Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Elizabeth D. Michael
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Elizabeth D. Michael
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
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Language: English
Creator: Estate of Elizabeth D. Michael
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Subject: Michael, Elizabeth D.
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Caribbean
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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: CA01300295
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
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Elizabeth Davis Michael was born on November 21, 1903, in St.
Thomas, USVI. After completing 6th grade at Sts. Peter and Paul
School she was asked to become a teacher at the school where she
taught for 4 years before moving to Puerto Rico to finish junior high
school. Upon her return to St. Thomas, the late E. Benjamin Oliver
then the principal of the Abraham Lincoln School (now the J. Anto-
nio Jarvis Elementary School) offered Mrs. Michael another teach-
ing assignment. She taught for 3 years before returning to Puerto
Rico to complete her education, eventually earning a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Home Economics. Mrs. Michael returned to St.
Thomas where she joined the faculty of Charlotte Amalie High
School. She served as Department Chairperson for Home Econom-
ics and retired after 38 years of dedicated service. Mrs. Michael was
inspired to become a teacher by her brother, the late poet and
educator, J. Antonio Jarvis.


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Elizabeth Davis Michael was married to the late Judge Cyril
Michael. Mrs. Michael bore him three children, Dale R. Michael,
Elba Michael McIntosh and Betsy Michael Goodwill whom she
loved with a deep and abiding love. She has four grandchildren,
Tynnetta, Damien, Tracy and Peter and one great grandson Damien
whom she adored. Mrs. Michael was mother to myriads of others,
both here in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and across the globe.
Elizabeth Michael was a devout Catholic and a devoted member
of the Society of the Mother of Perpetual Help. She attended mass
every morning at Holy Family Church. This daily devotion began
when she was a child and was practiced throughout her life. On the
morning she was called away from us, she was on her way to
worship and praise her Lord at Holy Family, located directly across
the street from her home. Mrs. Michael was very involved in the life
of the Church. She was chosen to represent the Catholic Diocese of
the Virgin Islands in Washington, D.C. where she received the
sacrament of Holy Communion from the Holy Father, Pope Paul II
during the 1980's.
Mrs. Michael loved to travel. She and her husband completed
many trips around the world. Other recent journeys took Mrs.
Michael to the far covers of the globe, including a trip to the Holy









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Land in 1982 where she was proud to have walked in the Garden of
Gethsemane which was a highlight for her. In 1988, Mrs. Michael
traveled to Europe with a group of Virgin Islanders which began in
Portugal in the town of Fatima. From there she went by train to
Madrid, Spain, then Barcelona where she visited the icon of the
Black Madonna located in a surrounding mountain region. The
group then went by bus to France where they visited in the town of
Lourdes. They went on to Paris before traveling to Yugoslavia where
Mrs. Michael enjoyed one of her most favorite experiences, a visit to
Medjugorie where she visited the site of the Blessed Virgin's ap-
pearance to the children. In a subsequent 1992 trip in the Carib-
bean, Mrs. Michael visited Trinidad where she stayed at Mount St.
Benedict:
In keeping with her love of travel, Mrs. Michael was planning
several trips to be completed later this year, including a visit to her
son Dale in California in March with her grandchildren and a trip
to Santo Domingo with family members in July.
Mrs. Michael, always profoundly religious, was prepared to go
home to be with her Lord. She would want those who are left to
mourn her passing to be comforted by this knowledge.
May she rest in eternal peace.











SON
Dale R. Michael
DAUGHTERS
Elba Michael McIntosh, Betsy Michael Goodwill
GRANDCHILDREN
Tynnetta E. McIntosh, Damien D. McIntosh, Tracy E. Goodwill,
Peter C. Goodwill, Ronald Simmons
GREAT GRANDCHILDREN
Kevin Simmons, Monique Simmons, Damien M. McIntosh
SISTERS
Esterline Davis Penn Parrilla, Asilia Davis White,
Leonile Davis Schneider, Edris Davis Jackson
BROTHERS
Lionel Davis, Alfred Davis
Many special relatives and friends
too numerous to mention



Ronald Blyden,, Liston Davis, Peter Goodwill,
L. Mark Lindquist, Lucien Moolenaar, DDS, Alphonse Stalliard


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Roy Anduze, Esq., Lisa Beth Bezar, Derek M. Burnett, M.D., David
Chinnery, Gilda de La Cruz, Benjamin Currence, Esq., Ampara
Garcia, Dixie L. Gillies, Paul Hoffman, Esq., Franklin Jarvis,
Genevieve Lima, Leroy Marchena, Roy McFarlane, Enrique
Rodriquez, Kathleen L. Rodgers, Viola E. Smith



Kenneth Belle, Othelia DeWindt, Ronald Mitchell, Esq.,
J. Shelley Moorhead, Lucien Moolenaar, DDS,
Robert Moorehead, Wende Rouse













Dearest Mommy ... You were taken away from us so suddenly.
Although we know you're with God and with Daddy now we miss
you terribly. It's so difficult to accept that we won't see your angelic
face and smile anymore, or hear your laughter, listen to your advice,
or see you create some piece of art which was one of your favorite
hobbies. You loved us so much and prayed for us constantly.
You were such a fine and stylish woman and role model for all of
us. We just hope and pray that in some way your kind and loving
spirit is reflected in our lives. We thank God and feel very blessed
that you were our mother; and we are very grateful for all the
wonderful times we've spent together! Although we had to share
you with many people, you were always there for us. We love you,
we miss you and we can never forget you mommy.
Dale, Elba and Betsy

Some of us knew you longer due simply to the date of our birth.
But the length of time never mattered with you, you loved us all
equally. The time we had to spend with you means more to us than
we could ever express, but what we will miss most of all is your
laughter, your stern admonitions (only when necessary), the way
you stood up to our parents (your children) on our behalf when all
else failed ("that's what grandparents do", you said), your good
cooking and recipes, your stories and old time sayings bacalaoao,
fungi and fish' was one of your favorites), the way you taught us
life's lessons; especially about being strong and standing on our
own two feet, your generosity, your arts and crafts tips, and of
course your daily prayers for us. We will miss you Grandma Lizzie.
We will miss you Ya Ya. But you are alive in each of us, and we will
carry your spirit with us always, and in that way, you will never
really be gone. We love you.
Tynnetta, Damien, Tracy & Peter

Dear Lizzie ... my dear, kind, loving sister. Your sudden death
has left us grieved and shocked. It is not easy for us to accept that
you are gone. No more can we call to check on each other, or

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discuss our plans for family parties, reunions and cruises ... or go
down memory lane, remembering how life used to be, way back in
the good old days. Lizzie, I will miss you so much, but not even
death can erase the memories of our lifelong sisterhood and friend-
ship which I will treasure forever. Rest in Christ.
Your sister, Esterline (Essie)
Sister Lizzie... Words cannot express how I felt when I received
the news of your untimely death. You fought the good fight and
you have won the race. Now God has seen it fit to call you home to
your eternal rest with Him.
You were always an integral part of my life as a child growing
up. I always looked up to you, my oldest and dearest sister. You
were always ready to give me a helping hand. I will miss you
dearly, especially since I haven't seen you in a few years. We loved
you, but God loved you best and I know that you are seated next to
your Heavenly Father. Rest in peace, my sister.
Your sister, Asilia Davis-White
To my Sister Elizabeth ... You will be greatly missed but your
memories will live forever. Your charming smile, your love and
devotion to your family will remain in the hearts of your beloved
ones. God bless you and may His light forever shine upon you. Rest
in Jesus, beloved sister,
Love, Leonile Schneider and family
Dear Sister Lizzie ... The blow was hard, the shock severe, of
your sudden passing. You have departed from us physically but
your memories will remain forever in our hearts. Sister Lizzie was a
warm, cheerful and friendly person. Her life has touched many,
young and old, and she will be greatly missed, especially by her
loving family with whom she kept a close relationship. May she rest
in eternal peace and happiness in the bosom of our Savior.
Love, your sister Edris
Liz... As your brother I love you very much. I will miss you very
much, your gentle voice, your soft touch, your beautiful smile.
Sleep on in peace and take your rest with your God.
Your brother, Lionel
Tribute to Sister Lizzie... It is with deep regret, sorrow and pain
that I mourn the loss and death of my beloved sister, Elizabeth
Davis Michael who was killed on February 15, 1995 in an automo-
bile accident. My sister was a warm, loving person who carried a





discuss our plans for family parties, reunions and cruises ... or go
down memory lane, remembering how life used to be, way back in
the good old days. Lizzie, I will miss you so much, but not even
death can erase the memories of our lifelong sisterhood and friend-
ship which I will treasure forever. Rest in Christ.
Your sister, Esterline (Essie)
Sister Lizzie... Words cannot express how I felt when I received
the news of your untimely death. You fought the good fight and
you have won the race. Now God has seen it fit to call you home to
your eternal rest with Him.
You were always an integral part of my life as a child growing
up. I always looked up to you, my oldest and dearest sister. You
were always ready to give me a helping hand. I will miss you
dearly, especially since I haven't seen you in a few years. We loved
you, but God loved you best and I know that you are seated next to
your Heavenly Father. Rest in peace, my sister.
Your sister, Asilia Davis-White
To my Sister Elizabeth ... You will be greatly missed but your
memories will live forever. Your charming smile, your love and
devotion to your family will remain in the hearts of your beloved
ones. God bless you and may His light forever shine upon you. Rest
in Jesus, beloved sister,
Love, Leonile Schneider and family
Dear Sister Lizzie ... The blow was hard, the shock severe, of
your sudden passing. You have departed from us physically but
your memories will remain forever in our hearts. Sister Lizzie was a
warm, cheerful and friendly person. Her life has touched many,
young and old, and she will be greatly.missed, especially by her
loving family with whom she kept a close relationship. May she rest
in eternal peace and happiness in the bosom of our Savior.
Love, your sister Edris
Liz... As your brother I love you very much. I will miss you very
much, your gentle voice, your soft touch, your beautiful smile.
Sleep on in peace and take your rest with your God.
Your brother, Lione
Tribute to Sister Lizzie... It is with deep regret, sorrow and pain
that I mourn the loss and death of my beloved sister, Elizabeth
Davis Michael who was killed on February 15,1995 in an automo-
bile accident. My sister was a warm, loving person who carried a






loving smile to everyone she encountered. She will always be re-
membered by her family, friends and scores of people she taught.
My deepest sympathy is extended to her three children, Elba, Betsy
Mae and Dale. May she rest in peace and find a home in heaven.
A Poem to My Beloved Sister
Within the garden of my heart
Flowers grow through
Blossoms of remembrance fill
My thoughts of you.
Flowers will always bloom
Whatever be the weather.
Their fragrance is the memory
Of the years we spent together.
Your loving brother, Alfred Davis

Liz... I am still in a daze. I can't believe what happened. The last
time I spoke to you, we made plans to travel together, but you went
on to travel to meet your God. I will see you again some sweet day,
but I will never forget you. Until then, sleep on in the arms of God.
We all love you but God loves you best.
Your sister-in-law, Doris Davis

Aunt Lizzie... There are so many different ways in which we can
describe you. We would simply say, thanks for being a part of our
life and for your loving and caring ways. You have left a tremen-
dous void in our lives, but we hold on to the hope that one sweet
day we will meet again, never more to part. Aunt Lizzie, we love
and will always miss you. Rest in peace.
David, Sr., David, Jr., Elvin, Donald & Maribel Chinnery
Dearest Aunt Lizzie From early childhood you loved and
showered me with your warm, loving, caring personality. I was
always your special niece and I could always count on you to be
there for me. You were my role model, my traveling companion and
best of all my friend and confidante. God gave me the best aunt that
anyone could ask for. You touched the lives of everyone you came
in contact with and had so much love to spread around family and
friends. Now all our family will need the strength to accept your
death and give God the thanks and praise for the years He lent you
to us. Aunt Lizzie, I will miss you, but I am comforted by the
thought that you are safely resting in Jesus' arms.
Your loving niece, Florence Harrigan-Chinnery


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Affectionately called, Aunt Lizzie ... By me you will be surely
missed. Your untimely passing caught me by surprise. You were a
very proud, loving, private, God fearing person. Our family will
surely miss you. Rest safely in the arms of Jesus.
Your niece, Rita Harris

To Auntie Lizzie.. When I learned the devastating news of your
death, the shock was so great that in order to cope, I willed my mind
to reminisce about our relationship and happier times. It was only
two weeks ago we met at Holy Family after a revival service. We
greeted each other with hugs and kisses as usual and chatted briefly.
When I was leaving I offered you a ride home but you said, "No
sweetie, I am fine, I want to chat and mingle some more with my
friends." I thought to myself as I often did when I think about you,
how fiercely independent you were, a dominant characteristic of
yours which I deeply admired. This was the last time I saw you
alive.
You taught me how to bake cookies. Christmas time at your
home was filled with fun and baking of goodies and preparation of
crafts for gifts. I remember how privileged and proud I felt that you,
Aunt Lizzie, taught me Home Economics at CAHS. I reflected on
how you always encouraged and supported me through the years.
Then suddenly amidst my confusion and grief, a comforting thought
came to me, which helped to console my anger and frustration at
you death. It dawned on me that even at the last hour in your life,
you were doing what you loved best. You were going to praise and
worship the Lord whom you served. Aunt Lizzie, I will miss your
witty expression, your infectious smile, your never-give-up attitude
and your warm, loving personality terribly, but I know you're in
God's hands now. Someone as devoted to Him as you were, could
only end up next to Him for eternity. Shalom, dear aunt.
Love, your niece, Francine Penn-Scipio

Dear Aunt Lizzie ... No words can express the sadness I feel
about your death. You were a very warm, caring, kind aunt. As a
child you always looked out for me, as I grew into adulthood, you
and I became more than family. We also became friends. I will miss
your cheerful personality and your bright smile. You'll always live
on in my memory. May God's peace be with you.
Love, your niece, Doris A. Penn

Loving, compassionate, devoted, caring, and God fearing Aunt
Lizzie was all of these things and more. No matter what the occa-






Affectionately called, Aunt Lizzie ... By me you will be surely
missed. Your untimely passing caught me by surprise. You were a
very proud, loving, private, God fearing person. Our family will
surely miss you. Rest safely in the arms of Jesus.
Your niece, Rita Harris
To Auntie Lizzie.. When I learned the devastating news of your
death, the shock was so great that in order to cope, I willed my mind
to reminisce about our relationship and happier times. It was only
two weeks ago we met at Holy Family after a revival service. We
greeted each other with hugs and kisses as usual and chatted briefly.
When I was leaving I offered you a ride home but you said, "No
sweetie, I am fine, I want to chat and mingle some more with my
friends." I thought to myself as I often did when I think about you,
how fiercely independent you were, a dominant characteristic of
yours which I deeply admired. This was the last time I saw you
alive.
You taught me how to bake cookies. Christmas time at your
home was filled with fun and baking of goodies and preparation of
crafts for gifts. I remember how privileged and proud I felt that you,
Aunt Lizzie, taught me Home Economics at CAHS. I reflected on
how you always encouraged and supported me through the years.
Then suddenly amidst my confusion and grief, a comforting thought
came to me, which helped to console my anger and frustration at
you death. It dawned on me that even at the last hour in your life,
you were doing what you loved best. You were going to praise and
worship the Lord whom you served. Aunt Lizzie, I will miss your
witty expression, your infectious smile, your never-give-up attitude
and your warm, loving personality terribly, but I know you're in
God's hands now. Someone as devoted to Him as you were, could
only end up next to Him for eternity. Shalom, dear aunt.
Love, your niece, Francine Penn-Scipio
Dear Aunt Lizzie ... No words can express the sadness I feel
about your death. You were a very warm, caring, kind aunt. As a
child you always looked out for me, as I grew into adulthood, you
and I became more than family. We also became friends. I will miss
your cheerful personality and your bright smile. You'll always live
on in my memory. May God's peace be with you.
Love, your niece, Doris A. Penn
Loving, compassionate, devoted, caring, and God fearing Aunt
Lizzie was all of these things and more. No matter what the occa-





sion, she was always there with a smile, a word of encouragement,
and a helping hand. It is difficult to think about how she left us, so
suddenly, so tragically, so quietly. Aunt Lizzie is gone to another
place, but she will always be alive in our memory. Our thanks go
out to her for the love that she shared with us and for the beautiful
legacy that she left us.
"Slimo" and "Ellie" Blyden & Family
On Wednesday, Feb. 15,1995, a person very dear to me departed
this life Elizabeth Davis Michael, my aunt, my friend, my teacher,
and in my teens, my counsellor. Aunt Lizzie's life was devoted to
her family. Although she lived a long life she was suddenly taken
away. I am already missing her, but the memories of her goodness,
her love, and her caring, will bridge that gap. I thank God for Aunt
Lizzie's life here with us.
To her children, relatives, and other well wishers in this sorrow-
ful moment I draw your attention to what Paul the apostle said in
2nd Timothy 4:8, when his time of departure was at hand. Because
he lived for Jesus, he was able to say "... there is laid up for me a
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall
give me at that day: and not to me only, but onto all them also that
love His appearing."
Niece E. Maria Leerdam and family
Aunt Lizzie... God has taken you from us to that beautiful home
up above. He has opened every door and swept clean every floor.
Your sudden death has brought a void in our lives. Only the good
Lord knows why you have lived your life to its fullest. You have
touched many lives along the way and have now gone home to
stay. May you finally rest in peace and have that deserving peace.
Rose Van Beverhoudt and children
A Prayer for my dear friend, Elizabeth Terencia Michael... Oh
Eternal Father, who dost love us with a greater love than we can
either know or understand, we give Thee most high praise and
hearty thanks for the good example of this Thy servant who hath
now entered into the larger life of thy heavenly presence; who here,
a tower of strength, stood by us and helped us; who cheered us by
her sympathy and encouraged us by her example; who looked not
disdainfully on the outward appearance, but lovingly into the hearts
of men; who rejoiced to serve all people; whose loyalty was ever
steadfast, and her friendship unselfish and secure. Grant, we be-
seech Thee, that she may find abiding peace in Thy heavenly wor-





ship, and that we may carry forward her unfinished work for Thee
on earth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Rest in Peace.
Your nephew-in-law Clarence T. Scipio
It is difficult to say good-bye to someone who has been as much
as an inspiration to my life as Aunt Lizzie. Besides the personal
relationship that we experienced throughout my life as family, Aunt
Lizzie had a tremendous influence on my career. It is with a great
sense of gratitude to my great aunt that I reflect on my life as a home
economics teacher at Addelita Cancryn School, Chairperson of the
Home Economics Department, Future Homemakers of America state
advisor and chapter advisor, and former home economics teacher
for adult night school.
Her devotion to a brilliant and full home economics career and
her undying love for her students left a mark on my life that will
remain with me forever. It is significant that she departed this life on
the Wednesday of the National Future Homemakers of America
Week. My love goes with her!
Great niece LaVerne C. Blyden
Nenie Michael... It grieves me, numbs my spirit, to know you
were taken from us. You taught me many lessons, and now the
greatest lesson of all: Never wait until someone is gone to tell them,
"I love you." Gone, but you will never be forgotten
With love, your Godson Mariano Lima, Jr. (Pancho)
Tribute to Lizzie ... We will truly miss you. You have been our
mentor. Future family reunions will not be the same without you.
We will never forget your bright smile, your love for having a good
time and your zest for traveling. As we endure our sorrow, we are
confident that you will be safe in Jesus' arms. Rest in peace.
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ship, and that we may carry forward her unfinished work for Thee
on earth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Rest in Peace.
Your nephew-in-law Clarence T. Scipio
It is difficult to say good-bye to someone who has been as much
as an inspiration to my life as Aunt Lizzie. Besides the personal
relationship that we experienced throughout my life as family, Aunt
Lizzie had a tremendous influence on my career. It is with a great
sense of gratitude to my great aunt that I reflect on my life as a home
economics teacher at Addelita Cancryn School Chairperson of the
Home Economics Department Future Homemakers of America state
advisor and chapter advisor, and former home economics teacher
for adult night school
Her devotion to a brilliant and full home economics career and
her undying love for her students left a mark on my life that will
remain with me forever. It is significant that she departed this life on
the Wednesday of the National Future Homemakers of America
Week. My love goes with her
Great niece LaVerne C. Blyden
Nenie Michael... It grieves me, numbs my spirit, to know you
were taken from us. You taught me many lessons, and now the
greatest lesson of all: Never wait until someone is gone to tell them,
"I love you." Gone, but you will never be forgotten
With love, your Godson Mariano Lima, Jr. (Pancho)
Tribute to Lizzie... We will truly miss you. You have been our
mentor. Future family reunions will not be the same without you.
We will never forget your bright smile, your love for having a good
time and your zest for traveling. As we endure our sorrow, we are
confident that you will be safe in Jesus' arms. Rest in peace.
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Mrs. Elizabeth Davis Michael I've known and loved Mrs.
Elizabeth Davis Michael since September 1940. She was my
homeroom teacher when I was an eighth grade student at the Char-
lotte Amalie High School. In all the years, I've never heard a
student say anything negative about her.
As her pastor at Holy Family Parish, she was a constant source of
inspiration, encouragement and affirmation always remember-
ing with flowers or monetary gifts the important anniversaries of
my life, as well as the anniversaries of the other priests in residence.
The writer of the sacred Book of Proverbs must certainly have
had someone like Mrs. Michael in mind when, under the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit, he penned the following words:
When one finds a worthy wife
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good and not evil
all the days of her life.
She reaches out her hands to the poor
and extends her arms to the needy.
Her husband is prominent at the city gates
as he sits with the elders of the land.
She is clothed with strength and dignity.
She opens her mouth in wisdom
And on her tongue is kindly counsel.
Her children rise up and praise her.
Her husband, too, extols her (saying):
"Many are the women of proven worth,
But you excel them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty fleeting,
The woman who fears the Lord
is to be praised.
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Mrs. Michael, in the words of St. Paul "you fought a good fight,
you kept the faith, you ran the race to the finish." May God, just
judge that He is, give you a merited crown of righteousness, re-
served for all those who love Him. Rest in peace, my esteemed
teacher and friend.
fElliott G. Thomas
Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands
My dear friends ... The news of Mrs. Michael's death comes as a
terrible shock. She was at the heart of Holy Family Parish from the
beginning and somehow one hoped she would go on forever, lov-
ing her God, her family, her neighbors teaching us by example
what it means to live a vibrant, Christian life.
During my years in the Virgin Islands, it was my privilege and
joy to know Mrs. Michael and to count her as a friend. It was a joy,
too, to know about Mrs. Michael, to hear her spoken of with such
affection and gratitude by the many people she mothered over the
years. Truly, she is beloved by a very extended family.
Even as we mourn her loss, we can reflect on the lesson she
teaches us with her final act. Just as she had done every morning for
so many years, she set out on the morning of her death intent on
going to meet our God, to listen anew to His Word, to share again in
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to enter once more into the most
blessed Communion with the Body of Christ. Should we be sur-
prised that the Lord whose presence she sought would catch her to
Himself for an eternal meeting face-to-face?
This is a very sad time for the whole community, but especially
for the Michael family, and I extend to you my deepest sympathy.
The news of your loss reached me here in Rome and it is in Rome
that I will be offering a Memorial Mass for Mrs. Michael. As she
was a lady who loved to go on pilgrimages, it seems an appropriate
setting in which to remember her. Now, she has completed her
earthly pilgrimage, now, may she find rest in her heavenly home.
Sincerely yours in Christ
fMost Reverend Sean O'Malley
Bishop of Fall River
It is with a great sense of sadness that I extend my deepest
condolences to the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Michael on the untimely
passing of your beloved family member.
Over the years, Mrs. Michael has been an outstanding member of
our community, sharing her many talents and her Christian teach-





Mrs. Michael, in the words of St. Paul "you fought a good fight,
you kept the faith, you ran the race to the finish." May God, just
judge that He is, give you a merited crown of righteousness, re-
served for all those who love Him. Rest in peace, my esteemed
teacher and friend.
tElliott G. Thomas
Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands
My dear friends ... The news of Mrs. Michael's death comes as a
terrible shock. She was at the heart of Holy Family Parish from the
beginning and somehow one hoped she would go on forever, lov-
ing her God, her family, her neighbors teaching us by example
what it means to live a vibrant, Christian life.
During my years in the Virgin Islands, it was my privilege and
joy to know Mrs. Michael and to count her as a friend. It was a joy,
too, to know about Mrs. Michael, to hear her spoken of with such
affection and gratitude by the many people she mothered over the
years. Truly, she is beloved by a very extended family.
Even as we mourn her loss, we can reflect on the lesson she
teaches us with her final act. Just as she had done every morning for
so many years, she set out on the morning of her death intent on
going to meet our God, to listen anew to His Word, to share again in
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to enter once more into the most
blessed Communion with the Body of Christ. Should we be sur-
prised that the Lord whose presence she sought would catch her to
Himself for an eternal meeting face-to-face?
This is a very sad time for the whole community, but especially
for the Michael family, and I extend to you my deepest sympathy.
The news of your loss reached me here in Rome and it is in Rome
that I will be offering a Memorial Mass for Mrs. Michael As she
was a lady who loved to go on pilgrimages, it seems an appropriate
setting in which to remember her. Now, she has completed her
earthly pilgrimage, now, may she find rest in her heavenly home.
Sincerely yours in Christ
tMost Reverend Sean O'Malley
Bishop of Fall River
It is with a great sense of sadness that I extend my deepest
condolences to the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Michael on the untimely
passing of your beloved-family member.
Over the years, Mrs. Michael has been an outstanding member of
our community, sharing her many talents and her Christian teach-

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ings not only with her family members but the congregation of
Holy Family Catholic Church. Everyone that knew her, loved and
admired her for her encouragement to others and her dedication to
Christianity. She was a remarkable role model to all and will be
sorely missed.
In this moment of grief, may the memories of Mrs. Michael al-
ways bring warm thoughts to your minds, and cherished memories
to your hearts. Remember that one day, we shall see her again.
On behalf of the members and staff of the Twenty-First Legisla-
ture, I offer our deepest condolences and prayers for her soul to rest
in eternal peace.
Senator Almando "Rocky" Liburd
President, 21st Legislature of the Virgin Islands
The manner in which Mrs. Elizabeth Michael was taken from us
is particularly heartbreaking, a shock difficult to bear. It is especially
painful to me knowing I shall never again experience the privilege
of our talks together.
While she demonstrated her generous spirit in many ways to
many people, I'll never forget what she was to me; she was truly a
source of encouragement. She was kind enough to say she looked
forward to my radio remarks, taking time to discuss them, offering
comments and suggestions; her sincere interest lifting my spirits.
That was Mrs. Elizabeth Michael! a person who gave of herself to
so many: as a teacher, an active church member and as a friend. She
left each of us who passed her way with their own special memories
- memories that will hold her in our hearts for a long time to come.
Senator Lorraine L. Berry
It is with a deep sense of sorrow that I convey my deepest
condolences to the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Michael. When I first
met Mrs. Michael, it was evident that her ability to attract and retain
friends was testament to her loving personality.
During my first bid for public office, Mrs. Michael participated in
many aspects of my campaign, but it was indeed her constant words
of encouragement that helped me in many instances. She was such a
patient, kind, and caring individual who was intensely loyal to her
children and friends.
Mommie Michael, a mother to my mother and also to me, blessed
us with her warmth, generosity, thoughtfulness, and great sense of
humor. Mrs. Michael has indeed left a tremendous void in our lives
and most certainly the lives of many.





Her life on this earth was reasonably long and fruitful and I am
sure, for the most part, those years were happy ones. In this mo-
ment of grief, may the memories of Mrs. Elizabeth Michael, long
live in the minds and hearts of us all.
May she rest in eternal peace.
Senator Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg
In Memoriam
to Elizabeth Terencia Michael
November 21, 1903 February 15, 1995
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God."
Senator Osbert Potter
I wish to express profound condolences and a very deep sense of
loss on the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth T. Michael. Mrs. Michael was
one of a vanishing breed of dedicated Virgin Islands educators who
knew the exact measures of kindness and firmness that were needed
to mold generations of young people into useful and productive
citizens.
Mrs. Michael, in her long career as a Home Economics Teacher
imparted more than the knowledge and techniques of running a
household. She taught how to live and manage one's life for the
benefit of self and others to the fullest, always bearing in mind that
God was always near.
In spite of the fact that we were privileged to have her among us
for a relatively long season, her passing was sudden and untimely
and we dearly miss her and are very sad. However, let us all -
family, friends and colleagues take comfort in our firm belief that
she is with her God and that this world is a better place because she
passed this way. May she rest in peace.
Charles W. Turnbull, Ph.D.
Former Commissioner of Education
A very special light in the Virgin Islands was put out when Mrs.
Elizabeth Michael was called home to be with her Lord. Those of us
who are left to mourn will feel this loss not just because of who Mrs.
Michael was, but because of how she left us. We feel cheated be-
cause we didn't have a chance to say good-bye.
Let us however, take comfort in having known this great Virgin
Islander. Let us celebrate the fact that she touched our lives in
special and meaningful ways. Let us remember her sweet smile and
entle disposition and be comforted that our lives have been made





Her life on this earth was reasonably long and fruitful and I am
sure, for the most part those years were happy ones. In this mo-
ment of grief, may the memories of Mrs. Elizabeth Michael long
live in the minds and hearts of us all.
May she rest in eternal peace.
Senator Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg
In Memoriam
to Elizabeth Terencia Michael
November 21,1903 February 15,1995
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God."
Senator Osbert Potter
I wish to express profound condolences and a very deep sense of
loss on the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth T. Michael. Mrs. Michael was
one of a vanishing breed of dedicated Virgin Islands educators who
knew the exact measures of kindness and firmness that were needed
to mold generations of young people into useful and productive
citizens.
Mrs. Michael, in her long career as a Home Economics Teacher
imparted more than the knowledge and techniques of running a
household. She taught how to live and manage one's life for the
benefit of self and others to the fullest, always bearing in mind that
God was always near.
In spite of the fact that we were privileged to have her among us
for a relatively long season, her passing was sudden and untimely
and we dearly miss her and are very sad. However, let us all -
family, friends and colleagues take comfort in our firm belief that
she is with her God and that this world is a better place because she
passed this way. May she rest in peace.
Charles W. Tunbull, Ph.D.
Former Commissioner of Education
A very special light in the Virgin Islands was put out when Mrs.
Elizabeth Michael was called home to be with her Lord. Those of us
who are left to mourn will feel this loss not just because of who Mrs.
Michael was, but because of how she left us. We feel cheated be-
cause we didn't have a chance to say good-bye.
Let us however, take comfort in having known this great Virgin
Islander. Let us celebrate the fact that she touched our lives in
special and meaningful ways. Let us remember her sweet smile and
etle disposition and be comforted that our lives have been made








just this much more beautiful for having known her.
On behalf of the Department of Education and all of the myriad
students and teachers who were influenced by Mrs. Michael, I con-
vey deepest condolences to her family.
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the
world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid." St. John 14:27
Carol Henneman
Acting Commissioner of Education
A Loving Tribute to My Special Mother
and Dear Friend
Thank you Mother Michael for the many qualities that made you
so special in my heart and in the hearts of your family and friends.
Thank you for sharing yourself with me, your family and friends
in so many ways as peacemaker, patient and caring teacher, wise
counselor, confidante, and your overall radiant source of loving
affection.
Thank you for the many times you listened so patiently. You
were so steadfast in your support and readily understood all this
without words.
Thank you for the good times we spent together whether it was
liming in Puerto Rico, attending a Dinner Dance or Luncheon, going
to Brunch on Sundays at our favorite spot "Stouffer's" or just wor-
shiping together at Holy Family Church.
Thank you for the last kiss and hug we shared on Sunday at Mass
and for the usual "God Bless you darling" that you bestowed on me
at the end of our conversations and which you bestowed at the end
of our last chat on Tuesday.
Thank you for your dedicated efforts in bringing so much joy and
happiness in my life especially these past seven and a half years.
Mother Michael, sleep on and take your rest. Lay down your
weary head upon your Savior's breast. Rest in peace in God's loving
care until we meet again.
Love, Viola
Family and friends of Elizabeth Davis Michael Today we
mourn the loss of someone who has touched our lives in so many
pleasant ways. However our sorrow must be tempered by the knowl-
edge that this loving and caring mother and friend is now at rest
with our Lord whom she served so faithfully and well. Her life
exemplified the teaching of Jesus who urged us to let our light so








shine before men that they may glorify our Father in heaven.
Mrs. Michael was a true Virgin Islands lady who has taught us,
by example, that love, caring, concern and sharing are the keys to
successful living. What a successful woman our mother and friend
has been! She has not died, for she will always live on in our
fondest memories. She is positive proof that we can be God's dis-
ciples on earth. She leaves a legacy of love and fond memories. May
she now rest in peace.
Eileen R. Petersen
The Mariano and Geni Lima family would like to extend our
deepest sympathies to the family of Elizabeth Michael, on her un-
timely death. Mrs. Michael (better known to me as Mom Michael)
was not only one who I emulated, but was also my teacher, good
friend and mentor. When I first returned to St. Thomas and joined
the Home Economics Department at Charlotte Amalie High School,
she took me under her wings and got me started in my career.
Later, Kathleen Lashley Rogers joined us. We were known on
campus and around town as "The Three Musketeers," since, one
was hardly seen without the other.
Mom Michael was a strong-willed, yet humble, serene, generous,
sweet sagacious person. Her great belief in God and His doctrines
guided her life, and this spiritual guidance she passed on to her
children and many friends with great love and affection. Mom
Michael will long be remembered for her tireless dedication to the
students of St. Thomas, V.I. She was also well known by a cross-
section of persons on these islands, who greeted and embraced her
with much warmth. God has blessed her with a rich full life, she
will be missed by the entire community. She would certainly be
missed for her bubbly, exuberant spirit. Sleep on our friend, with
Christ, until we meet again.
Geni Lima

Mrs. Elizabeth Michael... Mrs. M. as I used to call her. She was
the mother I didn't have, my mentor and my friend. I loved her
dearly. She taught, guided and comforted me in all aspects of life.
One could say that she was loved by all. If she were walking in
town, it would take her more than an hour to get from the Post
Office to the market because she was greeting people or they were
greeting her.
She was truly devoted to her church and God. A day wouldn't
pass that did not see her attending Mass, rain or shine, even if she







shine before men that they may glorify our Father in heaven.
Mrs. Michael was a true Virgin Islands lady who has taught us,
by example, that love, caring, concern and sharing are the keys to
successful living. What a successful woman our mother and friend
has been! She has not died, for she will always live on in our
fondest memories. She is positive proof that we can be God's dis-
ciples on earth. She leaves a legacy of love and fond memories. May
she now rest in peace.
Eileen R. Petersen
The Mariano and Geni Lima family would like to extend our
deepest sympathies to the family of Elizabeth Michael, on her un-
timely death. Mrs. Michael (better known to me as Mom Michael)
was not only one who I emulated, but was also my teacher, good
friend and mentor. When I first returned to St Thomas and joined
the Home Economics Department at Charlotte Amalie High School,
she took me under her wings and got me started in my career.
Later, Kathleen Lashley Rogers joined us. We were known on
campus and around town as "The Three Musketeers," since, one
was hardly seen without the other.
Mom Michael was a strong-willed, yet humble, serene, generous,
sweet sagacious person. Her great belief in God and His doctrines
guided her life, and this spiritual guidance she passed on to her
children and many friends with great love and affection. Mom
Michael will long be remembered for her tireless dedication to the
students of St. Thomas, V.I. She was also well known by a cross-
section of persons on these islands, who greeted and embraced her
with much warmth. God has blessed her with a rich full life, she
will be missed by the entire community. She would certainly be
missed for her bubbly, exuberant spirit Sleep on our friend, with
Christ, until we meet again.
Geni Lima
Mrs. Elizabeth Michael... Mrs. M. as I used to call her. She was
the mother I didn't have, my mentor and my friend. I loved her
dearly. She taught, guided and comforted me in all aspects of life.
One could say that she was loved by all. If she were walking in
town, it would take her more than an hour to get from the Post
Office to the market because she was greeting people or they were
greeting her.
She was truly devoted to her church and God. A day wouldn't
pass that did not see her attending Mass, rain or shine, even if she








was not feeling well, she made it her business to attend church. I am
convinced that she has attained her seat in heaven. God is good and
God is great and He has given her the rest that she so needed. May
her soul rest in peace. She has lived a long and beautiful life.
Kathleen Lashley Rodgers
Tribute to Elizabeth Michael... The beauty of her spirit was like
a candle in our world. She radiated love to all she encountered; she
glowed with Christian charity; she brought cheer to those who
needed comforting. She lived her faith. Mrs. Michael was friend,
mother, confidant to everyone who was blessed to know her and
everyone, irrespective of age, color, creed or place of origin. Going
to praise her God on February 15, He received her. To her children
and grandchildren, take heart and be comforted, for your mother is
with her God, together in their glory.
Ruth Moolenaar and family
My family and myself extend our sincere sympathy to the fami-
lies of Mrs. Elizabeth Michael. I remember admiring Mrs. Michael
when I was a little girl as she hurried each morning to teach at St.
Anne's School which was situated where Saints Peter and Paul
Elementary School now stands. Then she went to Puerto Rico to live
with a Godmother so that she could continue her education. Later
she returned and taught here in an elementary school and later in
CAHS. Mrs. Michael could draw her own patterns and did crafts in
many media. She taught me and later she taught my children Home
Economics. Through all this time and until Wednesday, February
15th, Mrs. Michael remained not only a friend but like a close
relative-mentor. We traveled together, we visited and enjoyed life
together. I just cannot believe she is not with us still. The last class
we took together was about a year ago. She made a picture of the
Lord's Supper and donated it to Holy Family Church.
I will miss our nightly telephone visits and Emancipation Post
Office meetings after which we'd walk to the bus stop, and I would
see her go home. She would have by then greeted and hugged
numerous friends and ex-students.
Mrs. Michael lived a long beautiful, loving life of devotion to her
Lord, her family, her church, her community and her numerous
friends. She had a sweet singing voice and always sang or hummed
her favorite "One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus." Our beloved is now
with her precious Savior whom she daily praised and worshiped.
She is also reunited with her lovely mother, her beloved husband,

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her brother and multitude of relatives and friends. We loved you
and always will remember you, beautiful and sweet lady. What a
life of love what an example of living love you left for us! Until we
meet again rest in the Lord beloved!
Hyacinth James and Family
Mrs. Elizabeth Michael embraced life with open arms. Everyone
she met felt enriched. In her multiple roles as wife, mother, grand-
mother, teacher, colleague, church parishioner and friend, Mrs.
Michael was an inspiration to all.
Mrs. Michael's humility was something which always drew you
to her as did her love of life, respect of all people and determination
to get done what needed to be done. I will always wonder if she
realized what incredible gifts she gave by sharing herself with so
many people.
Three of Mrs. Michael's grandchildren attended Virgin Islands
Montessori School. While they were here, Mrs. Michael was an
active member of our school community. When her grandchildren
moved on to other schools, Mrs. Michael continued to be involved
with our school. She attended our school functions whenever she
was available because she cared and wanted to continue to be
involved.
Mrs. Michael had the uncanny sense of knowing when people
needed a special boost. At just the perfect moment, a flower ar-
rangement or fruit basket would arrive on my desk, with a warm
and uplifting note. (I know many of us can identify as being recipi-
ents of Mrs. Michael special thoughtfulness, just when we needed it
most)! Her timing was amazing and much appreciated.
Mrs. Elizabeth Michael, you will be missed by more people than
you could ever have imagined. Thank you for being a shining star in
so many peoples' lives and for giving us such us a clear role model
to follow.
Shournagh McWeeney, Administrator, Montessori School
on behalf of our students, staff, Board of Trustees and parents


Agustin and Debra Lima would like to express our sincere con-
dolence to the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Michael, on her recent pass-
ing. Mrs. Michael was loved by all who came in contact with her.
She was my favorite teacher during all my school years. The memo-
ries that I share, are the ways in which she cared. If I felt sad one
day, she would come to me and say, "what's the matter, darling?"








her brother and multitude of relatives and friends. We loved you
and always will remember you, beautiful and sweet lady. What a
lifeof love what an example of living love you left for usl Until we
meet again rest in the Lord beloved!
Hyacinth James and Family
Mrs. Elizabeth Michael embraced life with open arms. Everyone
she met felt enriched. In her multiple roles as wife, mother, grand-
mother, teacher, colleague, church parishioner and friend, Mrs.
Michael was an inspiration to all.
Mrs. Michael's humility was something which always drew you
to her as did her love of life, respect of all people and determination
to get done what needed to be done. I will always wonder if she
realized what incredible gifts she gave by sharing herself with so
many people.
Three of Mrs. Michael's grandchildren attended Virgin Islands
Montessori School. While they were here, Mrs. Michael was an
active member of our school community. When her grandchildren
moved on to other schools, Mrs. Michael continued to be involved
with our schooL She attended our school functions whenever she
was available because she cared and wanted to continue to be
involved.
Mrs. Michael had the uncanny sense of knowing when people
needed a special boost At just the perfect moment, a flower ar-
rangement or fruit basket would arrive on my desk, with a warm
and uplifting note. (I know many of us can identify as being recipi-
ents of Mrs. Michael special thoughtfulness, just when we needed it
most)! Her timing was amazing and much appreciated.
Mrs. Elizabeth Michael, you will be missed by more people than
you could ever have imagined. Thank you for being a shining star in
so many peoples' lives and for giving us such us a clear role model
to follow.
Shournagh McWeeney, Administrator, Montessori School
on behalf of our students, staff, Board of Trustees and parents


Agustin and Debra Lima would like to express our sincere con-

ing. Mrs. Michael was loved by all who came in contact with her.
She was my favorite teacher during all my school years. The memo-
ries that I share, are the ways in which she cared. If I felt sad one
day, she would come to me and say, "what's the matter, darling?"








Her smile, hugs, and kisses would always make me feel special.
Her body may be gone, but her soul will linger on, with our Lord
Jesus Christ. Amen.
Debra Santiago Lima
Mommy Michael... Thank God for granting me the opportunity
of knowing such a sweet, warm, precious individual. You have
made an everlasting impression on my life. You will be truly missed.
Precious one, rest on in peace in the arms of our Lord.
Alicia Douti
Mrs. Michael... the members of the Holy Family Parish Social
Committee were all deeply saddened by your sudden passing. How-
ever we take solace in knowing that you did not suffer and that you
are now at home and in peace with the Lord. You will be missed by
all at Holy Family Parish. To your family and friends, we extend our
deepest sympathy. May your soul rest in peace.
Holy Family Social Committee

"Blessed Is She Who Cometh In the Name of the Lord"
A day will not pass that your presence will not be felt.
Whether we are galivanting, traveling, chatting
or simply drinking some tea (with lots of sugar, of course),
we are together.
Your smile, your laugh, your wisdom,
Your generosity, your understanding,
Your kind soul, your endless bounds of energy
Your chic style of dress, your graceful hands
The gentleness of your voice, the sparkle in your eyes,
the spirit in your heart
The beauty of your strength, the glow of your face,
the warmth of your touch.
Thank you for your unconditional love, endless support,
and for always believing in me.
Thank you for showing me the Lord's way.
"Hello Sweetie Pie, Come hug me up!"
You light up my life
You will live in my heart, Forever ...
I love you, Lisa

Mommy Michael... the Almighty has enabled us to enjoy many
happy years together. We will miss your face, your loving smile,
your giving heart, but most of all we will miss you. Holy Family has







lost a very loving mother and friend to all. So long until we meet
again. Rest on, our mother, rest on.
Your loving adopted family, the Rouses
Sleep on my beloved Nennie Michael, take your rest. Lay down
your head, on your Savior's breast. We love you, but God loves you
best. So sleep on dear friend, you have earned your rest. This is only
farewell but not good-bye, for we'll meet again in the sweet by and
by. Around God's throne we will reunite, so until that time, Nennie
Michael, good night.
Ione & Leonard Monsanto
My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy
in God my Savior, for He has looked upon His servant in her
lowliness; all ages to come shall call me Blessed. God who is mighty
has done great things for me, holy is His name; His mercy is from
age to age on those who fear Him. "I solemnly assure you, the man
who has faith in me will do the works I do, and far greater than
these." Rest in peace, Mommy Michael.
Children of Mary
Farewell to a Dear Friend... We have only known one another
for a few short years, but we were so close that it seems like you
were always there. I know that your presence will be sorely missed
by all who knew you. So abruptly you were taken from us! For
you, I rejoice and am happy. There is no doubt as to where you are.
You are with our Lord at last in His heavenly kingdom. You lived
your whole life with this one goal in mind. You were a most faithful
servant of the most high. The depth of your love for so many is
awesome. During your 91 years you touched not hundreds but
thousands of lives in a positive way. Those of us you left behind are
very sad you had to leave. We loved you and selfishly wanted you
to remain with us forever. We enjoyed your wonderful spirit and
spunk. Rest in peace, dear lady and earthly mother of Holy Family
Church.
Marta Francois
Ode to Elizabeth Davis Michael
She was more than three times a lady, all will agree
Her life exemplified charisma of the highest degree
She smiled very often and her expressions were kind.
Let us sustain this memorabilia in heart and in mind.
Mildred V. Nibbs-Chinnery, fornner student

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lost a very loving mother and friend to all. So long until we meet
again. Rest on, our mother, rest on.
Your loving adopted family, the Rouses
Sleep on my beloved Nennie Michael, take your rest. Lay down
your head, on your Savior's breast. We love you, but God loves you
best So sleep on dear friend, you have earned your rest. This is only
farewell but not good-bye, for we'll meet again in the sweet by and
by. Around God's throne we will reunite, so until that time, Nennie
MichaeL good night
lone & Leonard Monsanto
My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy
in God my Savior, for He has looked upon His servant in her
lowliness; all ages to come shall call me Blessed. God who is mighty
has done great things for me, holy is His name; His mercy is from
age to age on those who fear Him. "I solemnly assure you, the man
who has faith in me will do the works I do, and far greater than
these." Rest in peace, Mommy MichaeL
Children of Mary
Farewell to a Dear Friend ... We have only known one another
for a few short years, but we were so close that it seems like you
were always there. I know that your presence will be sorely missed
by all who knew you. So abruptly you were taken from us! For
you, I rejoice and am happy. There is no doubt as to where you are.
You are with our Lord at last in His heavenly kingdom. You lived
your whole life with this one goal in mind. You were a most faithful
servant of the most high. The depth of your love for so many is
awesome. During your 91 years you touched not hundreds but
thousands of lives in a positive way. Those of us you left behind are
very sad you had to leave. We loved you and selfishly wanted you
to remain with us forever. We enjoyed your wonderful spirit and
spunk. Rest in peace, dear lady and earthly mother of Holy Family
Church.
Marta Francois
Ode to Elizabeth Davis Michael
She was more than three times a lady, all will agree
Her life exemplified charisma of the highest degree
She smiled very often and her expressions were kind.
Let us sustain this memorabilia in heart and in mind.
Mildred V. Nibbs-Chinnery, former student







































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