A Celebration of the Life
Anette Joy Nelson-Rolle
William Shakespeare penned the phrase “parting was such sweet sorrow…”.
Sadly, such words cannot fully express our true feelings as we gather here today to celebrate the life of Anette Joy Nelson-Rolle. For, in truth, there is nothing sweet about losing our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Yet we are truly grateful for the shared time with her that God has blessed us with, and that is why we are gathered here today to rejoice that her life was truly God’s gift to us.
Anette Joy Nelson- Rolle was born in the parish of St James, Jamaica on the 19th of April 1949 to her parents Mazerine and William Nelson. She was the 6 th of 10 children, 3 of whom predeceased her. She grew up in a Christian upbringing, and was always seen every Sunday morning with her siblings hurrying off to attend Sunday school. She attained her early educational training at the Springfield All Age School and later moved on to become one of the finest fashion designer her entire life.
As a child Anette was always curious and the problem solver for the rest of her siblings. She was also daring and would defy some of the stringent rules that were laid down in the home setting; one of which was sneaking away to go rafting on the Martha Brae with friends. Rafting on the Martha Brae is still one of the famous tourist attractions in Trelawny, Jamaica.
Beauty was also one of God’s gifts to Anette. As a matter of fact, she was selected to represent her community in a beauty contest and was chosen among the top three winners. Anette liked fashionable clothes and jewelry and was admired because she wore them with such class and style.
Anette was brought up with traditional values and learnt the necessary skills for the women of her era notably, cooking and sewing. She embodied all the attributes of a perfect mother. She was caring, thoughtful, hardworking, loving and so much more. Her hospitality was just as open and generous as her love. Whatever she did for others, she did as privately as possible. Everyone loved Annette. She was special, and carried a special charm and friendly personality that so easily endeared her to those who were fortunate enough to come in contact with her.
In 1970, Anette migrated to Nassau, The Bahamas and her sewing skills eventually became the means by which she supported herself. She was employed with Chippie Chipman for a season before launching out to sew for a few friends and acquaintances. A perfectionist at her trade, Anette was a dressmaker “Par Excellence” and “Satisfaction” was her watchword as she tried to please her customers. To the many fellow Jamaicans whom she came in contact with, she became dressmaker for some and friend for many others. As a result, her customer base grew with frequent referrals from satisfied customers. She eventually began sewing uniforms for nurses and then school uniforms for children. She was known for working long hours in the month of August to meet the demands for new school uniforms. Whoever was visiting with her during this time was inevitably caught up in the process – either to complete final hemming or trimming. Anette’s skill was further revealed when she began sewing for weddings and special occasions – whatever the request, she rose to the challenge and became known for “sewing to fit” the client. Anette eventually left the confines of sewing at home and opened her shop which she simply named, “Anette’s Dressmaking”. It was a move that further expanded her client base and friendships that remain today.
Being one of the first of her siblings to travel, her desire was to offer the “travel experience” to her family. Her home was always open and many came either to be refreshed or spend time with her consistently for many years.
In 1986, Anette married her longtime friend, John Rolle. Although the marriage ended some years later, she remained focused on her goal to pursue a brighter future for her children and family. The difficult times were many but so was the wealth of support from family members who assisted with the upbringing of her children.
Anette’s devotion to her children was truly extraordinary. They unequivocally came first and she prioritized their needs ahead of her own. They were well cared for and more importantly, well loved. She was a disciplinarian and taught them many things as young children that hold them in good stead today; good manners, respect and sound moral values . The fruits of her labor can be seen in her children today.
Anette lived in The Bahamas for over thirty years before migrating to the US in 2005 at the invitation of her son, Everton. By this time she had played many roles throughout her life and now she was a devoted mother, the absolute best grandmother, a cherished sister, a favorite auntie and a dear friend. As she settled in her new environment, Anette invested in furthering her education and worked as a certified nursing assistant for a period of time before retiring. Much of her time thereafter was spent caring for the needs of her family and assisting with the care of nieces, nephews and her grandchildren.
Anette was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in late December of 2015. Never one to give up the fight, she remained optimistic that the diagnosis was not the end. It was not an easy road. On December 26, 2016 Anette was taken to the hospital for breathing difficulties. Thankfully, many family members were able to visit and spend precious time with her in the days leading up to her passing. She died early Monday morning on January 2, 2017 after a yearlong battle. While her passing is of great gain to her, it is an immeasurably huge loss for all who knew and loved her. Her memory will live on in our hearts forever and we will never forget what a wonderful person she was. If you are here today, we thank you. It is evident that she touched your life in some way or another.
May her soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon her.
Anette is survived by:
Children: Carl Kellier, Janet Kellier-Moulton, Charleen Huyler, Everton Richards
Grandchildren: Christina Kellier-Murphy, Victoria Huyler
Daughter-in-law: Stacie-Ann Richards
Sons-in-law: Everol Moulton, Dwayne Huyler
Sisters: Sylvia Wright, Joyce(Vashti) Chambers, Violet Lewis, Delcie Clarke, Sonia Nelson-Brown
Brother: Charles(Tim) Nelson
Numerous Nieces including: Barbara Hines, Judy(Kay) Blackwood, Keisha Clarke, Kimone Nelson, Shadia Nelson, Chantel Nelson, Shania Nelson, Doreen Dockery, Moreen Dockery, Kereen Dockery, Pam Dockery, Samatha Dunstun, Stephanie Blackwood, Kristen Pratt, Adeana Eulette ,Cynthia Clarke, Janet Wright, Beverley Wright
Numerous Nephews including:
Patrick Pratt Jr., Ramon Nelson, Nicolas Clarke, Clive(Chubby) Thompson, Dion Thompson, Eddie Dockery, Errol Dockery, Travis Clarke, Kyshaun Eulette, Johnathan Lyfrock, Stephen Blackwood, Devon Hines, Bobby Wright, Earl Wright, Micheal Wright, Robert Wright,
Sister-in-law: Ann Nelson
Brothers-in-law: Trevor Clarke, Winston Brown, Sebert Lewis
Other Relatives & Friends including: Eric and Thelma Reid, Meggan Reid-Livingstone, Paulette Flemmings (Miss “P”) & Family, Byron & Keisha Silvera, Dollymae Pratt, Jacqueline McKenzie, Deanna (June) Simms, Judy ( Bee) Woolbright, Pastor Earl Richards & Family, Clarise Vassell & Family, Dr. Dolly King, Dawn Bowe, Crystal Williams, Reuben Fox, Clarise Rolle, Rita Rolle, Viola Campbell & Family, Mavis Ewing & Family, Lorna Cleare & Family, The McCartney Family, The Cooper Family, The Huyler Family, Laura Benson & Family and a host of faithful clients and friends from The Bahamas