Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Caroline Elizabeth Thomas
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Caroline Elizabeth Thomas
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Caroline Elizabeth Thomas
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Thomas, Caroline Elizabeth
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300471
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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Caroflne fizabeth h4omas
August 10, 1901 o March 26, 1998

3uneral Service
TiaurJday April2, 1998
'iewing: 7:30 -8:30: JoAn noma.s Cimpel
Vuwin: 9:00 10:00 A. .. Mw Cri Cac mE M Jodis
Sewice: 10:00 .. ri c CiCI.A MehIl
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Interment: Western Cemetery -2



The British and United States Virgin lilands were enriched by the birth of
aroline Elizabeth Thomas on August 10. 1901 on Tortola. Britis Virgin Islands. In 1913
at the age of twelve, she migrated to the United States Virgin Islands and made St. Thomas
ter life-long home. Except for very brief trips to Tortola and the United States mainland in
he early years and mid 1960's Caroline Thomas has rr-ided continuously on St. Thomas for
eighty-five (85) years and will be interred in interred here.
Caroline Thomas is survived by two siblings. Maxwell Thomas and Vanclla Chalwell. both
of Tortola. B.V.I. and who are here to celebrate her life, or who because of infirmity is here in
"Miss Carrie" or "Grannie" or "Sister Carrie" Or "Cousin Carrie" or "Ca". as she
affectionately became known to the thousand of persons who came to her door over the years,
bore two children. Halvor Stridiron ( deceased) and Roberto Austin. who upon return from the
Military, dedicated himself and his immediate family to her well being, and is now left to
mourn her passing.
Miss Carrie has left a legacy to the Virgin Islands and the world in the form of the persons
who she cared for. In a remarkable history of caring and dedication to family and freinds.
"Miss Carrie" personally and single-handedly raised her own tow children, as well as her many
grandchildren, great-grandchildren. grcat-great grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces and
nephews, and even friends, many of whom liv.,d with her in the 1940's. 50's, 60's, 70's. 80's
and 90's. One needed only to arrive at Miss Carrie's doorway to be taken in and made a
permanent member of her family.
There was not a child, or a grandchild, or a great grandchild, or a great-great grandchild, or
other family members, or even friends, who did not benefit from Miss Carrie's wise counsel,
love and generosity over the years. All our lives have been enriched by her presence.
"Miss Carrie" or "Grannie" raised and positively influenced the lives of Ilalvor, Sr.,
Robcrto. Noel. Gilbert. Angclc.Calvin. Halvor. Jr.. Iver. Athnicl. Betsy and William stridiron.
Gilda Lovely, Tony Austin, Deborah and Caroline Austin. and dozens of great grandchildren,
and great great grandchildren. Even Miss Carrie's younger brother Maxwell viewcd her as a
mother figure.
This celebration of Miss Carric's life would not be complete without acknowledgement of
and comment on the thousand of persons in this community who were the recipients of her wise
counsel and generosity. At a time before psychics were in vogue, and right up to the time of
her passing. Miss Carie was a Spiritual "Reader". Persons from near and far. perosns with
physical or psychological ailments, marital or domestic problems, persons who felt
hopelessness in thier lives: persons who hoped to improve their lives or fortunes; and persons
who simply needed a word of encouragement from another caring person; beat a path to Miss
Carrie's home almost every day of her adult life.
Miss Carrie always put God first, lived a life of reverence to the almighty. and accordingly
counseled all who came to her to seek God .a the ultimate healing agent for all problems. All
persons who sought her advise (or a "reading") went away with positive feelings that they could
cope with their everyday lives.
There are literally thousands of person, known and unknown to our family whose lives
were positively touched and enriched by Miss Carrie. and who also mourn her passing.
Caroline Thomas was loved and respected by all We shall alllmiss her, but we will
always retain fond memories of her lime with us and the lessons she taught us.



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Son ----------------------------------------..........- Roberto Austin
Grand Children ----------- Noel, Angele, Calvin, Halvor,Jr., Iver,
Athniel. Betsy, Gilbert, William &
Roy Stridiron / Gilda & Deborah Lovely
Caroline & Tony Austin
Sister --------------------.------------- Vanella Thomas Chalwell
Brother -----------.-------------------------- Maxwell Thomas
Close Family & Friends --------------Rosita Frctt, Mary Thomas Moore,
Lisa White & Z. Gumbs
Special Nieces ------------ Melba & Dista Farrell, Pearline Bailey,
Anona Chalwell, Gladis Thomas Wilkinson,
Gwendolyn Thomas Evans
Favorite Niece ------------------------------------- Elmira Thomas Farrell
Many Other Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Family & Friends

Iver Stridiron / Attie Stridiron / Calvin Stridiron
Rudolph Thomas / Terrance Thomas / Elridge Thomas
Honorary Pallbearers
Roberto Austin / Tony Austin
Barett Stridiron / Marc Stridiron
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OrdeC Of Seriwce

SScripture Sentences ----------- ------------- ---------------
Hymn .------------------------------------- Blessed Assurance
Psalm 121 ------------------- ------------------ (By Congregation)
Prayer -------------------------- Pastor Naaman Chalwell (Nephew)
The Remembrance ----------------------------- Ivcr Stridiron (Grandson)
The Tributes -------------------------------- Noel Stridiron
Glasis Venzcn
Caroline Austin
The Twenty Third Psalm ---------------------
Hymn ------------------------------------- Will Your Anchor Hold
Scripture Reading -------- Romans 8:31-39 ------ Pearline Bailey
St. John 14:1-6, 27 ---------- Gilda Lovely
The Sermon ---------------------------------- Rev. Dr. H. Clifton Niles
The Apostle's Creed ----------- --------------
Prayer And Commendation ------------ -------- ------------
The Benediction ---------------------------------- ----------
Hymn ----------------------------- When The Saints Go Marching In

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Good bye sweet Caroline. You truly will be missed although I grieve your passing I
am happy for your suffering have ended. In your life time you have touched countless
of people. family,. friends, and strangers alike; with your warmth. strength, wisdom. charity
and kindness. I thank God for giving me the health, strength and passion to help take care of
you these last few years of your earthly life. You said you were a bother, but for me it was
truly a pleasure God choose to take you home during this Easter season; ( maybe ie needed
to cat a good piece of sweet bread). You arc truly blessed; and I know now you are marching
with the saints for surly you are one of them row. Now I must bid you farewell my love until
we meet again. With tears bye sweet Caroline.
Your Loving Son Roberto

To Aunt Carrie. my life with you all these years has been love and joy for me. We spent lots of
pleasurable times together and that I will never forget. I.ike you always say. "keep on going don't give
up", and that I will do. Thanks for every thing. Rest peacefully until we meet again.
Love Your Niece Einra Thonms Farrell

To Auntic Carrie, your gentle face and patient smile with sadness we recalled You had a kindly word
for each and died beloved by all The voice is mute and stilled the heart that loved us well and true. Oh.
better was the trial to part from one so good as you. You are not forgotten loved one nor will you ever be
as long a life and memory last we will remember W.... We miss you now. our heats are sore as times
goes by we miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face no one can take your vacant place.
From Your Great Nieces Nephews. Crazo, Melha Partine, Antolne, Heiel & Dunell

Dear sister, you have been beloved by lots of people and all your family. You left without saying
good bye. but we will meet again in the morning just, inside the Eastern Gale. May your soul rest in
Your Sister, Vanlela Thomas Chalwetl

Granny. it breaks our heart to see you go; but I knr.v you are f fro t pain and suffering. The Lord
giveth and the lord taketh away. He has promised always to be our refuge and strength You may be
gone. but certainly not forgotten You meant everything to us. We always confided in you. no matter
how big or small it was to share our pain or gain Whenever the going got rough you would say, keep on
going on. don't give up Anytime anyone needed help you were always there at the crossroads We will
all meet one day in the special place that our Father has prepared for us We love you and miss you.
Rest in peace.
Gilda, Salihah, Caroline, Manue, Deborah, Maleow, Starrein & Jamn

To Cousin Granny
I will miss giving you your hugs and kisses and hearing your caring voice but you will never be
Your Loving Cousin Lisa

The lesson I was taught by Granny is a lesson for life. I have lived away from my grandmother for a
very long time but in every aspect of my journey I !'ave conducted myself and treated others in a
gentle, kind and trusting manner. It is strange. but in conversations, when we do a "remember
when"?, I always start mine with "my grandmother" who raised me..." When in truth I spent
only four years with her. Those four years were the best! What a beautiful person,
Caroline E. Thomas, my granny-

We remember the warmth felt,
When you opened your hear to us.
You have touched us dearly Granny
With your thoughtfulness, kindness and charity.
The love in your heart. reflected brightly in your smile.
Always seemed to br tighten our days.
We understand that each of us must answer that call.
And someday, we will be reunited.
But for now, we ihall say good-bye.
You shall never be forgotten
And we shall miss you always Our Beloved Granny.
Rest in peace.
Love Barrett, Pshala, Marc & Marissa Stridiron

To Those I Love And To Those Who Love Me
When I amn gone ... Release me --let I '* go. I have so many things to see and
do .. You must not tie yourself to me with tears. Be happy that we had so
many years. I gave you my love. you can only guess how ,much you gave in
happfine.Ss. But now it is time I travel on alone. So grieve a while for me ...if
grieve you must. And let your grief be comforted to me by trust. It is only
for a while that we must part. So bless the memory within your heart. I
won be far away for life goes on. S., if you need me call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me 17' be near and if you listen with your
heart You 'I hear ill of my love around ou soft and clear. And then, when
yott must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and say.
Welcome Home

The family wishes to express their deep and sincere
appreciation and thanks for all the love and kindness
shown to them in their time of bereavement.

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