Monica Celestine Herbert was born on January 8, 1947 to the late Harold and Elise Holder-Herbert in Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, Barbados, West Indies. Monica was always surrounded with love and security, growing up in the same household with her brothers Michael, Gary and beloved cousins, Wayne and Peter.
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Monica began her early childhood education at the Belmont Girls School and later her secondary education at the St. Michael Girls School, a strong Academic Institution for young women on the Island.
Monica was a tomboy, being the only girl amongst 4 boys. Truth be told, Monica held her own.. even learning to drive a manual shift transmission before the boys, (excluding Wayne) and even enjoyed driving in a couple of Car Rallies in the seventies.
After graduating from High School, Monica was recruited at Barclays Bank in Barbados in the seventies and later transferred to its branch on Wall Street, New York.
Always the pioneer, as a minority, Monica worked her way up in the corporation from Loans and ultimately to Securities, where she remained for over thirty years.
Monica was a devoted and dedicated mother to her three children, Zawdie Ato, Ayana Aiysha and Cecilia Aida. Devoted and loving grandmother to Elizabeth, Isaiah and Theodore.
She leaves behind her brother, Gary, sisters Cecile & Janice, sister in laws, Marguerite Bourne Herbert and Elizabeth Herbert. Nieces and Nephews: Michel Subratie, Makeya Herbert, Michael Herbert, Jasmine Herbert, Amy Hinkson and Jade Herbert. Her devoted cousin Peter, and an extensive host of loving cousins, relatives and friends.
We will always cherish the fond memories we have of her. May she peacefully rest from all of her labor and toils and enjoy the presence of the Lord.