Farewell, Madam Speaker

One of the first acts of government will be to rename the North Side Primary School in honour of the late Speaker of the House Edna Marie Moyle. 

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin made the announcement Saturday during the state funeral for Mrs. Moyle at the Clifton Hunter High School in North Side. 

More than 1,000 people turned out to pay their last respects to Mrs. Moyle in her home district of North Side. 

Full official honours included continuous guarding of the flag-draped casket provided by uniformed officers and a guard of honour by police officers outside, as the casket was carried aloft by senior uniformed officers to the waiting hearse. 

As guests waited for services to begin, a slide show of photos of Mrs. Moyle’s life with family and friends was shown from big screens. 

The service was led by the Rev. Rohan Forrester, followed by scripture readings from the book of Proverbs by her grandson Liam Chisholm and the book of 1 Corinthians by North Side legislator Ezzard Miller, who is also her cousin. 

Keyreaye Bodden sang Psalm 23 before Premier McLaughlin gave a special tribute from the Cayman Islands government, lauding Mrs. Moyle’s contributions and sharing some of his fond memories about the late speaker.  

Minister of Health, Works, Agriculture and Community Affairs Kurt Tibbetts spoke about her life and devotion to public service as well as her family. He also sang “My Way” in her memory. 

Mary Lou Miller presented a message of thanks on behalf of the family. 

“Mommy, we know you always told us to give you your tributes while you were alive; however, we would be remiss not to pay a grand tribute to you now. You have left some very big shoes to fill and if we could live even half the life you have lived, we will have accomplished a great deal,” she read from the children’s tribute. 

Interment was at the WO Chisholm family cemetery at Grape Tree Point in North Side where Mrs. Moyle was laid to rest after a graveside service, which was also attended by hundreds of dignitaries, officials, family members, friends and members of the public.  

Dignitaries attending the official service included Governor Duncan Taylor, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism and District Administration Moses Kirkconnell, Cabinet ministers, lawmakers and senior government officials. 


Premier Alden McLaughlin hands Gillian Nelson the Caymanian flag, which draped the casket of her mother and former Speaker of the House Edna Moya, on Saturday at the family gravesite. Looking on are, from right, Gillian’s husband Junior and sister Rebeckie Chisholm Phillipps. From left are Liz Chisholm, Helen Chisholm and Ed Chisholm. – Photo: Tammie C. Chisholm


  1. What a shame her successors (including the current incumbent) have been drawn from the shallow end

    Mary Lawrence, government stooge and censor-in-chief, followed by JuJu the fundamentalist. God help Cayman.

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