Cereta Myrie (aka “Aunt Sadie”) of Montclair, beloved mother, faithful servant of our Lord and Savior, and an incredible seamstress, succumbed in her battle with cancer on June 27. She was 87.
Mrs. Myrie was a longtime resident of Montclair and was well known in the community for her hard work, outgoing spirit and willingness to help others.
She was employed by Annin & Co. in Verona; while there Annin was featured (accompanied by her photo) in a Star-Ledger article regarding high demand for U.S. flags. After retiring from Annin, she devoted her time to caring for those she loved, was an active member of the New Lighthouse Church and continued to bless others with her gift of sewing.
Visitors to her home were usually gifted with one of her shopping or laundry bags. Over the years, numerous persons have had their choice of wedding, graduation and other attire designed, sewed or altered by her. She was extremely joyful to have been able to sew for her grandson’s wedding.
Up to very recently, she designed and created fashionable face masks for family and friends to use during the COVID-19 pandemic, before falling ill. Passersby would often see her on her front porch, behind her trusted Singer sewing machine, for hours.
In the last days of her hospital stay, she spoke to friends and family to give them some advance on what she believed was coming. We shall miss her terribly.
She is survived by her children, Clive, Donna, Junior, Maurice and Diahanne, and her grandchildren, Clive II and Jordan, as well as extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held in her honor at a future date.
Arrangements are by the Martin’s Home for Service, Inc., 48 Elm St., Montclair.