Una Phyllis Piccott - A loving and caring mom goes home

May 01, 2018
Pall-bearers carry the body of Una Phyllis Piccott from the Bethtephil Baptist Church after her Thanksgiving Service. 

Una Phyllis Piccott, nee Jarrett, affectionately called 'Sister Phyll', was born in Bunkers Hill, Trelawny, on October 9, 1929. She lived a full life before her death on March 19, 2018.

"Mama was a caring, loving and compassionate person," daughters Annette Miller and Kim Ricketts said as they delivered the eulogy at Sister Phyll's thanksgiving service, held at the Bethtephil Baptist Church in Chatham, St James, last Saturday

"She cared for the shut-ins, and on Sunday afternoons she prepared dinner for them, which we delivered," they added.

The daughters recalled that their mom worked as a homemaker at Good Hope Hotel and was also a dressmaker.

"She could be described as a tomboy as she rode her bike skilfully over the rough terrain in Bunkers Hill," they said.

Sister Phyll was part of the Windrush generation, having made the two-week journey by boat to England in the early days. Sister Phyll worked in the film industry in England before returning to Jamaica.




Evoking much laughter from the congregation, the daughters talked about how people thought they were born in England as we spoke the Queen's English. "Our manners and deportment were that of English lasses. We ate around the table with knives and forks. We will always remember her for the positive way she influenced our lives," the daughters said.

Melbourne Jarrett was among the persons who gave tributes.

"She loved her siblings and everybody. As a younger brother, I was never in want for anything. Her love for me was stronger than my weaknesses," Jarrett said.

Sister Phyll was buried in the church cemetery.

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