This was written in celebration of my Great Auntie Rubie Parker. This pass Friday she has transition to be with the Almighty God. This past April she celebrated 90 years of Life. Here is how I expressed a true tribute to her and her life. She meant the world to our family.
Enjoy reading this poem by me, which best describes how truly special and dynamic she truly was.
Celebrating Your 90 Years
90 years of Grace
The most beautiful way
This word holds Power
Coupled with dignified
The four words combined,
Powerful, graceful, dignified woman
Is the best way to identify-
The matriarch of Our family. Rubie Parker.
Rubie with an I.E “not” to be mistaken for y
There is no “why” to be described
Your value to-this realm of life.
You have blessed many,
Loved by all, humbled by your journey.
I am honored to be amongst your blood
We all gather here, on this day to celebrate
Your life, and honor your name, you are surrounded
By the power, your grace introduced to the very fabric
Of spanning generations, we call you
momma, sister, auntie, friend, wife and-
many other hats you wear to match-
your reflective choice of style
You stand tall in all.
Your beauty is elegance
Your presentation to the world-
Is nothing less than dynamic, super fly
And in today’s words the young folks would say—
you my dear have swagger.
Reflections of your power,
Can be found in the success of your children
The brightness in the eyes and smiles of your grandchildren.
Because of you, I am Yetunde, sharing a birthday with your
Wonderful mother Irene Elvira Thornhill Jordan,
By my name, I am reminded—
Of the special link in the bloodline.
The tokens of knowledge you bestowed
Beneath the memories, you captured in photographs;
Cards preserved; travels around the world.
Your resilience is remarkable,
A young woman, clever, spicy with a sense
Of serious humor.
Always ready to break into a song
Or show off your moves on the dance floor,
The beats, carry your vehicle to express.
Voyaged to the United States
At 18 years of age from Panama
Desiring to make this place home.
You became home to many family members,
Who journeyed far,
With the same fire in their hearts and eyes for better.
Your Spiciness, spunky and loving heart
Lead you to a love in Theodore Parker
Coupled, your love, joyful, fun, humorous ways—
Your commitment to your community
Love for church and God,
And your generosity is admirable
We embrace you,
We cherish you and we will always remember
Cheers to Auntie Rubie Parker,
That’s Rubie with an I.E not to be
Mistaken for “Y” there is no “why”
To be described you are
And always will be valued,
Cherished and loved.
For your spiciness, for your generosity
For your love, for your dedication.
There is no better way to describe the matriarch
Of our family, other than---
A graceful, powerful and dignified woman
Today we celebrate you and your 90 years of grace.
Naima Yetunde Ince