A home going ceremony celebrating the life of Helena “Helen” Percival was held on October 18 at the St. George’s Episcopal Anglican Church.
The late Helena Percival was born on October 5, 1947, and departed this life on October 4, 2014. Helena was born on Tortola, British Virgin Islands to the late Amelia and Samuel Percival. In 1951, the family migrated to the island of St Kitts where Helena began her early education in the village called Tabernacle.
The family returned to her place of birth in 1962. Some years later, she met and fell in love with the late Wesley Hodge better known as “Corn Dog” and that union was blessed with three children: Avery, Lecia, and Lorna. Then came Patricia, and finally the last six with the late Lenford Allen Sr.: Jennylee, Jerrylyn, Lenford Jr., Lenette, Vera and Kishma. From her ten children, she has 19 grand children, and three great grand children.
Helena was a woman of many talents and she loved her family dearly. She loved nothing more than spending time with her grand kids. She could look at one of her offsprings and tell if they were sick or not. She was not a nurse, but the mother in her always had the antidote no matter the sickness. If it wasn’t in her medicine chest then the remedy was in her backyard in the form of a bush.
During her time, Helena worked for some well known establishments, such as Fleet Indigo, Poor Richard, Tortola Yacht Services, The Moorings, and lastly H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.
Helena loved softball, and could often be heard screaming on the softball field for the Blue Wings or Atomics. She was also a fan of the Byrds.
The late Helena Percival is survived by her nine children, 19 grand children, three great grandchildren, three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, seven brothers, one sister; and many relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
The publishers, management and staff of The Island Sun newspaper extend condolences to the relatives and friends of the late Helena Percival.