IN LOVING MEMORY
OF A VERY SPECIAL LADY
MRS. MARIEL C. NEWTON
29, 1915-October 12, 1983)
CHISTIAN ASSEMBLY OF ST. THOMAS
# 4 Levkoi Straede, St. Thonmas,V.I.
Tuesday, October 18, 1983 1 P.M.
JOHN THcOMS MEMORIAL CHAPEL
11:00 A.M. 12:30 P.M.
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MRS. MARIEL C. NEWTON," IMDDY WAS BORN IN
1915 ON DECEMBER 29th, JUST POUR DAYS AFTER
OCRISTMAS AND, TRULY, SHE WAS LIKE A CHRIST-
MAS GIFT FROM THE LORD TO ALL WHO KNEW HER.
SHE WAS A VERY SPECIAL LADY.
SHE WAS BORN, RAISED AND RECEIVED HER EARLY
EDUCATION IN ST. THOMAS. ON THE FIRST DAY OF
OCTOBER IN 1934, JUST 49 YEARS AGO, SHE WAS
MARRIED TO MR. EDWARDO D. NEWTON, A MARRIAGE
WHICH PRODUCED TWO I"UGHTERS, A SON, 10 GRAND-
OHILDREN AND OC( LESS HOURS OF LOVE, COMPANION-
SHIP AND TRUE AND SINCERE HAPPINESS.
IN 1948 MRS. NEWTON WAS GIVEN THE HONOR OF BEING
APPOINTED THE FIRST WOMAN POLICE OFFICER IN THE
HISTORY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. HER BRILLIANT 16
YEARS CAREER WAS CRAMMED FULL OF OUTSTANDING
AOIIEVEENTS SUCH AS:
1. ORGANIZER OF THE FIRST POLICE ATIHELETIC
2. ORGANIZER OF THE SCHOOL SAFETY PATROL
3. INSTRUMENAL IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A
4. BEING NAMED A DELEGATE TO ATTEND THE
MIDCENTURY WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON
CHILDREN AND YOUTH HELD IN WASHINGTON,
5. BEING INVITED TO ATTEND A GOVERINOS
CONFERENCE ON JUVENILE DBLTUENCY
IN 1963 HELD HERE IN ST. THOMAS, V.I.
6. HEADING RED CROSS FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN
MRS. NEWTON ALSO RECEIVED CERTIFICATES FOR SOURCES
GIVEN BY NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ON JUVENILE DELIN-
QUENCY AND A VARIETY OF POLICE TRAINING SOURCES
BY THE F.B.I. AND THE CINCINNATI POLICE ACADEMY.
DURING HER ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER SHE SERVED IN MANY
AREAS I1TIL HER RETIREMENT IN 1964, AND OFIEN SAID
" THE ONLY THING I DIDN'T DO WAS TO GUARD GOVERN-
IN 1970 MU1DDY'S LIFE TOOK ON A NEW AND FULLER MEAN-
ING WHEN SHE ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND INVITED JESUS
OIRIST INTO THEIR HEARTS TO BE THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR.
FROM THAT DAY ON SHE LIVED BUT TO SERVE HIM, TO LOVE,
WORSHIP AND PRAISE HIM, TO SEEK HIS WILL,SPREAD HIS
GOSPEL AND TO BE OBEDIENT TO HIS HOLY WORD. SHE A~D
HER LOVING HUSBAND IN 1979 FOUNDED THE CHRISTIAN
ASSEMBLY OF ST. THOMAS. SHE WAS ALSO BLESSED TO SEE
EVERY MEMBER OF HER FAMILY BECOME BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS
BY GIVING THEIR HEARTS TO JESUS.
FOR TIE PAST THREE YEARS MJDDY FOUGHT THE AGONIZING
AFFECTS OF CANCER AND NUMEROUS COMPLICATIONS WITH-
ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 1, 1983 SHE AND HER HUSBAND
CELEBRATED THEIR 49TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY WITH THEIR
FAMILY AND BRETHERN.
ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1983 AT HER HOE AT ESTATE
HOPE, IN THE ARMS OF HER HUSBAND AND THE PRESENCE OF
HER CHILDREN, MUDDY RAISED HER HEAD AND ARMS FROM THE
BED, AND WITH EXCITEMENT SHE SAID, HE IS CALLING ME"
SMILED AND WENT HOME.
EIWARDO D. NEWON
NOUBERT E. NEWION
ELDRA N. DOUGLAS
MELONITA C. STRAIN
FRANKLIN D. DOUGLAS
JON B. STRAIN
LORRAINE M. HILL
MICHELLE A. DOUGLAS
LESLIE R. DOUGLAS
SIBYL S. STRAIN
JON B. STRAIN
SAUL S. STRAIN
SISTERS G BROIIHER
MRS. ENEZ HARVEY
MRS. IONE THlMPOSINO
MRS. ENA DAVIDSON
MR. ROY SIXTO
MEIXNITA N. GEORGES
6 MRS. BEATRICE DEFRETIS
MRS. ADEULE PLASKETTE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS
CAPTAIN ALVIN 0. POWELL
CAPTAIN HUGO 0. ENGLAND
CAPTAIN ALVIN I. LEERDAM
CAPTAIN LAURENCE JACKSON
LIEUTENANT HUGO V. HODGE
LIEUTENANT SYLVIA L. THOMAS
LIEUTENANT GEORGE V. ROGERS
SERGEANT MARIGOLD RUSSELL
1:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.
ORDER OF SERVICE
HYMN # 40
"TO GOD BE THE GLORY"
HYMN # 283
"IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL"
HON. OTIS L. FELIX, COOM.
DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY
SIS. MARIEL C. NEWTON
PASTOR WILLIAM INDUSTRIOU
HYMN # 155
RETIRE TO GRAVE SIDE
HYNJS AT GRAVE SIDE
"OHI HAPPY DAY"
"HIDING IN THEE"
EULO G Y
DELIVERED BY COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY,
OTIS L. FELIX, AT THE FUNERAL OF
MARIEL CASSANDRA NEWTON--October 18, 1983
How could I have known that a number of years ago
I would make the acquaintance of a young lady in grade
school here on St. Thomas? How could I have known that
still later on in life this young lady would join me in
the same profession? How could I have known that as years
rolled by I would be a welcome guest at her Wedding Anni-
versary, and above all, how could I have known that I
would stand here today to deliver the Eulogy at her funeral?
Thus, it is true that "God works in a mysterious way, his
wonders to perform."
On this day, together with all of you, I join with the
members of the family in paying my last respects to a school
mate, a mother, a wife, a lady, a law enforcement officer,
and an author, MARIEL CASSANDRA NEWTON.
I had the distinction of attending the Abraham Lincoln
School where I first met and became acquainted with a ery
beautiful, polite and bright young lady by the name of
MARIEL SIXTO. As students, we developed a respectful ac-
quaintance and interest in things in common. As the years
went by, each of us vent our own way.
Mariel met and married her husband Edwardo and they
raised a family, well behaved, courteous, and a pride and
joy to their mother and father. Mariel was a loving and
very devoted wife and the strength of each was the solid
Even though Mariel was fully occupied as a wife and
mother, she still felt that she wanted to do more in her
community,and with that feeling, she applied for and be-
came the first police woman in the Virgin Islands from
among a list of seven applicants. Thus, she was enlisted
in the Police Force on March 16, 1948.
Besides serving in all areas of the department, she
was very interested and concerned about young people and
in order to help them and mold them into useful citizens,
she organized the first school patrol and was one of the
organizing members of the Police Athletic League (PAL).
Mariel distinguished herself as a police officer and pave4
the way for the policewomen of today.
The community is a much better place because of the
dedicated service rendered by Mariel, who retired from the
Department on February 9, 1964. and was honored by the
Twelfth and Fourteenth Legislature of the Virgin Islands,
and one of our police zones is being named in her honor.
Mariel was a person who heeded the advice of the
Almighty when he said "Be not tired in well doing."
In her last months with us, she felt that present
and future policewomen may want to know the history of
the first policewoman in the Virgin Islands; thus, she
authored a book entitled "FIRST POLICEWOMAN IN THE U.S.
VIRGIN ISLANDS." This is the story of her life as a
Mariel was a warm, dedicated and concerned person.
She extended a helping hand to all, she was always ready
to offer suggestions and to aid the suffering. Her cheer
ful smile and words of encouragement brought sunshine int
the lives of many and her guiding hand has lifted many a
youthful offender onto the path of usefulness and crime-
As for me, she was a trusted and sincere friend.
All she touched and all who came in touch with her is
better for her having passed this way and leaving her in-
delible mark upon us all.
MARIEL CASSANDRA NEWTON has lived a full and useful
life. She did not bury her God-given talents, she multi-
plied them as is evident of the various contributions she
has made to her family, friends and this community; and
now that she has finished her earthly mission, she has re
ceived the call "COME YE BLESSED OF MY FATHER TO A HOME
PREPARED FOR YOU."
To the bereaved members of the family, live with
the faith that Mariel has now. Join those "who washed,
their robes and made them white in the Blood of the
MARIEL. FAREWELL AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE!
A TRIBUTE TO SISTER NEWTON.
WE DID NOT COME TO MOAN AND TO WEEP,
FOR A SISTER WHO HAS JUST PASSED,
NOR DID WE COME WITH HEARTS FAINT AND WEAK,
OR WITH COUNTENANCE SORE AND DOWNCAST.
INSTEAD WE ARE HAPPILY GATHERED HERE,
WITH REJOICING AND PRAISE IN OUR HEARTS,
FOR OUR SISTER IS HOME, WITH HER LORD SO DEAR,
HIS SIDE, NEVER AGAIN TO DEPART.
SHE WILLINGLY GAVE HER ALL TO CHRIST,
HIS DISCIPLE ON THIS EARTH TO BE,
HER TASKS SHE DID WELL, WITH ALL HER MIGHT,
ALWAYS LOOKING HER MASTER TO SEE.
HER LOVELY FACE AND HER GENTLE SMILE,
WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WITH LOVE,
AND SOME DAY WHEN WE HAVE GONE OUR LAST MILE,
WE'LL GLADLY GREET HER IN HEAVEN ABOVE.
TILL THEN WE'LL WORK HARD, JUST AS SHE DID,
AS WE LOOK FORWARD HER FACE TO SEE,
AND MAY WE SAY IN THE END, JUST AS SHE DID,
MY JESUS, "HE'S CALLING ME".
Ambassado&, otL Je~wu ChUi&t.