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Februaryy 4, 1934 une 29, 1995
3u miral Service
Monday, duly 10, 1995
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Christ Church Methodist
Jntermet at Western Cemetery No. One
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Alfredo Anthony Peets, Angel Antonio Peets
Eldra Thomas, Clarice Turnbull-Niles,
Ina Thomas-Charles, Astrid Thomas-Hendricks,
Enid Thomas-Hodge, Daisy Thomas-Ring,
Almeane Thomas-Smith, Louise Thomas-Creque,
Myrthlin Thomas-Blyden, Ethel Thomas-Hodge, Enid Thomas-Hodge
Charles Leon Wheatley, Richard Tumbull,
Raymond Thomas, Elise Thomas, Edwardo Thomas,
Isrel Thomas, Wendell Thomas
Janet Harrigan, Edith Farrell-Werts,
Rochelle Niles, Roslyn Niles,
Linda Hendricks, Myrna Charles-Davis,
Merle Charles, Esther Charles
Rudolph Niles, Jr., Raymond Niles,
Randolph Niles, Lawrence Charles, Sr.,
Marvin Harrigan, Melvin Harrigan, Max Harrigan, Jr.
Rudolph Niles, Sr., Larry Blyden, Charles Hendricks,
Ernesto Creque, Alberto King, Sr., Charles Hodge
Aquisha Anasha Peets, Anthony Andrew Peets
Anthony Peets, Angel Peets, Julien Phillips,
Richard Tumbull, Melvin Harrigan, Leon Charles Wheatley
Lawrence Charles, Louis Isaac, Rudolph Niles, Sr.,
Marvin Harrigan, Alfredo Peets, Sr., Max Harrigan, Jr.
Zaucita sChly homas ,
Mebrary 4, 194 June 29, 1995
On February 4, 1934, a gem was born to the late Amanda Jennings
Turnbull and Ebenezer Thomas. This gem was Lucita Evelyn Thomas.
Lefty or Tanty Lu, as she was affectionately known, attended the Leonard
Dober Elementary School and completed her studies at the Charlotte
Amalie High School, graduating with the Class of 1954.
Lefty was an avid softball player. She played with the Charlotte Amalie
High School Varsity until injuries sustained on the playing field caused
her to quit.
Upon graduation from Charlotte Amalie, she was employed by the
Virgin Isles Hotel and after a four year stint with that establishment, she
migrated to New York City where she worked with the firm of Scotts
During her frequent visits to her homeland, she met Alfredo Peets, Sr.
Thus, on July 10,1965, they were united in holy matrimony in New York
City and thereafter returned to St. Thomas. From their union, two beauti-
ful sons were born -- Alfredo Anthony and Angel Antonio-both of
whom she loved dearly.
After her return to t. Thomas, Lefty worked as an accountant with the
Department of Public Works for 17 years until her sudden struggle with
depression forced her to retire.
Following her retirement, she relocated to Miami and later Virginia.
However, in January, 1994, she returned to her homeland for the last time.
Despite her infirmities, Lefty's zest for life
was most apparent. Because of her deep and
abiding faith in God and her love for people,
she was determined to live one day at a time
and to let nothing stand in the way of her enjoy-
ing life, for she loved life.
Just strolling in the mall, riding the bus, or
simply walking downtown, she made the most
of each moment, each hour, each day. As this
caring, devoted, mother, sister, aunt, and friend
goes forth to meet her Lord and Saviour in that
"Celestial City where the Roses Never Fade,"
may Almighty God grant her eternal rest.
SOrder of Service
The Reverend Dunstan Richardso ... Officiating
SCRIPTURE SENTENCES .......... ....... Rev. Dunstan Richardson
HYMN ........................................ "Precious Lord"
PRAYER .............................. Rev. Dunstan Richardson
EULOGY ...................................... Bernice Turbull
SELECTION .................... "Not Now But in the Coming Year"
Marva, Maysia, Jennifer & Janet
SELECTION .......................... "Do You Know My Jesus"
PSALMS NO. 23 ................................... Congregation
SCRIPTURE READING: Epistle: Romans 8:31-39 .. Prudence Wesselhoft
SCRIPTURE READING: John 14:1-6, & 27 ............. Merle Charles
HYMN ................................... "How Great Thou Art"
SERMON .............................. Rev. Dunstan Richardson
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
HYMN ................. ...................... "And Can It Be"
THE LORD'S PRAYER
RECESSIONAL HYMN ......................... "The Strife is O'er"
Farewell to ucita Evelyn homas
To our beloved mother, whom we love dearly despite her illness, may
God bless her soul and watch over her for us.
Anthony and Angel
Tanty Lu ... You were my confidant, mentor, aunt, friend, and baby
sitter. I will continue to cherish the many lunch hours we spent in the
Public Works Lunch Room, especially the day the sun was hot and I
decided to drive my vehicle there, forgot it, and walked back to work.
At quitting time when I could not find my vehicle, I proceeded to call
the police. While on the phone, someone said, "Your aunt is on the other
line." I said hello, and you replied, "My niece, where is your truck?" At
that moment, I remembered that I had left it at your job. When I told you
that I was calling the police to report it missing, you laughed and laughed
and said, "I knew you had forgotten."
I will also remember the many times I would beg you to come with me
on one of my spur-of-the-moment adventures, and you would reply,
"Your aunt ain't got the strength." "When I'm finish what I'm doing, your
aunt is going to rest this piece of old knee." "You see how I'm limping?"
Then you would say, "My niece, why don't you rest your body?" "You are
always going, going." "Child, you don't get tired?"
All of your friends who frequented your home will recall that there was
always good conversation and something to eat and drink.
Tanty Lu, as your Lord and Savior escorts you on your journey home,
to that happy land just across from the evergreen shore, you'll be wel-
comed with open arms into his kingdom.
Lady, I was proud to be your niece.
Death has come to you suddenly, "Lefty."
And we are left to ponder and cogitate why it had to be.
We asked why he didn't see it fit to heal,
such a person once full of zest for life and appeal.
Why from your affliction you couldn't rebound.
And why it so ultimately weighted you down.
But God, the Master Compass, always knows best.
Our prayer is that he will grant you eternal rest.
The Charles Family
Lonesome is that weary heart
That beats in life, alone,
And cries for love to light its way
And show the journey home.
But it is sad, that this should be
For any heart to bear
For Jesus waits, with gifts of love
To answer every Prayer.
He knows the sadness in a heart
That weeps for want of love
And cries for light to show the way
From earth to life above.
But he cannot reach out with love
To comfort one's despair
Unless the heart cries for love
Comes unto him in Prayer.
For he sees, and knows everything.
Your Sister Eldra
Tanty Lu ... Memories of Tanty Lu were short but will be remembered
always. Tanty Lu, you were more than my aunt; you were my friend. You
will be missed deeply. Your fond memories will live within me. Bye my
Love, Jenise A. Wheatley
A Tribute to our Dear Aunt... We knew you had to go someday, but
we didn't expect it to be so soon. We were privileged to have had you as a
part of our lives, and you will always live on in our hearts and memories.
So, sleep on beloved, and take your rest. We all loved you, but Jesus loved
From, Rudolph, Raymond, Randolph & Roslyn Niles
My Dearly Beloved Sister I visited you in your apartment on
Tuesday, June 21. During our conversation, I told you that I was going to
take you to Miami. You replied, "If I am going to die, I will die here." On
Thursday morning when I returned you were lying on the floor. I knocked
and called you three times, and you didn't respond.
Evelyn, as I affectionately called you, I didn't know that what we were
talking about was true. I was so hurt and saddened when you slipped
away without speaking to me and leaving me alone. Sleep on my be-
loved, and take your rest until we meet again.
Your loving sister Clarice
Tantie Lu ... There is so much that I would like to have said to you.
Although your were strong-headed and set in your ways, there was
another side of you. You were kind, loving and friendly. I will always
remember the times you danced with the children on the porch and kept
them occupied while I worked in the house.
However God giveth and God taketh. He knows best. Auntie, Tantie
Lu, we will miss you dearly. May you rest in peace until we meet again.
With love, Rasharn, Raheem, Rakeem, Roshanna, and Roshelle
The Memories of my friend Lucita Peets ("Lefty") ... "Lefty" and I
became friends during the time we worked at the Public Works Depart-
ment. The thing that attracted me to "Lefty" was her very outspoken
nature and sense of humor. We developed a great friendship one in which
there were a lot of good times and sharing of the bad times. Her sudden
illness shocked me because it came at a time when she had just begun to
see her children get to adulthood; but who are we to question the reasons
why God allow things to happen the way they did. Since her return to St.
Thomas we met regularly at the Mall or at McDonald's where we had
many of good conversations. Sometimes she remembered things that I
forgot. She had a good memory at times. I saw a just a few days before she
died we spoke but I did not know that I was saying good bye! Rest in
Your friend Karen A. Isaac
A Tribute from Your Friends Our friendships, lives and times
together will always be remembered. Though times have changed, our
love and fond memories will live on. May you rest in peace, Lefty.
Aurea, Ena, Juanita and Leona
Lucita (Lefty) ... Because you were so dear to us, your memory will
live on just as the fragrance of a rose. In thought she is with us still, and in
the hearts that love her, she still lives and always will. May she rest in
E. Beryl Harthman and former PWD coworkers
Lefty... It was indeed a pleasure meeting and working with you. You
were someone who thought a lot but said little. I know that you are gone
to a better place now, sleep on, my friend. May you rest in peace. You
will always be in my thoughts.
Doris Hansen and family