Reader’s Letter: Tribute to Selma Cynthia Daniel BrownPOSTED: 11/30/12 12:26 PM
As a child I remember Miss Selma, as we all called her, as a tall soft spoken God fearing individual.
Putting her in her final resting place after 91 years of a very active life had to be tough on her surviving children, who traveled from the USA and Europe to pay their last respect.
Miss Selma, whom I admired immensely, was always busy serving other people. She was a member of the Zion Methodist Church, its choir, its Sunday school, and the senior citizen center. These are a few organizations that I knew of, as there were many more.
When I visited the senior citizens with my mother Miss Selma would always be busy serving, washing dishes, or helping one of the others. She was always serving.
When I would go to pick up Antonio Brown, her son and my very good friend, she would always have words of wisdom. She would say: “You come to pick up Thomas?”, and she would laugh heartily, as that was the name she would tease Antonio with. What a lady she was.
On behalf of my family, my mother Irene Marlin and her sons I would like to extend our deepest condolences to one of Middle Region’s most outstanding matriarchs.
She has joined some Middle Region “greats” like Eric “the butcher” (one of our first politicians), Eli(the shopkeeper), Miss Alice Philips( who baked for us all), Jose Lake sr. (an outstanding speaker, politician, editor), Miss Za (baker), Daniel Beauperthuy (an awesome personality), Pete Philips(a trusted village consigliere), Miss Lolita Richardson (an activist daughter of Adelaide Richardson who lived past 100 years), Miss May Brooks (who could not read or write but would have represented many Middle Region people as their lawyer in court), Miss Hen York (a legendary midwife, without whom I would have died at birth), Mr. Asusual and Mr. Brill(two of the first taxi drivers), Mr. Dundee (who in the ’60 s used to ride his donkey to Marigot to pick a bag of flour for Middle Region residents), Mr. Ricardo Lake (a public works employee who had lost the use of his fingers, but no one could work like him)
The only danger of attempting to list all our Middle Region greats is that I might forget a few. For that I beg forgiveness from the families for my ignorance. But they nonetheless have our respect.
But my respect is still there for all of them and the contribution they made to what middle region, or what St, Maarten is today.
Miss Selma, you have served us well. Thank you.