Zereth Elizabeth East-Heslop aka Mamma or Grandma, but to most "Aunt Monica" was born a surviving twin to Charlie East and Evadney Wilshire on July 1st, 1929. She was the youngest of 6 children and affectionately nicknames "Monica" by her siblings. Monica would soon lose her Mom at the tender age of 2 yrs. old and was partially brought up by her older siblings; 4 brothers and 1 sister who have gone before her.
Monica would later grow up and meet her Husband Norman Heslop aka "Daddy Herms", who's now deceased. Together they raised two children Horace and Veneta Heslop who they later adopted. The couple was loved by most in their community as well as their family, has been known to love young people and their family. Everyone in the community knew NOT TO MESS with anyone that was related to Monica. She was known for her delicious cooking and very tasty Christmas rum cakes; not to mention the beautiful wedding cakes she would sometimes make. Aunt Monica would soon be known for her seamstress ability in the community that she lived. She loved to cook extra food just in case one of ner numerous nieces or nephews would be passing by; not to mention leaving her beloved brother Adriel aka 'Mr. Tell' his dinner every evening.
The opportunity would later present itself for Monica to migrate with her immediate family to the USA in June 1989. Monica quickly gained employment at a Winn Dixie Store as a Deli Clerk, where she became well known for her outstanding cooking amongst the local Postal workers; and Social Security employees who all called her "Mamma". In March of 1999 Monica retired from her job at the age of 70 yrs old only to find herself in October of said year hospitalized, and recovering from quadruple Open Heart Surgery. In 2000 Monica would later take membership at PENTAB in Miami Gardens, Florida where she reconciled her vows with Christ. It was such a very joyous occasion for the family. She attended church faithfully and was dedicated to the seniors Ministry where she was a member of the senior choir.
Two of the 5 most joyous occasions of her life were: The birth of Trisha aka "Button" and Zeretha aka "Taffy" who she nicknames "Butterfly". The 3rd joyous occasion was watching "Button" walk the stage to graduate from High School and obtaining her FLDL. The fourth was having "Butterfly" driving her back and forth to Dialysis, and Day Care each day. The last joyous occasion was the birth of her great grandson Jailen aka "JJ" who she always referred to as her "Husband or Little Man". Leave it to Mamma to have a name for everyone. Mamma will surely be missed and NEVER FORGOTTEN! She was indeed the Matriarch of the family and the glue that held this family together all these years.
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