Inez T Newton

April 18, 2020


The Newton family sadly lost their matriarch on Saturday, April 18, 2020. She died peacefully in her sleep, of the Covid-19 virus, at CareOne Nursing Home, Newton, Massachusetts, two days before her 101st birthday. 

Inez Newton was known as “Mammy” by many and as “Urin” by those she grew up with.

Inez was born on April 20, 1919 in Barbados, West Indies to the late Gordon Layne and Elise Robinson.

Inez married Wilbert Newton in 1942, who preceded her in death in 2002.  Their union was blessed with twelve children.  She is also predeceased by her daughter Oneta Newton, in 2019, and her son Douglas Newton, in 2010.

Inez immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1973 where she worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Housekeeping for over 15 years.  She attended the Beria Seventh Day Adventist Church until her decline in health.  She was a resident of CareOne Nursing home from 2005 until her passing.  

Inez beautiful life will be cherished by her children: Granville, Winston, Merton, Valerie, David, Gordon, Joseph, Levi, Anna and Godfrey; sister Yvonne Robinson (Barbados); Daughters-in-law: Margo, Margaret, Laura; Sons-in-Law: Keith and Grenville; Grand-children: Akilah, Frank, Juanita, Monica, Kathy, Sonya, Martin, Michelle, Wayne, Shaun, Corene, Joseph, Shawn, Nicole, Cherry, Sharon, Gordon, Grenville, Jennifer, Zadrian, Yvette, Shaquanna, Solitare, Teriann, Matiann, Cemone, Samuel; 43 Great-Grands and 16 great-great-grands that are too many to name; Nieces: Juliet, Mary, Marcia, Deanne, Margaret, Lorraine, Jannie, and many more; Nephews: Frankie, Collins; Cousins: Onell Dear of Florida, Bishop Wesley Dear of Thyme Bottom, and second mom to Phillip Pilgrim of NY, and many more relatives and friends.

               Rhythm to Our Rhyme

Heaven gained an angel on a yesterday (April 18)

The rhythm to our rhyme.

Took. Us. A. Minute. Could NOT believe the news.

Can you please slow down and repeat?

Took a minute to catch our breath. To digest. To find peace.

Indeed, our rhyme skipped a beat.

We were separated by an epidemic of pandemic proportions.

Alzheimer’s united us dredging up waves of emotions.

You were and still are the rhythm to our rhyme.

You lived by example making a way out of no way.

You taught us how to be tenacious

To still color even when there were no lines.


Heaven gained an angel on a yesterday

Inez Theresa Newton our rhythm our rhyme.

The heartbeat to our family tree

That same melody beats within me -within us (our rhyme).

Your love is part of the sheet music that outlines our lives.

What is our rhyme you say?

What is the origin of our rhythm you may ask?

#we.are.hercules by the grace of God #we.are.the.newtons

Barbados runs in our veins.

Dig deep dog fight our way through we WILL make it

We are Canada We are USA We are England.

We are many but our “rhythm and rhyme” is Barbados


Heaven gained an angel on a yesterday

Historically speaking we are Mauby Sorrel Sugar Cane Fish Cakes Cheese Cutters Dumplings Sweet Bread Soca old school God worshipping praise liming loving life by Daddy’s Ackee Tree.

A cherished land in legacy only exists only in memory.

All these memories are a melting pot for our rhythm our family rhyme.

No matter the opposition,

Wuk up praise up overcome in Jesus holy name.

I will not be able to articulate the awesome legacy you leave behind.

Centurion. Matriarch 100 two days shy of 101 You always be our #1


Heaven gained an angel on a yesterday

You did it. You finished your race with grace.

We will carry on your legacy –

Your soca and praise rhythmic love song healing comes with time.

We will Carry on… adlibbing your rhythm to our rhyme.

#we.are.hercules and by God’s grace #we.are.the.newtons

              -written by Solitare Newton


“…God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed.

I’ll be loving you always!” -Stevie Wonder

Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me…”

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