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Vinton Aradath Smiling

October 25, 1927 ~ January 3, 2019 (age 91)


Vinton Aradath Smiling: Vinton was born in Belize October 25th 1927.  She was the oldest child of Doris Franklin and Edwin Smiling.  She gave birth to five children, three sons and two daughters.

As a single parent she worked hard all her life as a maid.  At times, she took in loads of washing in her home laboring over a scrubbing board and a bath pan.  She worked in the hotel industry when there were no washers and dryers washing dozens of sheets and towels on a daily basis.  She sometimes held down three jobs at a time to put food on the table.  There was never a question of us not all sitting together for each and every meal no matter how meager the meals were.

She immigrated to the United States in 1980 realizing a long dream of hers to strive for a better life for herself and her children and was able to become a U.S. citizen which is something she was very proud of. 

In her later years, she loved to read her bible and listen to music on her Bose music system.  She was an African Queen in all respects. A She had black tea with each meal and loved a proper table setting.  She was a good cook and she knew it too.  Anyone who ate her white cake says it’s the best white cake they have ever eaten.

She is predeceased by her sons Holdane Young and Gaylin Batty, sisters Rita Theus, Norma Burns and Joyce Castillo.

She is survived by: her son Zephaniah Batty, and daughters Margaret Batty and Shirlene Batty, sisters Shirley Moralez, Janet Kemp, Estelle Chapman and Elizabeth Smiling.  Brothers Edwin Smiling Jr , Maurice Smiling and Winston Smiling. She is also survived by her 5 grandchildren, Stephen Gill Jr., Gaylyn Batty, Maurice Smiling, Galen Smiling, Destinee Smiling and Kara Batty, along with many nieces and nephews.

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