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Sophia Loren Carey

  “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil….Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:10-13, 29-30 King James Version (KJV)

People enter our lives and some of them leave an indelible impression because of their faith in God, commitment to family, love for country and concern for humanity.
On September 26th 1964, Arthur Mackey and Corrine Farrington gave the world a gem whom they named Sophia Loren. They knew that, like the movie star, Sophia Loren, who was declared "one of the world cinema's treasures,” Sophia Loren Mackey was destined to be a trailblazer in all spheres of life.

As a trailblazer, “Soph”, or “Auntie Sophie” as she was affectionately called, was one of those persons who exemplified faith, commitment, love and concern.
After receiving her high school education at C.C.Sweeting Senior High School, for a short stint, Sophia moved on to full time employment at a video store. Her commitment to excellence however, meant that she was not destined to remain at this establishment; hence, in the late 80’s, Sophia took up a new appointment at Thompson Trading.

An ardent believer in Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” Sophia remained at Thompson Trading for seven and a half years. Her path, however, took a twist. God’s provision of employment at Thompson Trading brought financial returns, but simultaneously, it was at this establishment Sophia was destined to meet her lifetime partner, Terrance Carey.
In 1990, Terrance and Sophia were joined in holy matrimony and one year later; this union was blessed with a son, Theron.

Five years later, Sophia joined the staff at Higgs and Johnson, and it was in the Accounts Department she found her niche working with "her girls" Keisha, Hazel, Michelle, Ronnie, Shavonne, Cheryl, Evelyn and Crystal. Sophia loved her job, but on Wednesday, May 31st, God had another job for Sophia that required her to be absent from the body and present with the Lord'.
When Sophia met that appointment, she left a legacy for all to follow. Proverbs 31 captures Sophia’s legacy for she was a generous individual who sacrificed much to assist people. She was always of the view that when you visited her home, you should leave with something in your hand. For her brothers and sisters, they left with words of encouragement, wisdom and strength. When "Magistrate Sophia" passed a sentence as the matriarch of the family, everyone complied or suffered the consequences.
For the women who visited her home through the telephone, by calling the Women’s Crisis Centre Hotline, Sophia was able to allay their fears and direct them to alternative solutions for their concerns.
When her nieces and nephews left her home, they left with a positive outlook on what appeared to be a hopeless situation. While others saw their weaknesses, they left assured that” Auntie Sophie” saw their strength, for she would remind them that they were “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
For Theron and Terrance, who never left, Sophia left a legacy as a lover, friend, confidant and financier. She would always state, “Let me handle the money, ” and when the money was not enough, she used her creative geniuses to secure the rest. Part of that creative genius included organizing reliable asues that not only benefited Sophia and her family, but all who wanted to joined.
Terrance and Theron were the greatest recipients of Sophia’s love and support; for she was she was their biggest cheerleader, no matter the situation. On Monday May 28th, 2012, Terrance told Sophia not to worry about him and Theron, and their cheerleader gave them two thumbs up, as well as a smile as she made her way to exit this pilgrimage.

While some cheerleaders cannot endure when their team is losing, when life threw this cheerleader a curve ball in 2009, her mantra was, “All will be well.” Sophia embraced the admonishment of the songwriter Donald Robinson who penned the words,“Walk into Your Season.” In 2009, Sophia walked into a season of illness after being diagnosed with metastatic cancer. She walked into that season confident that her Daddy was in the vessel; hence she could smile at the storm. Sophia’s health began to decline, but her faith remained steadfast. When one visited her at home or in hospital, she would offer food for the soul which included her favourite psalm:

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. Psalm 92:12-15