Myrie Isolyn Peterson, daughter of the late Sylvinia and Arthur Beckford, departed this earthly life on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at McLeod Hospice Center, Florence, surrounded by family and friends.

Myrie was born on Nov. 24, 1944, in the small parish of Lowe River, Jamaica West Indies. She was the 13th child of 14 children. After completing her education in Lowe River, she came to the United States in 1969. She cared for others for more than 20 years as a housekeeper and home caregiver to many families.

Myrie was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a person who will be remembered for her caring and generous spirit. She was selfless and genuine. She was drawn to people in need. Well into retirement, she devoted her time caring for friends, family and members in her community. In addition to caring for others, she enjoyed cooking and preparing hot meals for all of her family and friends and kept feeding them until they could eat no more.

In addition to her parents and husband, Myrie was preceded in death by seven brothers, Ranold Reid, Hepburn Beckford, Vivian Beckford, Vincent Beckford, Wesley Beckford, Herman Beckford and Aston Beckford; and three sisters, Jestina Pitters, Ersie Beckford and Shirley Beckford.

Public viewing will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. today and wake service from 6 to 7 p.m. at Job's Mortuary.

Mrs. Peterson will be placed in the church at 9 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Goodwill Presbyterian Church (USA), 295 N. Brick Church Road, Mayesville, with Pastor Richard Dozier, the Rev. Elijah Washington officiating and Elder Calvin "Earl" Peterson, eulogist. Interment will follow at Goodwill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at 1300 Mt. Sinai Church Road, Lynchburg.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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