Contrasting Good-byes

What do you say to a wife who has lost her husband of just ten months? Can those same words soothe the void of a child who has lost a parent they have known all their life or a parent who has the pain of burying a son? Words are inadequate. Sunday July 7, 2013 will long be remembered as a day of contrasting good-byes. The Seventh-day Adventist Church eulogized two outstanding members whose ministries touched many lives and leaves behind a legacy of service: One in the evening of her life the other at high noon, yet words still fail.

Florence Eulee Scavella

In 1934 The seaside Settlement of Tarpum Bay welcomed the first child of The late John and Alice Carey and released her to the world as an ambassador of dignity. This beautiful Bahamian damsel touched the lives of people wherever she resided; From Eleuthera to New Providence to South Andros, from New York to Jamaica. Her artistry as a baker was closely rivaled by her keen sense of business skills she used to complement her most treasured calling, that of wife and mother. Eulee emptied herself in service for many years before yielding to the tenacious clasp of Alzheimer’s for ten years. During this period she imperceptibly groomed the caring and thoughtful side of her children and grandchildren as they returned the doting love and attention she had once lavished on them.

Eulee fell asleep in Jesus on June 27, 2013 at the age of 79. She has labored and now she rests.

Yvan Neil Cherenfant

Unlike the disconcerting news of September 11, 2001, there was joy and celebration in 1980, September 11. Yvan Neil Cherenfant had arrived armed with charm and humility to transform lives. The second child of Yvon and Alice Cherenfant and brother to Stuart and Alex he brought a unique texture and flavor to this exemplary family. Yvan distinguished himself as a student, an employee, a basketball player, a speaker, a musician, a friend and a husband. Just when everyone expectantly anticipated the further unfolding of his life, Yvan collapses while playing basketball and never revives. No long goodbyes, no chords of amendment. Just a compelling reminder to all he touched: “Live your best consistently, just incase you have to leave suddenly.” The tributes of friends and family members excavated a void that will never be filled until that glorious Morning when Jesus calls him back to life. What a life! What a man!

Article By: Patrice Williams-Gordon
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