50 years ago: Faith Home’s West Bay connection endures

West-bay-50-years-finalIn the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hydes and son Jr. left on the 18th for Jamaica where Mrs. Hydes will receive medical attention. Leaving on the same plane was Miss Anstine Bodden, one of the workers at Faith Home, in Golden Spring. Faith Home is a home for children founded by the late Mrs. Vienna O’Sullivan, a West Bayer. Her daughter-in-law Mrs. Rebecca (Brown) O’Sullivan is superintendent of the home. The home is recognized by the Government but not run by the Government. The Home has its own trained nurses living on the premises but doctors in Jamaica give their service. Joey Parsons and his sister go there quite often for their holidays.

“Mr. and Mrs. Dillard Bodden and their friend Mrs. Sylvia Straker left on the 18th after an enjoyable holiday. Mr. Bodden has taken his little nephew Gonzales with him. He will go to school in New York.

“Mr. Lindbergh Bodden and family from Groves, Texas are here on a short visit to their relatives and friends. Mrs. Bodden is the former Vernell Parsons. They have three fine sons.

“Miss Genevieve Bodden has gone to attend the teachers course in Barbados.

“Mrs. Gloria Crowe left on the 11th to visit her daughter Mrs. Clayton Wood, in New York. She will be away for a few months.

“Miss Gweneth Smith left on the 18th for a visit with relatives Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Ebanks in New York City. Gweneth’s mother, Mrs. Lee Smith, had the pleasure of having Miss Kathie McCormick, one of the Cayman Crusaders, as her guest. Kathie enjoyed her visit and hopes to return sometime.

“Miss Debra Ann left on the 20th to attend Jefferson Junior High School in Tampa, Florida. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland Bush.

“Messrs. Cecil Bush and Archie Ebanks left on the 20th to join S.S. Petro King for National Bulk Carriers.

“Mr. Ellard Ebanks returned on the 20th from Mobile. He works for National Bulk Carriers on S.S. Ore Conway.

“Mrs. Vanza Hydes returned on the 20th from Tampa after a short visit with her daughter Mrs. Campbell, who lives in Jamaica, went on to Tampa and they all met there and had a happy time together.

“Mr. Ashley Hydes arrived on the 29th from S.S. Florida.

“The United Church Vacation Bible School rendered a very interesting programme on Sunday night. Rev. R. Coke gave the welcome address. The group sang choruses accompanied by Mrs. Emily Jackson with the piano accordion. Poems were recited by three of the children; the kindergarten sang two action songs which they acted well. Scripture was read by some of the group. The life of Martin Luther was read by Mrs. Emily Jackson, and during the reading some of the children displayed his persecution, courage and faith in God until we know him as the first reformer. The programme was ended by the hymn ‘Rise Up O Men of God.’

The Rev. Arthur L. Kay with his team of young people returned to the U.S. on Sunday morning after having spent 10 busy days in the service of the Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church. Vacation Bible School was held during the mornings with an average attendance of 132. In the afternoons, the team visited in the homes of the Churchgoers and at night evangelistic services were conducted with large attendances.

“Patricia Ebanks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Ebanks of West Bay, celebrated her 16th birthday on the 15th of August, with a party at her home. She received many lovely gifts.”