Norma Louise MayersMay 2, 1924 ~ January 8, 2018 (age 93)
Norma Louise Mayers was born on May 2, 1924 to (the late) Naomi Brenda Farmer and Edmund Roberts in Limón, Costa Rica.
She was the only child of that union, and soon after at the age of twelve, she migrated with her mother to the Republic of Panamá where they resided in the City of Colón. Norma was enrolled in Escuela Bolivia School, St. Joseph Parochial School and attended the afternoon Hector Connor School.
Upon completing her studies, she enrolled in a nursing program where she earned her certificate and training as a Nurses’ Aide and began her employment at Samaritan Hospital. While employed at the facility, she began a courtship with Charles T. Mayers, and they were married on January 20, 1946. From their union, they were blessed with six children: Brenda, Christina (deceased); Carlos (deceased); Maritza, Gregorio and Derick.
In Panamá City, Norma was an active member of St. Joseph Church where her children participated in all of the religious sacraments and served the congregation as Altar Boys. She was an avid reader with an interest in politics, and was a member of her local Quadrille (square dance) group.
Norma enjoyed arts and crafts, including ceramics, painting, sewing and designing clothing. She blessed her family and friends, from the very youngest to the most senior, with many of her original designs.
Norma was very involved in her children’s lives as a staunch advocate for their education. She and her husband believed that their children understood and appreciated the balance of being Black descendants from Jamaica and Barbados living in this Latin country of Panamá while still being aware of the plight of the Black experience in the United States where they would soon migrate.
She was known to her family and members of the community as a God-fearing woman who constantly preached the word of God, and instilled in her children to be God-fearing citizens of the world.
“Nana”, as she was affectionately called by many, was well known for her colloquial expressions that the family referred to as “Nana Says”.
In 1997, she migrated to the United States and lived in her own apartment in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York to be closer to her family after her husband went to be with the Lord. Here, she became a member of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, and was a member in good standing of the NAACP (Brooklyn chapter). A highlight was when she cast her ballot in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections for President Barack Obama.
On Monday, January 8, 2018, Norma became absent from the body and present with the Lord. She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughters: Brenda and Maritza; her sons: Gregorio and Derick; a son-in-law Roger Panther; daughters-in-law: Onida Coward Mayers and Adriane Lyons Mayers; grandchildren: Dion Panther (and his wife Vanessa), Shakira Wilburg (and her husband Dale), Shemill McCleod, Derian Mayers, Carlos Mayers and Lavoneia Mayers; great-grands: Aijha and Nijha Panther, and Shakale and Skyler Wilburg; and a host of nieces, including Angela Ashwood and nephews, including Anthony McClaren; and so many close family friends.