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Alva Eudine Bailey
April 7, 1925 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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"It is with heavy hearts, that we share the peaceful passing of our beloved "Mama", and Evangelist Alva E Bailey, at Calvary Hospital. Bronx, New York.
Alva was one of 12 children born to Richard and Wilhelmina Reid, in Trelawney Jamaica, and was one of the remaining two. She relocated to Kingston as a young adult, where she met and married our father Gerald Johnson (predeceased), and had 10 children. Predeceased by three. While being a dedicated mother and housewife, our mother used her passion as a Christian, to assist in various community youth events - putting on concerts etc. Widowed in her early 40s, she remarried and would soon migrate to the United States, sponsored by her eldest child. Once here in the U.S, she worked primarily as a Home Health Aide, when not assisting with her grand children, or traveling back to Jamaica. She eventually assisted Mr. Bailey (predeceased) and her remaining children, to join her. Without a college degree, our Mother was one of the most gifted Theologians. She went on to become an ordained Evangelist, and even built a physical church at her birthplace in Jamaica.
She leaves behind 7 children:
Pansy Nelson-Akpan, Cornelius Johnson, Daphne Wright, Keith Johnson, Hugh Johnson, Joan Patterson, and Ian Johnson (in surviving birth order). Dozens of grandchildren, great-grands, great-greatgrands, as well as extended family and friends, here and abroad. She loved God, her family, and togetherness.
Life was seldom easy, although there were happy times along the way, but she persevered due to her unwavering Faith in God. She has been our loving, caring, fearless woman of God and Matriarch for decades, and will be immensely missed. Nonetheless, she has left a legacy of scholars, civil servants, and young and upcoming Theologians, including her own grandchildren.
RIP Mom. Gone, but will never be forgotten. Love you always, our forever Valentine!
21 His lord said unto him (her), Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.