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OBITUARY

Marjorie Louisa Violet Graham

July 21, 1918May 15, 2020

Ms. Marjorie Louisa Violet Graham was born on Sunday, July 21, 1918 in Roseau, Dominica, British West Indies (BWI) to Mary Limerick and Lauriston Graham. Marjorie’s mother, Mary Limerick, was born on October 1, 1890 in Antigua and then moved to Dominica in 1906. Marjorie’s father, Lauriston Graham was of European decent and was the Captain of a Man of War (battleship) during World War I for the British Army. Marjorie had one (1) sister, Ruth Graham, who passed away at three months old.

Marjorie completed her formal education at Girl’s Grammar School in Dominica, BWI. After grammar school, Marjorie briefly taught nursery school and worked in a local fabric store in Roseau, Dominica. She migrated to Antigua, BWI, in 1951. She began working as a live-in nanny (nursemaid) for Charles and Genevieve Westcott (a Syrian family) in approximately 1952. The Westcott’s had four children, John Westcott, Carolyn (Westcott) Goddard, Paul Westcott and Mary Jean (Westcott) Khoury. This family was very dear to Marjorie’s heart and she raised the Westcott children with great love, nurturing, and tenderness. When Marjorie returned to the village to visit her daughter (Dorothea) and own mother (Mary Limerick) on the weekends, much of her time was spent sharing fond stories about the Westcott Estate. Though her role as employer at the Westcott Estate ended after 16 years, her warm and loving relationship with the Westcott family continued for the rest of her life.

Marjorie continued her career as a nanny / caregiver at various hotels on the island, as well as with private assignments. Because of her reputation for dependability and care with children, she was sought out for her caregiver services by tourists who would come to the beautiful island with their children who required care. On December 18, 1980, Marjorie migrated to America (New York) to assist her daughter in raising her granddaughter, Najah. She briefly returned to Antigua in 1988 and returned to Florida in the 1990s, where she remained.

A devout Anglican, Marjorie’s love for the traditions of the Church of England (also known as the Anglican or Episcopal Church), permeated every aspect of her life. She was christened and confirmed at St. George’s Anglican Church in Roseau, Dominica. Having an ear for music, Marjorie also sang as a soprano in the church choir. When she relocated to Antigua, she attended St. John’s (Anglican) Cathedral and served with the Order of the Daughters of the King (a ministry within the Episcopal / Anglican Church comprised of women who dedicate themselves to life-long prayer, service, and evangelism). Once in America, Marjorie attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Queens Village, New York. Marjorie decided to return to Antigua in January 1989 where she attended St. John’s (Anglican) Cathedral. Marjorie was sent back to her daughter in Florida in 1993, where she attended St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Palm Coast, Florida. In her final years, she joined Christ The King Anglican Church in St. Augustine, Florida.

Adept and skilled with the use of her hands, Marjorie enjoyed knitting, tatting, embroidery and needlework. She created many beautiful tablecloths and runners, bedspreads, duvets, and other items. Her intricate stitching and embroidery work will forever remain a part of her legacy. She loved going to the beach, had a natural green thumb which accompanied her love of plants and flowers, enjoyed drinking her daily demitasse coffee, as well as celebrating life with sips of sweet vermouth and wine. She lived life on her terms and embodied a unique spirit of self-preservation.

The Lord peacefully called Marjorie home on Friday, May 15, 2020. She leaves to cherish her enduring legacy: Daughter: Dorothea Olivia Joan Roberts-Gibson; Grand-Daughters: Najah Nzinga (Gibson) Adams and Tamara Ianthe Gibson-Alonso (Daniel Jorge Hitchman Alonso, grandson-in-law); Grandson: Laurence Kalomo Robert Gibson; Great-Grandchildren: Elliott Elijah Adams, Jr.; Akeem Dominic Vincent; Eliana Grace Adams and Starla Faith Vincent; a favored God-daughter, Thora Dyer-Henry along with many dear family members, friends, and loved ones.

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Services

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    Sunday, May 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, May 24, 2020

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Celia Williams

May 31, 2020

I am wishing you peace and comfort to face the days ahead. May the memories of Miss Marjorie forever fill your hearts. On the occasions I met Miss Marjoire she was always joyful and happy. I am thankful for the opportunities I got to meet her. May she rest in blessed peace.

Judy Fermin-Ostrin

May 25, 2020

Our Dear Granny,

We have been blessed to have you live at our home for over the past three years. We miss you dearly. We feel your absence. You were with us from the beginning. You have shared in our growing pain. For that, we are truly grateful for your steadfast support, love and words of wisdom.

We have many endearing memories of you. We will remember your stories filled with life lessons from your earlier years in Antigua, then emigrating to NY and later, settling in Florida.

You have undoubtedly left your indelible mark on us all...what a beautiful legacy you leave to your family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

May you finally rest peacefully in the everlasting embrace of Jesus Christ our Lord. Til we meet again!

Although far apart...remembering you always in our heart,
Love from All of Us-
Jacinta, Judy and the Good Sam's Family

Sasha John

May 24, 2020


Although It’s been so long since I’ve seen you last, it’s devastating that now you’re not here. But I know that even though this hurts, you lived an incredibly long life . I wish my children could have met you but now they will meet you in spirit. The spirit when I recall fond memories, hear your laughter, your witty jokes, your light shining bright when you enter a room and the love you showed me and my mom. I love you and I’ll always carry your spirit with me.

Judith Vincent-Cooper

May 24, 2020

Grandma you will be missed. My favorite memory of you was when Asa Grace and I sat next to you at Tammy's Doctoral graduation dinner and you asked for some "PEPPA" for your cesaer salad. You love your Black Pepper. We both love food with a kick of flavor and most times PEPPA will do it.
We miss you granny you always kept an eye out for Asa Grace running around all the other grands. You would always say Asa Grace reminded you of Najah and Tammy, saying that made me PROUD.
You will be missed.

L. Alexander (Alex) Roberts

May 24, 2020

We all have special memories which we will continue to treasure.
Marjorie Graham was a faithful soul who loved her God and lived for her daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all those fortunate to come into her orbit.
I enjoyed chatting with her and taking pictures of her as much as she enjoyed being photographed by me.
Now, although we can no longer see her, she lives forever in our hearts.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Jorge Hitchman Alonso

May 24, 2020

Grandma Marjorie,

I was so fortunate to be able to call you grandma. Since the very first moment I met you, I felt in my heart, soul and spirit your love. Most of all I will always remember how your Christian values truly enlightened me and made me a better person.

One of the greatest memories I cherish is when we took you to Flagler beach a few months ago; we had a great lunch on the pier overlooking the shore. You were vibrant and full of energy, The day before Mother’s Day (the week you passed away) I stopped by and delivered beautiful red roses with purple flowers, in a purple vase... your favorite color. I also delivered a beautiful card letting you know how much we love you.

In John 5: 28, Jesus’ words inspired through Paul states “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear your voice...to resurrection life.” And so Grandma, we will meet again in the new world.

Finally, may our Heavenly Father and His son Christ Jesus keep you in The Book of Life (Daniel 12:1).

Love you always,
Your grandson-in-love
Jorge Daniel Hitchman Alonso

Carolyn Goddard (Westcott)

May 23, 2020

Marjorie (my nanny) was very special to me. She was devoted to our family & took great pride in looking after my siblings & I.
We were truly blessed in having someone like Marjorie in our lives. She was like a mother to all of us,
Rest In Peace Nanny. You’ve earned your reward,
You’ll forever remain in my heart. I love you & will always cherish my memories of you. Lyn

Larkland Harris

May 23, 2020

She was a sweet lady always loving and definitely a better place my best wishes and love from the harris family

Veronica Roberts

May 23, 2020

I will always remember her sweet smile and cheerful laughter. She adored her grandchildren and spoke of them in such tender, loving tone. Her Dolly was her tower and was always there for her. Miss Marjorie, you are home. Rest my Dear in the loving arms of your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Dolly, Najah and Tammy cherish the wonderful memories and laugh, smile cry if you wish when those sweet moments with Miss Marjorie come floating by.

Paul Westcott

May 22, 2020

Marjorie(Nanny) was like a second Mother to me .I will always remember how she treated me,my brother and sisters with loving care when my Mom and Dad were at work.She was very kind and always treated us with respect.She encouraged us to love one another and to love the Lord.Nanny will always have a special place in my heart and I will hold her close as I do all my loved ones.I miss her dearly.We love you Nanny,may you rest in peace.

FROM THE FAMILY

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