Obituaries

Obituaries

Icelyn Colebrooke

Icelyn Colebrooke

6/26/2012 11:05:53 AM
On the 28th day of June years ago, a stunning baby girl was born to Theophilus and Lillian Moxey in Mangrove Cay, Moxey Town, Andros. She was christened Icelyn, the second child from this union. Icelyn lost her mother at the tender age of nine years old and was then raised by her maternal grandparents.

Even at an early age, she was a force to be reckoned in the school yard. She was boisterous and full of life and was never one to back down from a fight, whether it was a girl or a boy. Her grandmother always scolded her for ruining her dresses, especially the embroidered lace trims that were the fashion back in the day.
Although Icelyn was a handful, she was a bright child and very skilled. She mastered everything put before her,so that her older family members would save only certain tasks for her to do. She attended the All-Age School in Mangrove Cay.

At the age of sixteen Icelyn left Andros to seek employment in New Providence. Upon her arrival, the first purchase she made was a sewing machine to go into business as a seamstress. Icelyn had blossomed into a poised, beautiful young lady. She had a keen eye for fashion and was always fashionably attired-especially for church. Shortly after settling in Nassau, she caught the eye of the debonair Eric Colebrook. It was a brief courtship, followed by their engagement and marriage. This union was blessed with eight children, two of whom predeceased her: Lester and Edison.

The Legend Mammie, as she was known to her children and grandchildren alike, was an amazing presence. She filled up all the space in a room. Although her education was limited, she knew from a young age that she wanted to make the most out of her life and was determined to do so. Mammie was strong and resilient and always had a project going to elevate her station in life. She toiled endlessly to achieve every goal she set for herself regardless of the circumstance. In 1980, she joined the then Resorts International, now Atlantis. She served excellently as a member of the Housekeeping Department, garnering many awards until her retirement in 2000.

Mammie loved life; she worked hard and played hard. She knew how to enjoy life and had a special love of all people that she crossed paths with. Mammie had always maintained an active church life regardless of her work schedule. She was always the first one in the church parking lot and commanded a seat nearest the front. She was always quick to help her family and strangers; that was just her way.

She loved her family and would support and defend them to the end. Her house was always an open house and she did not like to keep it empty. Mammie was a direct person who would always speak her mind, whether you liked it or not. She definitely had a way with people and knew how to make you laugh.

Mammie loved to explore, she lived for the next new thing, fully embracing change. She also enjoyed singing and playing the guitar with her father when he was alive and after his death in church. Mammie had a flair for the dramatic; nobody could beat her telling a story. Honestly, even though she may have offended you, you could not stay mad with her for long. During her retirement, Mammie continued to work managing her investments and her household. She enjoyed traveling on vacation and making trips to shop for her family. She spent more time growing her garden and she loved straw plaiting.

This extraordinary woman, the gatekeeper will be missed.
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