Obituaries

Obituaries

Mildred Black

Mildred Black

7/9/2012 10:04:41 PM
On 5 April, 1920, a beautiful baby girl was born to the late Peter and Susan Haven. She was
the second of three children. Her two brothers – Samuel and Bruce Haven predeceased her.
Mildred grew up in the Pond area and was a graduate of Eastern Central School. After school, she attended sewing classes and became an adept seamstress. This skill proved valuable, as she later made all school uniforms and church dresses for her children.

Our mother, affectionately called “M”, met her lifelong mate, Neville, and was united in holy matrimony on 22 February, 1944 at St. Agnes Church. This union was blessed with ten children and one adopted daughter.

‘M’ was an avid homemaker. Her full time job was taking care of her husband and children. Her young children all attended a school so close that they were able to sometime go home
to mother for lunch. ‘M’ was the matriarch of St. Charles Vincent Street, a mother to many. She was judge, jury, doctor, counselor, dressmaker, cook, and baker, just to name a few.

As time passed, and the children were no longer at home, ‘M’ found an interesting pastime. She began practicing straw work with a neighbor. After developing this skill, ‘M’ decided to
go with the neighbor at the foot of the sixty-six steps, to sell her wares. When she became tired of this activity, she stayed at home, entertaining and taking care of her grand children. You could depend on ‘M’ to always have some smart talk or tell jokes.

The year 2003 was especially difficult for ‘M’, due to the death of her husband, Neville, and daughter, Lavern.

In April 2012, shortly after celebrating her 92nd birthday, ‘M’ fell out of bed and fractured her left hip. After the fall, life for ‘M’ was a roller coaster ride. On 7 July, 2012, she woke up with some shortness of breath. This condition got progressively worse. Although she was not complaining of any pain, she was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital. On leaving the house, she uttered, “have mercy”. ‘M’ gradually went to sleep and will forever be missed.

Left to mourn are seven (7) daughters: Maxine Callander, Lavern Barton (deceased), Deborah Pratt, Diana Brooks, Frances Horton, Lana Ross, Stephanie Moxey, and Marsha Black; two (2) sons: Earl (Sonny) Haven and Frederick Black; one (1) adopted daughter: Theresamae Bridgewater; twenty-one (21) grand children: Toni Lewis, Keva Williams, Lorenzo, Marcus, Hugh, Dewitt and Precious Pratt, Scarlett Black, Fredericka, Fred, and Feleica Black, and Freda Johnson Lynette Forbes, Brittany Black, Lavert, Khalid and Bell Ross, Stephan Bullard, Renee Moxey, Robert Black and Earl Haven Jr.; fifteen (15) great grand-children; three (3) sons-in-law: Clifford Barton, Michael Brooks and Leonard Ross; two (2) daughters-in-law: Rosetta Haven and Carolyn Black; numerous nieces and nephews including: Joan Selver, Arnette Rigby, Coral Butler, Patricia Greenslade, Ester and Christine Dorsette, Wilfred & Lincoln Dorsette, Angela, Tyrone and Mark Haven, and children of the late Samuel Haven Sr.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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