Mrs. Roslyn 'Miss Iris' Blake, a counsellor and friend
Mrs. Roslyn Blake nee Williams, 96 yea-old mother, counsellor and friend, died peacefully on December 22, 2008 at home at Changs Avenue in May Pen, Clarendon.
Miss Iris, as she was affectionately called, was ailing for sometime. Her only daughter, Mrs. Joyce Escoffery, a resident of the United Kingdom had come down earlier in the year to attend to her affairs and was present along with her caregiver at the time of her death.
Mrs. Blake, whose appearance belied her age, spent half of her working life in England changing several jobs until she settled down as an auxiliary nurse at the Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital in Millbank, London. Mrs. Blake who had migrated in 1957, met and married Ira Blake, a Jamaican living there but he predeceased her over 30 years ago. Mrs. Blake returned to Jamaica in 1977 after she retired and settled at her last home Changs Avenue where she became a pillar in the community.
Her daughter, Joyce said that her mom was not only a good mother, and friend but an arbiter when it came to family squabbles. Neighbours who have had problems would sometimes seek refuge at Mrs. Blake's home as she was not one to turn away anyone who needed help. Joyce and her mom also had a strong connection. As one friend who paid tribute to her at her funeral service yesterday Dec.31 at the May Pen Baptist Church said, that although her daughter lived in England she visited about two or three times for the year as if she was taking a bus to Spanish Town.
Although she was the biological mother of one she mothered many and especially had a fondness for boy children who seemed to gravitate towards her. She was young at heart also as she had a little five year old friend and neighbour AJ who would often share cheese trix and tea with her.
An avid church goer before she became a shut-in, Mrs. Blake will be remembered for being a caring and hardworking person. Apart from her daughter, Joyce she leaves to mourn her only living sibling Amos Williams, many relatives and friends. She was laid to rest in the Denbigh Cemetery.