Mrs. Elma Alexander, affectionately called Antie Bankie, Nancy B., and
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Nancy John, was a great Woman of God. Elma Alexander was born to
Philip Downes and Alvira Eliza Downes in the beautiful district of Water
Valley, St. Ann, Jamaica, on March 15th, 1916. She is survived by her seven
brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Alexander was a hardworking and dedicated farmer. She woke up at
5:30 a.m. in the morning to do her farming. When she reaped her crops,
Auntie Bankie could be seen with her basket on her head, walking the nine
long miles from St. Ann to Cave Valley Market or Brownstown market to
sell her products, so that she could take care of her five children. Taking care
of her children was Mrs. Alexander’s pride and joy. She loved her children
and was always happy to be around them. She would do everything possible
to protect her children. Whenever she had to discipline them, she did it
with love. As a result, whenever she spanked them, neighbors would say
she was beating them with paper. She followed the advice of Proverbs 22:6
and trained up her children in the way they should grow and thank God,
they did not depart from it. Mrs. Alexander’s love and dedication to her
children paid off, because her children loved and cared for her until she
drew her last breath.
Nancy B. was a woman of great character and lived an exemplary life in
her community. She was such a lady! After her husband left for England
in 1960, she never dated again, but remained single until the day she died.
Nancy B. was also a woman of great faith. She read her Bible three times a
day: morning, midday and night. She wrote her own songs and would sing
them all the time. She was a dancer and was never shy to dance in the isle
at church, even if she was the only one dancing. She had a discerning spirit
and could sense when the deaths of family members were approaching. She
would sing them through, she even sang herself through.
Mrs. Elma Alexander represents the woman that Proverbs 31 spoke about.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The
heart of her children doth safely trust in her, so that they shall have no need
of spoil. She will do them good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She
seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the
merchant ships, she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also, while it is
yet dark, and give food to her children and neighbor.”
Nancy B. was a champion. She was our hero. We will surely miss her, but
we have precious memories that will stay with us forever. She fought a
good fight, she kept the faith, and she finished her course. We know she
has gone to reap her rewards. She will be sadly missed by her five children:
Mavis, Winston, Inez, Benson, and Calvin; eight grand children; 24 great-
grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other
relatives and friends. She loved and was loved.