Obituary: Edna Harrison

Read by Mrs. Ruby Spence

Abraham was called to leave his country.

Edna Harrison could be likened as one who followed that direction.

We remember her today for her work in her adopted country.

Auntie Eds, as she was affectionately known, came to Cayman in the late 1960s, after serving in her homeland, Jamaica, for many years.

She joined the staff of the then Cayman High School, now renamed the John Gray High School, working in the Home Economics and Craft departments.

Many will remember her for her talent in the area of craft. She travelled to the districts of North Side and East End to teach craft in the evenings.

Her standards were very high. She stood for nothing but the very best. Neatness and precision were her watchwords.

When Miss Harrison arrived in these islands, she linked with a small group of Anglicans and became an influential force in the establishment of the St. George’s Anglican Church.

She had a passion for music and as an accomplished soprano; it was the most natural thing for her to become a member of the church choir.

Later she joined the newly formed Cayman National Choir under the direction of Dr. Melano McCoy.

Auntie Eds performed solos at church functions, much to the delight of her church family and friends. She dearly loved her God and her church and her dignified bearing was her hallmark.

As the St. George’s congregation increased, Auntie Eds became more and more involved in the planning and execution of events such as the annual June fair, cake sales and other fundraising events for the church building.

The St. George’s Anglican Church building was dedicated in 1979 and Miss Edna Harrison continued to serve.

She served on the Church Committee. She was a founding member of the Mother’s Union. She remained on the choir and when the Wednesday Prayer Group was formed she joined the group.

She was happiest when she prayed and sang praises to her God and King.

One of Auntie Eds’ many great talents was her tremendous ability as a seamstress.

She made robes for the choir, veils for confirmands and many members of the congregation became her customers for both their work-suits and church clothing.

Auntie Eds’ Easter bonnet decorations were something to see and her broad-brimmed hats served many of us well during the cutting of cane and gathering of fruits and other goodies for our Harvest Thanksgiving Festival.

Members of the defunct Sweet Adelines, some of whom are present here, were proud to perform at the opening of the Harquail Theatre, wearing costumes made by the talented Miss Edna Harrison.

Born in January 1912, advancing in years, together with failing health and eyesight kept her away from the church building, but as long as she was able to sit up for an hour or two, she insisted on hosting some Wednesday evening prayer meetings in her home.

As her physical health further declined, she was cared for by several church members and visited regularly by clergy members.

Her main caregiver, Debbie Getten, who lived at home with her, is to be especially commended for the love and compassion shown to Auntie Eds during the last two years.

Auntie Eds is now with her Maker and Friend and we believe that she has joined the heavenly choir where angles singe forever.

May her soul rest in peace.

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