Mummy got married at the age of 18 in February 1963 before becoming a mother to her son and daughter Wade and Avanelle soon afterwards. By 1971 she was divorced, and at this point her children and her devotion to God became her driving force.
Mummy was very independent. Even as a young woman she always strived to do her best, not just for herself, but for her entire family. She began her working career as a sales clerk at Stephens in San Fernando, Trinidad.
Soon afterwards, she found her calling to become a nurse. She graduated Nursing School before continuing her advancement in the field by becoming a specialized Nurse-Midwife in the late 1970s. She began her nursing career at the San Fernando General Hospital in1978. Mummy went on to work at several public and private health institutions in Trinidad including the Southern Specialist Centre, Arima District Hospital, Mt. Hope Womens’ Hospital and the Couva District Hospital
Every milestone mummy achieved further strengthened her faith in God. She became a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church Charismatic Society, Couva, Trinidad. During this period her devotion to God deepened. She spent time visiting many different Catholic Churches across the island and began feeding the poor & homeless.
Mummy believed in family and always had an uplifting word or a prayer for all of us. She taught her family the power of prayer and the value of being a child of God. She supported us spiritually, emotionally and mentally. And gave willingly to all of us in times of need.
After 30 long years she remarried her first love, Keith Cole, and migrated to the United States of America in 1997 to be re-united with him. Here in the USA, she initially worked as an Administrative Assistant and then as a Nursing Assistant.
During this period she went back to school. She obtained her GED and eventually her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certification in August 2004, at the age of 60. A testament to the pillars of her life’s journey; unwavering determination, hard work and faith.
She continued to pursue her nursing career here in the USA. She worked at Harvard Vanguard, Weymouth Health Care, Rogerson Community, and Baypoint Rehabilitation. Baypoint Rehabilitation was her last place of employment.
Mummy’s true calling was nursing and she continued in this vocation to the very end. Over the course of her illustrious career she was the consummate professional. She helped bring new life into the world and developed a bedside manner that brought comfort to the patients under her care. She truly embodied and honored the words of The Nightingale Pledge.
“I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.”
She was the beloved wife of the late Keith Mervyn Cole. The Loving and devoted mother of Wade Cole (Huston, TX) and Avanelle Cole-Martin (Randolph, MA). Mother-In-Law of Allen Martin, and Ventrice Shillingford-Cole. Grandmother of Tahlia Tah and Nesya Benjamin-Cole. Sister of Lynette Charles (Scarborough, Tobago) and Lenore Wiltshire (Trinidad). Also, George Henry, Oscar, and Lenox Charles, deceased. Loving Aunt of Florence Morris-Turcotte (Trinidad), Lynn Morris-Akinyemi (London, England), Laurel, Rickson, Trevor, Nigel, Clinton, Ian, Gary, Susan, Suzette, Norman, Kathleen, Merlene, Maureen, Desmond and Sheri-Ann. Sister-In-Law of Letitia Cole, Dr. John & Dr. Lucy Ruben-Cole, Ayana & Dr. Nii Ayite Ayi and David Cole. Cousin of the Humphry and Smith families. Leanora leaves to mourn Lilla, Kathryn & Florence her sisters in Christ Jesus along with many more Cousins, Nieces, Grand Nieces and Nephews and Great Grand Nieces.
Leanora will be greatly missed by all those who were blessed to have known her.
Leanora’s family will honor and remember her life privately at a graveside committal service in St. Mary Cemetery, Randolph. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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