Bernice Subhagi Hanoomansingh Terry: a singer, dancer, avid reader, gardener, adventurous spirit and powerful force in the lives of those around her. She graced this world with her vibrancy and courage.
Born in the small town of Cunupia in Trinidad and Tobago, to parents Henry and Violet Hanoomansingh, Bernice was the only girl in a family of 5 boys (Harvey, Hamlyn, Harold, Walton, Henrick), four of whom are still living today. In a time where Indian women were married and raised families, Bernice decided to chart her own path. She graduated from secondary school in Trinidad, taught elementary or primary school and worked as a DJ in a local radio show... yet knew she wanted to do more. She boarded a ship to London, England and enrolled in nursing school. While in London, she learned to belly dance and became both a performer and an instructor. It was during this same time that she and Johnnie Terry Sr met and fell in love. Their love affair would span multiple adventures across 58 years.always together.
She loved trying and doing new things, from horseback riding, macraméing, ceramics, sewing, oil painting, ping pong, racquetball, mountain climbing, belly dancing, singing in choirs, acting in plays, learning to play piano, travelling to different countries, learning different languages and playing scrabble (and she almost always won in scrabble). Thinking about her tasty homemade corn soufflé and broccoli Chicken Divan still give us warm and happy feelings.
Her husband, Johnnie Sr. and two children, Johnnie Jr and Shyama, love her more than words can express. She has engraved her name and spirit on their hearts and that engraving is permanent in a way that will never be erased. Her daughter-in-law Juliette, son-in-law Derek, five grandchildren, 4 brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends have all known her love, compassion and caring.
Bernice lived a life of love, laughter, and family. Her light radiated out and brightened even the darkest corners. She will forever be an amazing daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie, and friend. We love her always!