Funeral booklet for Nurse Merline Miriam Adderley-Hanna


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Funeral booklet for Nurse Merline Miriam Adderley-Hanna
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12 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
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Nurses -- Biography -- Bahamas   ( lcsh )
Adderley-Hanna, Merline Miriam, 1919-2000   ( lcsh )
individual biography   ( marcgt )


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Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the late Senator, Rev. Nurse Merline Miriam Adderley-Hanna
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Biographical information p. 4-6.

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cService of7hanb'syiviny !Jar !.he life of !.he !ale SENATOR, REv. NURSE MERLINE MIRIAM ADDERLEY-HANNA 1919-2000 "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength ..... Isaiah 40:31


c'Service of7.hanhsgiving Yor !he fale SENATOR, REV. NURSE MERLINE MIRIAM ADDERLEY-HANNA Sunrise: 8th February 1919 Sunset: 22nd May 2000 Age: 81yrs Services Held At: Bethel Baptist Church Meeting Street Nassau, N.P. Bahamas Saturday, 3rd June, 2000 at 9:30a.m. Officiating: Rev. Timothy Stuart and Associate Ministers of Bethel Baptist Church Interment: Woodlawn Gardens Soldier Road


Tribute We sometimes wonder what kind of people we'd be if for some reason you had not been our mother. We think of the values we might have been taught and we wonder if we would have grown up liking ourselves or whether we would have had the opportunities we've had. It's then that we realize again how blessed we were to have had a mother who cared for us the way you did. And we feel that we were meant to be your children because if we had been given the chance to choose which mother, we would have ..... We would have chosen you. The Children 2


"Our Ma" My hero with her smile, her ability to keep me calm, to help me out whenever I had lost my way The love she shared Nothing I can say can describe her What made her special I will never know She is the watcher of all The person I want to be My Grandmother And the love and joy I feel for having known her will never fade Danielle Rolle Granddaughter Within in my heart I feel her I wish for more time with her to understand what made her so special What is it that makes us all smile when we think of her Her Vitality, Her Beauty Her Soul All that and more Made my grandmother special Danielle Rolle Granddaughter 3


Obituary On February 8th 1919 Merline Miriam Adderley was born to the late Richard and Matilda Adderley in the settlement of Mangrove Cay, Andros. The last child of this union, she was affectionately called 'Baby Doll'. Merline received her early education on the island, moving to New Providence as a teenager. At the age of 18 she entered The Bahamas General Hospital as a student nurse graduating in 1941 with certificates in Nursing Proficiency, Midwifery and Psychiatry. Her love for others and her desire to bring comfort to those in need manifested itself in an illustrious 51year career that included all aspects of Nursing. Her specialty, however, was midwifery and for much of her career she assisted in bringing thousands of Bahamians into this world. In 1941 Merline married the 'love of her life' Kenneth Longfellow Hanna. Their 55 year marriage pro duced five daughters, one of whom predeceased them, and 2 sons, whom they raised in a loving Christian environment: molding and shaping them into productive citizens willing and able to serve their country. The warmth and love they shared was extended to her nephews who lost their mother at an early age and were taken into the household. In addition to her professional activities she found time to serve her country in many civic activities. She was a humanitarian determined to make a difference in the lives of Bahamians. She was known as the mother of the Free National Movement. She did not come by that commendation casually. In 1971 at the nativity of the party the Free PLP forerunner to the FNM, she quit her job and traveled to Mangrove Cay, Andros with her young daughters to campaign in the by-election for her nephew Roston Miller. She not only cooked for the group's leadership and party workers, but she campaigned tirelessly and provided spiritual sustenance for all as well. Her commitment, dedication and service to the FNM is legendary and precious. Few if any, loved and demonstrated such love to the Free National Movement and it's supporters more. SHE GAVE UNCON DITIONALLY AND NEVER COUNTED THE COST. In 1978 she was called to serve her Lord & Master in a very special way when she was Ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the late Rev. Dr. H. W. Brown of Bethel Baptist Church, where she served as an Associate Pastor. In 1982 she established the Berean Baptist Outreach Mission a ministry commissioned to meet the spiritual, physical and moral needs of the community. She was appointed the first female senator of the Free National Movement in 1981 and served as senator until 1986. Merline based her life on certain unshaken principles; chief among them was her love for God and a desire that men should live in peace. She believed in education and assisted her children and others in the pursuit of higher education. She loved music and was able to play the piano and served in many choirs 4


Obituary Continued She traveled extensively enjoying the company of others and meeting new people. She engaged the company of 'Kings' but never lost the common touch. She was loved by most people who knew her because of her positive and friendly disposition. She gave of herself and expected little in return. May 9th, 1989 marked the faithful day that Merline's ill health began. She suffered a blow to the head in a car accident and slowly deteriorated thereafter. She was confined to her home and cared for by her devoted family members. On Monday, 22nd May she complained to her caregiver and her grandson Brandon that she had pains in her legs. They did their best to make her comfortable, but by early evening she developed difficulty in breathing. She was rushed to the hospital where after suffering several seizures she was pronounced dead at 8 pm. She did not linger, like Stephen she saw the 'Glory of God' and travelled home. Removed from all earthly strife to wait for the coming of the New Earth where we hope to see her again. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE SURVIVED BY: DAUGHTERS: Stephanie Jones of Toronto Canada, Sheralzade Jones of Freeport Grand Bahama; Shena Duncombe of Upper Bogue Eleuthera; Nurse Sonja Hanna SONS: Sterling T.G. Hanna; Kenneth Hanna Jr. of St. Cloud, Minnesota. ADOPTED SONS: Senator Roston Miller; Cecil, Howard and Marcus Miller. 19 GRAND CHILDREN: Sterling Tyrone Jr, Hugh, Tia, Lior, Lamin,Sophia, Ian, Kianna and Yemaya Hanna. Theresa Murray, Alarice, Julian and Vernon Jones of Toronto Canada, Enisca and Brandon Jones, Danielle and Melissa Rolle, Avril, Kristian and, Anwar Duncombe of Eleuthera. 8 GREAT GRANCHILDREN: Latesa, Teran and Ashland Murray Jr: Braneka, Afrika and Ras Asher Jones, Tyneria and Tierra Hanna. IN-LAWS: Sisters-in-Law Colesta Adderley and Monica Balfour, Son-in-law Edward Duncombe, Daughters-in-law Christine Hanna and Deb Hanna of St. Cloud, Minnesota NIECES: Maxine, Miriam, Joycelyn and Sheila Adderley, Hilda Melbourne of Huntsville, Canada, Gwendolyn Rolle, Cynthia Seymour, Annamae Kemp, and Fredricka Munroe .. NEPHEWS: Evangelist Michael Flowers of Decatur Georgia, Kenneth, Richard, Gladstone, Anthony, Pastor Wilfred Adderley, Philip Adderley of Newport News, Virginia. OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS: Shirley Hanna, Joan Hutchinson, Albertha and Anita Bartlett, Janet Farrington, Persis Rodgers, Gloria Davis, Whitney Davis, William Brown, Vielza Garcia, Edison Francis, Joy Hanna, Errol Bastian, Alpheus Jones, Coralee Campbell, Basil Neymour, Mr. and Mrs. David Johnson, Mrs Nellie Young and Family, Edwina Brown, Bethel Church Family, Free National Movement Family, Senator Edwin 'Wikey' Brown, Kendal 'Jit' Culmer, Kenneth 'Chess' Wood, The Honorable Pierre Dupuch, Ervin Johnson, Elliott Major, John Campbell, Ella Bowe, Shirley, Rufus Adderley, Queenie Hanna, Philip Rolle, Georgina Davis, Debbie Mott Albury and Aliena Albury, Sharon and Oden Moss, Abigail, Anna, Amy Moss, Felicia, Barry, Shanria, Adrian and Cathy Mott, Ashland Murray Sr . 5


ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS Civic Ordained Baptist Minister 18yrs Chaplain of Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged Volunteer Counselor Girls Industrial School Member Bahamas Prison Fellowship Established and Maintained Half Way House for Girls Berean Baptist Outreach Prayer and Mission Supervisor Emeritus Health Department of Elks State Directress Medical Department I. B. P. 0. Elks Supervisor Emeritus Health Department of Elks Justice of the Peace Party Affiliations and Politics Founding Member of the Free PLP forerunner to the Free National Movement (FNM) First Chaplain FNM only Chaplain Emeritus First Female Senator of the FNM Professional Qualification I Affiliations Registered Nurse Registered Midwife Certificate of Psychiatry Retired Member Bahamas Nursing Council Retired Member Bahamas Nurses Association Instrumental in Establishing Community Nursing in the 1940's Honors -Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution to General Grand Accepted Order of Brothers and Sisters of Love and Charity Honorary Doctor of Divinity Certificate of Appreciation from the Duchess of Windsor for Outstanding Contribution to Community Nursing Meritorious Councilor Member (FNM) Silver Jubilee Award for Public Service (Bahamas Government) 6 \ .


+ Order of Service + Musical Prelude Family Entrance/Parting View ........ ............... ..... Choir "Come Ye Desconsolate Opening words of Comfort Hymn ..................................................... When Peace Like a River When peace, like a river, attendeth my way When sorrows, like sea billows, roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, "It is well, it is well with my soul." Chorus: It is well ... with my soul ... It is well, it is well with my soul. If Satan should buffet, if trials should come Let this blest assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul. My sin Oh the bliss of this glorious thoughtMy sin not in part, but the whole, Is nail'd to His Cross, and I bear it no more; Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, 0 my soul! For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live! If Jordan above me shall roll, No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul. But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we w ait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; Oh trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord' Blessed hope! blessed rest of my soul! Opening Prayer ............................................. .... Rev Beryl Francis Invocational Chant ......................................... God Will Take Care of You God will take care of you, Thro ev'ry day, o er all the way; He will take care ofyou, God will take care of you. Choir Medley ................................................ Bethel Baptist Church First Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 . . . . . . . . Mr. Vernon Jones -Grandson Solo ...... ............... ............................... Mr. William Brown -God so n Remarks ................................................. Canon John Clarke -Cousin 7 Ms. Castella Bowleg -Nurses Association Dr. Vincent Churchill Rolle President Bahamas State Association of Elks Hon Perry Christie Leader of the Opposition


Hymn ............................... .................. . .......... And Can It Be And can it be that I should gain An interest in the Saviour's blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me! 'Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies: Who can explore His strange design? In vain the first-born seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine. 'Tis mercy all! let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more He left His Father s throne a bove So free s o infinite His grace Empties Himself of all but love And bled for Adam's helpless race 'Tis mercy all, immense and free; For 0 my God it found out me! Long my imprisoned spirit lay Fast bound in sin and nature s night ; Thine eye diffused a quickening ray I woke, the dungeon flamed with light ; My chains fell off my-heart wa s free I rose, went forth, and followed Thee No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him, is mine! Alive in Him, my living Head, And clothed in righteousness divine Bold I approach the eternal throne, And claim the crown through Christ, my own. Remarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rev. Jefferey Wood -Temple Baptist Church Rev Simeon Hall -President Bahamas Christian Coun c il His Excellency Arthur Foulke s -Ambassador to China Honourable Hubert Ingraham -Prime Minist e r of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Solo ........................... ...... . . . ........ Mr. Howard Miller -Adopted S o n Second Scripture Reading: Revelations 21: 1 7 ............. Miss Enisca Jones -Granddaughter Solo ......... . .................................... Mr. Gladstone Adderley -N e phew Obituary ................... . ..... ................... Mr. Richard Adderley -N e ph e w Choir Selection: "The Last Mile Of The Way" . ....................... Bethel Baptist Church Eulogy ...... . ..................... ............... .......... Rev. Timothy Stu a rt 8


Hymn ....................................................... Soldiers of Christ Arise Soldiers of Christ, arise, And put your armour on; From strength to strength go on, Wrestle, and fight, and pray; Strong in the strength which God supplies, Through His Eternal Son; Tread all the powers of darkness down, And win the well-fought day Strong in the Lord of Hosts, And in His mighty power; That having all things done, And all your conflicts past, Who in the strength of Jesus trusts Is more than conqueror Ye may obtain, through Christ alone, A crown of joy at last. Stand then in His great might, With all His strength endued; And take, to arm you for the fight, The panoply of God. Jesu, Eternal Son, We praise Thee and adore, Who art with God the Father One And Spirit evermore. Prayer for the Family ......................................... Rev. Marilyn Thompson Recessional Hymn .................................................... There's a line that's been drawn through the ages On that line stands the old rugged cross On that cross a battle is raging For the gain of man's soul or his loss. Chorus It is finished, the battle is over It is finished, there'll be no more war It is finished, the end of the conflict It is finished and Jesus is Lord. On one side march the forces of evil All the demons and devils of hell On the other the angels of glory And they meet on Golgotha's hill. The earth shakes with force of the conflict And the sun refuses to shine For there hangs God's Son in the balance And then through the darkness He cries. 9 It Is Finished


Graveside Service Hymns ......................................................... Glad Reunion Day City of Gold When the Roll is Called Up Yonder Glad Reunion Day There will be a happy meeting in heaven I know When we see the many loved ones, we've known here below, Gather on the blessed hilltop with hearts all aglow, That will be a glad reunion day. Chorus Glad day, wonderful day, Glad day glorious day, There with all the Holy Angels and loved ones to stay, That will be a glad reunion day There within the Holy City we'll sing and rejoice, Praising Christ the blessed Saviour with heart and with voice Tell Him how we came to love Him and make Him our choice, That will be a glad reunion day. When we live a million years in that wonderful place, Basking in the love of Jesus, beholding His face, It will seem but just a moment of praising His grace, That will be a glad reunion day. City of Gold There's a city of light where there cometh no night; 'Tis a city of beauty untold; All my treasures are there and its beauty I'll share, When I get to that City of Gold Chorus When I leave all trouble and care I shall say good morning up there; I will have great gladness untold; When I get to that City of Gold . There's no sorrow up there, in that city so fair, And no sickness can enter I'm told; Shadows all will have flown, I will meet friends I've known, When I get to that City of Gold Won't you go there with me to the home of the free Would you see heaven s beauty unfold? If you will, come along, we will sing heaven's song, When we get to that City of Gold. 10 It's Alright Now


When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, And time shall be no more, On that bright and cloudless morning, When the dead in Christ shall rise, And the morn!ng breaks, eternal, bright and fair; When the saved of earth shall gather And the glory of His resurrection share; When His chosen ones shall gather Over on the other shore, To their homes beyond the skies, And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there Chorus: When the roll is called up yonder, When the roll is called up yonder, When the roll is called up yonder, Let us labour for the Master From the dawn till setting sun, Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care; Then when all of life is over, When the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there And our work on earth is done. It's Alright Now There was a time I traveled a lonely sinful road, Beneath a heavy burden bending low; But now all things are diff'rent, for Jesus took my load, It's alright now, I'm His I know. Chorus It's alright now, for I am in my Saviour's care, It's alright now, my Saviour hears and answers prayer; He'll walk beside me 'till I climb the heav'nly stair, And ev 'rything is alright now. A-down a lonely pathway without a friend to guide, I walked in sin and sorrow all alone ; Till Jesus came and found me, and drew me to His side, It's alright now, for I'm His own. No more in sin I wander, no more in darkness roam, The Lord has placed my feet on higher ground; Each day new heights I'm gaining, my soul is nearing home, It's alright now, I'm heaven Bound. 11


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Sterling Tyrone Hanna Jr. Hugh Lloyd Hanna Lior Hanna Pall Bearers Honorary Pall Bearers Sterling Hanna Sr. Kenneth Hanna Jr. Edward Duncombe Marcus Miller :Jlpprecialion Vernon Jones Julian Jones Brandon Jones Roston Miller Cecil Miller Howard Miller We wish to thank our many relatives and friends who have been so thoughtful to us in our time of sorrow. Your kind words and sympathetic gestures are gratefully appreciated. May God bestow His richest blessings upon each of you The Family Funeral Arrangements BETHEL BROTHERS MORTICIANS No. 44 Nassau Street Telephone: {242) 322-4433 I 326-7030 Fax: {242) 328-2314 P. 0. Box N-1026 Nassau, Bahamas Printed In The Bahamas by: Executive Printers of the Bahamas Limited