Islin Amanda Paul, a homemaker and nanny, died on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. She was 80.
Lovingly known as “Princess”, she was born on May 19, 1939, in St. Thomas, Jamaica to the late Reuben Watson and Icoline I. Parks.
She was educated at Morant Bay Primary School in Jamaica. After the birth of her two oldest children, Errol Reid, and Shirley Young, she traveled to the United States where she gained employment as a homemaker and nanny. She went back to Jamaica where she married Guilford Paul Sr. From this union came two children, Guilford Paul Jr. and Jackie Paul-Coleman.
Once she settled in Philadelphia, she purchased her home in December of 1969 on Opal Street. She enjoyed gardening and sitting on the front steps while talking to her neighbors. She loved cooking traditional Jamaican dishes which included rice and peas, jerk chicken and rum cake.
A retiree from the Philadelphia School District and Sears, Roebuck and Company, she enjoyed crocheting, as her hands were rarely still. She served the Lord on many ministries at the former New Covenant Presbyterian Church. Paul served on the choir, deacon and usher boards until her health failed.
She had many delights during her later years. They included catalog shopping, watching WWE and shopping for Easter dresses for her granddaughters.
“She treasured and adored her grandchildren,” said the family in a tribute. “She embraced every moment with them. She loved her role as ‘NaNa.’”
Paul had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh and feel loved while ensuring that all kids had manners.
Services were held on Nov. 2 at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church, 7740 limekiln Pike.
Emanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.