SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Julia Louise Rombley died on January 13, 2022, at St. Maarten Medical Center. She was 70.
Louise, as she was better known, leaves her children, Angelo Rombley (USA) and Andrew Rombley (St. Martin); daughter-in-law Morgan Rombley; and granddaughter Isabella Rombley.
Louise is survived by 11 of her 13 brothers and sisters, and a host of nieces and nephews; extended family, and friends.
Born in Charleston, Nevis, on August 30, 1951, Louise was the 12th child of 11 daughters and three sons of the late Reynold and Francis Halbert, both farmers. Louise was related to the Halbert, Rombley, Hodge, Hanley, Thompson, Walwyn, and Webbe families. Her earliest education was at the Charlestown Secondary School.
In 1971, Louise and her younger sister, Iris, moved to the neighboring Caribbean island of St. Martin. She soon found employment at Food Center as a cashier. In 1972, Louise began working at Bank of Nova Scotia and was “an excellent employee as recognized by the numerous employee awards” that she received before retiring in 2000, said Angelo.
Not long after migrating to St. Martin Louise met Cole Bay native and fireman Pedro Rombley “and on September 29, 1973, Mom and Dad got married,” said Angelo. The photography enthusiast was also an active volunteer member of the Methodist Church.
Family, friends, and her Scotiabank family fondly remember that Louise relished cooking for her loved ones. Her “traditional Caribbean cooking and baking; … especially her johnny cake and souse” always made you come back for more, said her children and family friends gathered at the home of the deceased last weekend. Upon hearing of her passing, a weeping granddaughter said to her father, Angelo, “I just wanted see her one more time and cook with Grandma.”
The private family viewing of the deceased will be held at Emerald Funeral Home, Welgelegen Road, Cay Hill, on Friday, January 21, 2022, 8 am – 8:30 am, said Andrew.
The memorial service for Julia Louise Rombley will be held at the Methodist Church, Frontstreet, Philipsburg, on Friday, January 21, 2022. The public viewing at the church, 9 am – 9:45 am, will be followed by the funeral service at 10 am to 11 am. Interment will follow at Great Bay cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in the name of Julia Louise Rombley to Andrew or Angelo Rombley.
Farewell, Julia Louise Rombley.