Daphine Lauretta Ford Luscap was born on April 13, 1923, to Charles Ford and Cecilia Markham. Along with her sister, the late Winifred Adams, they learned and developed a strong work ethic from their mother and the importance of family. She was born in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, and later raised in Colon, Panama. At the age of 20, Daphine married Henry Luscap, and they had three children: Victor, Cecilia, and Jose. While a resident of Rainbow City, Canal Zone (Panama), Daphine was employed at the Commissary for several years, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1963. She resided in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for 59 years. After settling in on Jay/Howard St., Daphine joined St. Bartholomew’s Church and was very active in her church, serving on the Vestry as a Junior Warden and The Fortnightlies, to name a few. She worked for Eastern Uniform Company. After her retirement, Daphine found a love for travel and enjoyed seeing new parts of the world. She developed her ceramics, baking, bowling, sewing, and arts and crafts. Inspired by Cecilia Markham’s selfless example, Daphine dedicated much of her time to volunteer work. She began volunteering as a Spanish translator at the North Cambridge Senior Center in 2001. She also served on the Senior Advisory Board for Citywide and North Cambridge Senior Centers. Additionally, Daphine volunteered on Wednesday to serve and feed the homeless. Daph or D, as close friends referred to her, was passionate about her faith, her beloved family, and dear friends. She will be remembered as a pillar of St. Bartholomew’s Church and Cambridge for many years to come. “Mother,” as her children affectionately called her, loved spending time with them as well as her grandchildren. At 98 yrs., Mother traveled to San Mateo, California, with Jose, and celebrated the birthdays of both sons and daughter-in-law. There she laughed, played dominos, played cards, enjoyed some excellent home cooking, and loved on her children, daughter-in-law, and friends of the family. To know Daphine was to know that her children were her pride and joy, and nothing made her prouder than to be a grandmother and great grandmother.
Daphine leaves to cherish her memory her children, Victor A. (Tony) Luscap (Marcela), Cecilia M. Pretlow, and Jose A. Luscap; her seven grandchildren, Victor A. Luscap, Jr. (Lisa), Eugene Puitt (Jennifer), Valentino Luscap (Jeantel), Anna James (Jason), Jahna Harper (Ramon), Alesha Pretlow, Karl Butler; and seventeen great-grandchildren, Pharaoh, Daedalus, Julian, Brayden, Chelsea, Carissa, Chasity, Valentino Jr., Ava, Jason, Jr., Andre, Adriana, Sebastian, Preston, Pierce, Keon, and Kenyon, several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of close friends.
Daphine, an example of Faith, Love, and Strength, will forever be in our hearts
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