Sat. Sep. 23, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Beresford Funeral Service
13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.
Sat. Sep. 23, 2017
11:00 am
Beresford Funeral Service
13501 Alief Clodine Road
Houston , TX 77082.
In Memory of
Liley Agatha Joseph-Reid
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Liley Agatha Joseph Reid was a strong black woman with seven children, nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.  She was born and raised in Roxborough, Tobago to parents John and Emily Joseph where she attended Roxborough Anglican School and Ebenezer Methodist School.

When someone you love transitions, there is a strong temptation to remember them only in a positive light.  Misdeeds are forgotten.  Offenses are forgiven.  Only the most shining characteristics of our loved one make it into the version of them that we keep with us when they depart.  Our mother sure had her faults and did many things that we her children may not agree with.  But she did what she thought was best at the time and one could only do one’s  best.  She was strong.  This was shown when she decided at age 78, after the death of her husband, to re-locate to USA and start a new life. There she worked at whatever  jobs she could secure. She lived her life  on her own terms regardless of what others may think.

She was an intelligent young woman with a humble upbringing.  Her childhood friends and even a couple of her teachers had spoken highly of her academic ability and noted that  her parents financial position could not afford her the opportunity to further her educational skills.  In addition as a young girl she learned to play the piano, embroider, knit, sew and crochet.  She still tried to move to England to become a nurse but she was underage and needed a parent approval.  This had to take place in Trinidad and she was from Tobago and her mother arrived too late to sign the papers.  This was a great disappoint and did not allow this to stop her.  She became the secretary to one of Tobago’s most  famous  politician.   

Later on in life, she became an entrepreneur.  She purchased and sold goods between Trinidad and Tobago.  This sort of business was called “trafficking” – not to be confused with selling of drugs.  She purchased goods in one island and sailed by ferry to the other island to sell them.  Then puchased in that island and returned to the first .  Then at one time she owned her own shop selling clothing, artificial flowers, knitted crotchet hats, which was in demand and other minor household articles. .  She was also a street vendor selling sno- cones.  At one time she helped with the running of a club called “Tight Rock”.  Such things showed how strong she was as she persevered to make a living.  She never gave up no matter the obstacles.

Liley was a very sociable woman.  When walking from point A to B she would stop to chit chat with every one she met especially kids.  She loved to party and have a good time.  No one could move like her on the dance floor.  She was a Trinbagonian to the bone.  Trinidad and Tobago being the home of steelband, calypso and carnival, she never missed a chance to attend the festivities.

There are a few women who one would consider as “having style” and Liley has style.  She could dress.  And not “cus kel”.  [“Cus Kel” means that the entire ensemble is not coordinated.]  And she walked with style.  When she is dressed, she knows she looks good and she would walk with her head held high and hips sh ashaying.  It is said that no one could rock a pair of white pants as Miss Liley.

Notwithstanding these loving traits mentioned, you did not want to cross Liley Reid. She was a warrior that you did not want to tangle with Her mouth was fiery, spitting words that would melt a block of ice in seconds, yeah she was a handful, ask Kenrick's and Andre's father. Also Jerry Miller (Kathy-Ann & Beverly's Father).

With regards to her children, Liley was a one woman army.  Have  you ever seen a fowl with the little chickens and someone try to hold one of those chicken, how the mother hen would spread her wings, raise her tail feathers, create a disturbance with her cackling and attack whosoever or whatsoever try to interfere with her young ones, well I just described Miss Liley’s behaviour if you try to do anything or interfere with her children. Yes folks, she loved all her children and would do everything within her capability to protect them.

As she grew older, she mellowed.  She still loved to have fun but she devoted most of her time in praising GOD and attending  church.