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Dr. Lawrence O. Benjamin
Dr. Linda White Benjamin
Lawrence O. Benjamin, Jr., Sean R. Benjamin, Sr.
Sean R. Benjamin, Jr.
James Albert Harley, Lawrence Harley, Holmon Harley, Sr.
ucille Romney Harley, Charlotte Christian Harley, Iris Wells Harley
SPECIAL CLOSE RELATIVES
Almeade Benjamin, lUva Benjamin, Aubrey and Ramona Benjamin
VERY CLOSE AND SPECIAL FRIENDS
James and Melanie Francis, Delores Dickerson
many cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren and close family members
of the Harley, Benjamin, Vanterpool, Callwood, Sewer,
Smith, Daniel and Sprauve Families
.awrence O. Benjamin, Jr., Sean R. Benjamin, Sr., Raymond Harley,
Aubrey Harley, Antonio Acevedo, Flavius Ottley
)r. Gilbert Sprauve, Aubrey Benjamin, Allen Canton, Hugh Henry,
H. Rhudel White, Ewart Harley, Sr., Patrick George
JMary &vangeline 2iarley
Mary Evangeline Harley, the eldest daughter of Joseph and Rosalyn
Harley, was born on St. John, Virgin Islands on August 24, 1910. Most of
her education took place on St. John, after which she taught for some time
at the East End School. Her education was completed after her change of
residence to St. Thomas. Evangeline took an active part in the care and
nurturing of her brothers and sisters and became known as "Sister Vangy."
Miss Harley fell in love with the late Arthur Benjamin and bore him an
only child, Lawrence Osmond Benjamin. Arthur's tragic death hastened
her relocation to St. Thomas where she and her infant son were lovingly
embraced and became an integral part of the Benjamin family household.
"Mother Vangy" was a name of endearment given to her by all the
Benjamin cousins for whom love was reciprocal.
Industrious, preserving, caring, conscientious, unselfish and commit-
ted are some of the many attributes she possessed. With an acquired
knowledge of typing and basic accounting skills, Vangy worked as an
administrative clerk at the Experiment Station in Dorothea until the ter-
mination of the project.
Miss Harley's motto was "To be the best at whatever you do." She
used that motto during her employment at the late Oswald Heath's
pharmacy, at the St. Thomas Apothecary Hall, and as chief clerk at A.H.4
Riise's where she worked until her retirement.
Vangy's many talents fully enriched her life: She was well read, and in
her earlier years played the piano, clarinet and mandolin for her own
Her God, her family and her church came first in her life. She was an
active member of the Moravian Church on St. John and later at the
Memorial Moravian Church on St. Thomas, and served in many capaci-
ties; King's Daughters, Women's Fellowship and as a Teller.
On September 8, 1995, God called her to His heavenly home to be
among the blessed of His Father, where His eternal peace, joy and rest are
MUSICAL SELECTION ............Members of the 666th Army Band
SELECTION ........................... The Caribbean Chorale
MUSICAL ................................... Women's Fellowship
POEM .................................... Aldria Harley Wade
Where Did all the Decades Go? submitted by James A. Harley
MUSICAL SELECTION ............ King's Daughters and Sons Circl
SOLO: 0 Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go ................ Judith Sewe
POEMS ........................................ Mary Lou Harey
"I Do Not Go Alone" and "Tribute to a Friend"
by Helen Steiner Rice
VOCAL SOLO: "If I Can Help Somebody" .. Dr. Lawrence O. Benjamir
SAXOPHONE SOLO: "Going Home" .. The Rev. Harvard Stephens, Jr
EULOGY .............................. Lawrence 0. Benjamin, Jr
Order of Sruice
OPENING HYMN .................. Joyful Joyful We Adore The
LITURGY FOR BURIAL OF THE DEAD
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 23 ........... Sean Benjamin, S
HYMN ........................ Whatever Our God Ordains is Righ
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING: John 14:1-15 ...... Josephine Franc
HYMN ............................. Pass Me Not, Oh Gentle Savio
MEDIATION ......................... The Reverend Ralph Prine
THE LITURGY, CONTINUED
CLOSING HYMN ................................. And Can ItB
EASTERN CEMETERY ............Members of the 666th Army Ban
Organists... Robert Lynch and Monet Davis
Mother... I have always had a difficult time finding the birthday and
Mother's Day cards which expressed the love, thanks and appreciation I
wanted to convey to you on those special occasions. Although there are
thousands of poems for, to, and about mothers, I always felt that the
authors were at a disadvantage because they didn't have you as a model
on which to base their writings. They didn't know about all those special
qualities you possessed. Qualities which set you apart and made you the
wonderful person and mother you were. Other than you, I have never
known a person who consistently put the feelings and welfare of others
first. All who knew you will remember you as a caring person who
believe din sharing whatever you had. Your life has not been in vain, and
that is one thing no one can deny. With God at your side you tried to, and
did indeed make a difference in the lives of all who knew you.
I know the love you had for me, and will never forget how on your
dying bead, twice I heart you say, "Don't call me, I can't come. I have to
take care of my son." Mother, you took care of me all my life. You did an
outstanding job. New your work is complete, so rest well in the good
Lord in whom you have always believed and trusted. I love you.
Mother Dear... You will always be remembered for your loving and
caring ways. Throughout the pain and suffering you had to endure
during your illness, you never faltered from showing your concern for
us. Sleep on and take the rest you so richly deserve.
Your daughter-in-law Linda
Mother .. your selfless, Christian manner has been a significant
influence. Thank you for all of the love and guidance you have bestowed
upon me. I will miss you dearly. You will always remain in my heart and
Your grandson Lawrence
To My Beloved Grandmother... You will always be in my thoughts.
The unselfish love, advice, guidance and acts you practiced daily, posi-
tively influenced everyone around you. I thank you for everything you
have done for me. You were a good role model for me.
Sis ... We've had good times together. You've always been the
Matriarch of the family, doing all you could for all of us. We thank you
for all the love and sharing and good deeds you gave to us all your life.
God be with you. We'll all meet up again and be together as one big
Your loving brother and sistervdm- Lawrence Harly and family
To My Ster... You have always been a special penrs in my lie.
There were times when you were like a mother to me. You tauht me to
have respect for others and to always have good manners, both of which
help me to be the person that I am today. You were always by my side,
since we were the only two of the family living in St. John and St.
Thomas. We were like a team. For all of this I thank you. I know you are
in a special place now. Rest in peace until we meet again.
Holman ... Hulie, as you always called me.
May tender memories soften our grief,
May fond recollections bring us relief,
And may we find comfort and peace in the thought
Of the joy that knowing our loved one brought -
For time and space can never divide
Or keep our loved one from our side
When memory paints in colors true
The happy hours that we once knew with you.
Iris, Lou, Raymond, Cheryl and Johnny
(poem paraphrasedfrom Helen Steiner Rice's "Love Always Remembers.")
To Sis ... I will miss hearing your voice on the phone when I call to
check on you. You have always been a wonderful sister-in-law to me. I
will miss your calls to me to check on the family as you were like the
mother for us all
Your sister-in-law, Lu
Auntie... I can never forget the things you have done for me lending
me your old Underwriter typewriter to practice on, feeding me lunch
when I first started to work, encouraging me to always do well in school,
giving good advice; nor can I forget the times we spent in East End, St.
John during the summer, visits to your home just talking and reminisc-
ing, and lately just reminiscing about St. John and the family. You always
asked about my brothers, my sister, my mother and Nicole. I will always
remember your thoughtfulness, your many acts of kindness, and, above
all, your independence. You loved us all, the whole Harley clan, and we
love you, too. May you rest in the peaceful arms of God and our loving
Savior, Jesus Christ.
Your niece and goddaughter Lou
To Auntie... We will miss coming to visit you on the weekend. You
always had something to wrap up and give us to eat before we left. We
will miss that beautiful smile and the hearty laughter of your voice. We
know you have gone to a place of rest. Rest in peace until we meet you
Your niece Lauris and great-nieces Chan, Choni and Chauni
In Tribute to My Loving Aunt... Auntie, you were always special in
my heart. Mama and you were my parents while mother and father were
away. I will miss you. Thanks for everything. You were one classy aunt.
May God keep you in his loving care.
Your niece, Aldria Harley Wade
"Mother," as she was affectionately known to us, was a loving and
caring person whom we will miss dearly. We seldom recognize the
treasured people living among us until they depart this earthly life. God
has taken you into His heavenly kingdom to a well deserved rest.
Marian, Carol, Cherrill, Colleen
"Mother," my memories of you are fond and lasting. You were always
there for me as I grew up along with Larry and treated me as a "second"
son. I will always remember that special smile whenever we chatted
together. Your work on earth is done. The Lord has called you to the
place of eternal rest. We now live in hope of a reunion.
O LOVE THAT
WILT NOT LET ME GO
O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine's blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain
That mor shall tearless be.
0 Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life's glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.
Your godchild Judith Sewer
To my Nennie Vangy ... I was shocked and deeply saddened when I
heard of your untimely death. My heart is filled with sorrow and my
eyes are filled with tears. When I heard of your passing I have lost a
great, loving, and kindhearted godmother. It's with a loving heart I
extend my condolences to your family from mine. You will always be
remembered for your love, kindness, sincerity and generosity.
Your godchild, Nicole Edwards
In Memorial Ms. Mary Evangeline Harley was a lady for all
seasons. She was independent in spirit and very young at heart. She had a
keen mind and was very much in step with the changing times. At an age
when most persons would have considered themselves much too far up
in years to take up driving, Ms. Harley enrolled in a driving school, and
before you knew it she was the proud owner of a car and was able to get
around at her convenience. Quiet in nature, but very strong willed, she
went about life with reverence and purpose. She was always prepared for
a challenge, if she had an interest in some skill she would never stop until
she mastered it. Swimming, fishing, typing and the ability to play several
musical instruments were all self-taught. Her home was impeccably kept,
and her baking could easily make you forget about counting calories. She
loved her native island St. John, and took great pleasure and pride in
reliving her childhood years in many of our conversations. Ms. Harley, I
know that you know how much I will miss you, but your spirit will
remain alive in my heart as long as I live. Rest in peace....
Melanie V. Francis
Dear Larry ... It came as a shock to me when I heard through the
media of the passing of your mother, Miss Vangy. The surprise came
because it seems as though it was just under two weeks ago, I heard
Addie Ottley mention that she had given him a mango. My recollections
of her and what so many have said about her is that she was a very
charitable person, donating of her time and resources to Christian and
community efforts. I know that she was very family-oriented and was a
tower of strength to those who knew her. May your happy reflections of
her fill the void of her passing and I pray that God will grant you and the
Harley clan strength, serenity and comfort in the days ahead.
Senator Adlah "Fonicie" Donastorg, Jr.
Beloved Brother Larry... I feel a deep sense of regret for you and your
family on the passing of Miss Vangy. As I reflect on how I knew her best,
I first see her youthful but powerful presence and her gentle demeanor
that rubbed off on all who came in contact with her. Then, there was the
greater Miss Vangy, that was best exemplified in the way she raised you.
Larry, you bring out the best in people. You have a way of making
people feel good about themselves and they in turn do the same for
others. You give generously of respect, courtesy and sobering words.
Your children, like yourself, display the same values, along with an
enterprising spirit that is truly admirable. May you find peace and
comfort in the pleasant memories you shared and the legacy of selfless-
ness that Miss Vangy passed to you all. With you in sympathy,
Glenn "Koabena" Davis
whe family of
LMarU &vangelie 2iarley
would ike to express its thanks
to al who offered prayers,
dtoughts and words of encouragement
during our time of bereavement.