Sister Daisy was known to all the brethren in Jamaica and to many visitors who came from North America, the United Kingdom and beyond. When you entered her room in the nursing home you invariably found her doing her readings or pouring over a Glad Tidings.
You were greeted warmly and questioned about the latest news. I have known Sister Daisy for such a short time, but we became family. We enjoyed almost weekly visits until the end. She was sharp witted and never lacked an opinion. Her concern for the brotherhood in general and the young people in Jamaica in particular was always evident.
And they loved her back. Brother Davion Sinclair wrote:
She was the type of person many youngsters would sit and talk to as she favoured youth circlers because she liked to motivate us whenever she had the chance. One thing for sure is that she was a person who did not stand for foolishness, and she would gradually speak her mind to anyone she thought was not acting according to the gospel.
She was baptized in 1958 as a member of the Christadelphian body and for 54 years she never took her eye off Christ and his ministry. Sis Daisy was a nurse for many years devoting herself to helping and caring for others at our public hospitals. She was a true heir to the word of God. In 1965 she worked for more than two years at the Christadelphian hospital in Birmingham, she made her mark there.
She was a counselor and teacher in the brotherhood. Her love and loyalty to Jamaica and especially to Kingston never faltered or wavered. Her memory upon her falling asleep in Christ was sharper than a razor, even greater than mine and many other youths. She will not be forgotten.
Brother Tony Issacs wrote:
Another of Jamaica’s faithful stalwarts in the truth has now fallen asleep to await her glorious waking. Sharon and I were indeed blessed to have had an extensive visit and Breaking of Bread with her when we visited Jamaica last Easter. Her spirits were high, her mind remarkably sharp, remembering things I had forgotten. Like Bro. Jim noted, she was exhortational in her comments and the love of the truth and the hope of, and joy for, the kingdom radiated from her. That is why she seemed ageless. She glowed with a living hope. Sister Daisy was much loved. May the occasion of her being laid to rest bring many who have not been attending to return to their first love.
Sisters Sharron Hill Wilson and Daisy Allen
Brother James Samuels wrote:
Sister Daisy was admitted to the Kingston Public Hospital hours after we shared the emblems with her at the nursing home. On that occasion she was reciting the words of the hymns she wanted us to sing while we sang them. “Louder!” she insisted, as we raised the roof of the room in which she had spent several years unable to attend meetings due to ill health and the frailty that normally comes with 95 yrs of this mortal transitory life. It was a wonderful little memorial service in which, in the strongest voice she could muster, often with long pauses and punctuated with regular requests for “a little more water”, she exhorted us to hold fast to the truth. She reminded us that “Christ died for our sins according to the scripture”; that all our cares would come to nothing when we see the glory of the Son of man. “God is listening”, she reminded us. And between her words of encouragement, she would break for another of her favorite hymns, reciting the words as we followed her lead with our vocal accompaniment.
Sister Daisy fell asleep in the Lord on February 1, 2012.
As you can see, she was an inspiration right to the end. We all await our Lord’s return when we will once again share the joy of working beside our Sister in His Kingdom.
Sister Linda Reding