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Lucy-Ann Cato epitomised loyalty and dignity and was an outstanding role model

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Fri, Apr 13. 2012

Editor: Lucy-Ann Cato, (widow of the late Hon. P.M. Robert Milton Cato) who passed away on March 19, 2012, at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in SVG, was responsible for bringing organised child-care to Calliaqua.{{more}}

Gladys Webb, wife of Dr. Webb, asked her to set up child-care in Calliaqua which she did along with Beryl Stephens, Edna Dougan, Shirley Abbott Squire, Edith “Georgie” Toney, Peggy Hughes and Robert “Bob” Clouden as Board Members. Claire Haynes and Oplyn Oliver were workers at the start of the Calliaqua Day Nursery commonly referred to as the “Creche” around 1963, according to Oplyn.

This was the first child-care facility in the area (and probably the second in St. Vincent, after Kingstown) that allowed women to go to work knowing that their children were well-taken care of and safe.

Lucy-Ann Cato attended St. Paul’s Anglican church in Calliaqua, St. Vincent, regularly.

She was appreciated and loved by that community and was recently thanked and honoured by the Youth Group of that church. She was laid to rest at that church yard next to her husband on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

She enjoyed making a positive contribution to the community and by extension the nation, as she said, in the background.

She epitomised loyalty and dignity and was an outstanding role model.

Cheryl Phills King

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