Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Remembering 'Mama G'

Eglantine Melita Gordon, nee Buchanan
November 26, 1916 – June 10, 2010

Born in Riverside, Hanover, Jamaica and known affectionately as ‘Mama G’, Eglantine Melita Buchanan Gordon spent the last twenty-nine years of her life living in Miami, Florida.

A member of Bay Shore Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Women Missionary League (LWML), she was recognized in her community as a matriarch. On June 10th at 8:05pm, she passed peacefully at her home in Morningside at 93 years of age, surrounded by several family members and friends.

She spent most of her youthful life as an elementary school educator and Sunday school teacher in Jamaica, West Indies, after graduating from Bethlehem Teacher’s College. Eglantine enjoyed teaching in the classroom almost as much as she loved mentoring young people within and outside of her family.

She is remembered as a virtuous woman—dutiful, loyal, generous, faithful and strong.

She traveled faithfully each year to participate in Easter celebrations at Meadowbrook United Church, her former church in Kingston, Jamaica.

Widowed from Rupert Wesley Gordon, she is survived by her three daughters—Yvonne Elaine Hill, Patricia Evadne Ferdinand, and Rosemarie Gordon-Wallace. Sons-in-law: Tyrone Hill, Donald Ferdinand, Frederick Myers and Roy Anthony Wallace. Grand children: Marc Hill, Michael Hill, Marlon Hill and Misha Hill, Michelle Ferdinand-Liu, Andree Ferdinand and Gordon Myers. Great grandchildren: Brianna Hill, Brandon Hill, Braxton Hill, Tereese Hill, Ezra Liu and Esther Grace Liu. Sisters Thelma Buchanan Campbell, Daphne Buchanan Henry, Essie Johnson, Emel Johnson, Ethlyn Johnson and Lynda Shaw. And many nieces, nephews; grand and great grand, cousins in Jamaica, Canada, United Kingdom, the Lutheran Church and Meadowbrook United Church (Jamaica), family, neighbors and friends.

Visitation, Friday, June 18, 2010, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Gregg L. Mason Funeral Home, 10936 N.E. 6th Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33131. (305-757-9000)

Funeral Services, Saturday, June 19, 2010, 10am. Bay Shore Lutheran Church, 5051 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131 (305-758-1344)

Internment, Cabellero Rivero Woodlawn, 1655 SW 117th Avenue, Miami, FL 33186, (305-238-3672)

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to The Eglantine Melita Gordon Memorial Fund, c/o, Dade Community Foundation, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd. Suite 505, Miami, FL 33131.

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