Last rites for Writa
A wide circle of nieces, nephews, friends and admirers yesterday attended a celebration of life service for Mrs. Writa Viola Johnson at the Pearman Funeral Home in Somerset. She died on March 9, less than a month after the grand celebration of her 105th birthday at Lefroy Home, Ireland Island. This writer was honoured and humbled being especially invited by the family to attend the funeral. It was touching listening to Ms. Beverley-Dawn Knights, a Berkeley Institute staffer paying an eloquent tribute to her aunt. 'Her final journey was home to glory. Writa was a blessed and gracious lady who had a big heart, a pleasant demeanour and a feisty spirit. She could no longer go on, her heart was too weak,' said Beverley-Dawn, adding 'she was quick witted; an inspiration to many, on whom she had a profound effect. 'Writa was a spiritual, courageous, loving, beautiful and truly extraordinary lady indeed! One on whose shoulders I proudly stand.' She was born on February 12, 1906, the eldest chisld of Arthur and Bertha Knights. Her siblings included Enid Simons, Gwendolyn Brangman, Gladys Clarke, Audrey Smith, Ismay Steed Trott, Arnold and Albert Knights. The only surviving sibling is brother Harold Knights, who resides in the US. Continuing her tribute on behalf of the family, Ms Beverley Dawn said and I quote: 'Aunt Writa shared her life stories, and extraordinary journey through the profound penmanship of Ira Philip in
The Royal Gazette and Mid-Ocean News.' Beverley-Dawn quoted these highlights: Centenarian Writa is as snappy as ever! Anyone who lives to the ripe old age of 100 qualifies to be called a survivor. Mrs. Writa Johnson is a survivor of the first order. Other headlines she quoted were: Ship Sinking Survivor Writa's Amazing Life. Trailblazer and Shipwreck Survivor. Writa A Survivor with a Difference. Tech Savvy at 102. Birthday Girl at 102. Writa became a globetrotter, enjoying many of the finer things of life. And the most recent
Gazette headline, last month: 'A World Traveller Reaches a Great Milestone: 105 not out.' Following the service at Pearman's Memorial, Mrs. Writa Knights Johnson was laid to rest in the St. James Churchyard.