Daphne Perditta Osborne
May 15, 1924- October 3, 2017
Daphne Perditta Osborne was born May 15, 1924, in Prospect, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, West Indies. She was the second of eleven children. Eight of her siblings predeceased her, Halford, Nolda, Candace, Derron, Terrence, Goff, Glenna, and Bezwick. She went to Kingston after completing her elementary education at Giddy Hall School. She pursued a course in Midwifery. She went to work in Lionel Town where she met Norman M. Osborne. They were married a year later on December 3, 1947. Soon afterwards they migrated to England, where both pursued a higher education.
She received her R.N. (registered nursing) degree and they migrated to Montreal, Canada in 1955 where she worked at the Montreal General Hospital. Daphne and Norman then migrated to the U.S.A and lived in Brooklyn, then in Long Island, New York. Daphne had prayed for a child for many years. God answered her prayer and they had their only child Fiona Faith Osborne in 1959. She brought over her niece Veronica Rose Lewis Warner from Jamaica and adopted her as a big sister for Fiona in November 1961.
She went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree at Marymount Manhattan College. She obtained her Masters degree in Business Administration at Long Island University New York. In Brooklyn, New York Daphne and Norman fellowshipped at Good Tidings Gospel Chapel. Here she participated in all the Sisters’ activities and was respected and well loved. She was a frequent Conference Speaker in the Metropolitan area. Daphne and Norman moved to Florida in 1983 where they joined Bethel Gospel Chapel. She was once again active in the Women’s Ministry. She was co-founder of The Women’s Conference, Sister’s Retreat and Prayer Breakfast. She was also involved in Camp Ministry in New York and continued to be heavily involved in Florida for many years. She was at the inception of Vacation Bible School at Bethel Gospel Chapel and continued in this service for many years.
Daphne and her husband Norman started a Radio program in 1986-1992 on channel W.S.R.F A.M. called “Think on These Things” until the station closed.
She believed how beautiful to look at a life ripened by the sun of affliction, and drenched by the rain of adversity. She was a fruitful vine, whose roots went deep down where the living waters run. Her foliage was green, for in God’s word she delighted day and night. She had unique qualities of sharing and caring. She was very generous to all, especially to God’s full time servants. Her home was open to her friends and family but she also opened her home to those she felt led to cherish. In the culinary department, she was gifted in baking and cooking. She was a warm lady with firm convictions and unequivocal in what she believed, yet not offensive, brash or abrasive in voicing her disagreements. She was admired by all who came into contact with her. She was admired and respected for her leadership skills. Tardiness was not tolerated by her; she was punctual and expected the same of others. In working to achieve the goals for her family she brought spiritual wisdom and insight to all discussions. Two of her greatest passions were planting flowers in the garden of her home in Long Island, New York and she loved cooking and entertaining guests. She revelled in sharing the hearth of her home with many.
Daphne leaves to cherish precious memories, her husband Norman Osborne (her Manny), and her daughter Fiona Faith Osborne. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand nephews, great grand-nieces and great grand nephews. Daphne loved getting to know them and her astute memory for all their ages and the specifics of their lives never ceased to amaze them and remind them that they were loved.
She was energetic, creative, and colorful in her imagination always evoking laughter from those around her. Daphne knew the healing power of laughter. Her fervency of spirit endeared her to many. She was a talented, light hearted servant of God. We will miss you.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)