She was described as the pride and joy of Danes, a quaint little district within minutes of Trinityville in St Thomas.
Many had come to pay their last respect to a woman, whom everyone who knew her fell in love with. Sarah Willel Jemison who passed away on May 20th was laid to rest on Sunday, June 8th, 2008.
In a service of thanksgiving celebrating the life and sharing of Mrs Jemison (nee Colton) scores of well-wishers, family and friends adorned the little Christ the Trinity Baptist Church to bid farewell to the matriarch of a family and by extension the village which she lived for over 82 years.
Speaker after speaker who managed to share the microphone at the service likened her to a sister Theresa, whose touch once you experienced it never leave you. Her selfless giving, her warmth, her gentle spirit were hallmarks of the character Mrs Jemison exemplified.
As the first nurse to come out of the village of Danes in the parish, Ms Sarah or 'Nurse' as she was affectionately called, was mother to many, friend to all and nurse extraordinaire to any and everyone.She served the Red Cross as a volunteer for over 35 years and left the Government system some 18 years ago after been requested to stay on two separate times after her formal retirement.
One grand daughter, 23 year old Stephanie Munroe branded her 'a rare gem' a sentiment echoed by many, who were in attendance at her final send off.
Mrs Sarah Willel Jemison is survived by seven children, thirteen grand children and seven great grand children. Interment was at the family plot in Danes St Thomas.