Holder-Maxwell hailed as woman of God
Dawn Amanda Holder-Maxwell was remembered as an earth angel with a heart of gold and a woman of God who spent her time and her life giving back to others.
The late wife of Bishop of Barbados, The Right Reverend Michael Maxwell, formerly of Lower Estate, St George, passed away on January 13 in the United Kingdom where she went to seek a second opinion and a medical procedure after receiving a diagnosis last November.
Holder-Maxwell’s service of thanksgiving was held this morning at Codrington College, St John, where both she and the Bishop held their wedding reception 23 years ago.
Reverend Dr Anthony Holder, who delivered the sermon, said throughout it all, Holder-Maxwell kept a smile on her face.
“Dawn’s last words were ‘Thank you Jesus’. Before she died, she expressed her thanks to God for all He had done for her in her life. It was her way of saying ‘It is finished’. The purpose for which God placed her on this Earth has now come to an end, and for that she gave Jesus thanks,” Holder said.
“And now we say to Jesus, ‘Thank you Jesus for Dawn. Thank you Jesus for what she has meant to us. For giving her to us, her family and friends, for the time we shared with her and now you have taken her back to yourself, embrace her in your everlasting arms and grant her a place in your eternal kingdom’.”
Holder-Maxwell leaves to mourn her husband Michael, two sons Michael John and Christopher, mother Erline Holder, sister Susanne Holder and brother Kyle Phillips, along with her other family members and friends. (RA)