IN REMEMBRANCE OF ISHMA FRETT
The Virgin Islands community is mourning the passing of a beloved daughter
of the soil - Esme Otencia (Ishma) Frett.
The late Ishma Frett was born November 15th, 1946. She passed away June
17th, 2002. A farewell service was held Friday June 28th at the Road Town
Methodist Church, where tributes were paid by Chief Minister the Honourable
Ralph T. O'Neal, Sis. Edris O'Neal, Representative for the 5th District
Hon. Ethlyn Smith and General Manager/Peebles Hospital Mrs. Winifred Charles.
The deceased is survived by mother Christalia Hodge, faithful life
companion Bennet Brewley, adopted mother Irene Hodge, daughter Butchiah
Brewley-Burin, sons Clifton Scatliffe and Mitchell Brewley, sisters Ismay
Frett-Weeks and Ilva Fahie, son-in-law Vibert Burin and grandchildren Shawn
and Kareem Scatliffe, Darnell and Mitchell Brewley and Maliyah Burin.
She also had many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, adopted sons and
daughters, special cousins, God brothers and sisters and special friends
too numerous to mention.
The late Ishma Frett is remembered as a person who had many admirable
qualities - a natural charm, beautiful smile, gentle nature and
She was also said to have a strong drive, enthusiasm and courage, a strong
mentality physically and emotionally, she was persistent, dedicated and loyal.
She is also remembered as being very instrumental in helping to preserve
certain important cultural traditions, such as the door to door carolling
at Christmas time, which is fast becoming extinct. There were others such
as the baking of cassava bread and the preparation and cooking of culinary
delights like potato pudding, corn pork and dumpling, sugar cakes, tarts
and guava berry.
"One should not be surprised at the warmth, love and tenderness displayed
by this humble lady for her life was based on Christian principles," a
tribute from the Brewley family read. "She was a devout Christian who
continually served her God and loved her neighbour. She never grew weary of
performing duties for her church and her fellowmen."
Legislators paid tribute to the late Ishma Frett during the last sitting of
the Legislative Council. She was a very well known cook in the BVI and
mounted a booth at the festival village over the last few years. The
festival village was also named in her honour in 2000.
The management and staff of The Island Sun newspaper join in expressing
condolences to the bereaved.
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