Mrs. Petronella McBean - Bloomfield,
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affectionately known as Mother Pet, was
born to the union of Herbert Mcbean
and Ruth Sayers on October 20, 1931, in
Adelphi, St. James, Jamaica. She attended
Adelphi Primary School and Secondary
School. Petronella started working at
an early age to assist her mother, and
after the birth of her first daughter and
the death of her mother, she moved to
Spanish Town, St. Catherine. Arriving in
Spanish Town, she started learning the
art of dress making with Mrs. Dyers. She
excelled and was later known as one of the best dress makers in
Spanish Town. It was from this trade she earned an income to
take care of her children. She also taught her daughters the art of
dress making .
Petronella Bloomfield had five children before she met and
married her husband, Nicholas Bloomfield, and from this union,
an additional five children were born.
Church played a very important role in her life. She attended Bible
Way Apostlic Church, where she served as a missionary and a
family advisor. Most Sundays, she would preach at church. Church
was lively when Mother Pet was around. She was known by almost
everyone in her community, and she was willing to help and even
to be a midwife for pregnant mothers. To be in her presence was
just great. She was not short of jokes and funny stories.
After the death of her husband, Nicholas, she started traveling
to the United States. After many hard times, she became a U.S.
citizen. While in Florida, she prayed to have another son, so the
Lord brought Muraice Walker into her life. He was now the son
that she prayed for.
Over the past few years, Petronella suffered some health issues, but
with God’s help, the medical staff, and the support of her loving
children and grandchildren, she weathered the storm. Despite
the many problems she encountered, she was always optimistic
about life. One of her greatest joys was being with her family,
and she enjoyed every moment. On March 21, 2020, she breathed
her last breath, and now she awaits the trumpet of God. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Bloomfield, and sons,
Lincoln Barnes and Benton Bloomfield.
She leaves to cherish her memory:
Daphne White, Nella Murray, Olive Barnes, Kervin
Barnes (Audrey), Glendon Bloomfield, Christina Henry (Curty),
Megan Cross (Glendon), Landel Bloomfield, and Muraice Walker
(Karen); thirty-six grandchildren, forty-five great-grandchildren,
and two great-great-grandchildren; along with a host of other
relatives and friends.
May her soul rest in peace.