Maureen Idencia George Passes Away

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Maureen George

Maureen Idencia George, affectionately known as “Mo-Mo,” was born August 23, 1963, to Doreen Callwood and Roland Williams. She was the second of Doreen’s four children and her only daughter. }

Maureen started her education at the Cruz Bay Day Care Center at the tender age of three. She then moved on to the Julius E. Sprauve School, where she completed grades kindergarten through eight. She relocated to New York City and attended James Monroe High School, where she later graduated. }

Upon graduation, Maureen continued to live and work in New York for several years until she relocated to Tampa, Florida, to study dental hygiene. While living in Tampa, Maureen was blessed with the joy of her life, her son Tafari, whom she loved and admired with all her heart. }

After Hurricane Andrew destroyed most of Tampa, Maureen moved back home with Tafari at the age of three. She began working at Starfish Market and then Marina Market.}

On Dec. 19, 1995, she began her career as a special education para-professional at Julius E. Sprauve School where she worked with the profoundly handicapped students. Maureen had a special bond with these students. Although they could not communicate with the others, Maureen knew how to make them laugh and how to soothe them when they cried. }

She also assisted in the Gifted and Talented Class as well as substituted in other classes. Last school year before she became ill, she also worked with the VICRD After School Program teaching arts and crafts.}

Maureen, like her mom, was an avid cook. Everyone enjoyed her seafood kallaloo, peanut punch, sea moss, tamarind stew and gooseberry stew. Anyone who knew Maureen will always remember her brilliant smile and the way she stuck her tongue out between her teeth when she had a good laugh.}

Maureen was called to be with her Lord on May 9, 2006, after months of battling cancer. She tried to keep her spirits high during this time and kept in contact with her family, friends and co-workers to let everyone know how she was progressing. She fought vigorously to overcome this illness and we thank the Lord for the joy that she brought to our lives and the love and respect that she showed her family and friends and most of all her beloved Tafari, whom she lived for.}

She is survived by her mother, Doreen Callwood; father, Roland Williams; step-father, Myron Callwood; step-mother, Shirley Williams; son, Tafari Olliviere; sister, Rochelle Will-iams; brother, Laurien Call-wood; aunts, Lucyleta Smith, Clemencia White, Janet Alvarez, Ruby Jones and Esme George; uncles, Pedrito George, Rehalio George, Ira Williams, Clement Williams, Glen “Agen” Williams and Vincent Doward Sr.; godmothers, Ina Smith, Joyce Chinnery and Faye O’Connor; godfather, Olanzo Smith; godchild, Shamir Charles; special cousins, Alvin “Bucky” Brown, Dennis Kuntz and Deborah Charles; special friends, Sandra Thomas, Eileen Worrell, Yvonne Guencio, Lillian Smith and the Julius E. Sprauve School family; and many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.