Aleith Theresa Godfrey (January 11, 1939 - July 25, 2023)

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Aleith Theresa Godfrey
  • January 11, 1939
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  • July 25, 2023

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On 25th July 2023, Aleith “Cherry” Godfrey (née Johnson) passed away peacefully at the age of 84. Aleith was born 11th January 1939 to parents Claude and Albertha Johnson in St. Mary, Jamaica. Her own mother pre-deceased her at 11 months. Aleith made her home in Spanish Town, Jamaica and later in South Florida and finally retiring in Ocala, Florida. She completed all her formal education in Jamaica, attending Linstead and Tulloch Primary School, Dinthill Technical High School, and Villmore School of Commerce. She was proud of her tenure at Jamaica Public Service (JPS) where she worked as a secretary. She enjoyed being an entrepreneur and for a few years owned a small bakery in Spanish Town. She was baptized at age 16 in the Seventh-day Adventist church, the “greatest day of my life,” she recalled, and remained faithful all her life. And it is at church where Aleith shone brightest. She used her creative mind to write remarkable plays for her beloved Sabbath School, all to the glory of God. She was known for amazing culinary skills both as cook and baker. But most of all she will be missed for her infectious smile. She is survived by her sons Sean Godfrey and Kevin Godfrey, granddaughter Katarina “Kai” Godfrey, sister Enid “Blossom” Johnson, adopted daughter, Loris “Bobbette” Tabannor and son-in-law Basil Tabannor, friends Carmen, Ryan Wiggan and Yvonne Wiggan, cousins Zaza and Lorraine. And by a host of children who call her mom, multitudes of friends, and an innumerable church family.

Memorial service will be on 13th August 2023 at the Marion Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3201 SW 143 Place Rd, Ocala, FL 34473. Viewing begins at 9am and services start at 10 am. Interment follows immediately at the Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, 5740 S Pine Ave, Ocala, FL 34480.

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  7. Kevin Godfrey says:
    13 Aug 2023
    To my beautiful mother,

    I will treasure our memories, and I thank you for being a blessing to us.
    Talking several times a day will be greatly missed!
    Thank you for the last few months that will change my life forever!
    Thank you, mom, for believing in me, and thank you for being my mother!
    Your legacy for being a blessing to others has made me proud and I am honored to be the son of an angel!
    Mom, I love you!
    Rest in peace til we meet again!
    Your baby boy,

    Kevin

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  19. Hope Dawnell ( Dawn )Thomas-Wright says:
    09 Aug 2023
    To Kevin, Sean and family members: I give my condolences to you on the passing of your mother "Mom Godfrey". Mom Godfrey, good friend of our family members and my late mother Nellie Thomas.
    Mom Godfrey was very kind, humble, respectful, loving, helpful, caring and jovial.

    Ive known her personally over 40 years at Spanish Town S.D.A church where i had grown up; during those times, we would visit her (and she'll visit us likewise) at her jamaican house where she used to always make her special bulla and cakes. We would call her "Mom Godfrey" because she is always there for us, always giving - Especially the times when she visited Jamaica from her travels overseas, she always had us in mind when she brought back goodies.

    Most of all she had a close connection with God. "Mama Godfrey" will surely be missed. As you go through this time of bereavement, I pray that God may strengthen you and the rest of your family.
    May her soul rest in peace. Amen.

  20. Hope Dawnell ( Dawn )Thomas-Wright says:
    09 Aug 2023
    To Kevin, Sean and family members: I give my condolences to you on the passing of your mother "Mom Godfrey". Mom Godfrey, good friend of our family members and my late mother Nellie Thomas.
    Mom Godfrey was very kind, humble, respectful, loving, helpful, caring and jovial.

    Ive known her personally over 40 years at Spanish Town S.D.A church where i had grown up; during those times, we would visit her (and she'll visit us likewise) at her jamaican house where she used to always make her special bulla and cakes. We would call her "Mom Godfrey" because she is always there for us, always giving - Especially the times when she visited Jamaica from her travels overseas, she always had us in mind when she brought back goodies.

    Most of all she had a close connection with God. "Mama Godfrey" will surely be missed. As you go through this time of bereavement, I pray that God may strengthen you and the rest of your family.
    May her soul rest in peace. Amen.-From Hope Dawnell ( Dawn )Thomas-Wright

  21. Horent Kennedy says:
    09 Aug 2023
    Sister Godfrey always asked me, how are things with the family? She became a very special woman in our lives. Words cannot express the kindness and love that was extended to all the members of my family. She was a wonderful soul and a source of strength for me when my husband passed away. May you have comfort in knowing that you have a family with us. When you are lonely, remember that God’s promises are only a prayer away.

  22. Janene says:
    09 Aug 2023
    Sis Godfrey and my mom Ruby Francis were very good friends from their late teenage years. As such I can remember lots of visits to her home as a child. Sean and Kevin were among my friends from then. She was one of the church mothers who willingly helped you whenever it was needed. She migrated so as to make a better life for herself and sons as she was a single mom at this time. She did her best for her boys. Whenever she came home for a visit she always tried to call or visit my mom. My mom would always say "Janene guess who's hear, Cherrie".....don't know she got that name...it probably had something to do with her cheerful personality...always cheerful and smiling.

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    09 Aug 2023
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  24. Sheryl Wright says:
    09 Aug 2023
    Sister Godfrey who was affectionately known to my family - the Johnson Family & Friends Zoom Sabbath Evening Vespers Group as sister Cherry will be gravely missed. She became a big sister to all my aunts and an aunt, cousin and friend to the rest of us. Sister Cherry was a regular contributor to our Zoom Vespers programme which was started due to Covid-19. Her smile, her laughter, her prayers will be be deeply missed. Condolences to her biological family from her adopted family - the Johnsons. Sleep on my dear Aunt Cherry, sleep on.

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  34. Marsha Dennis says:
    04 Aug 2023
    My sincere condolences to the bereaved family. My prayers goes out to Kevin and Shawn in the difficult time. Rest In Peace. A life well lived.

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  36. Katarina Godfrey posted an image:
    04 Aug 2023
    I miss you and love you grandma ❤️
    I miss you and love you grandma ❤️

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  40. Janet Sutherland posted an image:
    03 Aug 2023
    My friend, and prayer partner. I will miss your hospitality, food and mostly your smile and our prayer time together. Sleep on and take your rest until we meet again, never to be separated.
    My friend, and prayer partner. I will miss your hospitality, food and mostly your smile and our prayer time together. Sleep on and take your rest until we meet again, never to be separated.

  41. Patricia Cooper says:
    03 Aug 2023
    My sincere condolences to Kevin, Shawn, Blossom Katharina other members of the family and a host of friends.
    May the Lord give you the strength to go through in this time of bereavement.

  42. Sis. Juliette Smith says:
    03 Aug 2023
    In loving memory of my best friend, Aleith Godfrey. I will dearly miss you. May you rest in peace til we meet!

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  48. Stacey Burey says:
    02 Aug 2023
    Sis Godfrey’s vivacious good works, and warm memories will live on in our hearts. Our sincerest condolences and prayers for her family and loved ones.
    - Stash

  49. Stacey Burey says:
    02 Aug 2023
    Sis Godfrey, your vivacious good works and warm loving memories live on in our hearts. Sincere sympathies and prayers for her family and loved ones at this time.

    Stash

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    02 Aug 2023
    Lit since August 2, 2023 at 8:45:00 PM

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