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Evelyn B. Cox
June 17, 2023
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Evelyn B. Cox, also known as “Auntie Beryl”, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2023, at St. Francis Hospital. She was born on November 19, 1937, in St. Georges, Grenada, to Venetta Harvey and John Sam. Evelyn was the second of four children.
She completed her elementary education at the Wesley Methodist Primary School and migrated to Trinidad shortly after graduation. Evelyn loved sewing and after taking dress-making classes, she started working at the Kirpalani Factory where she was a Seamstress First Class. In addition to sewing, she enjoyed cooking, baking, singing and she loved “playing mass”. She later met and married Anthony Cox.
Evelyn immigrated to the United States in the 1970s and lived in New York for several years before relocating to Hartford, Connecticut. She was then joined in Hartford by her daughter, Erva Joan Harvey. She was employed at the Hebrew Home in Bloomfield and retired after more than 30 years of service.
Being a life-long Methodist, Evelyn joined North United Methodist Church and remained a dedicated member for more that fifty years, serving in various ministries. She was a member of the Women’s Group, Chancel and Gospel Choirs, Adult Sunday School, Prayer Groups, Foodshare and faithfully supported her class.
Evelyn cherished and celebrated her West Indian roots and supported cultural organizations and events. She was a member of the Caribbean Ladies Cultural Club and took part in the West Indian Week activities, specifically the West Indian Parade, often making all of the costumes for the members of the group.
She was predeceased by her daughter, parents and brother, John. Left to cherish her memory are sisters: Thora Balfour of Hartford, Patricia Joyner (Barron) of Manchester and a sister-in-law Kay Nedd of Long Island, NY; several nieces, nephews (great and great-great), a host of other relatives and friends in the Caribbean, Canada, US, and the United Kingdom; life-long friends Gloria Grant, Estriana Hodge and the Ross/Ellis family. May she rest in eternal peace.