My Grandmother Winnifred Augustina Green-Brown
Winnifred Augustina Green born on September 17, 1952 of Lewis District, in the Parish of St. Catherine to parents Mavis Green and Winston Green. Winnifred aka. Mama, Winnie was a playful loving child, the first child of seven children ( Paul, Freeda, Lola, Gregory, Winston, Mauriston). She began her education in the the Pariston Elementary school in St. Catherine where she spent 3 years., before her family moved to the parish of St. Andrew. She was later enrolled in the Greendale Primary school where she spent five years. Upon completion of her primary school years, she took on the skill of helping her mother in her baking business as this was her mother’s way of life to help to care for the family. Her brothers and sisters remember as being strong, patient, compassionate, the problem solver, the listening ear at all times.
As Mama matured into a strong woman she met my grandfather Clark Brown they later got married and started a family in the parish of Lewis, St. Ann. This union produced four beautiful children (Lisa, Davina, Claire and Patricia), who have extended the family with twelve grandchildren. I remember the days when we lived in Aberdeen District, St Catherine and our whole neighbourhood was like family. Grandma had an open door policy whether it was the neighbours walking in for sugar or eggs, or the neighborhood kids coming to her for advice and shelter. She always loved the children – including her brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews and her grandchildren. And I believe as the oldest she felt the need to take care of everyone though it was not always her responsibility.
I don’t know how she managed to run a business, raise a family, cook and clean for her children and return to college where she received her Diploma in Culnery Arts. Mama was the owner of a cook shop which was later upgraded to a restaurant “Sweetie Pie.” As a favourite customer of Mama once told me...