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September 17, 2023
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Murrell Weekes was born in Barbados on August 25, 1920, to the late Claira Best and Fitzgerald Clarke. She was a selfless mother to her eight children: Celestina Brathwaite (deceased); Ronald Weekes; Hazel St. Cyr; Michael Weekes; Mary (Jennifer) Weekes; Peter Weekes (deceased); Gordon (Vere) Weekes; and Thearold Weekes.
Murrell worked as a housekeeper in Barbados until she migrated to Cambridge, MA. She adapted well to the new environment and found a job at the former Youville Hospital where she worked until her retirement.
After retiring, she wanted to focus her energy on learning new things. She was excited when she heard about the classes the Salvation Army offered to seniors, and she immediately joined. There she learned to knit, and make ceramic items such as porcelain dogs, bowls etc. Murrell was so proud of the items she made, she gifted them to family and friends, each one’s home displayed one of her prized possessions.
She loved to laugh and interact with children (don’t matter their ages) and was known for loving her family and helping anyone who needed help. She loved to cook and bake special dishes that she missed from Barbados which she shared with family and friends.
On July 22, 2023, being the oldest known living resident of Cambridge, Murrell was honored with a Street Sign named for her. Even with the cold winters, Murrell never thought about leaving Cambridge, it became her home away from home. She did everything in Cambridge; her only job was in Cambridge; she only lived in Cambridge and only went to church in Cambridge.
She was blessed to see four (4) generations: eight (8) children; twenty-two (22) grandchildren; thirty-two (32) great grandchildren; and ten (10) great, great grandchildren. She touched the lives of both her communities in Barbados and here in Cambridge with her encouraging words.
On Sunday, September 17, 2023, our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great, great grandmother went home to be with her Lord. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Ronald Weekes (England), Hazel St. Cyr, Michael Weekes (Barbados), Mary (Jennifer) Weekes, Gordon (Vere) Weekes and Thearold Weekes; her sister, Karen Mosley (Barbados); her son-in-law Algernon Brathwaite (Barbados) and daughter-in-law Melba (Patsy) Weekes (England). A host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, too many to name; Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Friends, and her Kingdom Empowerment Center church family.