Winsome I BaileyDecember 24, 1938 ~ July 21, 2017 (age 78)
Winsome Ivylyn Bailey (nee Benjamin) died on July 21st, 2017 @ 6:35pm in Ft. Lauderdale, FL after a brief illness. She was 78 years young.
Winsome was born on December 12th, 1938 in Lluidas Vale, St. Catherine Jamaica to her parents, Noel Leopold Benjamin and Sarah Whosedi Brown, and raised by Mabel Elliott. She attended Kingston Senior School and then went on to Shortwood Teachers College, where she graduated with a degree in Secondary Education.
Winsome was very active in her church and community, as a teenager and young adult. As a member of Jones Town Baptist Church, it was there while she was part of the youth group she was crowned Ms. Personality. It was also there she met her future husband, Henry George Bailey and later married him in the same church on June 20th, 1964. The marriage produced three children Halcyon, Garnet and Garth.
Winsome then went on to teach at her alma mater Kingston Senior School and then Spanish Town Secondary School for approximately twenty years combined, and towards the end of her tenor she also served as Vice-Principal at Spanish Town Secondary School. Throughout her teaching career in Jamaica she also served as a speech and drama coach, this she enjoyed immensely as she entered her students, her daughter and herself annually in the island’s speech and drama festival coordinated by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). Each year, no matter the category entered her contestants always placed garnered one of the top three positions of gold, silver or bronze.
As part of her involvement in her community she served as a member on the Ensom City Citizen Association, where they helped to build and furnish the community center, organize annual fairs & movie nights. During this time, she and her family worshipped at Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
Winsome then migrated to the United States where she requalified herself at St. Thomas University and went on to teach in the ESOL programs at Olsen and William Dandy Middle schools. She retired from the Broward County School Board in 2006 and dedicated her time to education in her community and church. She served her community on various condo boards and board of directors with pride and enthusiasm.
She joined Ascension Peace Presbyterian Church shortly after migrating to the United States and served with love and dedication until her recent illness. While a member of Ascension Peace she served as a deacon and helped with the children sermon.
Winsome was patient, supportive, funny, and a natural teacher and leader with a passion for literacy and the arts. She loved to inspire her students. She was honest and forthright.
She was a person who could teach you how to laugh & how to laugh at yourself.
She could see the humor in anything, she could somehow be irreverent while maintaining an air of dignity.
She was witty, soft and well spoken, a wordsmith of the highest order, who loved her children, her life, her grandchildren, her nieces, her nephews, her friends, her church, politics and her community.
Winsome is survived by her daughter, Halcyon Nadene; her sons, Garnet Orlando and Garth Ogilvie; four granddaughters -Shaneika, Nikia Elaine, Breanna and Alethea, and her sister and brother, Cynthia and Winston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry George.
She will be forever loved and missed.