SAYING FAREWELL: Richard Joseph, husband of Denyse Seepersad-Joseph who was knocked down and killed on Independence Day, holds his four-year-old daughter Abigail during his wife’s funeral at the Mt Elvin Baptist Church, New Grant yesterday. Abigail was thrown from her mother’s arms in the crash.
...The Devil sent him, says pastor
God did not send the speeding car that knocked down and killed mother of four, Denyse Seepersad-Joseph.
It was the devil.
That was the message Pastor Josephine Placide delivered to grieving relatives at her funeral service yesterday.
“God did not send that man to knock Denyse down. The Devil did. But when the Devil takes the life of a loved one, it just means that they boarded the train to heaven before us,” she said.
Placide was delivering a sermon to an overflowing congregation at the Mount Elvin Baptist Church, Hindustan Road, New Grant, where hundreds gathered to say goodbye to a woman described as a good person.
Seepersad-Joseph’s husband, Richard Joseph, cried as he assured his young children that their mother was with God. He asked the church to accept him, saying it was his wife’s wish that he be a part of the church. And he assured his dead wife that their four young children will continue to be a part of the church.
“She found a way to get what she needed to be done. She finally made me come to church,” he cried.
The couple’s four-year-old daughter, who was thrown from her mother’s arms in the crash, clutched her father’s chest during the service. Relatives believe Seepersad-Joseph threw little Abigail to safety when the car slammed into them.
Abigail, who suffered bruises on the leg, was treated at the San Fernando General Hospital and discharged on Monday.
Her siblings—Jason, 13; Charissa, 9; and Anna, 6—wiped away tears during their mother’s funeral service.
Placide said Seepersad-Joseph lived a full life in 39 years and when Satan snuffed out her life the mother went directly to heaven.
Her brother, Rodney Seepersad, said his older sister had impacted, shaped and influenced many lives. Seepersad-Joseph made child bearing and raising look easy, as she cared for her children, he said.
“She loved her husband dearly. She was his right hand. She did everything with joy and chose to stay at home and take care of her children. This she never regretted,” Seepersad said.
But her greatest love, he said, was God. Seepersad said his sister was a simple person who loved nature.
Seepersad-Joseph, of Gangaram Road, off Brothers Road, New Grant, was knocked down by a car at Palmyra Village, San Fernando on Independence Day. The accident was witnessed by her four children, father, brother, sister-in-law and their children.
Seepersad-Joseph was buried in the church yard.