OBITUARY

Berna Ernetta Burnett

January 28, 1937April 15, 2021
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BURNETT, Berna(Verna) Ernetta; was called home to rest on Thursday, April15th, 2021. She was born in Barbados on January 28th, 1937 to the parents of Harold and Louise Burnett of Carter's Gap, Christ Church. Loving sister of the late Erskine Rawlins, Ruben, Margery Ursille, Joan, and Pearl Burnett. Survived by Vera(Neta), Clinton and Rena Burnett. Aunt of Trevor, Mariette and Maurice Edey. Wendel, David, Gerda, Michelle, Angela, Jennifer and Diane Burnett. Janet Cox and Ian Gill. Karl, Valencia, Ferdinand, Neil and Greg Rawlins. Great Aunt of many. Friend of Veta Evans, Ermez Small, Mary Mahadeo and many others. Berna will be laid to rest in Meadowvale Cemetery on April 24th, 2021.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

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  • Private Interment

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

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Marjorie Taylor

May 9, 2021

I only recently learned of Verna's passing and I am saddened at the news. I wish to send my sincere condolences to her family and friends. I will miss her. May her soul R.I.P.

Tanya Ja'net Edey (great-niece/granddaughter)

April 30, 2021

“I don’t want to take it. It smells bad. I have Flintstone vitamins” was what I remember telling Aunt Verna. To which she replied “listen, plug your nose and take your cod liver oil. I’ll give you a slice of orange to wash down the taste. Don’t you want to be strong and healthy”? That taste still sits in my mouth 35 years later. Aunt Verna, just so you know the slice of orange did not help.

As a child I thought you were the bossiest grandmother. But as a woman, I see now that you were teaching me the power of strength, courage, discipline, love, and loyalty.

You have so many classic one liner statements but the one that I will remember was the last thing you said when I called you a warrior during our final visit... “We’re Burnett’s. We don’t give up because life gets hard. We keep fighting”.

Thank you for raising my dad and uncle Mo to be just like you. You live through them everyday. You carried my dad through life, fed him and made sure he felt loved and safe. I thank you for waiting for him to hold your hand, feed you and keep you safe in your final days before you went off to heaven.

Thank you for being an instrument of peace, hope, generosity, and grace. You were always a blessing to someone’s day. I will leave you with the Power of “I” as I think this poem describes you perfectly.

I will do more.
I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And what I can do, I ought to do.
And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do.
I will do more than belong ... I will participate.
I will do more than be fair … I will be kind.
I will do more than dream … I will work
I will do more than teach … I will inspire.
I will do more than earn … I will enrich.
I will do more than give … I will serve.
I will do more than live … I will grow.
I will do more than talk … I will act.
I will be more than good … I will be good for something.

Isabella, Avery and I love your very much!

Joseph Jeremiah

April 29, 2021

We first met Verna many years ago , when she visited her late sister Pearl in Washington DC . We last saw her in July 2012 when we visited Toronto.

To family and friends, grace be to you and peace from God, our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted by God. " -2nd Corinthians 1:2-4 - and praying God gives strength as you keep her memories in your hearts, etc.

Mary Mahadeo

April 28, 2021

My deepest condolences to the wonderful Burnett family on the lost of one of the most beautiful sprit I have known.
Verna Ernetta Burnett
Thank you Morris, Trevor, Michelle and Janet for making me feel like a part of the family.
My Dearest Verna,
It's been over 2 weeks since our last conversation but I can still hear the laughter in your voice as we spoke of our friendship and some of the things we did through our 46 plus years as friends.
Verna you were a great part of my family. You were a friend, a sister, a grandmother and a great grandmother sharing all the important moments of laughter and tears.
You were so giving of the greatest gift, your time, never too busy to attend whatever was happening in the children's life. They will miss you dearly.
Baseball was your favorite sport and I will miss you calling to touch base, you broke my heart the day you said you were rounding 3rd and heading home.
Now in God's garden you reside a beautiful rose added to his pride.
I will miss you my sister so you rest well until we meet again, In The Sweet Bye and Bye
Friends and love forever.

Celeste Ferguson

April 27, 2021

My deepest condolences to your family. I will sadly miss our phone chats, but I will be comforted in knowing that you are in a better place free from all pain. Rest In Peace sweet Verna.

Lauren Burnett

April 26, 2021

I will truly miss you Verna. You always brought wisdom and grace to our conversations. You living in Canada and I living in the USA created some distance however we always caught up on each others life during the year. I have so many wonderful memories of you visiting the USA and spending time with our family in New York. You will be truly missed and I pray God will rest your spirit in his hands. God rest your soul and no more suffering. Love you always your cousin Lauren Burnett.

Michele Burnett

April 26, 2021

Dear Aunt Verna,
A testament to the life you lived, stands out in my mind, two days after your funeral service, and I am moved to record it here. Maurice mentioned it was an idea initiated by your friend Mary and we are grateful for her insight. As the funeral procession went to the cemetery a slight detour was made and we drove by the house in which you had lived for many years, on that small cul-de-sac, Dino Court. All cars followed the hearse, making a circle at the end of the street. The road was lined with socially-distanced neighbours and friends from all over, who had come out to say a final farewell to you. There were faces smiling with tears, lawn chairs and hands waving....
we love you Aunt Verna..... We miss you!

Stefanie Khan

April 25, 2021

My deepest condolences to the Burnett family. I feel blessed to have known such a wonderful lady. Although we are not related by blood, she has been one of my dearest aunts since I was a child. Auntie Verna was our neighbor in the early 90s, I remember visiting her often and she watched over myself, my older brother and little sister as if we were her own children. I vividly remember her macaroni and cheese, always a treat that I looked forward to as a child. Visiting her a few years ago, my last moments spent with her, she was beautiful and so healthy, always fashionable and conscious of her well being.
My dear Auntie Verna, you will be very missed. Rest well in heaven. I know I have an angel watching over me and my family.

Alisha Burnett

April 24, 2021

Aunt Verna you will truly be missed. You were an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel so lucky that you
were a part of this family. We will always cherish the memories we had together. Thanks for looking out for my dad and being my Gran’s best friend. Cassandra and I learned so much from you and appreciate you always being there for us. Please continue to watch over us until we meet again.

On behalf of David, Vera (Gran), Cassandra and Alisha.

Evaline Wilson

April 24, 2021

I have know Verna all of my adult life, what a friend and mentor she was and will remain to me. She was elegant, graceful and a trusted friend I could depend on day or night for anything. I have seen how she suffered this past year and am glad to know she went home to be with the Lord, where she will suffer no more. Oh death where is your sting. Rest in peace my dear beloved sister until we meet again

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