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Myrtle Samuels, age 86, of Port Royal, Virginia died Tuesday, July 11, 2017. She passed peacefully at home with her daughters, Patricia Edwards and Andrea Pogue, at her side. Throughout her life, Myrtle was a quiet and gentle soul. As matriarch of the Samuels/Edwards clan, she fostered a reverent love of God, a sense of pride in oneself and one's ancestry, a prioritized belief in and service to the family and the less fortunate. Among the countryside folks of St. Catherine's Parish, the shared generosity of Myrtle, her family members, friends and neighbors was awe-inspiring. No one was left wanting. No child went hungry. No one felt worry or shame for the modest nature of their community because they had each other; and Myrtle was at the center of it all. Myrtle, like her mother before her, was an outstanding cook. They say she could make boiling water smell and taste good. She was "the rock" who, in the words of those who knew her best, "did not take to any kind of commotion".

Myrtle was born on September 15, 1930 in St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica. As the oldest member of our surviving family, she always had a story to tell regarding family members past or present; especially around the holidays. She enjoyed the holidays because it was a time for family gatherings. She loved Christmas most of all because of its religious significance (the commemoration of Jesus' birth). She also enjoyed the wonderful sentiments of joy and peace, the abundant cascades of lights, the hallowed music, and the colorful displays and adornments that accompany the Christmas Holiday Season. Often she would sit up late into the night, perfectly content to marvel upon the spectacle of lights dancing across her own Christmas tree in the silence of her space. As if transported back to more youthful times, like a first Christmas, she was totally captivated by the serenity of the moment. A moment graciously provided and recreated season after season by her loving family; young and old. Myrtle always appreciated the more important things in life; she cherished the opportunity to spend time with family, friends and even new acquaintances every day of her life. If you made reference to tomorrow, she would always follow on with "If Life Spare". She took each day as it came never forsaking it for the promise of tomorrow.

Myrtle and Lester came to the United States to attend the wedding of their Daughter, Andrea, and her husband Ken in 1993. After their initial visit and following Ken's insistence, Myrtle decided that she liked Virginia well enough to stay awhile. Lester on the other hand, had a different view. It looks like Myrtle won that one as she and Lester made Stafford and Port Royal their home along with Ken and Andrea for the past 23 years.

While her failing health impaired her ability to attend church as regularly as would have liked over the past few years, Myrtle continued to read her Bible religiously. She even took to watching various Sunday gospel programs on TV, and she always looked forward to her visits by Catherine, our priest, on most Wednesdays. All a testament to her faithfulness and the spiritual leadership of St. Peters.

Our mother, Myrtle has passed on into glory, and we will miss her dearly. May she rest in peace.

It may have been a Telephone Call – Enid & Carmen
It may have been Flowers – Sylvia & Cookie
It may have been a Prayer – Catherine
It may have been a Greeting Card – Ladies of the ECW
It may have been a Song – Karen
It may have been a Simple Hello – Members of St. Peters
It may have been a Kiss on the Cheek – Brad

Regardless of what it was…
The entire family graciously thanks each and
every one of you for your love and support.
May God continue to Bless You All,
and grant you peace.