Community Pastor’s death leads to emotional outpouring

POSTED: 03/27/11 7:59 PM

St. Maarten – Community Pastor Eulalie Meyers-Hazel died in hospital between Thursday and Friday, prompting an outpouring of support for the Meyers and Hazel families. The deceased is the mother of amongst others Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Franklin Meyers and the mother in law of United People’s Party Member of Parliament Sylvia Meyers-Olivaccee. No date for the funeral was known at press time.

Meyers Hazel, a devout Methodist, is most widely known for her work in the church, especially the Girls Brigade movement, in which she was a Captain. She was often called upon to do the invocation at public events and was known as a stern woman, who was also quick to smile and warmly greet people she came across.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams extended the cabinet’s condolences to Minister Meyers and his family, the widower of the deceased, the extended Meyers and Hazel families and the entire community of St. Maarten. The prime minister also saluted the deceased calling her “ pioneer and fighter for women rights, a stalwart of the Methodist Church and one of the greatest social activists our country has known.”

“I have had the privilege to have known Ms. Lalie closely for many, many years, have worked with her in different capacities and always admired her zeal for life and genuine care for her fellow human beings. I pray that the Almighty will comfort the family in this time of great loss and I hope that our community will find strength and unity in the memories we share of Ms. Lalie in the numerous capacities in which she served her nation. May her life serve as an example for us and for generations to come,” Wescot-Williams wrote in a statement.

Leader of the United People’s (UP) Party and Deputy Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger told this newspaper, “She was a strong woman; A great supporter, giving us guidance through the Almighty. This is a great loss for us all.”

Director of the St. Maarten Youth Council Association Connie Gumbs-Francis who worked with Meyers in the Girls Brigade posted on Facebook, “Farewell Captain Meyers! You have fought the good fight; you have run the race well. Sleep in peace in the arms of the Almighty.”

United People’s Party number 22 candidate Jesus Richardson also posted his thoughts on Facebook stating, “My heart goes out to the Meyers and Hazel families in your time of sorrow. May God grant you peace, may his love surround you and give you strength. Sister Meyers has made an indelible mark on many people’s lives and hearts. She lives on in our memories and in those of the people of St. Maarten. May she rest in peace.”

          Fellow United People’s Party candidate Angelique Martis Roumou posted, “Always a strong woman of God. R.I.P Mimi”, as her status on Blackberry Messenger to show her support.

In neighboring Saba politician and talk show host Dave Levenstone stated, “Just had to shed a tear or two when I heard of the passing of Mrs. Eulalie Meyers of St. Maarten, the mother of Minister Franklin Meyers, former policeman and now businessman Etienne (Tochie) Meyers, Charlie Meyers, Gwen Meyers, Jackie and all others. A great woman in deed and St. Maarten has lost yet another icon. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.”

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