By Jeff Mahoney Spectator Reporter Sat., May 23, 2020 If you knew Anita Isaac at all, which I did, you adored and admired her. How could you not? Nurse, leader, teacher, community pillar. Giver. She grew the most beautiful dahlias, baked for everyone, did Japanese embroidery, advocated, visited, organized, brought laughter and smiles in her calm, humble, utterly approachable yet confident way. Having no children of her own to bring up (she married, but only in 2013, age 75, for the first time, to Winston), she was, it seemed, mother to everyone.
I will remember Anita as the “Dahlia Queen”. Last May I happened to sit with Winston and Anita at the RBG dahlia auction. To my delight pictures of dahlias and her garden quickly appeared. Winston smiled sweetly and said that he preferred the planting of hot peppers. We all loved her! She was a steadfast advocate in all things medical and her concern for and support of women were unfailing. Her remarkable elegance, her shining eyes and her smile are reminders of her inner beauty and strength. Perhaps the words of Helen Keller will bring you some comfort: “What we […]
I was so blessed to be reunited with my Mom after 54 years. I feel like a higher power touched me, this and encouragement from my children, I decided to try to find her. I recall feeling a sense of urgency after many efforts to find her failed. I believe now God was encouraging me to hurry up. We were reunited, on March 2, 2020, and we spent an incredible first meeting with Mom and Winston in their beautiful home. Mom cooked the most amazing meal. And by the time I left, I felt like I knew her my whole […]
Anita’s story from “Chedoke more than a Sanatorium” In 1958 Anita Isaac left her home on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts for the sprawling, smoky, city of Manchester in northwest England. She was just seventeen and planned to enrol in nursing school. With her head full of dreams and a desire to make her way in the world, Anita was given these parting words from her mother. “There are people who are better looking than you; more intelligent than you; have more money than you; but remember, no one is better than you!” Those words have guided Anita through […]