Unveiling for late nurse

2017-12-19 06:00
Family members and Kensington Home for the Aged management during the unveiling. From left are Rochelle Warries, Richard Williams, Mary Steenberg, Leon Courie and Charles Bowls. PHOTOS: Nomzamo yuku

Family members and Kensington Home for the Aged management during the unveiling. From left are Rochelle Warries, Richard Williams, Mary Steenberg, Leon Courie and Charles Bowls. PHOTOS: Nomzamo yuku

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It was an afternoon of mixed emotions for the family of the late staff nurse, Vera Williams of Kensington Home for the Aged, as the Williams family dealt with the pain of loss, along with a sense of gratitude, during the unveiling ceremony held on Saturday 9 December.

During the unveiling, the home’s management revealed that they had made a decision to include Vera on the pay list for December and that her family would receive a 50% bonus of what she had earned on a monthly basis during her service at the home. Vera passed away in July this year and the home promised to do an unveiling for her and rename their dining hall to “Vera’s Hall” in September, but this was later postponed to December.

The event saw the family in tears as they remembered their loss. Vera’s husband, Richard Williams, sobbed uncontrollably as he tried to express himself during the event.

He told People’s Post that the wound was still fresh and they hoped the event would help them heal, but hearing all the good things Vera had done at the home, and knowing the warm-hearted mother she had been, they were struggling.

Her family said they would like to try doing what Vera would have loved and be part of the home’s team.

Daughter, Rochelle Warries, said: “Though we are still mourning her, we are glad to see that her legacy will live on. We are grateful for what the home has done for her and the family.”

Manager of the home, Leon Courie, said Vera had played a crucial role at the home, and doing an unveiling and renaming the hall after her was the least they could do to show their ­appreciation.

He said staff and residents were also still touched by the loss and he hoped the unveiling would heal their hearts. He told the Williams family that they are now part of the home and are welcome to visit it whenever they feel the need.

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