West Bayer Rebecca Hydes celebrates 85th birthday

The 85th birthday of Rebecca Hydes was celebrated recently with a special affair befitting the beloved member of the West Bay community.

The party was held at her residence on July 7.

“It was a joyous occasion for members of her John Gray Memorial Church family, as well as other friends and family members,” said Denise Ebanks, who organized the party with Betty Ebanks.

In her remarks to Ms. Hydes, Denise Ebanks expressed her appreciation to the gathering for a woman who has touched the lives of so many.

“I wouldn’t have missed this for the world,” she said. “Life is so short for many. Therefore, the gathering of loved ones at such an occasion is very important. We need to have these times to celebrate life and continue to give God thanks all the time for his many blessings.”

Rev. Rohan Forrester blessed the proceedings, and familiar hymns were sung. Some of the guests reminisced with Ms. Hydes on their friendship and about days gone by when she would play the piano and they would all enjoy dancing.

Among the guests were Norman Bodden and his wife Virginia, longtime friends of Ms. Hydes, as well as Lillian McDermott, who baked Ms. Hydes a papaya cake, her favorite.

Ms. Hydes’s grandnephew John-John Hydes’s birthday was the following day, and her cousin Olee Hydes would be celebrating her birthday on July 10, so it was a triple joyous occasion for the Hydes family.

Ms. Hydes is the sole surviving sibling of Cayman musical icon Boyd Hydes. Some of her sisters were also musical: Ercel played the guitar, and Veda and Perla played the violin.

Ms. Hydes expressed her gratitude to all who attended and who made the occasion so special for her.