The third of four children born to Gordon and Helen Frederick on Jan. 30, 1934, Patricia Louise Bodden, nee Frederick (affectionately known as “Miss Patsy”), grew up with her parents in Bodden Town.
She was raised into a frugal and caring family and her parents did their best to provide for their children as their abilities afforded.
Childhood activities during these years was in reality a preparation for adulthood and life’s responsibilities and this is exactly what it was for Patsy and her siblings. Upon attaining school age, she enrolled at the Bodden Town All Age School. At a time when opportunities for further education were non-existent, she did her best to apply herself to her studies.
Upon reaching the mandatory school leaving age and there being no opportunities for further studies, she followed in the footsteps of her two older sisters and occupied herself as constructively as she could with the hope that some employment opportunity would come her way.
In those days, the best prospects for employment lay in George Town and it is in this direction Patsy turned. Her aptitude for arithmetic and a pleasant and disarming attitude brought her to the attention of the principals of the two dominant merchant houses in Cayman during these years.
She spent several years as an employee of Dr. Roy McTaggart and later worked for the H.O. Merren establishment.
As the years unfolded, the experience gained from this employment was to serve her well, for on Jan. 23, 1966, she married to Mostyn Bodden. For years, Mostyn operated a modest grocery store and bar following in the tradition of his late father. Some years later, he added a service station. Miss Patsy’s congeniality was a stark contrast to Mostyn’s matter-of-fact attitude.
It was this quality that led her to be the favorite among their customers. She was the magnet to which customers gravitated and she created a clientele which included people from East End and North Side, in addition to the regular Bodden Town customers.
Her union with Mostyn brought three children, namely Dale Bodden, Patricia Bodden, now Trotter, and Alfred Bodden. These children complimented her first son David Frederick. A lesser person would have had their hands full with this modest sized family, but Miss Patsy, like most Caymanian women of her generation, was a true multi-tasker.
She so arranged her schedule that preparing her children for school and taking care of the other home chores allowed her to do a regular shift in the family business. Within years, the business blossomed into a thriving, modest sized haberdashery and service station, which although named “Mostyn’s Esso” should have more appropriately been called “Patsy’s Esso”, as she was the dynamo.
Her energy, disposition and dedication led to the business winning several awards from Esso, including all-expense paid tours to exotic cities, such as Vienna, Austria. Miss Patsy always took a keen interest in the business and her skill at managing allowed the business to flourish under her guidance, even after she was widowed.
With a quiet and reassuring disposition one would not normally think that Miss Patsy had any interest outside her immediate family and business. She was, however, an avid reader and kept abreast of both local and international events. She had also etched for herself a place in the political history of these islands being honored in 2012 as one of the pioneer women to advocate for the Caymanian women rights to vote.
Loved and well respected by all who came to know her, she was one of a number of Bodden Town women who by their sheer ambition, dedication and faith was able to rear their progeny not only to be respectful but to command respect. She was, to all intents and purposes among the last of a vanishing number of Caymanian women whose family had the first call on their energies.
In that part of Bodden Town where she lived, she cherished her relationships with her associates in the village and had close friends in other districts as well.
Family oriented, she was close to her sisters and brother and held her children in high esteem, often beaming with pride upon their achievements. She felt a special pride in her grandchildren and was ever the doting grandmother.
Miss Patsy lived a quiet and relatively healthy life until a few months prior to her passing.
Hospitalized some few months ago, she never really recuperated. Passing away on Aug. 23, 2013, Miss Patsy, is one of the last iconic mothers of a long gone Caymanian era and will be sorely missed by those who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband Mostyn Bodden. Left to mourn her passing are her children: David Frederick, Dale Bodden, Patricia Trotter and Alfred Bodden; two sisters Gwen Whittaker and Brenda Algar Wood; brother Joseph Frederick; grandchildren Petrina, Patrice, Shakira, Tiffany Alex, Mathew, Sean, Sabirie and Daniel; great grandchild Evan; daughters-in-law Marcia Frederick and Marilu Bodden; son-in-law: Kevin Trotter; special friends Saralee and Albert; along with a host of other relatives and friends.
May her soul rest in peace.
Obituary written by J.A. Roy Bodden.