Mrs. Judith Catharina Phillips Donawa, sunrise August 8, 1935 - sunset April 12, 2018, until that day a resident of Brooklyn, New York. In October 2016, she became a long care resident at the Ditmas Park Rehabilitation and Care Center also in Brooklyn. After a courageous four year battle with Alzheimer's disease, Mrs. Donawa passed away peacefully at the rehabilitation center where she became part of facility's family, especially for the entire staff who cared for her.
She was born in Lagunillas, Zulia, Venezuela. She was one of ten children, daughter of Rene Phillips and Catherine Joseph, immigrants from the island of Grenada, West Indies.
She grew up in Lagunillas and had a enjoyable childhood, lived between Maracaibo and Lagunillas. Back in the days, she was a hardworking student, that at the end she graduated from San Jose High School. She had a passion for education and teaching. She enrolled at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Education.
In 1962, she met Fermin Antonio Donawa , (also known as Tony or Herbert)(deceased), whom later became her husband in 1967. During those years in different parts of Venezuela in the educational field. In 1968, she decided to migrate to the United States of America and reside in Brooklyn, New York. She arrived in New York to be with her beloved husband, but it took her time to adapt to her new hometown. She still went several times back and forth to her beloved country, Venezuela. When she truly settled down in New York, she successfully attained a training in the medical health field and worked in the health industry, until when she retired.
She was the beloved wife of Fermin A. Donawa (deceased) for over 45years. From this marriage, she gave birth to three children and was already mother of an elder daughter from a prior relationship.
Beloved children Roxanna Josefina Phillips, Rexcennia Aimar Donawa (deceased), Gregorio Agustín Donawa, Rudolpho Antonio Donawa and her daughter- in- law Lenna Chilberry-Donawa (Rudolpho's wife), treasured grandchild Yashina Desiree Donawa , along with countless other family and friends whom were blessed to know her.
Judith will be forever remembered by her devoted brothers Leedham Phillips, Vicente Phillips, Armando Phillips (deceased), Francis Gilbert (deceased), loving sisters Angela Phillips Coppin, Adelina Phillips Roberts, Ana Graciela Phillips (deceased), Eleiana McCollin (deceased), Barbara Phillips Romero (deceased).
Judith was a lady that loved laughing, reading and specially cooking all kind of foods. As the Alzheimer's disease progressed, she still maintained a healthy appetite, she especially enjoyed home foods.
She touched the lives of many people with her smile and her generosity. Despite her illness, she maintained courage, tenacity, and love through the end of her life.