By Clint Kemp
“My life has been beautiful”… These are the simple words that describe the long and full life of a very special woman who on Dec. 14th will turn 100 years old.
It would take a novel to capture the history she has experienced and the life stories that have shaped her journey from the porch of her childhood home on East Bay St. in Nassau to the porch that overlooks the sea of Abaco where she spends quiet days with her daughter Dianne and son-in-law Anthony Kemp.
To say that her life has been extraordinary would be a significant understatement. Few people have been blessed with the good genes and great memories of this woman. Born in an age where cars were started with a hand cranks, airplanes were just beginning to appear in the skies and the radio was the only connection to the outside world, thing have certainly changed.
Always a woman of style and grace, even at 100 she still dresses in the most current fashions and one can easily see she is a timeless beauty. An athlete, who held the 100 yard dash record at Queen’s College for many years after leaving school, an artist who has produced hundreds of pieces and a cook that has left indelible taste bud memories for untold family members and friends lucky enough to sit at her table, only begins to scratch the surface of this renaissance woman’s life, my Grand Mother; Violet Weech.
In her lifetime she has witnessed a world of change unlike any other time in the history of mankind. She has experiencing a world of unimaginable progress and unthinkable destruction but it is not the world’s innovations or tragedies that have defined her story. Violet’s life has been an odyssey of faith shared for over 60 years with her beloved husband Rev. Earl Weech.
Together they lived a life of faithful devotion to each other, their family and their faith. With their three children, Dianne, Dave and Rochelle in tow, the stories are endless of all the Islands visited, churches planted and ministries they led in the Bahamas and the U.S. Cherokee Sound, Freeport and Eleuthera all have marks of their presence with churches standing and congregations gathered on Sunday mornings even today, but it is in Nassau where Violet and Earl founded Calvary Bible Church that her heart calls home.
Calvary Bible church was started in 1962 and by all accounts was one of those sweet intersections of time where a community of believers came together to see a new and powerful vision become reality. This new church reshaped the spiritual landscape of The Bahamas, pioneering Christian radio, producing musical events, and putting aside the dogmatic rhetoric of the church to welcome all who would come. Violets love for her Lord Jesus Christ and her tireless devotion to the work of the church has been her life’s defining reality.
Although she has worked to raise oceans of money for various ministries and created hundreds of programs, it is the number of lives that have been eternally changed as a result of those ministries that is truly noteworthy.
At the end of life all our great accomplishments, our acquisitions and all the philosophies we have lived by take on a very pure perspective and we gain a unique clarity of what really mattered, and what was true. For my exceptional Grandmother that moment is experienced every day in the clear reality of that unforgettable childish truth that, “Jesus loves me this I know so the Bible tells me so”
Violet Weech: a beautiful life, well lived, that will never end. You are greatly loved.