OBITUARY

Myrtle Doreen Speid

September 6, 1942May 18, 2019
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Myrtle Speid affectionately knowns as “Doreen”, was born to the late Elizabeth and Gerald Farr and was the youngest of three siblings. Doreen was born in Millbank, Jamaica West Indies. She migrated to the United States. She was the wife of Donald Speid for 47 years. She worked for 22 years at Metropolitan Hospital while taking care of foster children and her own children. She found pleasure and enjoyment working outdoors, mowing the lawn, and tending to her various plants and flowers. She is an excellent swimmer, loved sewing and the color blue. Doreen was baptized in the Church of God in Jamaica, West Indies and enjoyed singing gospel songs. She will be remembered for her energetic spirit, wisdom, guidance and her love and caring for others. Her favorite saying was “God is Love”. Doreen is survived by her husband, Donald; siblings, Viola and Herman; her children, Charlston, Heather, Paula, Tanya, and Sadie; grandchildren, Charleston “Junior”, Jason, Robert, James, Joshua, David, Gabriel, Justin, Elijah, and Graisyn; and great grandchildren, Jinayah and Faith.

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  • Doreen is survived by her husband, Donald; siblings, Viola and Herman; her children, Charleston, Heather, Paula, Tanya, and Sadie; grandchildren, Charleston “Junior”, Jason, Robert, James, Joshua, David, Gabriel, Justin, Elijah, and Graisyn; and great grandchildren, Jinayah and Faith.

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Biography

      When Myrtle Doreen Speid walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Myrtle was and how she impacted those around her. Myrtle was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Myrtle wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Myrtle was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Myrtle was born on September 6, 1942 at at home in Millbank, Portland, Jamaica. She was the daughter of Elizabeth and Gerald Farr. Myrtle was raised in Millbank, Portland, Jamaica. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Myrtle might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Myrtle was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Myrtle was raised with three siblings. She had one older brother, Isaac, and two older sisters, Viola and Blossom. Myrtle was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Myrtle was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Myrtle well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      As a young girl, Myrtle was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Myrtle was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Myrtle took part in swimming. She was a member of the Church of God in Jamaica. In her spare time she liked to read her bible and sing songs. Myrtle's memorable achievements included. Myrtle had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Myrtle was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Myrtle was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were her older sister, Blossom, and Panzy. Later in life, she became friends with Ulyssa McKenzie, Ms. Brookes, Dorothy Dinkins, Sylvester "Bob" and Linda Bedward, Brotha Frank, and Yvonne Benjamin.

      On October 25, 1973 Myrtle married Donald Seymour Speid at Justice of Patience of Bronx, New York. Myrtle's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Donald's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Myrtle was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Myrtle was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Myrtle, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Speid home. Myrtle's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Myrtle was blessed with five children: one son, Charleston, and four daughters, Heather, Paula, Tanya, and Sadie. They were also blessed with eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, grandchildren, Charlston Jr., Jason, Robert, James, Joshua, David, Gabriel, Justin, Elijah, Graisyn, and Neika, and great-grandchildren, Jinayah and Faith.

      Myrtle was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was nurses' aide. She was employed for 18 years at Metropolitan Hospital. Myrtle was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Myrtle had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Myrtle's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Myrtle loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were sewing her family clothes, restoring furniture, fixing up homes, and loving the outdoors (planting flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees). Myrtle had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Myrtle's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Myrtle was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of Church of God for 18 years. During that time, she was singing in the choir and assisting as a youth pastor. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Myrtle's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned her accolades for her many lifelong efforts. Some of her most prestigious awards included the 1986 OBGYN Nurses' Aide of the Year.

      Myrtle's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Myrtle took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included going home to Jamaica, and visiting her brother in Florida.

      Myrtle was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Prince, a German Shepherd dog, was a best friend for 13 years.

      When Myrtle's retirement finally came in 1990, Myrtle handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Myrtle to master. Her new life involved relocating to Port Charlotte, Florida to invest and open a preschool, daycare, and realty company. In retirement, she found new pleasure in staying active with personal business, taking care of foster children, and assisting and supporting her children and grandchildren. Even in retirement, Myrtle continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Myrtle Speid passed away on May 18, 2019 at Advent Health Fish Memorial Hospital. Myrtle fought a brave battle against dementia. She is survived by her husband, Donald, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Services were held at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home. Myrtle was laid to rest in Deltona Memorial Gardens in Orange City, Florida.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Myrtle. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Myrtle Speid for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Myrtle was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.