Jamaica Union Conference Mourns the Passing of Princess Lawes

News April 19, 2024

The Jamaica Union Conference family is mourning the passing of retired worker Princess Lawes. Ms. Lawes, who served Jamaica Union as Communication, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director and also Personal Assistant to two former Union Presidents, passed away this morning after ailing for a while. She was 79.

Before serving in the Adventist Church, Ms. Lawes served in public life as a Member of Parliament, a Junior Minister in the Government of Jamaica and a Member of the Senate between 1976 and 1989. In government, she was in charge of Women’s Affairs, Children’s Services, and Friendly Societies. She also served as President of the Inter-American Commission of Women, Organization of American States.

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  • | April 19, 2024 at 2:47 pm

    This powerful servant of God has laid her burdens down. Her tenacity and unmatched
    desire to live was a testimony of faith and commitment to her Father and himanity. Let us join in prayer for the family members during their bereavement.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 4:21 pm

    R.I.P, Ms Lawes. You will surely be remembered for your sterling service to humanity.

    • | April 19, 2024 at 10:41 pm

      May her soul rest in eternal peace I had opportunity to sit with her at an awards ceremony and appreciated the shared knowledge

  • | April 19, 2024 at 6:23 pm

    A tremendous loss to the church. My sincere condolences to Sis. Lawes’ family. We grieve with you. We will see our beloved sister in the morning

  • | April 19, 2024 at 6:42 pm

    O my goodness. I cannot believe this. I was just enquiring about her a few weeks ago. Praise God for her life, for the impression she has left on the lives which crossed her path and the legacy she has left. I miss her.

    • | April 20, 2024 at 12:41 am

      I wish to extend my deepest sympathy not only to her family but to the entire Jamaica Union where she served so well. She will be long remembered for her gentle spirit and her dedication to God’s work.
      We look forward to that great resurrection morning when we shall meet, never to part again.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 7:06 pm

    Sincere condolences to Sis Lawes family and church family, may God grant us comfort and strength to cope in this of grief. May her soul rest in peace.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 7:08 pm

    Sis. Lawes was a fearless woman of God. May her family and loved ones find hope, strength and comfort in the promises of God’s Words.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 7:16 pm

    In our estimation she was a quiet giant. Let us be faithful so that we can meet her in the earth made new.
    We will keep her family in prayer.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 7:21 pm

    Condolences to the family

    When Jesus step out on the clouds to call His children, the dead in Christ shall rise first

    Let us continue the good work Sis Lawes left behind

  • | April 19, 2024 at 7:34 pm

    Our dear sister has fulfilled her earthly chores,she is resting from her labour,she have that blessed hope,let us not mourn as those who have no hope but life a Godly life so we can meet her in the earth made new.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 7:35 pm

    Condolences to JAMU family and and relatives of Sister Princess from Carol and Arlington. We look forward with great anticipation to the great celebration in the New Earth 🌹

  • | April 19, 2024 at 7:41 pm

    Condolences to family, church and friends.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 8:35 pm

    This woman of God blesses us greatly with words of inspiration and her actions are always a pleasure to witness. We will miss you, Sister Lawes. Condolences to the family.🙏🙏🙏

  • | April 19, 2024 at 8:39 pm

    RIP sis
    See you in the morning

  • | April 19, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    I was always impressed by Sis. Lawes’s gentle demeanor and Christ-like example. She certainly has left her stamp on the public sector and the SDA Church.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    Sincere condolences to all those whose lives were impacted by Princess. Hers was one of courage tenacity, and commitment to service whether in the church or to the wider public. Her passion for embellishing the lives of women and children was unshakable. Princess, you have fought and prevailed. Your crown & gift of eternal life awaits you. Sweet rest girl. We’ll see you in the morning.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    She has ran her race well, served humanity with distinction. Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord…SIP Sis Lawes. Let’s all be faithful so we can meet in the new Jerusalem. I pray comfort for the family

  • | April 19, 2024 at 9:12 pm

    It is so sorryful to learn of Princess’ passing . We can only look back on our fond memories. We ask that the Lord will comfort the family during these difficult times. See you in the morning Princess.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 9:14 pm

    I will miss you dearly my Boss, my sister, my friend and confidant. I remember my tenure as her secretary when she won the Northwest St. Ann Consituency 1980 General Election.
    We’ve developed a great sisterhood over the years, and I will certainly miss her stays with me, whenever she was in Miami. Rest well my sister, I’ll see you in the morning

  • | April 19, 2024 at 9:28 pm

    A faithful servant has been laid to rest.

    The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

    Isaiah 57:1 KJV

    • | April 21, 2024 at 9:39 am

      My God…..

    • | April 21, 2024 at 9:41 am

      My Lord….!🙏

  • | April 19, 2024 at 9:36 pm

    Ms. Lawes was a tower of strength when my mom passed 11 years ago. Condolences to the family. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 9:37 pm

    ‘O what singing o what shouting on that getting up morning when we all shall rise’
    Sincerest condolences to the Lawes family, friends and associates
    RIP Princess Lawes

  • | April 19, 2024 at 9:58 pm

    Princess Lawes will be remembered as a great woman of faith, a philanthropist who gave of her best to the Master. Take your rest my Sister…till the morning.
    Condolences to the family. May God’s Peace be your comfort.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 10:13 pm

    The passing of a soldier of Christ,who served valiantly,and lovingly.we pray for the family.

  • | April 19, 2024 at 10:40 pm

    Prayers for the family and the church. Thank you for your services both to the church and our blessed country of jamaica. Sleep in Jesus till we meet again

  • | April 19, 2024 at 10:59 pm

    Condolences te the family it going home time looking forward to meet in the Kingdom
    Sleep on my sister

  • | April 19, 2024 at 11:59 pm

    Hilda and Herman Ming expresses Condolences to the Jamaica Union family and and relatives of Sister Lawes . Let’s continue to be faithful as we await that time when God’s faithful children will be glorified

  • | April 20, 2024 at 12:11 am

    Sister Lawes was a wonderful servant of God and a great blessing to the SDA Church, her country and the region. In spite of her illness she continued to champion the cause of God with faith and resilience. I shall miss her. May God bless and comfort her family and all who mourn her passing.🙏🏾

  • | April 20, 2024 at 3:06 am

    Awwwwww….I knew her well because I used to keep her car for her in Montego Bay whenever she flew out of the island then since I lived near to the Sir Donald Sangster International airport there back then….Bless her soul and may she rise to see her Lord, soon.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 4:58 am

    My sincere condolences to the Jamaica Unio of SDA family and friends. Met her in the early 70’s at her home church Devon, St Ann. She was active in all areas of the church. Now take your rest, see you in the morning.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 7:08 am

    Condolences to the family and friends, we have lost a Champion for loosing Sis Lawes. May her spirit RIP see you on the other side

  • | April 20, 2024 at 7:10 am

    It was a great pleasure to have Sister Princess Lawes serving with me at the IAD ASI she made a tremendous impact in the Union ASI and the Division . My family and Asiers regret her passing and offers the God of comfort to her family .

  • | April 20, 2024 at 8:15 am

    A gentle giant was Princess. She has run the race and finished the course. We look forward to the great celebration! My sympathies to the family. RIP

  • | April 20, 2024 at 10:22 am

    Why so many Adventist are passing away one after the other? Why? Why? Why? Why Lord?

    • | April 21, 2024 at 5:54 pm

      The Lord is sealing His servants and putting them to rest.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 11:14 am

    Sis Princess was a wonderful calm spirited woman of God. She was meticulous and purpose driven and took her work seriously. We worked together on Morning Manner for many years. Such a humble yet passionate for the work of God. She is now resting awaiting the grand resurrection. Rest now my friend, it won’t be long from now , Christ the resurrection and life is coming. See you in the morning .

  • | April 20, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    God bless her ministry. A woman of God

  • | April 20, 2024 at 2:06 pm

    It is with a heavy heart that I send condolences to the family of Princess. We will not understand why these things happen but we’ll understand it better in the bye and bye. We hope to see our sister soon in that great getting up morning.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 2:43 pm

    Sad. Condolences to her family.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 5:06 pm

    S.I.P. SIS LAWES, you were truly a beautiful soul. The legacy you have left will be long remember.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 5:14 pm

    Remember her doing a crusade in Coleyville way back. Such a nice softspoken firm lady . Walk good Miss Lawes

  • | April 20, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    On behalf of the Brethren of the Cayman Islands Conference I extend deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Sister Lawes and her Jamaica Union family. She was a wonderful servant of God. I personally learnt so much from her. A worthy soldier has laid down her sword. I want to live righteously and faithfully for I want to see her in the Kingdom God is preparing for His children.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 8:26 pm

    You’re gone to sleep Sis. Princess. RIP . You were a quiet giant who will be greatly missed. But ,we’ll see you in the morning over there.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 8:27 pm

    What a fine day that will be when Jesus puts an end to all this sorrow, oh what a day that will be!!!

  • | April 20, 2024 at 9:17 pm

    Princess Lawes was such an exemplary Christian professional. She was so selfless in her spirit toward humanity. What a genuine life of service she has left behind. Sincere condolences to the family.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 10:10 pm

    Carol and I are saddened by her passing. She was truly a fine person. We look forward to that great getting up morning.

  • | April 20, 2024 at 10:55 pm


  • | April 21, 2024 at 5:16 am

    Condolences to her family. Death is inevitable. Most of us will not get out here alive. Princess time has come. Let’s give her permission to go. As we grieve, let’s memorialize the life of this great servant of God. RIP.

  • | April 21, 2024 at 8:50 am

    As a child I grew up hearing this name.

  • | April 21, 2024 at 9:02 am

    Sincere condolences to her family on the passing of their beloved ,sister ,aunt,cousin,and church family at large.My prayers are with the family

  • | April 21, 2024 at 10:12 am

    I remember a humourous inter change with Tony Spaulding in Parliament during which Mr.
    Spaulding refered to Princess as ” ugly “. She quickly replied , ” And you so pretty ”
    Anyone remembering the times will appreciate that one . It is pleasnt to remember people for the humanity although sainthood and perfection are the ideal . Meanwhile I beleve the Creator himself laughed and thought “All my chidlren .” Both Tony and Princess .

  • | April 21, 2024 at 10:55 am

    “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, from
    henceforth, that they may rest from their labor and, their works do follow them.”
    To the Families of Sis Princess Lawes
    “Please accept our deepest condolences from
    The Jarret’s family. We’re saddened at the passing of our Dear Sis Princess Lawes.. “Woman of God”. A Soldier in the army of Christ. However, we’re happy to know that she was an epitome of a true Servant of God and a friend to man who has lived a life of service to God and also to her fellowmen.
    To: Sis Princess’ families: Please accept our
    deepest condolences from the Jarret’s family. We loved and respected Sis Princess so much, Needless to say, she has touched our lives… and the lives of so many… and, lived an honorable life, which I believe, was pleasing to God and her fellowmen. She will be sadly missed.
    May we be faithful so we’ll meet our loved ones in that great getting up morning. So, “Don’t weep as those who have no hope.” But, let’s be deliberate to be faithful to the end of our journey so we can meet our loved ones and friends in that great getting up morning. See you in the morning Sis Princess.
    May your soul RIP.
    From The Jarrett’s Family
    Devon SDA Church

    From: The Jarret’s Family
    Devon SDA Church

  • | April 21, 2024 at 11:14 am

    Sis Princess was a household name. She was one of those brave soldiers in the army of God. My sincere condolences to her family and church family. I am looking forward to meeting her in the new Jerusalem

  • | April 21, 2024 at 12:35 pm

    Condolences to the family and friends of the late Sister Lawes. I take you to the Lord in prayer, for strength.
    I always remember her impact on my life when I was a youth, through her presentation at the Porus SDA Church. (Youth Federation)
    We will be re-united at the second coming of Christ!

  • | April 21, 2024 at 7:19 pm

    We lost a stalwart, a servant of Jamaicans.Sleep, sweet Peace.

  • | April 21, 2024 at 7:38 pm

    A beautiful soul R I P

  • | April 21, 2024 at 8:59 pm

    She was a true woman of God. Very humble. My deepest condolences to her family.

  • | April 22, 2024 at 7:27 am

    So sad a powerful woman of God, I had the opportunity to sit and eat with her in my house at Bois Content, she was a gem,may her soul rest in peace while waiting for her Saviour.

  • | April 22, 2024 at 8:51 am

    Deepest condolences to the family, friends, and well wishers.

  • | April 22, 2024 at 1:45 pm

    RIP my dear cousin! U have played ur part and the family is proud of ur work and achievements. The creator now called you for higher service in the vineyard and the call has been answered. We will certainly missed you but we can rest assure that u will be welcome at the pearly gate to continue in the heavenly kingdom.

  • | April 22, 2024 at 2:15 pm

    RIP Princess

  • | April 23, 2024 at 3:15 pm

    I have always admired Princess Laws when she served our country and moreso when she served our church in various capacities.
    I had the opportunity to to do community evangelism with her and traveled with her from St. Thomas to Kingston. My experience was one of shared joy and respect for her as a Christian and one woman to another. Rest well my sister. See you in the morning.

  • | April 23, 2024 at 3:22 pm

    We are greatful for the time she spent with us and the sterling service she gave, both in public life and the church.
    Rest well my sister. See you in the morning.

  • | April 23, 2024 at 11:03 pm

    Let’s celebrate the life of a great worker in the cause of God. By any measure, Princess served well at any task she was assigned. Her calm and gentle spirit was her badge of honor, and not to forget that mischievous smile. Pastor Brown, Union Staff and family members, let’s plan by the grace of God to meet her in the morning.