Dedicated community worker remembered

June 10, 2017
George Henry photo Pall bearers taking the casket with the remains of Vinnette Miles-Nunes from the church to the hearse.
George Henry photo This beautiful floral arrangement was done for the deceased.
George Henry Janice Julal (in black and white dress), daughter of the deceased, participating in a floral tribute in honour of her mother at the thanksgiving service.

It was a packed house at the May Pen Seventh-day Adventist Church in Clarendon on Sunday as mourners turned out to pay their last respects to the late Vinnette Miles-Nunes.

Tributes in song and the spoken word helped many to learn who the mother of one biological daughter really was.

She was sent home with glowing tributes, and almost everyone who paid tribute said almost the same great things about Miles-Nunes, who touched many lives.

Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon Mike Henry said Miles-Nunes' life was one well spent. Henry described her as a most charming lady who did extensive outreach work.

Words such as dedicated, committed, kind and loving were used by Pastor Joseph Smith to describe her.

Smith shared that Miles-Nunes was one who ensured her church at Rectory Road was well cared for. He said she was firm and jovial and was an outstanding Adventist, who was a model Christian.

For Pastor Evred Smith, Miles-Nunes was a real soldier in the army of Jesus. He stressed that she fought a good fight, kept the faith, finished her course and served the church well with her life.

"She was a woman who believed in the word of God; and she lived for God. She served in various capacities at the Rectory Road SDA Church," said Smith.

Pastor Rufus Anderson, who delivered the sermon, said the deceased was a woman who had an infectious smile.


He said she was one in a million and her passing shook him so much, he cried.

Miles-Nunes' only child, Janice Julal, delivered the eulogy. Her mom was born on November 5, 1955 to Icilda Soman and Hubert Miles, at 4 Cling Cling Avenue, Cockburn Pen, St Andrew.

She was the third of five children for her parents.

"My mother was a disciplinarian. She didn't talk much, but when she did, she did not mince words," said Julal. She said her mother valued education and gave her (Julal) a tough time as a student.

"I was well known in the community as the little girl whose mother flogged her all the way to the bus stop and into the bus. She would often say, 'Mi nah spare no rod and spoil no child.' And I often felt the brunt of that rod, rag or whatever she could find easily," she said.

Julal said her mother was a dutiful and loving wife and a wonderful farmer; and she remembered seeing her at her happiest with a husband with whom she could play and pray.

She added that her late mother had a dry wit and a sense of humour that kept their family going.

Miles-Nunes passed away on May 12. Her body was interred at the Denbigh Cemetery following the thanksgiving service.


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