Celebrating the Life of

 

 Novelet Jenifer McDonald

May 24, 1958 – January 18, 2022

Richmond Road, St Mary Jamaica

May 24, 1958

Excerpt from her Eulogy:

As a young nurse she worked at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and later at the University Hospital of the West Indies where in only a few years she was promoted to “Ward Sister”. Kitty loved to explore and challenge herself and ventured into the private sector where she worked for Johnson and Johnson as Health Educator. This job took her all over the Island and gave her the opportunity to work with most companies including the hotels and schools where she would go in to give talks and demonstrations on health and hygiene matters. She enjoyed that job immensely as she had the opportunity to do what she loved most… meet new people. These people over the years have all transcended into family and in those years and beyond many family trips were enjoyed by not only her but also her son Christopher, daughter-in-law Caithlin and grandson Isaiah. These 3 were her everything…

Excerpt from the Family Tribute

Kitty enjoyed a full life, a life of good relationships. She had a relationship with her God, with family, friends and colleagues. Family meant a lot to her, she was in touch with just about everyone and willingly extended herself in whatever capacity she was needed given what was happening at that time. Her nephew Matthew lovingly recalls Kitty Mommy, as he called her. Cousins Georgia and Faithlyn remember her being so nice to them when they were little girls.

Wall of Tributes

My Sister, My Friend

KITTY it was only yesterday we shared  smiles and laughter and today they are just memories.  You were always there to lend a hand to give a hug and share a thought.  It breaks my heart to know that you are gone but your memories will keep me going strong.

You were bold, you were brave and full of life and a blessing to the many lives you touched.  I am ever grateful to be called you sister.  Sleep on my sister, sleep on my friend and take your rest.  A treasure gone too soon.  LOVE YOU ALWAYS.

Winsome (Grace)

TRIBUTE FROM NOREEN MCDONALD

“Sisters are FOREVER and I’m so glad you’re mine,” these words are inscribed on what must now become my favourite coffee mug. Kitty gave me that mug more than thirty years ago. My sister Kitty was a special gift to us all. I had the privilege of loving her all her life, she being the second of the lot. She loved life and people. She had the gift of friendship and maintaining relationships over many years.  A friend of the family once remarked that “Kitty has a friend for every day of the week”. She has touched the hearts of so many in her lifetime. Kitty was generous to a fault. She loved to party and was the life of the party. When I think of Kitty of see a beautiful butterfly moving from flower to flower bringing joy and happiness to all the persons who flourish in her garden of love.

I am happy that my sister knew the Lord and loved him. She was passionate about service to God and her fellow man and did not miss an opportunity to engage in doing the Lord’s work. She willingly gave of her time and resources to others and was blessed in return. We will never forget this invaluable gem of ours, she will live on in our hearts forever. Love like ours can never die. Sleep on my sister, may the Angels take you into Paradise.

TRIBUTE FROM COLLETTE MCDONALD (SISTER)

Kind

Intelligent

Talented

Tender-hearted

Young at heart

Kitty you left me beautiful memories that I will carry in my heart forever.

It broke my heart when you left us so soon…but your beautiful, kind and spirited self remains.

I will never understand why you ‘pushed ‘ so hard to be with me for your last Christmas ever…

I thought it would have been better to travel at a later date when Covid was lessened…but you ‘pushed’ harder and WON!

Sis I am so happy that you did.

You were so full of life, I miss you very much. You have left a void because you brought so much energy when you were around.

One of the things I will remember most is your early morning calls (5am)…no matter what day it was I just knew that when my phone rang it was Kitty

Go in Peace you’ve earned your sleep, your love in our hearts we will always keep

TRIBUTE FROM HENLEY

Our memories of Novelette, fondly called Kitty, go way back to the 1970’s when we were members of the United Church Young People’s Association, as the United Church Young People’s Fellowship was then known. The times spent and the experiences had in Youth Fellowship, camps and other activities of the related regional and denominational bodies will never be forgotten!

Kitty was quite a pleasant and an extremely friendly person. Her presence in a group was not easily missed. She was ever-smiling, vivacious and energetic. She was blessed with a melodious voice with which she, in turn, blessed countless others. Had she not become a nurse, she could easily have become a successful professional singer.

We cherish greatly the loyalty and quality of her friendship. She will live forever in our hearts.

Rest in peace, dear friend!

Henley Bernard

TRIBUTE FROM PAT BERNARD

Novlette aka Kitty quite, pleasant, friendly, presence felt in a crowd, family person, beautiful singing voice. My lasting memory of Novlette will be of an ever-smiling, vivacious, energetic lady. I have known her since we were both teenagers in the United Church. Had she not been a nurse she would have been a professional singer, such was the A class quality of her voice.  Among her friends and acquaintances I had never heard anyone say a bad or disparaging word about her. We will forever cherish her memory and I am sure that she will be singing with the angels. RIP my dear friend Kitty.

My Aunt & Friend

Farewell to a second mother and trusted friend. Mere words cannot do justice to the depth of this loss and fully express the extent of what you meant to me. Throughout my life you were one of the most encouraging, optimistic and nurturing people in my life and though you are gone now, I take comfort knowing you loved me dearly and I loved you and got the chance to tell you.
You will forever be missed and your mark on my heart will never fade. Rest in the loving
arms of God Auntie Kitty.

Dr. Sophia Beecher Garrick

Mommy Kitty

Auntie Kitty was a very loving and giving soul. She would not hesitate to give to others whatever she had…it was who she was. I remember my “Kitty mommy”, yes that’s what I called her because she would spoil me and treat me like I was her very own child.I feel blessed and special that you were with me and my family for Christmas. I will cherish those memories.
Rest in peace my Kitty mommy

Love Matthew

Warm Memories

Kitty you have been my Sister-in-law for over 25 years. You are missed by every life that you have touched. You were always so caring and supportive to me as I love and care for your Sister (Collette).

Christmas will forever be more special to me as you chose to spend it with us. Kitty we were not ready to see you go but I will hold those precious memories dear to my heart.

We must answer when the good Lord calls so sleep on in peace.

Lynden

Kitty my Cousin, Sister and Trusted Friend

She has brought us all together, sadly it is in this manner, none the less we appreciate your presence. Novelette otherwise known as Kitty, as we called her was our dear cousin, sister, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, niece and friend.  She was our mentor, friend and confidant.  She has touched our lives heart in so many ways.  I remember the many phone calls with an encouraging word.

The early morning prayers, her organizing skills are second to none.  Not to mention the annual family gatherings.  We always looked forward to Kitty who was the backbone of the planning and wow demonstrating her baking and cooking skills.  Her singing was to die for at weddings and other functions.  Her favourite wedding song was Ave Maria.  Kitty had great listening skills, whenever we need someone to talk to she was always there and was never too busy to listen even when she was not feeling well.  Her medical knowledge she  imparted to us was priceless.   Her strong personality was to be admired.  We cannot forget the many holidays at our grandmother’s house and the fun we had, how we wished it never ended. Life will never be the same without her.

Death has ended her life but not the memories of our relationship.  She has lived a full life.  Goodbyes are often hard to say but at this time we must let go.  Her memories we will always cherish.  Rest in peace our dear cousin.  She fought long and hard until the end because giving up was never her style. We will always love you dearly and we will never ever forget Kitty.

Kitty and love you always. 
Marcia

REMEMBERANCE OF NOVELET (KITTY) MCDONALD FROM THE ST ANDREW’S SCOTT’S KIRK YOUNG ADULTS 

It was during the late seventies, some bright eyed, enthusiastic high school graduates from different part of rural Jamaica, headed to the bright lights of the capital city, Kingston. Our aim was to further our education and or to seek employment and, although not all of us were from the United Church, we were invited to the Youth Fellowship by one of our new acquaintances who was a Youth fellowship member of St Andrew’s Scots Kirk.

We were informed of the fun, fellowship and camaraderie that existed among fellowship members, and so we found our way to our first Youth Fellowship meeting. It was during these visits that we met Novelet McDonald, aka Kitty, one of those young bright minds, pursuing nursing at the Excelsior Community College and who was a member of the Richmond RoadUnited Church in St. Mary.

TRIBUTE TO NOVELET MCDONALD FROM MEADOWBROOK UNITED CHURCH

Elder Novelette ‘Aunty Kitty’ McDonald was an ardent church worker; and a fervent believer in the priesthood of all believers.  No, she never assumed herself better than a pastor; but she was convinced that every member had a role to play in strengthening the body, and that as an elder one ought to be equally concerned about the state of the building as one was about the evangelistic thrust as one was about the liturgical frames and the budget.

With that, Kitty was 100% Presbyterian, as she believed that church should be ‘decent and in order’.  Hence one Sunday at the traditional service, the hymn for Communion was ‘Let us Talents and Tongues Employ’, written by Jamaican hymnodist Doreen Potter and set to the tune of ‘Linstead Market’. 

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Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.

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