Organist and composer brought music to island
Jean Motyer, an organist, choir director and composer who brought music to churches around the island, has died at the age of 85.
A dedicated member of the Garden Club of Bermuda, Mrs Motyer was also a world champion flower arranger and judge, with a keen interest in horticulture, who paved the way for the island’s rich tradition in flower arranging.
In addition, Mrs Motyer was a passionate voice for persons affect by Alzheimer’s Disease, which in 1990 claimed the life of her husband, Puisne Judge Robert Motyer.
After his passing, she created a foundation in his name as a support group — as well as joining the Alzheimer’s Task Force, aimed at determining how many residents suffered from the illness.
In 1991, she told the Mid-Ocean News that one of her dreams was to see a facility established to look after persons with dementia.
Although highly active in the Methodist church, singing regularly at Wesley Methodist Church until not long before her death, Mrs Motyer was a devoted chorister and organist for places of worship that included St Mark’s Church and the Anglican Cathedral.
Mrs Motyer is survived by her four children Gillian Motyer, Karen Foster, Judy Motyer and Brian Motyer.
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