Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies…. Proverbs 31:10.
Carol Denease Sangster, aka crampy was born April 30, 1954 in the district of Hermitage in the parish of St. Andrew, Jamaica West Indies to Norma Isabel Grant and Donald Ivey.
She attended West Indies College, and thereafter, the Jamaica School of Commerce, where she completed her certificate to become a secretary. In later years when the opportunity presented itself, Carol went back to school to further her craft by doing a course in computer science, and steno writing. At every level of her life, she always strived for improvement by taking courses in things she was interested in an also to improve her career.
At an early age she accepted Christ as her personal Lord and savior at the Temple Hall New Testament Church of God in Temple Hall. She was an active member of the youth fellowship, where she was known for her exploits in culinary competitions. Carol was instrumental in winning awards for Temple Hall, because of her original creative foods and drinks. In addition, she was secretary of the Sunday school, Sunday School teacher, and the resident librarian for the modest library at the church (she was proud of that library). In December of 2002, she joined the Carpenters Memorial Church of the United Brethren. She was a Sunday school teacher, church secretary, also the superintendent of Sunday school; Carol was passionate about working for the lord.
On September 11th, 1982 she married Allan Lewis and the union produced three beautiful children, Chevian, Alana and Calando. Carol loved being a mom, and spent her life ensuring that her children were loved and provided for.
Carol was hard working, loved nature, exploring, and travelling. She worked at the Beach control authority for several years. She was also a member of a Natural History Group, which allowed her to realize her dream of travelling. Carol then worked at the Ministry of Labor as a secretary. When the opportunity to become a steno-writer presented itself, she took on the challenge, studied and achieved this goal. Carol later worked at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT), until her retirement. Carol’s dedication to her work within the government of Jamaica was recognized in the year 2000 as she was given a long service award for 25 years of service by the then Governor General Howard Cook. Furthermore, she continued in government service for an additional 12 years.
In 2013, Carol started a new life in the United States after she fell in love with and married Raymond Sangster. She went back to school to study to be a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and started a new career caring for the elderly. She obtained employment at Eldercare Companion where she worked for approximately 10 years. She was a dependable and reliable caregiver, who provided love and care to her clients. She was loved by all the people whose life she touched.
One of the things Carol was known for, was how she saw beauty in everything and thought it was useful and can be used to create something new. She loved cutting out pictures of dresses in the Sunday Gleaner, with the grand plan that she will be making one of them (I don’t think that has ever happened), but she could not resist these pictures. A working toaster oven is always important in Carol’s kitchen. This was where she would bake and “rustle up” tasty treats. Her Christmas cakes was always something to look forward to any time of the year. You were never disappointed as her cookies, banana breads, stout buns and everything she bakes were always delicious.
Carol lived for her relationship with God, her love for her family, (especially her children), and the people she loved. She was a humble soul. Nothing was ever too good for her to give anyone in need or assist someone who might need help. Everyone who encountered her always left feeling calm and at peace. She had an aura about her that one can’t help but feel when you meet, sit and speak with her. Carol had a quiet, peaceful way of doing things- she was a virtuous woman.
Carol was diagnosed with cancer late March 2023, and even after her diagnosis continued working. She was concerned about the clients she cared for and needed to be sure they would have the coverage. She fought her diagnosis with such dignity, faith, grace and a peace that you could not imagine. She made sure she took the time to say “I love you” to family and friends and was determined to live. God however had a bigger plan for her and on May 19, 2023, He decided it was as time for her rest.
Left to mourn their loss, but celebrate her life are: her husband Raymond Sangster, her children Chevian , Alana and Carlando. Grandchildren: Kyara and Braylon. Father: Donald Ivey, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, (with special mention of her sister Carren, who left Canada and cared for her during her illness and her final days), nieces, nephews, her sister friend Cheryl Palmer, Mellonie Gray-Almond and Clover Hall along with other relatives, friends and church family.