Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Winifred A. Penn
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Winifred A. Penn
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Winifred A. Penn
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Penn, Winifred A.
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
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: CA01300351
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
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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Winifred Elfreda George-Penn, better known as Freda, Momzo, and
Fifi was born on January 4th, 1921 to Orville and Salome George of Ros
Estate (Pollyberg), St. Thomas. The fifth of seven children, Freda attended
the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School up until the 6th grade, when,
because of her mother's unexpected illness, she had to end her primary
education to assist in taking care of her. But she graduated .from the
University of life with her PH.D.
All who came to know and love her can attest that she was one of the
kindness people who ever lived. Her spirit of casting your bread on the
water was relived on a daily basis. She did not have to know you to show
you kindness. One example of that was the fact that she once gave up her
kitchen, where she use to do the cooking for her family, to about 5 young
aliens after they had been evicted from where they lived. When asked by
several people why she had done that, she said, "I do not know where my
children will go in this world and I would like to know somebody did
some bit of kindness for them." Her favorite saying was "DO GOOD
In 1940 she met, fell in love with, and later married Leonard Averard
Penn, better known as Radie, and while she bore twelve children, to-
gether they became the proud parents of ten. But in actuality she moth-
ered hundreds, because she had the kind of heart that would not permit
her to see anyone in need, homeless, or hungry. She extended her hands
to all, strangers as well as family and friends.
All who were privileged to come to know Freda were touched and
influenced by her faith and generosity. Those who grew up with her,
witnessed her struggles and hardships, and even though they saw her
pass through some of the toughest times any one individual could face,
she hardly kept friends and only complained to God in prayer. She
always had a smile on her face, a word of encouragement to pass on, and
a hot piece of dumb-bread to share with whomever knocked on her door.
In the fifties she worked for the Public Works Department, and did her
job with pride and dedication because she always said that if you were
going to do anything, do it your best. She did whatever came to her
hands, and did it with all her might.
She learned to chop wood and bur coals just to help support her
family. She worked hand in hand with her husband. There was not a task
he'd put his hands to, she did not support and try to assist him with. She
therefore became the pillar of strength her family leaned on. Her children

can all say they remember her making bread and singing "What A Friend
We Have In Jesus and We See The Gleams Of The Golden Morning" with
such vigor that it felt like she had a special relationship with Jesus only
she knew about.
Freda became a baptized Seventh-Day Adventist in 1973 and subse-
quently a member of the Shiloh S.D.A. Church in Tutu. She continued to
attend Shiloh, along with some of her children, until she was invited to
the US. to visit and enjoy her later years. She was very active In the
Dorcas Society and several other groups, and even began taking Saxo-
phone lessons under the tutelage of Brother James Edmeade and other
members of the Adventones Band, which included her daughter Gloria.
Freda was known in Frydenhoj, the area where she lived from 1971 to
her death, for her small candy shop, delicious specials, tarts and good
home cooking. She was loved by the children because she hated to see
any child passing to go up the hill who did not have money to buy any of
her delicacies. She looked out for the children and gave them specials
because she felt they needed something cool to help them climb the hill in
the heat While she was only 5 ft. 5 ins. tall, she was known for saying
whatever she really felt, and her marksmanship with a rock. But in
everything she did the love was there and the results of that love can be
seen in the sad faces of her husband and the ten surviving children she
leaves here to mourn her passing. She will always be remembered by her
children for her unique way of correcting them, and the special songs she
loved to sing during those numerous early Morning devotions she kept.
Freda chose to live her life the way she felt she was being directed by
God's unchanging hands and if she could have spoken to you today, I
can tell you that she would say she had lived a rich and fulfilling life. One
that had been full of many, many, ups and downs, but that she had
somehow overcome it all through faith and constant prayer. Watching
Freda live her life, enjoying both her children and grandchildren up until
the time of her passing, I believe she was richly blessed and the lessons
she taught each and everyone who came into close proximity to her will
live on and:on in our lives and in our children's lives.

Leonard Averard Penn
Edmund Penn of St. Thomas, Alvin Penn of St Thomas,
Alphonso Penn of St. Thomas, Karen Penn-Rey of St. Thomas,
Aline Penn-Francis of Tampa, Marilyn Penn-Forbes of Tampa,
Carlyle Penn of St. Thomas, Gloria Penn-Frett of St. John,
Dorothy Webster of St. Thomas, Patricia Penn of Baltimore
Ebenezer George of St. Thomas
Christabel George of St Thomas, lantha Kerr of St Croix
Romel Wallace of St. Thomas, Dorothy Edwards of St. Croix,
Marva George of St. Thomas, Pearlmira Steinbergen of St. Croix,
George Harvey of St. John, Sherry Ovsen of St. Croix,
Glanville Penn of Tortola, Jean George of St Croix,
Rudolph Penn of Georgia, Dale Kerr of St. Croix
Hyacinth Penn Miriam Rabsatt-Penn
Ludric Francis Basil Rey, Hendrick Forbes Avery Frett Sr.
Joseph Penn of Tortola
Alice George of St. Thomas
Maria Gomez, Mercedes Pinto, Ethlyn Freeman,
Frankie Santana, Olencia Hodge, Evangeline Jennings,
Duryea L. Johnson, Kyle Smith, Christine Wyatte


Organist... Iona Bastian
OPENING HYMN ........ How Cheering is the Christian Hope #440
OPENING PRAYER ................................ Pastor Josiah
MUSICAL RENDITION ......................... Jonathan's group
SCRIPTURE READING: John 14:13 .............. Dorothy Webster
SPECIAL MUSIC ............................. Chriscencia Francis
SCRIITURE READING 1 Thess. 4:13-18 ................. Myra Penn
EULOGY ...................................... Romel Wallace
CONGREGATIONAL HYMN ............... Watch, Ye Saints #598
SERMONETTE: How long? Not long ......... Elder Euton Callwood
BENEDICTION ............................... Pastor Richards
CLOSING HYMN .........................Never Part Again #449

HYMN ........................................ Day by Day #532
SONG .................................... Mrs. Olencia Hodge
SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Cor. 15:51-55 ............... Aline Francis
COMMITIAL: ..................................... Pastor Josiah

Edmund Penn Carlyle Penn, Alvin Penn Alphonso Penn,
Basil Rey, Avery Francis, William Robles Clalwyn Webster

Gregory Penn Lemuel Francis, Jonathan Rey Hendrick Forbes,
Avery Frett Sr. Rowan Webster, George Harvey, Duryea Johnson

Scott Penn, Houston Penn, Moses Brathwaite Jr., Rowan Webster

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Today we lay to rest a very special woman: mother, mother-in-law,
and grandmother. She was always there when we needed her. Her words
of wisdom will always ring in our ears. Although her short comings
sometimes frustrated us, her overall goodness always shone through.
You may be gone Momzo, but our memories of you will forever live on.
Rest in Peace
Love always, Karen, Basil, Jonalhan, and Jeanette

Aunt Preda will be greatly missed. She was a loving mother, who took
care of her family. She was a hard worker and sensitive to the needs of
others. Muriel and I are grateful to have had the opportunity to spend
some time with her last Christmas. Although she is no longer with us, she
will never be forgotten. We are thankful for her words of encouragement.
Rest on until we meet again.
Love, Ramel, Murie, and family

Because of the love you showed me, I know that you are special.
Someone I grew to love and share my joys and pain with. A very under-
standing mother-in-law who listened, and encouraged me to keep on
trusting God no matter what. And today I can say without a doubt, there
will never be anyone else like you. May you rest in the arms of Jesus until
that blessed day of our lord's returning. So long F.
Your daughter-in-law.... Miriam

To a wonderful grandmother ... It is loving, not in being loved, the
heart is blessed. It is in giving, not in seeking gifts, we find our quest.
What wil ever be your longing or your need that gives so shall you live.
Knowing that you are not here makes it difficult to continue. But I cannot
stop because life goes .on and therefore; I must go on. But through it all,
I've learned that its better to have loved and lost than never to have loved
at all. May you rest in peace
Your grandchildren, Myra, Scott, Houston and Brandon

Mommy, in the last twelve years or so, we became more than mother
and daughter, we actually became best friends. I wanted to take this
opportunity, in my last tribute to you, to say just how grateful I am
having had you for my mother. So many mornings I was awakened by
your concerned phone calls, as you helped see me through pregnancy
after pregnancy. Sometimes when you called and I asked you why

you were calling you would say you hadn't laughed for the day, so you
decided to call me because you knew I would make you laugh. Maybl
that was what you feeling when I saw you in the hospital in Tampa.
Because you let out such a hearty laugh, that it amazed everyone else
there, except you and me, because ours was truly a friendship. Freda you
had a special way of touching people's lives that made them feel great
having met you. When I was younger, I hated the idea of growing up and
one day becoming just like you. But Guess what? I did and I feel very
honored. So many times you sat in your house worrying about me and
how I was making it. But if I could say one last thing toyou, it would be,
rest assured Freda, I will make it, I learned from the best There will
never be anyone else in this world like you Fif. When you died a very big
part of me died too. I love you mommy and will miss you from now until
Jesus calls me to rest.
Your daughter, Gloria

Dearest Fifi... It is better to have a mother than to need one. It is better
to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all. It is better to hope for
the best, get ready for the worst and yet accept what God sends. You
were God's love to us and you will always be. As a friend there was none
better, as a mother none sweeter, a faithful guide, a strong believer in
discipline and correction. But when all is done as it is now, you did it all
by trial and error and did it best. May you have a home in heaven at last.
That is my hope for you Mother dear.
Loving you always, Shirley

Grandmother, we are going to miss you so very much. Your words of
wisdom, those long heart-to-hearts, your singing and the smell of hot
dumb-bread coming from the kitchen. It was God's will that you leave us
now, and despite the tears, we know that you are only asleep and if we
are faithful, we will meet you on resurrection morn We are glad we knew
you for the time that we did.
Rest in peace, Kimberty, Moses, Avery, ArieUle and Jalayne-Mari

Grandmother you will always be special to us and your memory will
live on in our hearts.
William Penn Robles, Sandra Dee Robles-Calhoood, Lemuel Francis,
Chriscencia Francis, Avery Francis, Adrian Francis. Gregory Penn,
Myra Penn, Scott Penn, Houston Penn, Brandon Penn, Beverly Penn,
Christalie Penn, Carlyla Penn, Tamara Penn, Trevor Penn. Rowan Webster
Unum Penn, Shaun Penn, Nicole Penn, Alvin Penn Jr. Jonathan Rey,
Jeanette Rey. Jacqueline Forbes Kimberly Brathwaite, Moses Brathwaite Jr.,
Avery Frett Jr., Arielle Frett, Asheel Frett, alayne-Marie Johnson.
Camela Henry, Evelyn Henry, Melissa Henry
Great Grandchildren:
Achille Francis Liburd, Alisha Robles,
Samantha Robles, Melanie Caloood, Makayla Francis

to Ms. Christine Wyatte of Tampa, Florida
from all the family members.
God bless you and thank you so much for your kindness
and the care you unselfishly lavished on our mother,
aunt, and grandmother during her illness
andfor the assistance you rendered after her passing.

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