HAYDEE PAUL was remembered yesterday as a woman who loved her children.
Paul, 28, of Sea Lots, was killed on Sunday just after 9 a.m. along with her daughters Shakira, seven and Akasha, eight.
The three were on their way home from the Central Market when a car driven by an off-duty policeman heading west along the Beetham Highway climbed the sidewalk, knocked down six people, killing Paul and her two daughters.
During the funeral service held at the Open Bible Church, Eastern Main Road in Laventille, Reverend Junior Bedeau, pastor at the Sea Lots branch of the church, said the two girls were like daughters to him.
He said Paul was a bit aggressive but he managed to build a relationship with her and her children and told the congregation that one day before the accident he thought of them while in a meeting with pastors about the youth in the community.
He said he told them the way they treat the children now, in ten years time the children would return that treatment. The next day the two girls died.
He called on those gathered to pay their final respects and to give their lives to Christ Jesus. He also commended the residents of Sea Lots for showing great restraint following the accident as they did not throw missiles or break the law.
A cousin of the family, Allison Paul-Hall, who delivered the eulogy, told the congregation that she would celebrate the lives of the deceased. She remembered Shakira, a pupil at Eastern Girls Primary School, as a child who suffered with asthma and was sick regularly while Akasha, who was fondly called "Ruth" or "Ruthie", was a "fighter in spirit" and "sweet and mischievous".
Paul-Hall said Haydee Paul was raised to know the Lord.
Reverend Desmond Austin, who delivered the sermon, began by praying for the children who must still cross the highway.
He said all that was happening in society was a consequence of sinful lifestyles and called on the nation to govern themselves individually as mankind had become ungovernable.
He said the death of the family was an opportunity for some present at the funeral to rekindle their relationship with their own families and called on fathers to be present in the lives of their children.
Austin told the congregation that many parents gave their children what they themselves lacked but refused to give them what they received, such as good morals and values.