A very impressive memorial service for the late Ellen Lucretia Benjamin-Skelton was held on 30 April 2018 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The late Ellen Benjamin-Skelton was born on 8 March 1922 and died on 17 April 2018.
Ellen was the only surviving daughter of Alexander Morrison Benjamin and Rebecca Parrott of West End. She is described as a loving, kind nurturer who looked out for others. In fact, it was noted that Ellen’s first job was as a nurse at the Cottage Hospital now known as Peebles Hospital. During her time as a nurse it was stated that Mrs. Benjamin-Skelton tended to many who remarked that her love for people was obvious.
She met and married a gentleman from Road Town named Ellis Skelton at the age of 25 on 11 March 1947. This union produced 14 children, three of whom preceded her in death. Ellen is remember by the entire BVI as a creative person who showed a passion for baking, cooking, sewing and gardening.
Being the sharp and astute businessperson that she was, she opened a shop to sell her homemade goods and amongst her many entrepreneurial initiatives she found time to operate a successful plant nursery. Ellen was a faithful and natural help-mate to Ellis, and would take care of the home and the children, while he pursued his own entrepreneurial dream of the quarry business. Even though she was busy with her own family, Ellen extended kindness and opened the doors of her home to others in need. Her generosity was well-known and sincere.
All of her children and grandchildren felt her love. That love was said to have increased when she became a Bible student and was later baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the early 1950s. She found immeasurable happiness in sharing her Bible-based teachings with others.
The family recalled that whatever problems they faced they could have confided in her and she would listen attentively and then she would pick up her Bible and give scripture-based encouragement. Relatives describe her as a wise and comforting counselor.
Ellen lived to the ripe and blessed age of 96. She will be sorely missed, but her legacy and love will always remain.
The late Lucretia Benjamin-Skelton is survived by her: Sons – Ira Oliver Skelton, Douglas Clifton Skelton, Jeffrey M. Skelton, Ronnie W. Skelton, Joseph Revo Skelton, Phillip Skelton, and Ellis Allan Skelton; Daughters –Rosetta Georges, Cheryl Malone, Anniebelle Skelton, AnnaBelle “Hillary” Malone; Sons-in-Law –Vincent Georges Sr., Clarence Malone, and Keith “88” Malone; Daughters-in-Law – Harriette Skelton, Carmen Skelton, Rosalie Skelton, Belsadys Skelton, Janice Skelton, Heather Skelton, and Marion O. Skelton; Grandsons – Claude Skelton-Cline, Chad Skelton, Tijorn Skelton, Oliver Skelton Jr., Neville Skelton, Miguel Skelton, Kahrim “Kerry” Skelton, Keiston Skelton, Deron Skelton, Deon Skelton, Devon Skelton, Deshon Skelton, Rhodni Skelton, Cordero Monstsanto, Tarique Skelton, Tarive Skelton, Brad Skelton, Kimeon Skelton, Mical Skelton, Geon Skelton, Vincent Georges Jr., Jameal Georges, Neal Dabreo, Sheldon Dabreo, Molik Malone, Tahj Malone, and Tariq Moses; Granddaughters – Ghana Skelton, Sophia Skelton, Shakira Skelton, T’wana Skelton, Akinola Skelton, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, Aliki Lettsome-Skelton, Nereida Stoutt, Konya Cartym Kizzya Skelton, Policia Clyne, Ajani Skelton, Niemah Gastin, Alondra Skelton-Rivera, Brittany Skelton, Skye Skelton, Yashmin McMaster, Jazlyn Heywood, Deidre Dabreo, Chantel Malone, and Xiomara “Gia” Malone. Plus many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
The publishers, management and staff of The Island Sun convey their heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of the late Ellen Lucretia Benjamin-Skelton: May her soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father.