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-Funetal S etice
Saturday, October 29, 1996
St. Thomas Reformed Church
Viewing 9:00 am
Service 10:00 am
Officiant: Reverend Jeffrey Gargano
Organists: Roger Lakins & Courtney Reese
Interment at the Danish Cemetery
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Maudie to her friends, Gigi to her family, Mis' Proudfoot to the
community at large Maud Virginia Brouwer Proudfoot was born on
July 5,1893, in Col6n, Panama, the first child of Emma Blake Brouwer
and John Brouwer, both of St. Thomas. She came to St. Thomas as a
very young child and was raised on the island. In March, 1918 she
married Leslie Proudfoot.
In the late 1920's, she started on her career of public service with the
American Red Cross. It was through this agency she began her life of
social work. On July 10, 1933, she was appointed by Gov. Paul M.
Pearson to be the first and only worker in the newly established
Department of Social Welfare. She served tids department in various
capacities until her retirement in 1963.
For more than 60 years, for as long as she was able, Maud devoted
her personal and professional life to those in need. Even though she
considered herself the humble servant of the needy, her untiring com-
mitment to the betterment of her fellowmen resulted in an outstanding
She served on the boards of such organizations as the American Red
Cross, the Community Chest, the United Way, Volunteers for the
Visually Handicapped, Christian Community Consciousness Center,
the Girl Scouts; the Arts Council, the Women's League, the Governor's
Commission on Aging, and as a volunteer at the Blood Bank. She was
also a charter member of the Caribbean Chorale and the Carnival
More important to her though, was the time she spent with the
elderly and shut-in; arranging a dignified burial for those who died
without family or loved ones; the times she spent reading and writing
letters for the illiterate; accompanying patients to the Cancer Clinic in
Puerto Rico, and lending a sympathetic ear to those in need of counsel-
Maud's life was always centered on her church. She served as a
choir member, Sunday School teacher and member of the Consistory.
She was one of the first two ladies to serve on the Consistory of this
church, and at the time of her death was the oldest female Elder in the
Reformed Church in America.
Her life has been a testimony to her personal credo:
And what does the Lord
require of thee but to do justice,
and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Doris P. Comissiong, Elaine P. Reese
Maxine C. Fuentes, Joel Comissiong, Sidney Comissiong,
Brenda C. Boschulte, Kathleen C. Richards, Joanne R. Brown,
Jacqueline Reese, Courtney Reese, Michelle R. Carson
Sylvia Comissiong, Ruth Comissiong, James Boschulte,
Enrique Richards, John L Brown, Victor Carson
Vera and Eunice Brouwer
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Joel Comissiong, James Boschulte, Sr.,
Sidney Comissiong, James Boschulte, Jr.,
Enrique Richards, Jeffrey Boechulte,
Courtney Reese, Roy Watlington
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Phillip Comeiro, Lawrence Comissiong, Mario Watlington
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PRELUDE: "Aria in F' .................. ........... G.P.Handel
HYMN ...................... "Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty"
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: ....................... Lisa Fuentes
Isaiah 40 1-8,28-31
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: ............... Marticiesol Mazloumi
ANTHEM .................................. Caribbean Chorale
MUSICAL TRIBUTE: ........................... Courtney Reese
"His Eye Is On the Sparrow"
EULOGIES ........................... Sidney Comissiong, M.D.
HYMN ................................... "Blessed Assuranc"
CHORAL AMEN ............ "The Lord Bless You and Keep You"
RECESSIONAL HYMN ..................... ."Thine is the Glory"
Dear Mother... As far back as I can recall, you always showered me
with love and affection and instilled within me a sense of well-being
and self-assurance. Whether there were challenges to be faced or joys
to be shared, you were the inspiration. Your memory will live on and
serve as my guide in the years ahead. Sweet rest in the Lord's everlast-
ing arms until we meet above.
Your loving daughter, Lainey
Dear Mother... Thank You. You showed us what was good! You
taught us to be honest, disciplined and self-respecting persons. We
will honor your memory by passing your torch to the coming genera-
tions. Rest in Peace with your beloved Savior until we meet again.
Doris, my children and grandchildren.
Gigi "Don't bawl to me, bawl to Ms. Proudfoot" The other
children would sing this ditty out at me when they knew that you were
my grandmother. Was it a cheer? A cheer for the person I knew, who
walked around Charlotte Amalie, and up the hillsides visiting with
people. The person I knew who.always had time to listen to the
problems of others, and who seemed to ease those problems with a
quiet word of encouragement, or a promise of help made and kept.
"Jesus Loves Me, This I Know" we would sing in Sunday School as
you read bible stories to us, and made the love of God for us, his
children, a real and cherished truth. "Gigil" the great-grandchildren
call out awed by the little lady who loomed larger than life in their
lives and their hearts.
Patience, dignity, faith, church, Girl Scouts, visits to shut-ins and to
the hospital. A hibiscus or a can of Pet milk given in love to some
needy person; greeting newcomers to the island "who have no family
here"; letters read and written for those who could not do it for them-
selves. These are the things I remember about Ms. Proudfoot
What I remember about my grandmother is the unconditional love
she had for me and for everyone; and that there was always more time
and more energy and more love left. Thank you for the love you
shared and the lessons you taught Rest now, in Peace with your
Dear Granny ... As you were the most godly, angelic and
spiritual lady in every way to everyone, may God make us all walk
the same Christ-like road to heaven and eternal life. Remember
Deuteronomy Chapter 5 for a blessing.
Lovingly, Jackie, Marti and Maria
Tribute to Granny ... As I sit quietly and ponder over Granny and
her long life of 103 years, I realize that this special and beautiful lady
that we all knew and loved dearly has touched so many lives in so
many ways in her lifetime.
Granny personified inspiration, compassion, caring, hope and love
to many over the years. Her kindness, generosity and genuine concern
for others pervaded her life. Granny was always there for anyone of
us whenever we needed someone to talk to about some problem or
difficulty. She was a beam of sunshine on many a cloudy and gloomy
day. She was a calm during many a storm. I remember well, Granny's
words when trying to uplift the spirits of any one of us whenever we
were upset or depressed. She would say: "Don't worry my child, God
Maud Proudfoot lived every day with unwavering belief and faith
in those words. We are indeed blessed for having had this special and
beautiful lady with us for all these years. For this, I thank God Al-
mighty. The beauty and longevity that was Granny's are epitomized
in the red hibiscus she always wore in her hair.
Whenever I would first see Granny on any given day and ask her
how she was doing, she would invariably respond: "In the land of the
living, thank God." I echo her words today. Yes, Maud Proudfoot is
"in the land of the living." She will forever live in our hearts and
minds. And she lives with her God and Savior forever. May she rest in
Love always, Courtney
Dear Gigi... My love for you can never compare with the compas-
sion and admiration you showed to every needy person who crossed
your path always willing to listen, always reminding us how God
has blessed us, always sacrificing.
Those last days that I was by your bedside I found within myself
courage, wisdom and the will to continue through hard times.
When you exhaled your last breath a tear streamed from my eye. It
was a tear of joy because I knew you were assured a special place in
Heaven. May God continue to bless your soul, and may your life and
legacy stay with me as I travel through my life, hoping to always be
able to help somebody along the way just as you did.
Thank you, dear lady, for being there for us with your love, caring
and understanding. You played a very positive role in our lives. The
memory of your guidance and concern will remain with us always.
Phillip, Enid, Anna.
After spending these last years with you, I will miss you, but I know
that now you are at peace. God bless you.
family R.ecollectio s
Mother's Gigi's involvement with her family her two daugh-
ters, Doris P. Comissiong and Elaine P. Reese, and her foster children,
Phillip Comeiro, Enid Hodge and Anna Watson and all of their fami-
lies was as important to her as her community activities.
In spite of the active life she led, we never felt that she was too busy
for us. Rather, we often joined her in whatever she had to do, giving
us the opportunity to see who she really was. She was what is now
called a "role model."
Those of us who are older remember Saturday nights in town,
shopping at Undo, Lockhart and Hay stores for ribbons for our hair,
etc. Later on, the next generation would pick her a hibiscus for her
hair, and she would sit on a small stool up to almost age 75 playing
marbles with the great-grands. Her what-not shelf was full of the most
interesting things to be enjoyed, with extreme caution, of course. We
remember walking here and there with her to do all (that) the day
required stopping along the way to talk with one person or another.
She made our lives interesting and full!
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MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
Barbawra md I were deply sadder d when sold ofthe passing of
Mr MaudlProdfoot. We admird and respected her, indeed we ad her in
high este. We join he many persons in tdis community who wil feel the lasr
Mrs. 1rowdfoot rss a rrmarkable Virgin Isander who personified
eceence in the profieion ofsocal work. She hped, guided, and d a for all
those around her because of an inner love for humanity and mankind.
Because of the impact Mrs. Prod foot had in the lives of many person in
this community I thought that it would be fiing and proper to place a black
ribbon at the entrance of Government House and at the entrance t the
Department ofi an Services. Tis would serov as symbolofmourning
respe and appreciation.
Mrs. Proaufootd devotion so her profusion in social work cruded in her
work. And even er she retire de cotinwd to ge much of herse to
contribute to d betterment of then. Her longevity i life us almost as if God
had given her a plenitude of years in wdch o reach ou to her fellow human
is to nurture and care for them. Her life's works were sat of imparng her
wdom and love so ll aKtse who mme in contact with her.
On dbelfof th people of the Virgin Islands Barbar joins me in
eteadinig our ertfel sypatys to the family of Mrs. Maud Prodfoo. I am
lse calling upon tlridets of this Tritory to observe a moment of silence in
tribute to Mr. Proudfoo, a former assistant commissioner a the Department
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MESSAGE PROM THE SENATE PRESIDENT
It is with a great sense of sadness that I extend my deepest sympathy on the
passing of a centenarian, humanitarian and friend, Maud Proudloot.
In every society there are individuals who go beyond the call of duty and give
freely of their time and talent to the community without counting the cost.
For many years, Mrs. Proudfoot was a dedicated and devoted member in
many civic and community organizations. ler strength of character, and
unerring spirit ispile of difficulties, spoke of the love for her country and
fellowmen. Maud's faith and trust in God sustained her in the good and bad
times and we have all benefited. In recognition of her outstanding service,
The Legislature of the Virgin Islands passed a bill to honor and commend this
noble lady for her dedicated service to the people of the Virgin Islands, and
we thank God for her life and witness. May her soul rest in peace.
On behalf of my wife, Faye and our family, the members and staff of the 21st
Legislature, I offer our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends in their
time of bereavement.
21st Legislature of the Virgin Islands
GewnomM oef O Wgh lmi( k f of Uitm bUttes
Peren rtof Ma nr S Cerv
October 16 1996
Dear Family and Friends of Mrs. Maude Proudfoot
Today is a sad day for the Department of Human Service as it remembers the
sefless devotion displayed by Mrs. Maude Proudfoot. She s considered by many
to have been the first Social Worker In he Virgin Islands, and I well remembered
for making it possible for many of our Territory' mot nedy, partlculary the
*ederly. to get assaitance
Mrs. Proudfoot started working for the tmen Department of Social Welfre on July
10, 1933. Two months later, on September 21, 1933. she was named Aseletant
Commissioner of the Department and served In this capacity and other positions
under three former Commissioners: Moron, ormn and Berryman, until her
retirement In 1963.
Unfortunately, many of today's younger soclel worker did not personal know
Mrs. Proudfoot, but she was brought to their attention in 1980, at the Virgin tle
Hotel, when the Virgin Islends Chapter of the National Assooation of Soolal Workers
selected and honored her as the Social Worker of the year.
Mrs. Proudfoot made a dfferee In the lives that she touched and served as
Inspiration to many generations of Soial Workers. Mrs. Proudfoot was wey
known for her legendary compassion and boundless energy. If today's Social
Workers emulate her ledership and her motto of service above al, will all
know that her Ife has not been in vain and her legacy hves on.
Department of Human Service
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MESSAGES FROM THE LEGISLATURE
Today, our entire community mourns the passing of Mrs. Maud
Proudfoot. She was, truly, a stalwart of these islands who paved the
way for women leaders, such as myself, to play an active role in
community affairs. With her passing, another chapter in our rich
Virgin Islands history has come to an end.
Mrs. Proudfoot is probably best known for her ground breaking
work on social welfare issues in the Virgin Islands. Through her
efforts, thousands of Virgin Islanders were saved from sinking into the
abyss of poverty and despair. This, alone, qualifies her for a special
place in Heaven.
Although Mrs. Proudfoot played an active role outside the home,
she always had time for family and friends. She was a vibrant life force
whose beauty and vitality were perfectly captured in the red hibiscus
which was ever present in her hair. This became her trademark, and it
is the way in which many of us will remember Mrs. Proudfoot. May
she rest in peace, and may her family and friends bask in the warm
afterglow of her beautiful sunset.
Senator Judy M. Gomez
Our clergy often reminds us that we "pass this way once." But
"once" was all that Mrs. Proudfoot required to make her mark upon
this community She made it count not only by her countless deeds
conferred upon a populace that was largely in need during her early
years in government service; but also by passing on her high stan-
dards, her high ideals, her highly developed sense of community
service to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Through them and their service to this community, Mrs. Proudfoot's
essence will remain with us for generations to come. I'm so pleased I
managed to somehow convey this to her on the occasion of a birthday
observation in her honor. I thought it was so important to let her know
that values once cherished by Virgin Islanders -. and which are in
danger of being lost through the fast pace of modem life are still
held dear by many because of what Mrs. Proudfoot was and what she
imparted to all those whose lives she touched.
Senator Lorraine L Berry
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I was touched when I heard of the passing of Mrs. Proudfoot. It is a
name I have been hearing since my earliest childhood and one that I
was always pleased to relate to because of her gentle and pleasant
One thing that sticks out in my mind about Mrs. Proudfoot was the
hibiscus stuck in her hair. It certainly added to her charm and said so
much about her Virgin Islands pride.
Her long and full life, filled with helping, caring, family, recognition
for her service to the less fortunate and her numerous civic involve-
ments deserve a salute from this community.
My family and staff join me in offering deepest condolences to you,
her dear family and friends and ask that you find healing and comfort
in the many wonderful experiences you shared. God Bless You All,
Senator Adlah "Fonce" Donastorg, Jr.
The Virgin Islands Carnival Committee joins you, her family, and
friends, in mourning the passing of Mrs. Proudfoot. Her indomitable
involvement in this community has left an indelible impression upon
all who knew her. From the Carnival Committee's perspective, Mrs.
Proudfoot was the one organizer and coordinator of the Food Fair
when Carnival was revitalized. No one has held the Chairmanship of
that Committee longer than Mrs. Proudfoot. Her leadership talents,
her organizational skills, just her overall involvement in setting up the
Food Fair year after year was in itself a legacy of pride, still held up by
Food Fair Chairpersons today.
You can take tremendous pride and comfort in knowing that Mrs.
Proudfoot made her contributions not only to Carnival, but to the
Virgin Islands Community in numerous ways. May God continue to
give you all strength throughout these days of grief and may you find
solace in the outpourings of love from all of us who mourn her loss.
With deepest sympathies.
Virgin Islands Carnival Committee
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This prayer, written in her own hand,
was found on the flyleaf of Maud Proudfoot's bible.
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