Adriana Burton Joseph “Mama”
A woman of strong belief and faith who has lived a long Christian life – she thanks God daily for all her blessings – and until recent years she herself would have read the bible daily.
Mama was born in John Hughes village in the parish of St Mary’s on 23rd September 1922 – to Matilda Daniels and Thomas Burton.
She had two sisters and one brother – Rose Francis now deceased, Daisy Burton who is now living in New York and will be 95 this month and Ethel Burton (brother) also deceased.
She was schooled in Sawcolts in her early years and then she went to live with her aunt Winnie in Parham where she attended school.
After her schooling she moved back to her home area of John Hughes where she married Mr. Jerry Joseph (now deceased). She went on to raise her 11 children and also help to raise some of her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She now has a legacy of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren too numerous to mention.
Mama was a farmer (she always worked the land), a home maker (she raised her family) and an entrepreneur (sell her produce and remedies at St. John’s Public Market). She had many little businesses going and on the weekends she also sold cooked food as a second income to sustain her family.
Mama was a devout church goer and a member of the All Saints Anglican Church Mothers Union. She also worked at the Department of Public Works as a cook for the men who worked on the street and also as a cook at the Antigua Development Bank.
Mama always had a love for music and dancing – most weekends she would have spent time with her friends out at the many dances around the island.
She was always and still is a very sociable and friendly person who values all the friends she has had on the island and afar.
Mama was loved by everyone – encouraging, supporting and motivating family and friends to work hard and achieve whatever they wanted in life.