In loving memory of Effie Adelaide David who sadly passed away on 4th June 2020
Effie Adelaide Coy David was born to Ann Sophia and Fenderson Vincent Coy on the island of Carriacou, Grenada. She was one of nine children, and ironically the mother of nine children herself. In her teen years, her mother passed away and she became the mother to her siblings; essentially being a mother all of her life. Her younger siblings looked to her for guidance and advice in their decision making even into their upper adult years. Affectionately known as “Sister Effie”, not just by her siblings but other relatives, she showed kindness and compassion to all, a trait she passed on to her children as part of her legacy. A granddaughter, who lived away from her, commented to her mother when spending a year in England “Now I know why you are always giving things away – that’s exactly what Grandma Effie does.” She definitely had the gift of giving.
In her early adult years, she accepted the message of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, was baptized as a member in her native homeland of Carriacou, Grenada. She remained faithful to her church and lived by its principles until her death. The decision to become an Adventist was not an easy one, but she defied her family and the Anglican faith that she was born into; a decision which had rippling effects to the third generation. This defiance showed the courage she had in life to stand for what she believed to be right. She immigrated to England in the mid 1950’s and joined with the members of the Huddersfield SDA Church where she was a longstanding member. She loved her church family especially the young people and would often be seen talking to them and offering encouragement. In her later years, she attended the Hanwell SDA Church where, like Huddersfield, she was deeply connected to her faith through her fellowship and involvement with her church family.
She had a great love for the old Advent Hymns and one could hear her humming those songs while at home. One of her favorite hymns was “The Coming King is at the Door”, another was “In a little while we are going home”. Her hope in the second coming of Christ was strong and she would talk often about the joys of reuniting with loved ones; having lost her parents, three brothers and two sisters before her in death.
She spent most of her working years as a caregiver to the elderly, a very suitable job for the caring person she was. She possessed a sense of humor and though she was serious about life and its challenges, she often would find humor in everyday occurrences and would laugh at situations, especially those she had no control over. She found joy in her family especially her grand children. She spoke often of her pride in them and their accomplishments. She prayed daily for her children and their salvation and would encourage them to always do their best.
As members of her family reflect on her life - her remaining sisters, a host of nieces and nephews, countless relatives far and near, join her children in echoing the words of Jesus in Mark 14:8 “She has done what she could.”