Strike Update Day 90 & 91 – (5/19/2008 – 5/20/2008)

Day 90 & 91 – I am doing this post a little differently since Monday & Tuesday have been devoted to honor Audrey Smith-Campbell, there were services held on Monday and the funeral was today. You can see by looking at the strike line in the following photos that all Audrey’s coworkers attended the services.

 

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The only people left were the security guards and the police.

 

Today I am going to post the program from Audrey’s services along with the song all the union members took part in singing at the services. I was not able to attend the services but my prayers are with Audrey. I am closing comments on this post to show respect for Audrey and all her family, friends and coworkers.

 

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[ OBITUARY ]

 

It was a bright summer day in the month of August, and a beautiful girl was born to a proud widow, Mable Smith, in Manchester, Jamaica, W.I. Delighted to be blessed with this precious life, she named her Audrey. Audrey’s father died before she was born, and she was raised by her step-father, Wilfred Powell, and her mother. Audrey received her education at Nazareth School. As she grew into womanhood, she moved to Kingston where she worked for the telephone company for a few years. Realizing that she had the skills to do business, she subsequently became an entrepreneur – with her own restaurant and cocktail lounge. It was during this time that she met her prince charming, Lloyd Campbell whom she later wed.

 

Audrey migrated to the United States of America in 1973. Upon her arrival she decided that she wanted to fulfill her dreams in the medical field. She went to nursing school where she obtained her certificate. Armed with such credential she embarked upon her career in nursing at Kingsbridge Heights Nursing Home where she lovingly gave of herself for almost thirty years. To know Audrey was to love her, she never met a stranger!

 

Again, realizing that her life was not complete, Audrey accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord at the Lenox Road Baptist Church were she received her MA, Mercifully Acquitted… from sin. It was at Lenox that Audrey devoted her time in service to the Lord. She served happily on the Usher’s Board. She also worked in the outreach ministry of Agape. Audrey was willing to give and to do whatever her gentle hands could as long as it was helping someone. The only time she looked down on someone was in pulling him/her up. Certainly, she was the most generous, caring, loving, and gentle person we know. A peacemaker at heart she sought peace and pursued it!

 

During the last three months of her life Audrey was very instrumental in bringing the 1199SEIU together to establish better working conditions as well as the restoration of vacation and sick pay for the workers. The last song she led on the picket line was “We are standing on holy ground”.

 

The church, her home and community will feel the loss of this ever-smiling, extraordinary, beloved Christian woman, who allowed her light to shine wherever she went. She was also a very influential member of the AGAPE International Foundation Inc.

 

Audrey got up early last Monday morning and planted her last earthly flowers, and later on in the day she was called home to plant flowers in heaven.

 

Mrs. Audrey Smith-Campbell leaves to mourn husband, Lloyd; three beautiful daughters: Yvonne, Michelle and Leonie; grand-children: Travis, Courtney, Yvanna and Michael. Two step-children: Dalton and Aretha; step-father: Wilfred Powell; sisters: Dirsey, Daphne, Zeta, Quettf and Helen (deceased); brothers: Roy, George, Earl, Derrick and Dexter; sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends and co-workers.

 

 

[ UNION SONG ]

 

[ 1 ]

 

I WENT TO THE HOUSE WHERE AUDREY USE TO LIVE.
THE GRASS HAD GROWN UP AND IT COVERED THE DOOR.
SOMEONE ACROSS THE STREET SAYS, “I KNOW WHOM YOU SEEK”.
BUT SHE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE.

 

[ CHORUS ]

 

SHE IS SOMEWHERE AROUND THE THRONE OF GOD.
SOMEWHERE AROUND THE THRONE OF GOD.
I KEEP SEARCHING AND SEARCHING UNTIL I SHALL FIND HER.
SHE’S SOMEWHERE AROUND GOD’S THRONE.

 

[ 2 ]

 

THEN I WENT TO THE STRIKE LINE WHERE AUDREY USE TO GO.
HER CO-WORKERS, THEY WERE ALL THERE.
AND ONE MET ME ACROSS THE STREET.
HE SAID I KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND I KNOW WHOM YOUR LOOKING FOR.
BUT AUDREY, AUDREY, DON’T COME HERE ANYMORE.

 

[REPEAT CHORUS]

 

 

Rest in peace Audrey!

 

Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!

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