Maudeline Forrester, Mama, Bibbi to her family, was born on June 1, 1938 in Walespond, St. James on the island of Jamaica. She was the eldest child, and only daughter of Pearlene Petune Mobray (the Matriarch of the family) and Albert Samuels. Both of whom were there to greet her at heaven’s gate. As anyone who knew Ms. Pearlene can attest, she was a God-fearing woman and taught her family to be the same way. My mother became the Matriarch of our family
After her mom passed away and that meant, always lending an ear, saying a prayer with someone or just being kind. I was told by my Uncle Bill, that I am now the new matriarch. So I will endeavor to continue in the footsteps of the two women who raised me, knowing that I can never fill their shoes; but knowing they would want me to try and continue their good deeds, as I can only attempt to be as wonderful and loving as they were. I am confident that we will be reunited when we reach our heavenly home.
Mom, attended The Anchovy School in Jamaica, and after she finished school, she started working to care for me and my brother Hurvin (Tony). Mom always dreamed of a better life for us all, and worked tirelessly, to achieve that goal. So, in 1969, when she got the opportunity to migrate to the United States to work as a Mother’s Helper, for a family in Wayland, MA Mom jumped at the chance and left my brother and I, in the safekeeping of our grandmother, who she knew would love and care for us as much as she would, while she completed the immigration process to reunite us. Her first husband Ruel Davis, died tragically in Jamaica before he was able to join us in America.
After the family she worked for relocated to California, Mom moved to Boston where she began her thirty-seven years of service with Mass General Hospital. During that time, she met and married Mr. George Forrester who preceded her in death.
There are no words that can justly describe our mother, she lived her life in a very positive way and encouraged us and others to do the same. She showed great concern for anyone in distress and was always quick with a wise or kind word of advice for any situation. She has adopted so many of our friends throughout the years, that she has become a mother to more than her two biological children.
She was filled with a warm and inviting spirit, once you knew her, you just loved her. Mom was an amazing woman. I am sure she had no idea of the impact she had on so many people, both here and in Jamaica. Please, cherish her memories by living your life using the examples she set. She lived to be of service to others and loved everyone selflessly knowing that she was here for a purpose and that was to teach us how to care. The love she had for all of us is what will comfort us through this time.
Mom leaves behind to cherish her memory, her six brothers, Vernal (Vern) Stanley (Barry), Kingsley (Rocky), Norman (Ruddy), George (Bill) and Joshua (Josh) and a host of children she considered her own.
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