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Phillipa Marjorie Beckford


Sunrise: November 17, 1955

Sunset: March 31, 2022

Phillipa Marjorie Beckford 66 years of age, of Magil Palm, St. Catherine and Virgina Beach, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 6:57pm at Sentara Princess AnnHospital, VA.

Phillipa was born on November 17, 1955, to the late Ernest Beckford and Maisie “Ceta” Francis, in Free Hill District, St. Mary, Jamaica.   She was the 5th of 8 children, 4 of whom preceded her in death.

After successfully completing the common entrance exams at Free Hill Primary School, she attended St. Mary High school.  She then studied at Shortwood Teachers College, specializing in Home Economics, and in later years obtained her MastersDegree from the University of the West Indies.

She worked in different industries such as education and insurance. She spent majority of her professional life at Cuna Caribbean Insurance, until she retired in 2019.  She loved traveling, gardening and was an avid reader.  She provided service to the public through her years of teaching at Melrose All Age and Tarrant High School, and through her profession in the insurance/credit union industry.  She also proudly served as a Distinguished President of the Kiwanis Club of Kingston & St. Andrew.

She leaves behind a host of family and friends who loved her dearly.  She is survived by her daughter/sister Nadine, (son/nephew) Odain, her only surviving brother Paul and her sister Andrea (Pat).  She also leaves behind, her only surviving aunt (Monica Ferguson), uncle (Vincent “Parkie” Byfield),nieces (Kristen, Marsha, Narja, Paulette and Ordeia), nephews (Andre, BJ, Kedan, Lance, Paul, Omar and Vaughn), grand and great-grand nieces and nephews, lots of dear cousins, and dear friends.

Phillipa was the matriarch of her family.  She will be remembered for being a fighter with a fiery spirit, her kindness, her strength, and the impact she had on her family and friends. We will miss her love, advice and support in our lives, but arerejoicing knowing she is at peace.

Please join the family in celebrating her life on the following dates:

Virginia, USA

April 9th, 2022    –  11am in Norfolk, VA at the Metropolitan Funeral Home

Jamaica

April 23rd, 2022 – 10am at 45-49 Dunrobin Ave, Kingston 10 at the Christian Fellowship World

                                Outreach, Inc

Final resting place will be in the family plot in Free Hill District, St. Mary, Jamaica, W.I.

Viewing Friday, April 8, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, April 9, 2022 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Beckford Family Cemetery Free Hill Street St. Mary's, West Indies *Masks Required*

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    Michele Wilson (Stevon) says

    Nadine..sending love and comfort to you and your family
    Revelation 21:3 & 4

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    Annette Wilson says

    We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Andrea McGann and her family on the loss of their dear “beloved sister and matriarch”, Phillipa. We pray that you all find peace and comfort in your precious memories of her loving smile, kindness and strength. We believe that she is resting peacefully now free from all pain, sickness and diseases at home in the arms of the Lord.(2 Corinthians 5:8)
    Please know we will be praying for you all.
    Your “Wards Corner” TowneBank Family,
    Annette, Patrice, Amy, Georgia, Johanne, Anita, Madilynn & Karen

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    Stevon says

    I love you boo. Your memories will live on. Thanks for showing me how to make soursop drink. I’m glad I gave you flowers before you rest.

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    Milton Sinclair says

    Condolences to Phillipa family may her soul rest in heavenly peace

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    Sharon Tracey says

    Heartfelt condolences to Nadine, Andrea, Paul and the rest of family. We will cherish her memories. May her soul Rest In Peace.

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    Esther Brinson says

    Sorry to see you go Cuz! You fought a good fight and we mourn your loss but I believe you are in a better place. Family, take heart, Phillippa is at rest with the others who went before her. I haven’t seen her in along time but was able to talk to her over the past year. God bless and keep all of you in the palm of His hand!

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    Magdalena Cooper-de Neuze says

    Condolences to Phillipa’s family. She was certainly a stalwart in Jamaica’s life insurance industry. I’ll certainly miss her laughter.

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    Juliet Malcolm Cohen Moss Solomon says

    May God wrap Phillipa Beckford’s Family in his arms ❤. May their hearts and SOULS be comforted..Goodbye my beloved batchmate and dear friend ❤. Thank you for your unconditional love for almost 50 years..I will re.ber you ALWAYS. RiP 🙏my FRIEND Phillipa Juliet Malcolm Cohen Moss Solomon. 😢

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    Dean Levy-Brown says

    I remember your laughter, your charming personality. Sleep well, Phillipa, you fought a good fight and now you are resting.
    From my family Dean, Kevin Brown and Jayvoun Arnold 🌹🙏

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    Erley Haughton-James says

    I will cherish the many pleasant memories or you Phillipa. I pray God will comfort the family and give them peace during this time of grief.
    Phillipa, may your soul find eternal rest.

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    Leanora Reid says

    I pray that the loving hand of God our Father will comfort you all in your time of bereavement.

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    Marie Smith says

    My sincere condolences to the family

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    Marie Smith says

    My sincere condolences to the family. May God comfort and strengthen you at this time

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    Maureen Smith says

    Sincere condolences to Phillipa’s family. She and I attended the Free Hill primary school and we were in the same class. May her soul rest in peace

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    Yvonne Ellis says

    Condolences on behalf of the Ellis family, we are all saddened by her passing but find
    solace in the memories and knowing that she is no longer in pain. Cherish her memories by keeping the love in the family and staying close to each other, just like Phillipa.

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