Miss Bernice Sylvia Samuels (otherwise called ‘Tut’ or ‘Tutun’), daughter of the late Pearlie and Stanford Samuels was born February 24, 1936 in Springfield, Saint Elizabeth where she lived, schooled and received her religious instructions for most of her years. She later moved to Portmore, Jamaica and then finally to Maryland in the United States in 2006.
Miss Bernice, as affectionately called by some, was never a woman of plenty, but gave a lot, by touching hearts and lives. As a result of her generous spirit and pleasant personality, she was loved by many. At the tender age of 13, she lost her sight, the first of many challenges she rose above. She blossomed into a beautiful, kind-hearted, sweet soul who had a twinkle in her eyes, even though they were closed and a super infectious smile and thunderous laughter that lifted spirits and warmed hearts. She loved ‘Massa Jesus’ as she would so frequently refer to her heavenly Father and sang and prayed to him in gratitude for granting her grace and mercy daily. Miss Bernice suffered many health issues ranging from diabetes, hypertension, parkinson’s and alzheimer’s diseases to dementia. She also underwent many surgeries, including double amputations, but even then, she fought a good fight and always managed to maintain good spirits and brought joy to everyone who came in contact with her. She was an extraordinary woman, as although she lost sight at such an early age, she assisted with the care of the families children, she being a lover of children. She also amazingly carried out household chores, such as laundry, cleaning and washing dishes, to name a few. Needless to say, she was extremely thorough, clean, neat and much preferred things a particular way; she was meticulous.
She was blessed with 3 daughters of her own, namely Delvine Jones, Cislyn Howard and Marie Howard. She had three granddaughters Janice (Lisa), Jessica and Samantha: three grandsons Tyrell, Jaeden and Tristan and two great-grandsons James (Jameson) and Lashawn. Miss Bernice also had a very special relationship with her son-in-law, Ron Jones, who stuck with her through thick/thin, ups/downs and was there when her final hour came on September 25, 2020.
Miss Bernice also left behind nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins, caregivers Judith and Patrienda and other relatives and friends. Her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her. She quietly departed this life Friday, September 25, 2020 at Casey House (Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Maryland). Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her family and friends.
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