Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Ethlyn Adora Tuitt
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Ethlyn Adora Tuitt
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Ethlyn Adora Tuitt
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
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Subject: Tuitt, Ethlyn Adora
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Caribbean
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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: CA01300488
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
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December 13, 1915 April 7, 1995


Viewing
Tuesday, April 18, 1995,
St. Andrew's Church'
9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m.

Service
St. Andrew's Church
10:00 a.m.


Interment
Western Cemetery


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Ethlyn Adora Tuitt, affectionately known as Miss Ethlyn, Tanti
Ethlyn, Chews, Mommie, and Granny, was born to James and Sarah Tuitt
in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on December 13, 1915, one of their fourteen
children.
With the exception of the three years that she lived in New York,
she spent most of her life on the beautiful island of St. Thomas. However,
in recent years she had become accustomed to spending her summers in
Brooklyn, New York with her grandson, Ero Stagger whom she loved very
much. Her last summer there was 1994.
Ethlyn's world revolved around her two children, Alphonse,
Eleanor and her two grandchildren, Judith and Ero. In essence you could
say that she had four children. She raised these two grandchildren as if they
were her very own, and loved them with the same intensity as she did her
natural children.
For seventy-eight and a half years, Ethlyn was blessed with rea-
sonably good health and it was not until Thanksgiving Day 1993 that she
was hospitalized after a fall for the first time in her life. She returned home
after three weeks and recovered sufficiently to function somewhat inde-
pendently and enjoyed many of the amenities of life until October 1994.
In retrospect, it is safe to say that Ethlyn was a very unique Afro-
West Indian woman. She had a mind of an aristocrat and consequently
dressed, dined and entertained in that fashion. She was regal in everything
she did.
Her most enduring quality was her capacity to love her children to
the point of self denial. Here-in laid strength and all that she considered
dear and important in her life. Indeed, her children were her world and her
world was her children. This fact, she herself clearly emphasized when on
many occasions, during her brief illness, she mentioned that she wanted to
live a little longer, so that she could spend some more time with her
children.
Additionally, she was known to be a kindhearted and caring
person. So much so that mothers were comfortable leaving their children
in her care.
God did not grant her wish to live any longer than her seventy-nine
years, but God in his great plan for her, knew the precise time when her
sojourn here on earth was to be over.
He did nevertheless minimize her suffering and granted her other
two wishes, to spend the summer of 1994 with her grandson Ero in
Brooklyn, New York; and to expire at home.
May her enduring qualities continue to live on in her children and
her children's children.
The battle is over, the victory is won, sleep on peacefully Mommy,
until Jesus comes.
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Son ...................................................................Alphonse A. Berne

Daughter ........................................................Eleanor Joseph Garcia

Sister ........................................................Adreania Paulus LaBorde

Grandchildren .........................Alphonse Berne, Jr., Turhan Berne,
Thesla Berne, Kemio Garcia

Special Grandson ............ ......................... Ronnie Ero Stagger

Special Granddaughter ............................................. Judith A. Berne

Great Grandchildren.....................Turhan Berne, Jr., Briana Berne,
Brittany Anderson

Special Great Grandchildren ..........................Latesha A. Benjamin,
Lionel A. Benjamin, Jr.

Great Great Grandchildren...............................Nechelle A. Tonge,
Richard A. Donovan, Jr.

Nieces .....................................Doris Tuitt Harris, Elfreda Williams,
Iny Marcelli Santos, Vivica Tuitt

Special Niece ...........................................Ena Boynes Knight

Great Nieces............................................Flora Boynes Spencer,
Michelle Harris, Ena Boynes

Great Great Niece.........................................Nicole A.B. Spencer

Nephew ......................................................................Kenneth Tuitt





Special Cousins .............................Perla Williams, Ema Williams,
Alicia Percival, Jewel Harrigan,
Valerie Johnson, Berencia Maduro, Carol Samuel,
Myrtle Lang, Gilbert Samuel, Austin Andrews

Daughter-In-Law ................................................... Bernice Berne

Son-In-Law ................................................................ Jose Garcia

Sister-In-Law..........................................................Cassandra Tuitt

Brother-In-Law ........................................Alphonse LaBorde, Sr.

Close Friends ...............................Emelphine Gottlieb and Family,
Henrietta Allamby and Daughthers,
Eunice and Maude Bartlett and Family,
Cassilda Host

Many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.




pCLLtetL-r'ers

Alphonse Berne, Gilbert Samuel, Lionel Benjamin, Jr.
Austin Andrews, Jose Garcia, Turhan Berne




tIonTorac.rvy0 poiLbeclrervs

Hugo S. Joseph, Sidney Knight, Shawn Malone
Alric Miller, Rodolfo Moron, Ronnie Ero Stagger,
Luther Williams






Or-der of Service

Duet ..............................................Bernice Berne, Simone Maduro
Solo.....................................................................Luther M illiner
Eulogy ...................................................................Alphonse Berne
Dedication ............................................................. Bernice Berne
Reception of the Body......................................Prayer Book, p. 466

Burial of the Dead
Entrance Hymn.....................................Standing On The Promises
The Burial Anthem...........................................Prayer Book, p. 491
The Collect .....................................................Prayer Book, p. 493

The Liturgy Of The Word
THE FIRST READIN ..............................................Job 19:21-27a
(I know that my redeemer lives)
Psalm 23 ...........................................................Prayer Book, p. 476
THE SECOND READING ................................Revelation 21:2-7
(Behold, I make all things new)
Hymn ...........................................................My Jesus I Love Thee
THE HOLY GOSPEL ................................................ John 5:24-27
(He who believes has everlasting life)
The Apostles' Creed .......................................Prayer Book, p. 496
The Prayers of the People ..............................Prayer Book, p. 497
The Concluding Collect ...................................Prayer Book, p. 498
The Peace ....................................................Prayer Book, p. 360
Hymn........................................................To God Be The Glory

The Commendation
Prayer Book ....................................................................... p. 499
The Blessing
Recessional Hymn ................................Onward Christian Soldiers

At The Cemetery
The Committal .................................................Prayer Book, p. 501
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GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU
Be not dismayed whatever betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through everyday, o'er all the
way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

Through days of toil when your
heart doth fail,


God will take care of you;
When dangers fierce your paths
assail,
God will take care of you.

All you may need He will provide,
God will take care of you;
Nothing you ask will be denied,
God will take care of you.

No matter what may be the test,
God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon His breast,
God will take care of you.


Mommy,
I thank God that I was given the privilege to care for you over the past sixteen
months. Words cannot express the poignancy I have experienced over your passing.
Your daughter, Bernice, also wishes to express her joy and complete satisfac-
tion with the privilege to minister to you in song and prayer.
Your immeasurable love for me has been a powerful force in my life for good.
May our heavenly Father (Yahweh) grant you sweet sleep.
God be with you until we meet again.
Your loving Son & Daughter-In-Law
Alphonse and Bernice Berne

Oh! Mommy, since as a little girl, I always wanted for you to live forever, but that
was not possible; we spoke of it many times. As a mother, you were so devoted and
caring to me and my children.
I have appreciated the life style that you have raised me up to be: caring, honest,
independent, loving and to enjoy the quality of life.
I have thanked God for the strength and faith he gave me to assist my brother
in taking care of you. Mommy it was a pleasure. I did not care how stressed, worn
and tired I became due to your illness, because you were always there for me.
Rest peacefully Mommy.
Your loving daughter, Ellie





Auntie Ethlyn:
You have fought the good fight. The battle is won. We will miss you deeply.
Rest on until we meet again.
Erna Williams and Family

Auntie:
You have found peace at last We are very happy that we were able to spend
your final years with you. We will always love you. Until we meet again, rest in
peace.
Gilbert Samuel and Family

Dear Granny,
For the first time in my life I am at a loss for written words to express my
feelings. I am sure you can understand.
I am glad that I was able to be with you in your last days. When I came home
every afternoon, it was a joy to see you smile.
I love you Granny. Thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart. You
were a great influence in my life and because of you, I was given the most wonderful
father in the world.
All that you have taught me will sustain me throughout the rest of my life.
Thank you for being there for my children, Lionel, Latesha and my grandchil-
dren, Nechelle and Richard, Jr. We have enjoyed our time with you.
Latesha, Lionel and Nechelle will always remember you with love and
kindness. We will make sure to tell your great great grandson, Richard, Jr. all about
you. We are glad that you lived long enough to see and enjoy him for a short time.
I am at peace now because you are at peace. God Bless You Granny.
Judith and Family

Tantie Ethlyn,
An extraordinary, affectionate family member, who would always inquire
about my children.
Whenever we spoke, she always insisted that I take care of myself; espe-
cially, since there is a shortage of men in our immediate family.
Rest in Peace.
Michelle, Dominique, Austin Jr, & Austin Andrews, Sr.

Ethlyn,
Our longtime relationship meant so much to me. We spent many precious
and cherisghable moments. You were not only a friend and confidant, but a dear
sister. The love you gave to me and my family was always sincere and caring.
We will miss you, but those memories will live on in our hearts. We love you
very much. Until we meet again, may you Rest in Peace.
Mrs. Henrietta Allamby & Family




3X A GRANDMOTHER
(ETHLYN TUITT)

I've been fortunate and blessed for having a parent such as my Grandmother
who raised and provided for me from birth to the age of 18. Throughout
those years the love I received was so overwhelming that many times I felt
I could have shared it with many who lacked the parental attention. My
Grandmother always did the best in making my life meaningful and com-
fortable. The values and morals she introduced me to remained outstanding
and appropriate. I promise to continue executing these same morals and
values (Thank You!)

There aren't enough words to express and describe how special my Grand-
mother was to me. I could not have wished for a better parent.

My Grandmother provided the greatest support and inspiration. During any
difficult times, my Grandmother always reassured me, as a result, I went on
without fear. I became more confident and strong (thank you, Granny).

Although I became independent and relocated to New York City, my
Grandmother was determined to keep contact and to reassure her love,
concern and interest by contacting me everyday -- also to content herself
that I was alright. How could I forget you, Granny? Indeed, she was genuine
and unique in all the roles she played in my life. I thank God for allowing
me to provide her with a wonderful gift (one of having proud feelings) and
by showing strong appreciation for all that she has done for me. Granny, my
Bachelor of Arts is a tribute to you because you played an important role in
its accomplishment (thanks, Granny!)

As a friend, I enjoyed your company and great humor that always lifted my
spirit. You were that friend that I could have discussed anything wiht and
feel comfortable at the same time. You were an understanding friend. As
my best friend, I will always remember the sacrifices you made for me
(thank you!)

It has always been difficult when we have to part from each other; however,
this time I know you are in the hands of the Lord and you are out of your
suffering. The last time we communicated with each other, I told you "I
LOVE YOU" and your response was "I KNOW YOU LOVE ME, ERO,
AND I LOVE YOU ALSO." Thank you for reassuring me right down to






the end. Those words meant a lot to me -- we both parted with positive
assurances.

ETHLYN TUITT: "Ero, now take care of yourself and
I don't want to hear any bad news
about you."

ERO: Granny, don't worry. I will be alright
and I will continue to be that strong self-
sufficient and responsible person you made
me to be."

Rest in peace, Granny, and I know for a fact that you will always be by my
side in spirit.

Love, Ero Stagger (Your beloved Grandson)


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Ethlyn

E is for the ever lasting l.ve and emotion that she shared with me as
well as others.

T is for the trust that I had in her and the faith, when things were hard
or wrong in life, and she understood.

H is for the humor that she had and the hop. that you needed, no
matter what. When no one cared or understood, she did.

L is for the love and the longing, for peace and unity among her
family and friends.

Y is for the yes, I understand how you feel and respect you. Even
if you were right or wrong, you felt loved by her.

N is for nothing, but the love and support from her.

In the memory of my loving Auntie Ethlyn Tuitt. Especially
the Summer of 1994.

Love, Michele Harris
Always Rest in Peace


Thank you






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