Inez Lianorah Codling was born on November 13, 1929, in Careen Hall, St. Mary, Jamaica to the late Dorris Cunningham Pendergrass and Standford Lynch. She was educated in Kingston, Jamaica where she developed a love for cooking. She was very skillful at it and took great pride and joy in cooking all the traditional Jamaican meals. She began working for the West Indies Club in Kingston as a head cook, where she went by the nickname “Fats”. Ms. Inez, as many knew her as, relocated from Jamaica to Boston in 1968 through a work program that provided her passage to the United States as a Household Helper.
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Mother Inez loved attending church and found a spiritual home with the Holy Tabernacle Church in Dorchester, MA. She served faithfully as a prayer warrior and was a respected member of not only the church community but by all those whose lives she touched. She loved the choir music and was a member of the Living Sanctuary of Praise Choir. When she wasn’t singing in the choir, she would be seen on Sundays in the Mothers’ section singing and lifting her hands raised in praise.
Ms. Inez was a woman of class and distinction with a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. Always the mother, the aunt, the friend, the sounding board, the love, and matriarch. She had this way of comforting you even when she was holding on to her discomforts in private. She went above and beyond for her family and friends and didn’t ask for anything in return. She was blessed with the power to love boldly and to nurture masterfully.
She was a great shopping partner. She loved to shop for bargains from the flea markets in Boston to the town fairs in Toronto and everything in between. Ms. Inez traveled back home to Jamaica and throughout other islands of the Caribbean. She was a mover and a shaker.
Inez went home to be with The Lord on Sunday, July 5, 2020. She was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Pendergrass.
She is survived by her brother; Edward Steadman. She leaves a devoted and loving family to cherish her memory including her children: Marjorie Lathellerie, Leighton (Teddy) Smith, and Sydney Banton. Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, Sisters-in-Law, Brothers-in-Law, Nieces, Nephews, and a host of other relatives and cherished friends.
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