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Merle Helen Floreser Peets Dies

Merle Helen Floreser PeetsMerle Helen Floreser Peets of Anna’s Retreat, St. Thomas, died on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the age 81.

She is survived by her children: Cheryl Peets-Nicholls, Sylvanus Peets (Sil), Sherwin Peets Sr. and Xiomara Peets; adopted child, Carol Edwards; grandchildren: Monique Richards, Vanrine Peets Jr., Steven Peets, Tashea Richards, Shantel Peets, Annique Peets, Miluska Peets, T’alai Joseph, Sherwin Augustine Peets Jr. and Annamerique Joseph; and great-grandchildren: Jeremy Reed Jr., Elijah Pendleton, Timothy Fain, Ashton Peets, Aharon Peets and Vanrine Peets III.

She is also survived by her brother, Eustace Hicks; daughter-in-law, Pauline Peets; son-in-law, Devon Joseph; sister-in-law: Doris Hicks and Lydia Bussue; brother-in-law, Mohammed Abas Ottley; nieces: Torita Hansby, Elcindra Hicks, Denise Tyrell-Petersen and Denise Phipps; and nephews: Eustace Hicks Jr., Steve S. Tyrell, Keith “Kebo” Tyrell-Hicks, Nigel Williams, Terrance Pitt, Eustace Abbott, Kenrick Hicks and Wingrove Hicks.

Other survivors include cousins: Veronica Hendrickson, Lolita Joseph, Bette Hicks, Abijah Hicks, Janine Harrigan and Jaime Huff; special friends: Keturah Parker, Claire Warner, Irene Graham, Gwendolyn Richardson, Dulcie Gumbs, Olive Edwards, Melva Richardson and Dr. Prisca Maynard; as well as other near and dear family and friends too numerous to mention.

The first viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, at Turnbull Funeral Home. A second viewing will be held at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Wesley Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Western Cemetery No. 3.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Turnbull’s Funeral Home.

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