah
EULOGY ...................................... Dr.Leroy Reese
SOLO: Never Part Again ..................... Athill A. Scantlebury
SERMONEITE........................... Pastor Desmond James
HYMN..................................... How Great Thou Art
CLOSING HYMN ............................... The Strife is Oer
BENEDICTION ........................... Pastor Desmond James
An Trui6le to tWo d GW e5 (Dsepf
On behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, I wish to convey my
deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Ms. Huldah Joseph.
Huldah Joseph or "Nennie Huldah", as many of us affectionately referred
to her, has left an enviable legacy as she departed this life. "Nennie"
Huldah's life has been one filled with outstanding career accomplish-
ments, community service and devotion to her God. In education circles
she was highly respected. Many sought her opinion and cherished her
advise. She rose up the ladder of the educational system, to positions that
she justly deserved. She demonstrated, time and again, her unique quali-
ties of competence and zeal for her work. She loved the children of the
Virgin Islands; she loved being an educator.
Ms. Joseph went beyond the scope of her vocation in participating in
many community activities, and doing them all welL Everyone that was
fortunate to come in her presence will remember her keen mind, with
sharpness and precision as she commanded the English language. She
also had another side of a gentle spirit, with a caring akin to the admoni-
tions of her Lord. In a very short time, in her presence, one could feel the
deep religious commitment that she possessed. She was indeed an ex-
ample for all of us in these islands, as Virgin Islanders, as God fearing
people and as Christians.
Another giant, another Virgin Island's hero has gone to join the peace
as promised by the God that she so strongly believed in. Let us rejoice in
knowing that we were able to have her with us and her many years of
interaction and strong influence on so many lives.
Barbara joins me, as all of us collectively grieve and then jointly rejoice,
knowing that her sufferings have ended and the eternity that she deserves
is at hand.
May the Almighty continue to shower her family with blessings now
and whenever they mourn. We shall all miss "Nennie" Huldah.
Roy L Schneider, Governor
On behalf of the Department of Education, I convey deep and sincere
condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Huldah Joseph. Ms. Joseph
gave long and outstanding service to our Department at many levels,
beginning as an elementary school teacher in 1928.
Ms. Joseph is described as a kind, caring, and exemplary role model for
students colleagues, and neighbors alike. Her forty-two years of service
in the Department of Education resulted in assignments which included
positions as a supervisor of elementary education, Deputy Commissioner
for Curriculum and Instruction. Assistant Commissioner and Acting
Commissioner. She retired in January 1973.
Former colleagues who served with Ms. Joseph remember her not only
as one who inspired those whom she supervised, but also as one who
exacted the highest standards for all with whom she came in contact Her
keen sense of community service is exemplified in the number of civic
organization with whom she worked diligently as a volunteer.
Ms. Joseph will be missed by all who knew her; however, we can attain
a sense of comfort in having had her profound influence on our lives,
individually and collectively.
May she rest in peace.
James E. Chee Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education
It was with profound sorrow that I learned of the passing of Huldah A.
Joseph. Few individuals have contributed more to the educational, civic,
social and political life of the Virgin Islands.
In an illustrious educational career spanning the years 1928 to 1973,
Miss Joseph served in virtually every position of responsibility in the
educational system. She was a classroom teacher, principal, supervisor of
elementary education, director of elementary education, deputy commis-
sioner of education for curriculum and instruction, insular superinten-
dent of education, assistant commissioner and acting commissioner. Much
of what is beneficial today in our educational system, especially in the
areas of curriculum development and instruction, emanates from the
labor of Miss Joseph.
In addition to her sterling achievements in the field of education, Miss
Joseph contributed much to the civic, charitable, religious and political
sectors of the community. She was a pillar of the Red Cross, Women's
League, Community Chest and many other helping organizations. Addi-
tionally, she was most instrumental in the struggle for the political ad-
vancement of the Virgin Islands especially during the critical decades of
the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's. Moreover, she was a steadfast, devoted and
much revered member of the St. Thomas Seventh Day Adventist Church
for as long or longer than most of us can remember.
In brief, this lady was a true builder of Virgin Islands society. No
history of women of achievement in the Caribbean can be complete with-
out the inclusion of Huldah Annabel Joseph. Few lives in any place in any
time have been as useful. May she now rest in peace in the arms of God.
Charles W. Turnbull, Ph.D.
Former Commissioner of Education 1979-87
Huldah A. Joseph has made an indelible mark in the field of education
here in the Virgin Islands. Her life of service as a professional teacher,
administrator, mentor and advisor to many, is seen in the success stories
of her former students. This list reads like a who's who of Virgin Islands
professionals in all areas of the community.
The Board members of the Warren E. Brown Scholarship Fund was
indeed proud to acknowledge Miss Joseph's myriad accomplishments
when we honored her at a luncheon in 1989.
We join with her family and friends in mourning the loss of a stalwart
pillar of educational advancement in our Virgin Islands Community.
Members of the Board
Warren E. and Eugenia E. Brown Scholarship Fund
The Cheyney State University Alumni extend our deepest sympathy to
the family and friends of Miss Huldah A. Joseph. She was an outstanding
educational and civic leader, a pioneer, mentor and friend.
Miss Joseph attended Cheyney State Teachers College in Cheyney,
Pennsylvania during the 1940's where she established a reputation for
scholastic excellence. Cheyney State Teachers College is now a state
Virgin Islands students who attended Cheyney in subsequent years
were admonished to emulate her record. Many of us accepted the chal-
lenge and maintained the Huldah Joseph tradition of scholastic excel-
lence, much to her delight.
The psalmist declared that "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the
death of his saints." Miss Joseph lived a purposeful and exemplary life of
devotion to God and her fellowman. In death, life ends, but the memories
of our relationship will live on. The contributions she made to the people
of the Virgin Islands will long be remembered and appreciated. May she
rest in peace.
Cheyney State University Alumni
Nennie Huldah as all of us in the Jarvis family affectionately and
lovingly called her, was our aunt, mother, godmother, confidant and total
Ilsa, Frankie, Tony, Francine and David will miss our favorite aunt who
was at our beck and call through good times and bad. We will never
forget her, because she truly loved us, and we loved her. Rest in peace,
The Jarvis Family
Dear Nennie Huldah, as all my children called you. You were with us
in joy and sorrow. God bless you.
Your cousin Evelyn
Miss Joseph ... for the two years I have known you, you were a darling
- sweet and kind. I will always miss the way you cared about me, always
wanting to know when I ate and what I ate, and for that I was grateful.
You always wanted me to get some rest. May your soul rest in peace.
Scmny (emoy ofa -2ear anddiwe&f/iser
From your childhood days you were very fond of children and it
carried through all'your life. Your mother and family were all in your
care, everyone was loved and taken care of up to your last days of
sickness. All my other sisters are gone and now you are the last one.
Nobody knows how I feel, but you will be missed very much. It was very
hard for me to see you living there and not able to help yourself, but we
are glad to know that you trusted in God to the end. Rest in peace. We
hope to meet sometime.
Love, Bernice and Alexis