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On January 16th, 1958, a bright and sunny day, Patsy (affectionately known as Netta) was born in Lomans Hill St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to parents Athneal Roberts and Linda (Scott) Gordon. At age 10 the family migrated to Trinidad and Tobago. She grew up and went to secretarial school, yet like many of us she did not pursue her field of studies. Her love for people led her into sales. Yes! She did something that she enjoyed and was very good at it. She worked in that field for many years.
Patsy started her family in Trinidad and had her first-born son Kerwin. In 1990 they migrated to the US, and settled in Boston. Can you imagine leaving hot, hot Trinidad to come and live in cold, cold Boston? Yep, for her it was a good thing because she met the love of her life Carroll aka Wilner, and later had her second son Korey. Kerwin and Korey were her everything, she lived for her boys.
Her people skills led her on a path that she truly enjoyed. She worked at Hebrew Senior Life for over 20 years, day in, day out. She never called out sick. Who does that? She had a love for plants and had a green thumb. Patsy kept the plants in tip top shape at work. At her workplace both residents and their families loved her. She told us many, many stories. One particular story was about a resident family member who was persistent in offering her monetary gift for taking care of her mother. She tried three times and each time Patsy said NO, NO, NO, I cannot take your money. It is against company policy. She was a woman of integrity.
Patsy loved God and loved her church. She loved every member of Church of the Living God, and looked forward to participating, and doing whatever was asked of her by her Pastor or church members. She was the Macaroni Pie, and Curry Chicken specialist. When a church event was planned, and meal preparation was involved; she could be heard saying “I will make the Macaroni and Cheese and the Curry Chicken”. Deaconess Patsy trusted God and believed that everything was going to be alright.
Her family was her life. Her past time was spending time with family. Family meant everything to her. So one year Kerwin told his mom that he met one of his classmate who came up from Florida to Boston for Spring Break. A couple months later Kerwin informed his mom that she was going to be a GRANDMA. Nine months later an adorable baby boy named Dominic was born. She was elated. Dominic spent six of the best weeks with her this year. Yep! He helped to take care of her.
Patsy traveled quite a bit. She came to Florida to celebrate her birthday every year as hers fell on the 16th of January and Dominic’s fell on the 15th. They certainly enjoyed each other’s company. Every year four or five of us took an all-girls trip. Patsy never missed it. One year we decided to go to Brooklyn NY on a shopping spree. We all wanted to have some bonding time together, so we decided to share a room, after an all-day shopping, we were totally exhausted. Before we retired to bed, we asked everyone about their snoring habits. Guess who won the prize? Yep! Yep! Ms. Patsy. Dancing was her thing. We know she was a Vincentian, but it appeared that she was a Trini to the bones.
Girl, you will be sorely missed.
Pasty leaves behind: Carroll (Wilner), son Korey, grandson Dominic, her siblings James, Christine, Lystra, Kendell, Trevlyn, Kevon, Gerad, neice Kendra, nephews: Kadeem, Kyle, Kemani, Kendrick, Hubert, Jalani, Devin, and Terrell. She also leaves behind her In-laws: Spurgeon, Andre aka Junior, and Tania. Patsy also leaves a host of other very special family members and friends.