Winsome Verona Coleman
April 4, 1963 – June 14, 2020
Life is unpredictable, fragile, uncertain. One minute everything is going exactly as planned and then….Bang!... Something happens…. Everything crashes… Our world immediately turns upside down. Who could foretell that Winsome would be put to rest today? We know that it is inevitable that one day we will die but we didn’t think Winsome would be gone so soon. If there was no covid 19 she would be here. The coronavirus has robbed us of a precious soul.
In the tranquil and peaceful community of Brampton, Trelawny, Jamaica, on the 4th of April 1963; a bouncing baby girl was born to James and Lilleth Underhill. She was named Winsome Verona Underhill and was the last child of the couple. In time, she began her Early Years Learning at Brampton Early Childhood Institution and later attended Brampton Elementary School. She excelled there and when it time for high school she gained a place at Holmwood Technical High School. After leaving high school she entered Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College where she did Secondary Education and specialized in Home Economics.
After graduating from teachers’ college she taught at Richmond Secondary High School and later at Oracabessa Secondary High School. After seven years in the classroom she decided to quit teaching and migrated to the U.S.A. in 1994. While here she worked firstly as a nanny and later as a caregiver for four different elderly persons. In 2016 after the person whom she cared for died, she came to Hyannis and the rest is history.
She fell in love before she migrated and returned in 1996 to “tie the knot” with Steve her soul-mate. After years of both of them going back and forth to visit each other, Steve joined her. They became an inseparable couple. They worked at the same place and anywhere you see one, the other will be there. The union did not produce any children but they enjoyed their life together.
To know Winsome was to love her. She loved people and extended herself to help anyone who needed her help. She was so caring and kind. Not one to be selfish and keep things for herself. She shared the little that she had to so many who needed her assistance. Her family ties meant everything to her. Although she was the last child, she provided ease and comfort for her parents when they became old. She acted like she was the eldest. There was a time when she single handedly took care of their physical needs. The remarkable thing is that she never complained nor murmured that everything was left on her. She took it a pleasure to do what she had to do for them. Her other siblings can attest to the fact that she was very kind to all of them.
Wherever Winsome worked she gave of her best and worked as unto the LORD. She was never one to shirk her duties. While working as a live-in caregiver, she gave excellent service at all times even though there was no one doing direct supervision.
She didn’t have to know you to flash you one of her “ winsome smiles”. Although she could be considered an introvert, she made friends easily. She had a way to make people feel at ease and comfortable in her presence. Because of her personality she created some lasting friendships and was loyal to those who were her friends.
We cannot bypass mentioning Winsome’s exceptional culinary skills. It was in the kitchen that her creative genius was displayed. Those of us who have partaken of her gourmet dishes, can testify that she was indeed a chef par excellence. Added to producing gourmet dishes, she also baked some mouth- watering pastry items which were just “off the chain.” With time on her hands on a Sunday, she would prepare several dishes. Her dinner table was reminiscent of attending a feast. Yes, Winnie came alive in the kitchen and could stand up under pressure. She often spoke of returning to Jamaica to open her own restaurant and providing dishes to delight the palate. Sadly she did not live to see that dream become a reality.
Winsome did not have children of her own but she loved her nieces and nephews as if they were hers. They in turn loved her because she was such a gem who was caring and compassionate. Her one sister and two brothers, nieces and nephews adored her. Friends and relatives speak so highly of her. She was one of a kind, rare, and so special. We are going to miss our beloved Winnie. No one can ever take her place.
She leaves to mourn husband Steve, sister Ambrozine, brothers William and Shirley, scores of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, brothers and sisters in-law, co-workers and other acquaintances. One writer penned the following lines:
Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be. A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity We all have different journeys, Different paths along the way, We all were meant to learn something but never meant to stay. Our destination is a place and it’s far greater than we know. For some the journey’s slow And when the journey finally ends We’ll claim a great reward And find an everlasting peace, Together with the Lord’ When He returns to gather His own.
In Jamaican parlance we would like to say: “Walk good Winnie. T ill we meet again.”
Winsome Verona Coleman
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June 25, 2020
Winsome was a wonderful teacher and mother .Words can express how much i will miss u mum. The times we spend together is so valuable.U have been in my life for years .When i have problems u are there for me . Life will not be the same with out u mum .I will always love u and cherish our wonderful memories together.
June 25, 2020
I have known Winsome since 2013 she was more than a friend to me. She was a mother, sister, helper and a comforter to me and my children. Her warm hospitality was beyond any imagination. There was never a dull moment around her. What I mostly admired about her was her loved for God. Everything around her was so Godly. I know she is in the arms of the lord. Sleep in peace my sister , you will always hold a special place in my heart.
June 25, 2020
It is so hard on us down here cousins cause we are not going to have the gathering of the clans like always. But I know you are going to have a safe flight home,walk good baby girl . Love always
June 25, 2020
Ms Underhill words can't express how broken I am ever since I discovered you were sick ,I prayed I cried hoping you would pull through 💔 I don't know when I will get over the fact that you are not here anymore you were like a second mother,sister friend and confidant,such a loving warm n kind soul, I salute you in life n will continue in death,I love u will always, will never forget u, RIP
June 25, 2020
No matter the pain felt now, never forget that joy comes in the morning. God will reunite you and Winsome at His soon coming, until then let the precious memories that you have keep you smiling. We have this hope that burns within our heart; hope that points to God's comfort and the joy only He brings. Steve be of good cheer you are greatly loved
Ann-marie Smith -Spencer
June 25, 2020
Winsome and I grew up together in the humble community of Brampton Trelawny. We went from basic school to all-age school together. Our school days seperarted when she went to Holmwood &I to William Knibb. However we kept the bond through visits and telephone. Surely going to miss your (Winome) smile and your friendship. Sweet be your rest cuz! Forever loved.
June 24, 2020
My heart is so heavy with the loss of your dear Love one Winsome.
When GOD created Winsome, he destroyed the mold, because there will never be another Winsome.
May God continue to keep you and your family covered and guide you through these very difficult time
Uncle De and Auntie Sandy Robinson
June 23, 2020
Tears are a language only God understands, aunty Winsome, my dear and beloved cousin, sleep on and take your rest, we love you, but God loves you best.
Good bye is the hardest thing to say to love one, but it's not good bye, it's for like, rest well my cousin.... love you😇😇😇😭😭
June 22, 2020
Where to start from. There are so many memories, I'm glad the day that I met you. You were my mother; a mother where in times of trouble or need I could call on and with no hesitation you would be there. You were literally my shield while growing up as a child. Every where you go you left a mark of love and happiness. I will always remember your laughter, your kindness and the caring person you were. I'll never forget the times we shared. Forever in my heart because in there you're still alive. 💔
June 22, 2020
Dearest Steve and Family ~~ Our Beloved Winsome touched so many with her love and kindness for all . I will always remember the days we worked together 20 + years ago . I would always tell her God sent her to me to be the Sister I never had . My comfort at this moment is knowing she is with God and all of her Loved ones who are in Heaven . I will not say good~bye -- I'll just say see ya later my Sista with a BIG hug !!!!! With Love Always and Forever Linda Romano
June 21, 2020
Auntie Winsome was a mother and a teacher. She loved me unconditionally and she had taught me so much.
My life will never be the same again but I promise to always cherish our memories and focus on the good times.
Love you winnie poo.
June 21, 2020
Dear Steve, family & friends~ I offer my sincere condolences to you all at this most difficult of times. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Steve for many years and with Winsome on occasion, but that doesn’t diminish my memories of Winsome. I will remember her for the gentleness she gave to her patients when providing care. I also loved her smile, it illuminated a gentle & friendly warmth she shared with her coworkers. She will be truly missed as part of the CCH family, RIP. ~
June 20, 2020
my condolence to the family steve 😢 i ask god to give you strength to carry on your journey winsome i 💘 you so much ❤ gone too ❤ soon. RIP
June 19, 2020
My dearest Auntie Winsome, with you departing this life so soon; i take comfort in the song that states 'Farther along, we'll know all about it and understand why."
Auntie Winsome was a remarkable woman with the sweetest personality and giving the heartiest laughter.
She demonstrated great levels of generosity and genuinely cared for everyone she met.
She did an extremely great job taking care of the children during the summer of 2018 which Glen and I will be forever grateful to her.
Rest in eternal peace Auntie Winsome, we love you dearly and the memories of you, we will cherish always.
Love you Auntie Winsome,
From: Glenroy, Tracey-Ann, Brittney & Bianca.
June 18, 2020
It is with heartfelt sympathy that I offer my sincere condolence to the family of Winsome Coleman. I have only had the pleasure of meeting with Winsome twice six years ago but I've heard only wonderfully good things about her from her sister-in-law Eva, who is a close friend. I know that we were all praying for Winsome's recovery but God had other plans for her. He wanted her home with Him. I pray that her family and friends will find comfort in the wonderful memories she leaves behind and pray that they will see her again on that marvelous day when the Lord calls us home. May God grant you all, peace and comfort during this time if mourning.
June 17, 2020
How do I write a memory without crying? All I am and all I will ever become is because you love me.
Auntie Winsome I refuse to believe you are gone. I cannot and I refuse to believe. I will wake up from this nightmare.
I love you Auntie Winsome. You weren't just my sister in law, you were my mother, my sister, my teacher and most importantly my friend.
For the over 25 years I know you i cant even recall you ever getting upset with me. Winnie poo... You will always be with me.
Your daughter, Eva. Still looking forward to see you Summer.