Skymeter Fanceta Gordon was born August 6, 1938 to parents, Theresa
(Brooks) Burke and Leonard Burke, in Saint Elizabeth, Retrieve District -
Jamaica West Indies.
In her youth, Sky, as she was affectionately known - attended Saint Alban
School, and spent her young adult life in Mandeville, Manchester parish in
Jamaica where she also worked for many years helping people get to their
desired destination anywhere in the world. She was employed as a travel
agent at the Global Travel Service in Mandeville. She was a warm and
welcoming soul with an endearing smile that immediately welcomed you
and pulled you in. While living in Jamaica, she served as a faithful member
of the Battersea Assembly. Upon relocation to the United States Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, she joined Gospel Hall and served for many years until
she finished her course. She loved to pray and read the scriptures daily.
She also enjoyed a good hymn. One of her favorites was, “It is well with
Sky was preceded in death by her mother and father – Theresa and
Leonard Burke; brothers, El Pedo – Patrick Burke and Frenchy Burke. She
is survived by husband Ivan Gordon, her two sons, Cary Gordon and Paul
Demetrius (daughter-in-law, Patricia Demetrius). Tony Nembhard
(Jamaica, W.I.) was her bonus son. She is also survived by her sisters -
Veleta Jackson, Veryl Burke, and Audlet Burke; and brother, Sylvester
Burke. Her two beloved grandchildren brought her much joy.
Granddaughter Simone Demetrius (Suzette, mom); and grandson Jayden
Gordon were well loved and cherished by her.
Skymeter also leaves to cherish her memory, nephews and nieces, many
cousins and extended family members, a host of church family and friends,
including neighbor-friends who loved and appreciated her kind demeanor.
She seemed to have had a lasting effect on the people with whom she
came in contact.
Skymeter Fanceta Gordon, physically gone from this earth, but not soon
From Earth to Sky
No more suffering. No more sickness. No more pain.
The smile you offered to others is now heaven’s gain.
Your presence was like warmth in the Winter
And a bouquet of fresh flowers in Spring.
You provided refreshing reassurance to others,
like a poetic psalm to sing.
May the sweet inhale of your last sweet familial visual on earth
be a rewarding precursor to your forthcoming celestial exhale.
From earth to Sky – you marked your make, and made your mark.
You took thread and stitched your life, your way, your part.
Mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, neighbor, member, friend…
Stoic until the very end.
From earth - to Sky:
We salute you and bid you adieu –
One. Last. Goodbye.
Written by Patricia Walden
Submitted from the family with love