This Saturday, October 7, the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, will mark 40 days since the passing of my mother, Amelia Chatoor. Known by several names which include Grandma, Tantie, Her Majesty (Bishop Clyde Harvey), Miss Noel and Mammy, it was only the privileged (Fr Martin Sirju) who were allowed to address her as Amelia. Mammy would have been 95 years on November 19.
Born in the village of San Francique, she did not allow the humble beginnings to be an impediment to her seeking to be a teacher. She joined the teaching fraternity as a monitor and during the turbulent years of the Second World War, she attended the Catholic Women’s Training College in Port of Spain.