Orma Mae Ebanks

    Orma Mae Ebanks, was born November 6th, 1928 to Melville and Amy Ebanks (nee McLaughlin) at the family home in Channel Cliff, North Side. She was the fourth of nine children and was named after one of her mother’s sisters.

    Orma had a very rich heritage, as she was born into a loving Christian family where she was taught the value of good manners, hard work, honesty and integrity. These values which were instilled in her and her siblings, remained constant throughout her life and have certainly passed these on to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

    She attended school in North Side under the tutelage of the late Mr. Spurgeon Ebanks of West Bay. In those times there was no facility for further education on the island, so on completion of primary school she then left the comfort and stability of home to venture into the working world.

    For her, that meant moving to George Town. Her family remained a very close knit family throughout her life. In later years, after her move to George Town, her brothers Robert and Astor joined her with their homes being just minutes away from each other all on Crewe Road. She looked forward to her many trips back to the ole homestead in North Side, especially on the weekends with Astor.

    Orma loved to cook and had a unique talent for creating culinary delights that would dazzle the most sophisticated palates. She always delivered excellence; As a result, she became extremely sought after to cater meals for all types of occasions across Cayman.

    This reputation did not go unnoticed and she was often sought after to assist with catering special events at Government House. She was ever so proud and delighted whenever the Governor’s Office requested her culinary services. She was regularly called on to perform the duties of Head Cook at the H.E. Governor’s residence.

    Orma was awarded the Certificate and Badge of Honour for her many years of dedication in the public service as Head Cook for the George Town Hospital for almost 30years, This award was personally bestowed upon her by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second on her visit to the Island. She took immense pride in displaying her medal and wearing it to the various official functions she attended and she could often be heard boasting about this honour to her family and friends.

    Orma made her home on Crewe Road in George Town where she raised her children Kerry,Roger,Derby and Bruce. She wore many hats over the years, but none as proud as the ones of mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. She worked extremely hard to raise her children, always making sure that their needs were met. She always instilled the need for them to get a good education, be well mannered and to love each other.

    She always took pride in keeping her yard clean Orma loved her plants and had a green thumb, everywhere she went she would break a “lil” piece of the plants to plant in her garden. And her plants bloomed beautifully with her special touch.

    She loved to travel and explore new places, despite being scared of flying. Despite this fear, she travelled extensively.

    She loved spending time with family and celebrating all the special events, and she was always the life of the party and brought energy to any room that she entered.

    Orma lived fully and loved her family deeply.

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