Beatrice Agatha “Iselin” France Matthew died in her home, 48B La Grande Princesse, on Oct. 28, in Christiansted, St. Croix. She was 83 years old. Beatrice was born on Dec. 10, 1932, in Parkhill, St. Vincent.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Dalton Adolphus and Dorcas Alexandra France; sisters, Venita France Oliver and Josephine France; brothers, Samuel, John and Frederick France. brothers-in-law: Charles S. Matthew and Walter A. Jenkins; sisters-in-law: Viviana J. Lapsey and Jestina V. Matthew; nieces: Doreen Jenkins, Vida Bridgewater and Emelda Matthew; nephews: Albert France and Carlo Lapsey.
She is survived by her husband, Deacon James J. Matthew; children: Geraldine E. Walters and Emelda R. Semper in the United Kingdom, Joseph A. Matthew and Trevor Hodge in St. Kitts, Cynthia M. Cole, Merica M., Henry A., Samuel J. and Eric W. Matthew in Florida, Viviana V. Matthew-James on St. Croix; brothers: Theophilus France in Jamaica, Benjamin, Ruben, Canute and Festus France in Antigua; sisters: Joycelyn France in the U.S. and Amazille France on St. Vincent; brother-in-law: Enos Oliver in Antigua; and sister-in-law: Jean H. France in Jamaica; daughters-in-law: Maria Matthew in Brazil and Mayrena Matthew in Florida; and sons-in-law: Rudolph Walters and Eugene Semper in the United Kingdom, Ersdaille Cole in Florida and Cordell Dabrio on St. Croix.
She is also survived by grandchildren: Julia and Viola Walters, Andre, Andrea, Yvette, and Eunester Fenton, Eunenna and Eurenzah Semper all in the United Kingdom, Darrell and Caisey Cole, Steven James, Trevornelle Hodge, Shaquille and Lashunte Hobson in Florida, Jamison James, Cevilla Bartlette, Selah Matthew, Cleavon, Lionel and Nishawn Georges, and Devon Daniel, all on St. Croix, Joean and St. Clair James in Maryland, Vincent James Jr. in Washington, D.C.; Tracy Dabrio James, Krevall Hodge in New York, Sherlita Dabrio Carroll in Virginia, and Sylvia Dabrio on St. Kitts.
Other survivors include great-grandchildren: Nathan Roach, Letitia Sweeney, Angelle, Keon, Ardon, Kesean, Ronaldo and Kayjel Fenton, Kowanya Morris, Kayden and Treyshawn Stewart, Allianna, Meikiyo and Keinzo Semper all in the United Kingdom, Jarrell James in Washington, D.C., Jovhan Thomas and London Lancos in Maryland, Leyla Abdallah, Maya, Jahiem, Jalen, Kymari, J’Keyla and Melenik James all on St. Croix.
Other survivors include nieces: Adina, Esther, Sandra, Jacklyn, Judy, Natalie, Dawn and Lois France, Roslyn and Rosil Wilkinson, Cheryl Oliver, Merle and Antoinette Glasgow, Kaleen Mars, Susan Johnson, Judith, Juanita and Jackie Jenkins, Sylvene Davron, Victoreen Thompson, Carol Holloway, Beulah Lapsey, Rita Prosper-Hendrickson, Inez Matthew-Freeman and Patricia Matthew, Josephine Matthew Rientsma, Sylvia Matthew Bagnal and Marilyn Matthew Palmer.
Other survivors include nephews: Joseph, James, Samuel, Andrew, Hamilton, Jonathan, Michael and Samuel France, Livingston, Kenshon, and Myron Wilkinson, Kevin and Cedric Mars, George and Lorrilston Jenkins, Clement, Clyde, Renford, Valentine, Stedman, St. Clair and Oscar Lapsey, George, Sylvester, Anthony and Glenville Matthew; great nieces: Sherrian France, Nysha Gonsalves, Jammile France, Telesha France, Tiffany Oliver, Susan France, Denice France and Annette France; great nephews: Shoyan, Michael and Damian France; and great-great nephew, Alexis Gonsalves.
Other survivors include niece-in-law, Natalie Stevenson France. aunts: Olive Abbott, Mathilda Bacchus and Alma Douglas; godchildren: Julian Lewis and Alicia Silcott; cousins: the Abbott, Bacchus, France, Williams, Douglas and James families; and other relatives: Cole/Percival family, Rosemary Williams and family, Everett Oliver and family, Freeman family, Adolphus “Trixie” Matthew and family, Dorothy Matthew and family and Yvonne Stanley.
Other survivors include special friends and families: St. Croix Joseph and Rachael Graham, Matthew Gilbert and family, Deacon Emith and Gwendolyn Fludd, Leonora Finch, Walford and Elsie Galloway, Celia Daniel, Theresa Thomas, Eardley and Marilyn Charles, Winifred Jonas and family, the Mason, Ramos, Anderson, Steele, Davis, Lewis, Charles, Felix, Goodwin, Bridgewater, Sanchez, Bruce, LBJ Sacred Heart Chapel and Holy Cross Church families, St. Kitts Ednamae Hamilton and family, the Green, France, Lewis, Merchant, O’Brian and Slack families, Ken Martin and family, Erasmus Williams and family, Dr. O’Loughlyn and family, Sandra Kelly, Sonia Richardson, Sheila Bass-Williams, Dr. Denzil Douglas and the Honorable Sam Condor.
Special recognition and thanks go to caretakers: Lenicia Garcia, Morvette Davis, Sharon Morton and the Continuum Care family.
Memorial and funeral arrangements are scheduled for St. Croix and St. Kitts.
St. Croix: There will be a Memorial Service for the late Beatrice Agatha France Matthew on Nov. 11, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Queen Street, Christiansted, St. Croix. There will be a viewing from 10 to 10:30 a.m., followed by the Memorial Mass. The Memorial Service arrangements are in the care of James Memorial Funeral Home Inc., located at 6AA La Grande Princesse.
St. Kitts: A funeral service is scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Immaculate Conception Co-Cathedral, East Independence Square, Basseterre, St. Kitts. There will be a viewing held from 2 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., a eulogy and tributes will be from 2:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., followed by the Mass. Interment will follow at the Springfield Cemetery, Basseterre, St. Kitts. The funeral arrangements are in the care of the Eastern Benevolent Society, located at Baker’s Corner, Basseterre, St. Kitts.