Williams gets emotional farewell

POSTED: 04/8/11 12:12 PM

St. Maarten – Felecia Chelsea Williams, the St Maarten Academy PSVE student who died tragically on March 27 got a very emotional send off Thursday. Scores of her friends lined up to get a final glimpse of their “dear friend” during the memorial service at the Bible Baptist Church on Arch Road.

Williams, affectionately known as ‘Fel Fel’ by her friends, managed to touch the lives and yesterday’s funeral was a chance for people to say goodbye as her early remains will be interred in Jamaica on Sunday April, 17 where she was born.

The last time the students and teachers of the Academy PSVE had cause to get emotional was when Isaac Patrickson, who also attended that school died tragically on June 16, 2010.

“I was shocked, angry and in disbelief and I was mad when I learnt that she could not swim,” job training coordinator at the Academy PSVE said Zensa Dahoglu of her initial reaction to the news.

“She was a good student and was doing well and just like a regular teenager she had her ups and downs and she liked to experiment. But she was in the highest class and dreamt about attending college overseas,” Dahoglu said.

According to Dahoglu, the morning after the tragedy, her class mates were shaken up. Some of them were still in that state of mind during the service. Several of those classmates were able to pull themselves together to pay tribute. The school’s Vice Principal and family friend Dwight Samuels also paid tribute to the deceased. Lenisha Sergent and Trephene Mitchell – the deceased girl’s sister – did the scripture reading and Angela Gordon, a close friend of the family read the eulogy before the officiating minister Dr. James Young delivered the sermon.

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