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Pearlyn Neita

March 13, 1921 ~ June 1, 2019 (age 98)

Pearlyn Blanche Hare was born in Jamaica, West Indies to Adella Matilda and David Hare at Rencome, St. Catherine, on March 13th, 1921.  She married Osmond Neita, on November 18, 1942, at Mount Industry, St. Catherine.  She was the beloved mother to Norma, her only natural child.  She lived in Jamaica for most of her early life, and she emigrated with her husband to the United States during the 1940’s.  Upon moving to the United States, Pearlyn spent many years working in various trade roles in the garment district in New York City.  Many linens in her home were embroidered by her hands. She was also an avid seamstress - making many of her daughter’s and her grandchildren's most precious early garments. 

Pearlyn was an avid entertainer - hosting the annual family Thanksgiving feast for decades at her cherished home in St. Alban’s Queens.  She was a tremendous cook, and her food presentations usually became the focus of those gathered around the table to eat and share her company.

Pearl is preceded in death by both her husband Osmond and daughter Norma - with whom she is now reunited in eternal peace.

“Nanny” - as she is affectionately known -   is survived by her grandchildren, Debra, Paul and Jason, and her surrogate grandson - Charlie - and her three great-grandchildren, Veronica, Ella, and Quincy.  She has many other relatives in the United States, in the United Kingdom and in her native Jamaica.

 

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