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Pearline Heyliger Dies at 87

Pearline Heyliger

Pearline Heyliger, also known as “Mother P,” “Mother Pearl” and “Grandma P,” of Estate Richmond died on Saturday, Feb. 18. She was 87 years old.

She is survived by her daughters: Vywatt Heyliger David, Caroline Heyliger, Lorna Heyliger Hendricks, Paula Heyliger Browne, Hilda Heyliger George and Bernice Heyliger Ward (stepdaughter); sons: Calvin Heyliger, Desmond Heyliger, Rayford “Azzy” Heyliger, Clement “Champ” Heyliger, Howard Heyliger and Vincent Heyliger; and grandchildren: Clyde, Al, Jay, Dorain, Esmond, Ruben, Rema, Jamie, Jamiil, Howard Jr., Mikayl, Mykal, Clement Jr., Rambo, Netanya, Nyella, Christal, Nadirah, Loukisha, Iesha, Malisha, Sherrae, Reneisha, Jenelle, Whitney, Khadijah, Shenice, Courtney, Kemia and Ke’Andra.

She is also survived by four great-grandsons; 13 great-granddaughters; sisters: Judith Gumbs, Edna Richardson, Meread Huggins, Doreen Fergus and Marie Rissing; brothers: Ralph Gumbs, Arnold Gumbs and Howard Gumbs; 35 nieces; 22 nephews; 50 great nieces; 35 great nephews; and daughters-in-law: Avril Trotman Heyliger, Cheryl McIntosh Heyliger, Marsha Miller Heyliger, Lyrhea Bryan Heyliger, Monique Hewlett Heyliger and Elise B. Heyliger.

Other survivors include sons-in-law: Owen A. David, Curtis L. George and Keith Browne; seven grandsons-in- law; five granddaughters-in-law; brother-in-law, Labon Heyliger (UK); special friends: Elaine Douglas a.k.a. “Mother Laine,” Congresswoman Donna Christensen, Lt. Gov. Gerard L. James II, Marylin Simmon, Averil George and Ann Marie Gibbs; as well as other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 2,  at the James Memorial Funeral Home, La Grande Princesse.

A viewing will take place at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 3, at Ebenezer Methodist Church, Richmond. Interment will follow at Kingshill Cemetery.

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  1. To the memory of my awesom wonderful Aunty (Mother P). I cannot begin to express the feelings of love, respect, gratitude and total admiration I have had my entire life for my Mother P. Simply I want to say she was the best an Aunty any newphew could have wanted. I learned so much from her and I was never hungry a day in my life if I was visiting her home nor ever did I have to worry about a place to lay my head. My Mother-P was not only a mother to her children but to everyone of her siblings children. Most of my wonderful childhood memories were established at 23 Company St and the first telephone I EVER USED and the only phone number I have known for fortyznine years is her number -still inservice since 1967. Fifty-five years of life filled with love, nurtured and molded by her hands, has played a significant role in the man and Father I am today. mother-P I loved you in life and value you also in your going home to meet Mama and Papa. I will always love you and I miss you forever. your newphew Icen.