Eunice Phillips can be considered a pillar
of her Glebe Land, St. George district. In fact, the Golda Phillips Walkway,
named in her honour, is testament to how well-loved she is by neighbours and
friends in the community.
Golda, as she is affectionately called,
never left Glebe Land, and many can attest to the valuable advice she imparted
to them over the years.
Educated at Rudder’s Academy and St.
George’s School, Golda entered the classroom as a teacher at South District
Primary School, where she helped to shape the lives of some of the nation’s
She later took up a position at the
assembly line at the former British American Tobacco Company.
While at British American Tobacco, Golda
met and later wed Luther Phillips, now deceased, and had four children. The couple also had 10 grandchildren and 11
For recreation, Golda loved to dance as a
means of remaining “slim and trim”. She
fondly recalled the first time she danced.
“When I was young, I liked to go to dances. The first dance was when I was four years
old. There was a man from St. Philip who
married a neighbor of mine and they would say come over and play. They put me in the centre and said there’s a
brown girl in the ring and I dancing.
So, I must be dance from then until now.”
A devout worshipper at St. George’s Parish
Church, Golda was a member of the Church Army, the Mother’s Union and the choir.
Cathy-Ann Brathwaite, her granddaughter,
described her as someone who always knew what she wanted in life and worked
towards achieving it. “She wanted a
house, a husband and children.”
She said her grandmother was full of
insight, and imparted financial and relationship advice, some of which she
listened to, but conceded that it was always on point.
“Golda, you always have been and will
continue to be an inspiration to us, your family and to all who know you. You have a firm belief in God and also in the
fact that if you are good to others, good will befall you,” Cathy-Ann noted.
Cathy-Ann said Golda was a font of
historical facts, and recalls when they “shut up” [homes and businesses] when
the 1937 riots occurred. She also has an
excellent recall of family history.
She has a hearty appetite and her
favourite meal is cou cou. In fact,
Golda boasts of teaching many to cook the popular Barbadian dish.
Golda explained: “You sieve the meal; boil
the okras; you strain the okra water and start stirring the meal in that kind
of water – up, down, across…”
Her favourite scripture verse is: “Blessed
are the pure in heart for they shall see God”. She added: “The secret of the
Lord is theirs; their soul is Christ the Lord.
She advised the youth to: “Obey God’s
commandments; walk in his footsteps; live in peace with others; go to church
and read the bible every day.”