Dr. Myrtle Walker Samuels-McLennan was born March 14, 1953, in St. Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies, to Ivy
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May Walker and Albert Samuels. Myrtle attended Excelsior High School and the College of Arts Science and Technology (CAST), now renamed The University of Technology, where she pursued pharmaceutical studies. She was successful in gaining her Pharmacist Degree, and went on to be employed by the Department of Health in Jamaica as a pharmacist. Myrtle’s academic studies also took her to Sweden, where she furthered her education. She was dedicated to her profession, and completed further studies at Nova South Eastern University, where she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
Myrtle was raised by Mrs. Lindsay, affectionately known as Maawy. Their lives were centered around each other. Myrtle always referred to her as her grandmother. As Maawy aged, Myrtle single-handedly took care of her until she passed.
Myrtle was affectionate, kind, and loving. She loved to sew and crochet, and was very proud of her ability to make her own garments.
Myrtle abruptly ended her years of service as a pharmacist at CVS, and took an early retirement so she could take care of her loving husband Lascelles, who was ill. Myrtle departed this life on December 17, 2019.
She was predeceased by her father, Albert Samuels; mother, Ivy May McGibbon; and stepfather, Richard Augustus McGibbon.
She leaves to forever cherish her memories: her loving husband, Lascelles McLennan; stepchildren; four sisters, Aldena Williams, Loraine Nembhard (Glenmore), Joan Bruce (Dewitt), and Darlene Malcolm; three brothers, James Samuels, Michael McGibbon (Denise), and Peter McGibbon; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends who loved her dearly.
May her soul rest in peace.