July 4, 2020

Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Esther Vernicia Watler


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Esther Vernecia Watler photoIt was a packed East End United Church on Saturday 27th April, 2013, to hear a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the late much loved Esther Vernicia Watler who died peacefully at her East End home on 19th April, 2013 after a short illness. Miss Vernicia was 78.

Left to mourn is her loving husband, Trevor Watler, her children, grandchildren, sisters, other relatives and a host of friends.

Miss Vernicia was well known in the Cayman community for the many activities, clubs and associations she was a member of.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend to all, civic leader and a blessed Christian lady who was a regular worshiper at both East End and Gun Bay United Churches.

Esther Vernecia Watler 2Officiating Ministers at the service were Rev. Louis Sully, Rt. Rev. Dr. Yvette Noble-Bloomfield (United Church Moderator), Rev. Godfrey Meghoo and Pastor Winston Rose.

The Organist was Denver Bloomfield and the Pianist was Glen Inanga.

Both The Scouts Association and The Lions Club of Grand Cayman formed a Guard of Honour.

Scripture readings were from Psalm 121 and Psalm 23. Hymns were “It Is Well With My Soul”, “Till the Storm Passes By”, “Precious Mem’ries”, “I Bowed On My Knees” (duet by Paul and Sharon Roberts) and “My Jesus, I Love Thee”.

Esther Vernecia Watler 1It is fitting at this time we publish a tribute to Miss Vernicia from The Elections Office

“It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of a dear friend and former colleague. Miss Vernicia, as she was known to all of us at the Elections Office, always conducted  herself in a very professional manner and as a long serving Registering Officer for the district of East End she always endeared herself to all she came in contact with.  Even at her retirement she made sure that she found a suitable   replacement to continue her legacy. This showed the level of concern she had for her district in ensuring that there was continuity.

“Miss Vernicia dealt with voter registration long before the establishment of the Elections Office and many years before a system of permanent registration was introduced. Her knowledge of the people in her community was an asset in maintaining the Register of Electors for her district.

“The other long serving Elections Officer, Capt. Dale Banks, was always the first to agree to serve at each election and only wanted to serve in East End due to the care Miss Vernicia took in making sure that he was well fed on Election Day.

“Miss Vernicia will be sadly missed by all at the Elections Office and to her family we say “Take comfort in the many memories you have of the times shared with her whilst she was amongst us and may the good Lord continue to ‘Comfort you in the days and years to come”. We end this tribute with some words of a song which says it all ~ “Precious Memories How They Linger”.

“The Supervisor and Staff of The Elections Office”

There were many other Tributes to Miss Vernicia including The Lions Club, The Women’s Fellowship, The National Trust of the Cayman Islands, The Scouts Association, Justice of the Peace Association and her Friends at the Credit Union.

The body of Esther Vernicia Watler, Cert. Hon, J.P. was laid to rest at the Gun Bay Church Cemetery.Esther Vernecia Watlerweb

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