Minnie Leola Giddings nee Eden was born in Savannah on 31 March, 1954 to the late Alexander James Eden (Tan) and his wife Coreen Leola of blessed memory.
Minnie was the second of five children born into this loving and caring family. She was affectionately known as Min Min or Ms Minnie.
Minnie was a very mischievous child and was very fond of chasing her cousins and young aunts while holding frogs in her hands, she loved to walk around in her mom’s high heeled shoes and would loudly shout at anyone who dared ‘laugh at her’.
After a heavy rain when the water would settle feet deep in the yard, she would put the tin tubs out in the yard and encourage everyone to join her in sailing around.
As a young child Minnie attended Sunday school at the Church of God in Savannah. She attended the Savannah Primary School and then the Cayman Islands High School. She later attended the Sylvia Gill Secretarial School where she learned typing and speedwriting.
Her early schooling prepared her well to begin her first job with Cayman Airways accounts in 1972. Not only did she get her first job in 1972, but she was also named first runner up in the Miss Cayman Islands beauty pageant of that year. That’s our Caymanian girl.
She later became a flight attendant on 16 May, 1973. This was a job that Minnie really enjoyed. Being based in Miami, Florida, Minnie and her flight attendant friends missed, home cooking, so on any stopovers in Cayman she was quick to cook food and bring back to anyone that might have been left in Miami. Minnie worked herself up to a senior flight attendant but in 1979 she left it to give birth to her first child and only daughter, Tiffany. However, on 1 July, 1981, she rejoined the staff of Cayman Airways as a supervisor and later became manager of in-flight services until her departure in 2000.
In October 2000 Minnie joined the staff of Tortuga Rum Company where she was appointed the bonded warehouse manager. She was a dedicated and hard worker and treated each of the warehouse workers as they were her own children and always held a small get together in the warehouse on their birthdays and organized gift exchanges at Christmas, making sure none were left without a gift.
After Hurricane Ivan practically destroyed the warehouses Minnie was right there organizing and working alongside cleanup crews. She was very instrumental in helping to get Tortuga Rum Company up and running in a very short time. However, on November 2004 she returned to her passion, Cayman Airways, and took up the title of director of In-Flight Services.
This was a job she truly enjoyed especially being in charge of the flight attendants. Minnie handled this job with love and affection for her staff. She disciplined where needed but also made sure that at all time she was professional in her dealings and had the best interest of her staff at heart. She was quick to praise and encourage and demonstrated concern for others both inside and outside of her job. Her beautiful smile will remain her legacy!
In her daily life, Minnie’s ability to remain calm in serious situations was perhaps one of her best attributes and when faced with difficult situations she could always find something to smile about and would simply say whatever or yes my darling.
On 11 December, 1989, Minnie was united in marriage to Roger (Sid) Giddings and together they had a son Jason. The couple enjoyed a happy married life but her greatest pride & joy were her two children Tiffany and Jason who adored and loved her very much.
Although Minnie enjoyed working she also found time to assist with the Cayman Islands Little League. She was a member of the Cayman Islands Red Cross and was always involved in training and special events put on by the Red Cross. Her favourite sports were baseball and NASCAR racing, which she truly enjoyed watching. In her spare time she also enjoyed reading Danielle Steel books and watching the cooking channel.
In November 2005 Minnie became ill and was sent overseas to Doctor’s Hospital in Miami where she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. This news resulted in many trips to the doctor and medical treatments but throughout her entire illness she remained positive and whenever you asked her how she felt she would always reply with a radiant smile,’ I’m great’!
Despite her serious illness she was determined to carry on life as normal and was able to continue working regularly. During this time she received much love and support from her family and friends and looked forward to their visits. On the evening before her last trip to Miami Mrs. Aneza Jackson and her Aunt Jane came to see her. They laughed and talked, sang songs and prayed with her, and Minnie witnessed to them that she had asked the Lord to forgive her and was trusting in him.
Minnie enjoyed going to church, and especially participating in the singing. She made a positive impact on all those with whom she came in contact, both at home and abroad. Even on her darkest days her smile was like a ray of sunshine, her children can be truly proud of the valuable lessons that she taught by the high standards that she lived by.
Although she was admitted to the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital she had a strong faith in God and continued to bear her suffering with out complaining. God’s hand softly touched her on 20 February, 2007, and she was called to her heavenly home.
Preceding her in death were her father Tan and mother Coreen.
Left to mourn her passing are her husband Sid, children Tiffany and Jason, stepchildren Neil, Simon, Sharon, sister Velma, brother-in-law Raymond, brothers Andrew, Allan, Alex, sister-in-laws Lerita, Juana, Sheny and their families, and a host of other relatives and friends.