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Dorothy Brenda Watson Rodney
January 15, 1948 ~ December 14, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Dorothy Brenda Watson Rodney was born on January 15th, 1948, to the late Claudine Watson and Rupert Rodney in Triumph Village, located in the Demerara area of Guyana, South America.
Dorothy Watson, affectionately called by her middle name Brenda, attended St. Mary's Virgin Anglican School in Guyana. Education held a special place in Brenda's heart, and she passed this love for education onto her daughters and grandchildren. Although Brenda was unable to complete her formal education due to the death of both her parents, she always made an effort to learn new skills.
At the age of 20, Brenda became an orphan, and her grand-aunt Tilla presented her with the opportunity to emigrate to the United States of America. As soon as she entered New York City, she received a job from the Self-Help Nursing Agency, where she worked for several years. While working, she attended classes and became a nurse's aide. Dorothy continued to enhance her skills to receive her New York State Certified Nurse Aide. With her new certification, Dorothy landed a job with Greenpark Care Center, now called The Phoenix Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Dorothy served the residents for over 35+ years with integrity, compassion, and care. She was a proud union delegate of Local 1199, passionately advocating and conducting fair hearings between staff and management.
When Dorothy Brenda arrived in the USA, she continued her faith walk by attending St. Augustine Episcopal Church every Sunday. When the demands of her work increased, she wanted to find a church that would allow her to attend an early service. Her beautiful and spirit-filled friend, Carmen McIntosh, shared repeatedly about Lenox Road Baptist Church. Dorothy Brenda re-affirmed her journey with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and became a Lenox Road Baptist Church member. Dorothy Brenda loved attending LRBC, saying, "Pastor had me skinning my teeth today. He preached a great sermon." She would hum the hymns that played during service while she prepared Sunday dinners. Dorothy Brenda enjoyed traveling with her friends and co-workers. She enjoyed spending time at Glenwood Senior Centre. Dorothy was a member of the Lions Club of Clinton Hills. Brenda enjoyed ballroom dancing. Dorothy Brenda's presence will be missed, especially during the holiday season. There was love, laughter, mouth-watering dishes, and delicious baked goods.
The best way to describe Dorothy Brenda Watson Rodney is Proverbs 31 vs 20-31:
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: For all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; Her clothing is silk and purple. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; And she shall rejoice in time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; and they praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, But thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: But a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Dorothy Brenda's legacy will live on through her children: Rhonda Watson (Michael Greene), Beverly Lawrence, and Odessa Richards. Her grandchildren, Alex Lawrence, Rodney "Juwan" Belin Jr, Alesse Lawrence, Cheyanne Jarvis, Xavier Daniels, Mya Watson Greene, and Madison Watson Greene. Sister Cynthia Rodney, brothers Patrick Rodney & Rudolph Watson (Gillian Watson). A maternal figure, Stephanie Christopher & Family. Childhood Bestie, Madge Britton & Family. Cousin John Carlton October & Family. Cousin Megan Wills Ceasar & Family. The Stoute Family. Profitt Family, Booker Family, Benjamin Family, Dennis Family, and Ifill family of Guyana, South America, and her nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Honorable mentions to the following: The Newton Family, LaToya Riley, Bayne Family, The Lewis Family, Dr. Angelique Cook and Family, The McIntosh Family.
We thank God for your humble and gracious servant, Dorothy Brenda Watson Rodney; she will be missed.