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Carr-Elie led a prayerful life says daughter

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Sunday, January 26 2014

ANITA Carr-Elie, the grandmother who on Monday perished in a fire at the family’s home in San Fernando, received the alias “ Praying Mantis “ from fond relatives because of the prayerful life she lived.

Her daughter (Abbess) Ava Alexander-Smith made the comments yesterday at the funeral service held at Guides Funeral Home, Coffee Street in San Fernando.

“She was a spiritual person, deep in the Roman Catholic Church and baptized in the Spiritual Baptist Church. She lived a full and prayerful life and was the spiritual mother of many. We used to call her a praying mantis. She prayed morning, noon and night and she had a rosary which she never let go,” said Alexander-Smith.

Relatives of Carr-Elie, 79, found her charred remains inside her bedroom on Monday after they contained a fire which trapped her inside the house located at Navet Road, San Fernando.

Carr-Elie, a mother of two and grandmother of eight, had recently suffered a stroke and had limited mobility.

Before a packed congregation at the funeral service yesterday, the bereaved daughter said the fire started in the doorway of the bedroom due to an electrical problem. By the time relatives and neighbours were alerted, it was too late, she said, as she extended thanks to neighbours as well as her husband and daughter for ‘doing their best’. Alexander-Smith took comfort in the fact that her mother spent the last days with family. Alexander-Smith told the mourners that anyone was able to visit her mother at anytime with problems and was sure to receive comforting words.

“You could have gone to Mother Nita anytime with any problem. She always offer words of comfort. She taught us how to live a God-fearing life,” she recalled.

Carr-Elie, who grew up at Mandingo Road, Fifth Company Village, Moruga, was later laid to rest at the Roodal Cemetery on Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando.

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