Muriel Mattie Jno Baptiste, a trailblazing phenomenal woman of God, transitioned on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Stuart F. Meyer Hospice Care Home. She transitioned in the care of her family after her long strong battle with different health issues.
Muriel’s story starts on December 17, 1946, to the late Maybelle Campbell and Willie Davis. She was born in Manhattan, New York, where she spent her childhood and made many lifelong friends. Muriel was a wonderful woman that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. Our “Nana,” as she liked to be called by her grandchildren, “Mattie,” as she was called by her siblings when she little, was an amazing wife, mom, daughter, and friend. Known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers, some may be surprised to learn of the extreme shyness during her youth. Yet even as a child, she possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten.
Muriel was strong, unselfish and a hard worker she wore many different hats. Muriel continued her education and went on to graduate from nursing school. After, a short period of working in the nursing field she then went on to work with the IRS as a Tax Examiner. After a few years, she went back into the medical field as an EMT, from which she retired in 2002. Muriel continued the next chapter of her life as a New York State Chaplain and a facilitator for grandparents raising grandchildren. She was a member of NAMI and also got many certifications in different developmental areas such as Human Trafficking, Mental Illness and Disorders, Family Dynamics, from Queens College. She also hosted support groups such as computer training classes, women who thrive, grandparent support groups and counseling sessions. Muriel has had numerous jobs but her main job was being a loving devoted mother to her children.
Muriel met the love of her life, Allan Jno Baptiste in Queens, New York. They got married on the 14th of July 1990, and resided in Queens, New York for over thirty years where they were members of Christian Cultural Center before relocating to Palm Coast, Florida; where they became members of God’s Family Bible Church. Possessing a true servant’s heart, Muriel was an advent reader of the word. She faithfully cared for family and friends through her long talks, positive attitude and devoted faith in GOD. A woman of faith and the heart of the family, Muriel shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example, and through her profound love for her family. With a real zest for life Muriel loved to mentor, encourage and teach. She most importantly was a great role model for everyone she encountered.
Many people have their own memories and thoughts, but Muriel was a blooming flower in a green garden. She showed love. She smiled. Even when she was dealing with her own battles, she always did the best that she could with such grace. This may be her home going but we know in our hearts that she is in a better place and at peace, for the bible says…”to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD.” And we know that she is looking down upon us with everlasting grace.
So, in closing we just want to say in many occasions we believe that death is a sad occasion, but we believe that it’s a celebration of life. It’s a time to remember and reflect. We all wish that we can be here forever but of course that’s never the case. Muriel would like us to know that her work here is done. She received a call from God, saying “Muriel, job well done! He ultimately gave her a proposition she just couldn’t refuse. As the obligation came with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends she had not seen in a long time.”
However, times like this is a time for us to look into our heart and see that “a heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others (Wizard of Oz).” we can all say Muriel was loved by others; so let’s remember Muriel through her LOVE.
Muriel leaves to cherish her memories: her husband Allan Jno Baptiste, her children; Benjamin Davis (Quin Davis), Renda Greenhill, Robert Greenhill (Grace Greenhill) & Jessie Pitts (deceased).
Her late mother and father; Maybelle Campbell and Willie Davis.
Siblings; Willie Boy Davis II (Vicki Davis), Michelle Davis, Kevin Davis, Margo Velizaire (Alein Velizaire) , Tonja Davis, Tarsha Davis, Johnnie Mae (Jenny) Davis, Diane Porter( Richard Porter) , Bernice Roach and three siblings that have transitioned Thomas Campbell, Andrew Lawson and Willie Boy (Bozo) Davis.
Grandchildren; Benjamin Jr. Davis (Natasha Davis)., Ira Davis (Marsay Davis), Briana Thompson (Gerell Thompson), Jerell Barnes, Janae Pitts Lucas (Cedric Lucas), Jahaid Turner, Jazzmene Turner, Cynthia Joy Greenhill, Hakeem Greenhill, Robert Jr. Greenhill and Canaan Greenhill.
Fourteen great grandchildren, and a great deal of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
In honor of our dearest Muriel, it is our tribute to her memory, which will be carried on in the legacy of love which in now is in each of us – and the lives she touched by her love.
Dedication to my Husband
To my Beloved Husband, Allan Jno Baptiste thanks for understanding me, loving me, helping me and overall being my rock. Thanks for the experience of being deeply understood, truly supported and completely and utterly loved. I can’t believe I’ve been so blessed with a husband such as you. We’ve had our share of tears, we’ve had our obstacles, but we overcame them all hand and hand. I know that you were made for me. Our life I so adore, hope you know deep in my heart I could not love you more. Until we meet again my love.
P.S. By the way I got my wings, so you don’t have to lift me up anymore J
We All Love You & Appreciate You Allan
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