WHEN GOD CALLS HOME
A LOVED ONE
Maria Phipps Titley
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Viewing... 10:30 11:30 a.m.
Service ... 12 Noon
Interment at Western Cemetery
Wednesday, June 7, 1989
0 Gilbert K. Comissiong and Alphonse M. Domingo
Leila Fripp, Rosemarie Lythcott and Delia Francis
Gerald, Wilfred, Lubin and Gilbert Phipps
Millicent Birch, Ivy Morrison and Lorna Potter
ts-.-. Michiko Domingo and Katrina White-Comissiong
24 Grandchildren, 17 Great-Grandchildren
Many Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and other relatives and friends
Victor Edwards I Gilbert Phipps I Oriel Thompson
Roy Donovan / Davis Gumbs / Lubin Phipps
S Honorary allbearer
Guy Thomas / James Charles / Eustace Joseph
MARIA PHIPPS TITLE
June 19, 1914 May 29, 1989
Maria Phipps Titley, known to all as Lencia, demonstrated the love
of God and the joy of living in everything she did. She was devoted
to doing God's work, and she shared her love, her joy and her caring
with everyone she came in contact with. She had a special smile, 41 4
a warm greeting, a kind word and an ardent prayer for all of God's
children, and she left a memorable and joyous impression on each life
she touched. )
She was born on St. Thomas on June 19, 1914, the daughter of
Edgar and Indiana Phipps. She was the fifth of eight children born 0
of this union.
She was a strong-willed, protective and loving mother. She gave
birth to five children on St. Thomas: Gilbert, Alphonse, Leila, Rose-
marie and Delia. She raised her children to be loving, respectful and
above all, God-fearing.
In 1946 Lencia moved her family to New York, where she gained
a reputation as a skilled seamstress. She was also a nurse. She was most
proud, however, of her work for the Lord, which lead her to study
and become certified as a minister.
Upon her return to St. Thomas in the 60's, Lencia continued
her work as a nurse and seamstress. Through her affiliation with
Calvary Baptist Church, she began working with the deaf, teaching
Although several severe illnesses would hamper her activities,
Lencia always found the strength to offer a smile, give a joke, kneel
in prayer, or offer words of comfort and joy.
She died Monday, May 29 after battling the effects of a massive
stroke. Lencia was everybody's "Mother," and "Mother" will finally
take her rest after a job well done.
We will all miss her, but we rejoice that she is happy and at peace
with the Lord. For her the joy begins. We pray that the example she
set with her Christian life will not be in vain.
Congregational Song (standing) .............. The Lord's Prayer
Prayer ........... .......... Brother Roy Donovan
S Scripture Reading .............. 2 Cor. 5:1-10;Thess. 4:13,14
Brother O. Thompson
? g. Congregational Song .......... When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
Eulogy ................. ....... Katrina White-Comissiong
Congregational Song ...................... Because He Lives
Church Choir .................. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Tribute to Maria ............ ... .......... Dorena Smith
Solo When They Ring Those Golden Bells ...... Clarence Husband
Congregational Song ......................... What a Day
SSolo How Great Thou Art .................... Myrtle Flax
Message ......................... Reverend A. Charleton
Solo Going Home ........................ Vitalia Wallace
Prayer .............................. Brother S. Charles
I am sad that I won't have you as my "Mother Titley" anymore,
but I rejoice that you are in peaceful rest with the one who loves you
best. My dear Mother Titley, I will miss you and my love for you will
always be strong.
Mother Titley, our deaf family will miss you very much. Our lives have
been greatly enriched by your friendship, your kind acts and your
camaraderie among us, especially during camp week at Fortuna. You
were a very caring, sharing and dedicated mother to us. Your sincere
concern will always be remembered in our deaf ministry.
We love you. We know that you have entered that place that
Jesus has gone to prepare for us, where there'll be no more pain and
suffering and where Jesus will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful
servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.
Calvary Baptist Church
Farewell to Sister Titley
Maria, praise the Lord, you are home at last! You always told
me what a great job the Lord Jesus did when he saved a sinnner like
you. But he did, and now you are going to see Him before I do. I can
just see that big smile on your face. I love you. You always made me
feel special. So it is with deep sadness that I bid you farewell.
We are going to miss you very much. You were always there
when we needed you faithful, dependable, kind, compassionate
and caring. You were always ready to give of yourself and your sub-
S stance, not forgetting your kind sense of humor that kept us laughing
in any situation. Your going home leaves a void in our church family
,,- that will be hard to replace, but "praise the Lord," we are going to
meet again, because,
Death doth hide
But not divide,
Thou art but on Christ's other side
Thou art with Christ
And Christ with me
In Christ united, still are we.
Your sister in Christ,
SAndromeda Maria Husband
I can remember very vividly the first time Mrs. Titley came to
Calvary Baptist Church. In my mind's eye I can still see her walking .
forward in the little church on Veteran's Drive. Many times since then
she jokingly told of that situation. With a smile on her lips and a
twinkle in her eye, she told how she walked forward and introduced i
herself to the pastor as a "Reverend." This twinkle in the eye and --
smile on the lips was a trademark of Mrs. Titley. She was indeed a
happy Christian, and it showed. :
Although we will miss your smile here, Mrs. Titley, in our mind's
eye we can still see you smiling there. .0
Mrs. Titley was one of my prayer partners as we met for prayer
every Wednesday night at the church. Her flamboyant personality,
love for all and concern for those who hurt brought me closer to her
as the years went by.
As we parted after prayers, we would all say "the answer is on the
way." Truly, our prayers for Mrs. Titley (our dear Lencia) have been
heard, for the Lord has taken her out of her suffering to be with Him.
When we join her in heaven, there will be a great praise meeting, for ,,
our prayers would have been answered as we can see our Saviour face
My sincere desire is to have all those who knew her, join her in
that great praise meeting on the other side and hear her sing praises to
James C. Mitchell :
friend and prayer partner
Go now, great lady
I ~ Go home and take your rest
We loved you well
But the Almighty loved you best
No more cheerful sounds of laughter
No more the careful listening for the young ones
a No more the caring and the sharing
Of earthly wealth and pleasures
How precious are the memories of you
How many called you "Mother."
What an inspiration and mentor you were
You helped rejoice when things went well
You lifted others up when things went wrong
^ We'll miss the dishes well prepared with loving hands
SThe style from the sewing machine to suit every occasion
Yet the greatest space will be at morning devotion
No more the lusty singing
The familiar Join hands children, we're going to
have a word of prayer."
No more the ever available shoulder to cry on
And the strong faith in God at all times
., Our home will have an empty void
Nr. Because you no longer share it
But some day we'll meet on the eternal shore
Where partings are no more
Go now, great lady
You are at home with the Master
Take your peaceful and blessed rest.
Like flowers we bloom
With youth and beauty
Enjoying what nature has given
Then like a cloud we pass away
To the call of our father in Heaven.
But the Bible shows us clearly.
That in order to see God's face' i
We must receive the second birth.,l
We must be saved by Hs grace. .=
Today as I read this tribute to my dear sister in Christ, Lencia,
I have recalled just a few memories that will always live in my heart, l
for her presence will always be felt as if she were still here with us.
Oh how I loved you. You were always so loving, so giving, and so
kind. You would always lend a helping hand to all who were in need.
You were a special person in our church. We will miss you.
You always prepared various dishes for us whenever we had a
function, not only your good, tasty food, but you knew all the old-
time remedies for our aches and pains. I will always remember how
you came to help in times of sickness, and my boy called you "Nurse."
You enjoyed hearing him; you were always so helpful with him. He
loved you dearly.
I always teased you about the fish and fungi that was your favorite
dish. You made me laugh so heartily. You even joked about your
aches and pains; we never knew how much you were suffering. I
remember your favorite chorus, "The Joy of the Lord is My Strength."
That was so true, my dear sister, so true.
And then I would pretend that you are sitting in that row in front
of me in church, doing your sign language and turning around now .
and again to pan a word or a smile. Sometimes I couldn't help but
comment on your pretty dress or hat that made you look so young
and beautiful. '
Your chair next to mine around the table at our early prayer _
meeting will be vacant, but we will always pretend that you are there.
We will still hold your hand and sing, "Blessed be the tie that binds,"
for it won't be long when we will all be together again in heaven. It is
not good-bye, my dear sister, but see you later. We loved you dearly.
On behalf of our Women's Fellowship Group, we extend our
sincere condolences to the family and friends. We admonish you to
accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior so that you will
all see Lencia again.
God bless you all.
Delphine Richards Smith
A Tribute to a Dear Friend
My heart became very heavy upon learning of the passing of a
very special and unique person, Maria Titley. My family and I have
known Mrs. Titley for many years, but it was only in recent years
S that my immediate family and I got to know this precious lady for who
she really was kindhearted, loving, fun-filled, giving and one who
will not easily be replaced. Mrs. Titley gave of herself, of her time, to
make others happy. During the construction of the Calvary Baptist
Church, she was the one who was faithful in preparing meals and
feeding the workmen and others. She had a unique way of calling
S us to eat. With her mouth she would shout, "pangalang, pangalang"
(imitating a bell); therefore she was called by no other name than
S"Pangalang," by my husband, my children and me.
We will miss her very much, but we know that she is in a far
better place safe in the arms of her Jesus.
Gloria E. Thompson