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Karla Thomas-Florence

October 6, 1964December 2, 2019

Karla Romae Thomas-Florence, born in Nassau Bahamas on October 6, 1964 was the last child born to Vanrea and Cuthbert Thomas. Karla was a beautiful baby girl and was loved by all. Due to her stature and beauty she was fondly called “Lil Thing” by our beloved grandmother, this was adopted by all of the aunts and uncles. She was so small she would not be held accountable as the other grandchildren and she could do no wrong. Karla’s early education began in Nassau Bahamas, where she attended the local public elementary school. Karla then went onto attend Bishop Leonard Jr. High School, then Aquinas College graduating in 1982. Karla then moved to the New York City where she attended Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, from 1982-1984. In October 1982 Karla took a part time temporary position as a Receptionist at the Bahamas Mission to the United Nations. In January of 1983 the position became permanent, this was the beginning of her life long career at the Mission. In April 1986 she was promoted to Registrar Officer, and in September 1988 she was promoted to the position of Private Secretary to the Ambassador of the Bahamas Mission to the United Nations where she served in this capacity until she was no longer able to do so and retired in 2015. In her time with the Mission she was responsible for instituting many of the technological equipment that was used. Today if you call the Mission you will hear her voice on the answering machine, (which I do every so often just to hear her speak again). Karla enjoyed life to the fullest, she loved to have a good time, and loved to dance! She was so full of energy, whenever you were at her house she never sat down. Always serving and making sure your needs were met. Karla had the best parties ever! Anyone who knew her would remember her hospitality! When you were around Karla you were always having a good time! Karla’s greatest join was the birth of her son Karl in 1995. She protected him like a lioness protecting her cubs. She lived her life to ensure that he had the best of everything! No matter how little she had it was not evident in the way she took care of him. To Karla, Karl was her everything, she lived for his happiness. Karla also shared a deep and profound love for her nephews, grand nephews, and niece they were all special and she loved them dearly. She got so much pleasure in making them happy. She was the favored Aunt who everyone loved spending time at her house and in her company. When she became ill they were all devastated. Karla touched the hearts of so many people; she spent her life taking care of others and putting others first. Karla had a big heart and would give you the last that she had, and do without out. She loved to laugh and it was contagious, she just loved making people happy. Karla was deeply committed to her family and extended family. She touched the lives of so many people and will be sorely missed! On Monday December 2nd 2019 Karla passed away after a long illness. She will be remembered fondly by her son: Karl Austin. Siblings: Pamela, Cuthbert (Cutty), Valdez, Edriseu, and Trevor. Sister in law: Sharon. Aunts: Judith Dawkins, Sandfra Oliver, Dorothea King, Cora Carey, and Casscine Grant-Kinnear. Uncle: Wycliffe Thomas. Niece: Shauna. Nephews: Elton, Valdez Jr., Isaiah, Josiah, and Joshua. Nephew-in-law: Lonnie. Grand Nephews: Jaavon, Joelle, Lonnie Jr., and Elzon. Grandniece: Sirray. Other Relatives and friends: Carlene, Ms. Francis, Angel, Shirley, Eva, Etha, Gian, Ikena, Sylfronia, Jenny, Joanne, Rhonda, Christina, Desiree, Keisha, Garner, Miguel, Jacques, Duane, Christopher, Jue-Henri, Juron, Richard (RH), Julian(JK), Scott, Kenneth, Chester, Ian, Trustin, Erim, Glen-Foye, Kevin, and many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Mass Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Burial Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Repass Monday, December 9, 2019


Karla Thomas-Florence

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Gian Dawkins-Lightbourn

December 7, 2019

My fondest memories of Karla was our summers spent in Lyford Cay, Nassau, Bahamas. We played in the forest, we swam in the sea, Karla taught me how to catch land crabs 🦀 with my fingers. She was a wonderful cousin. Loving to her son Karl, her brothers and sisters and all of her family. Every time she came to Nassau, she only wanted Aunt Judy’s Guava Duff, she would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Missing you Karla. Rest In Peace, and Rise in Glory 🙏