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Tribute from Eugenia Motillawh Pratt

Leyinde Pabs-Garnon was a dear cousin and friend of mine.  We attended the Annie Walsh Memorial School together, and have been in touch with one another until her death.  We communicated by phone almost daily sharing encouraging words as we dealt with our daily aches and pains.  Every year in June, I always look forward to seeing and spending time with Leyinde along with Felicia Taylor-Lewis, Cynthia Pratt, Hannah Smith, Rev. Alice Fitzjohn, Lena Tunike Johnson and Elna Metzger who is now deceased as of 2015, to celebrate my birthday over lunch.  We are dubbed, “The Golden Girls Birthday Club”.

When I spoke with you the night before you passed away, I never imagined I will never speak with you again.  I told you I will call you the next day.  I did not have the opportunity.

Leyinde, I will forever have good memories of you which death cannot destroy.  May your soul rest in perfect peace.

Eugenia Motillawh Pratt