Saturday, October 1, 2011


Mrs. Mavis Brown Tillett, the mother of Village View Post contributor Winfield Tillett, died in Crooked Tree Village on September 29th, 2011. Just four months ago, Winfield took time off from his job in Los Angeles to visit his mother in Crooked Tree Village.
Children of Mrs. Tillett (L-R) Leeroy and Murvin Tillett, Olga Fleshman, Clarence and Winfield Tillett
Ma-Ma Mavis died at 5:00 a.m. Just minutes before she died, the nurse on duty went to check up on her. Ma-Ma Mavis told the nurse that she was feeling stuffy in her stomach and the nurse told her that she was going to get the doctor and would be right back. Before the nurse left she gave her thanks for caring for her and her last words were "I love you nurse".  Ma-Ma was the pillar of the Tillett family and a woman of extraordinary strength and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed all her children to take chances. She was proud of her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of them was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.

Ms. Mavis, Ma-Ma Mavis, Granny Mavis, Aunt Mae-Mae, Aunt Mavis or Cousin Mavis, as she was called by so many of those who knew her, was born in Crooked Tree Village on September 25th, 1925. She died shortly after celebrating her 86th birthday with many of her children and grand-children.

She is survived by her sister, Ellen Brown Camera, and twelve of her thirteen children – six sons and six daughters.

She outlived her eldest son, Burton, and her husband, Robert ‘Bob’ Tillett, by 33 and
31 years, respectively. Her sons are Winfield, Clarence, Murvin, Leeroy, Barrington and Brian Tillett, and daughters are Olga Fleshman, Noreen Tillett, Annette Crown, Marva Gillett, Lottette Bracket and Bernadette Middleton. Granny Mavis also had 30 grand-children and 22 great-grands. She died as she lived - peaceful, humble, loyal, loving, caring and all that one could have asked for from a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She gave her all, and was truly blessed with a long and loving life, cherished by family and friends, alike. She departed this earth to enter her new home ‘beyond the sunset’, and may she rest in peace.
Some of Mrs. Tillett grand-children
Her funeral is scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd at 9:00 a. m. at the Crooked Tree Baptist Church in Crooked Tree Village. Rev. Lloyd Stanford of the Belize City Queen Street Baptist Church will be moving his congregation to Crooked Tree for the funeral.


Margaret Cargill said...

My sympathy to you and your family, may your dear mother rest in peace, and rise in glory.

Pam said...

Cousin Mavis was mama's 1st cousin and I used to always visit her as a child spending my summer vacations in CT. Everybody who knows me knows that it's my favourite place in the world. I couldn't wait to get up there as soon as school let out. Had my suitcase packed and ready weeks in advance. I used to use my clothes and wash them, iron them and put them right back in my suitcase (grip). LOL. I made so many close and dear friends back then that I am still close with today. Real, true friends.