Author: Jeevan A. Robinson - MNI Media | Date: 07 April 2019
She was a Stalwart. She was courageous, and she was equally Regal! Whenever you encountered Lady Annie Dyer-Howe, you encountered presence and an endearingly charming Lady.
Alliouagana will miss you Mrs Annie Dyer-Howe. Mount Paran's sons and daughters both today mourn, and pay tribute to all that you have been for our island over the course of your time amongst us.
It was just two days ago I was having a conversation with someone who recently visited Mrs Dyer-Howe, as to how she was keeping during her time of illness.
Today, having learned of Mrs-Dyer Howe's passing and speaking to that same individual, they explained in brief words; "I feel frozen in time."
I was told during that same previous conversation that Lady Annie Dyer-Howe was dressed in the Montserrat National Dress on St Patrick's Day, in recognition and respect of her vision and her work to ensure this time of year has national significance in light of its history and so much more.
That is one of the reasons why I admired this Lady and held her in very high esteem; for she embodied vision and direction in a nation needing a rudder and a course.
She was so much more too. A politician of purpose, and splendid oratory. A businesswoman who showed the power of the female to direct and build. A community organiser who lived for her people and sought ways to direct their hopes and aspirations.
When I learned of Mrs Annie Dyer-Howe's passing today, my first words were; "Oh shit!" Not because I was not aware that we all must one day transition to meet our Maker in Spirit and in Truth, but because it slapped me in the face that Montserrat's Icons are fading away from this realm with rapidity. We just lost Dr Irish. Now Mrs Howe.
However, they've left legacies that time will smile upon, and their souls are in a place of rest.
The Right Honourable Annie Dyer-Howe was awarded the Montserrat Order of Excellence in 2018 for her exemplary contributions to Montserrat.
When the late Dr John Osborne passed away, I had the distinct honour of hosting the radio programme on ZJB Radio that discussed Hon Osborne's Legacy and Contribution to Montserrat. Present were also Sir Dr Howard Fergus, the late Kenneth Cassell and now the late Mrs Annie Dyer-Howe.
As depicted in the picture below of that night at ZJB Radio, Mrs Dyer-Howe attired herself representing her trueness to her Black culture and her deep African and Montserratian connection and awareness.
Such was The Lady! She lived a life of manifestation of her visions, and placed the power of the female squarely in the centre of our national development experiences.
Sleep well, and with peace Mrs Howe. MNI Media salutes you as a Montserrat Icon and a Heroine par excellence!