HUNDREDS from the Jamaican community and from all over Gloucester turned out to pay their final respects to popular grandmother Drucilla Lewis, who has died aged 86.
Born on September 8, 1927, Drucilla met her husband Joshua Lewis in Spanish Town in St Catherine Jamaica in the early 40s and fell instantly in love.
The couple decided to come to England for a better life in 1955 and lived together in Gloucester for almost 60 years. They had four children together, two step children and one adopted child.
Drucilla worked all her life as a nurse, but it is her role as a foster parent that she will be most remembered for.
Foster child Angela Squires said: “Words do not describe the sadness I feel and total emptiness in my heart with the loss of a dear lady close to my heart. She took me into her home and 25 years later has taught, moulded and shaped me into a woman of integrity strength and loyalty. I can only thank her for showing me such love. She was my mother and I will miss her.”
Dorrett Samuels: “Grandma, just the mention of her name fills my heart and my eyes. I have so many precious memories that no one can ever take away from me, to which I can share with my grandchildren about their wonderful grandma. I have been truly blessed in my life to have her in it and she has been the shoulder I needed on many of occasions. Truly blessed to be part of five generations, to be educated by grandma into the ways of life, which I have instilled into my children and grandchildren.”
The family home was always ‘open house’, with Drucilla on hand to offer kind words of encouragement to anyone in need of a shoulder to cry on. A devoted Christian, Drucilla attended The New Testament Church of God where she was a proud member of the choir.
She loved nothing more than sitting up on the pulpit and singing her heart out.
Drucilla has left behind 27 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, 23 great great grandchildren to which she adored each and every one in there own unique way.
Hundreds joined a funeral procession from her home in Stroud Road to the nearby New Testament Church