It is with profound sadness that we extend our deepest sympathies to the family of MCM and former Grand Bahama FNM Women’s Association President Joanna Russell-Newton on her passing. She was a remarkable individual who dedicated her life to the betterment of her community and the people of Freeport.
As a freedom fighter, community builder, family woman, entrepreneur, and faithful servant to the development of Freeport, Joanna’s contributions to Grand Bahama and The Bahamas at large will be remembered for years to come. Her tireless efforts to promote social development, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for all while she served as Deputy Chief Councilor will be sorely missed.
Joanna’s commitment to the advancement of her community was a source of inspiration for many, and her legacy will continue to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. She was a true leader who touched the lives of countless individuals, and her passing is a great loss not only to her family but to the entire Bahamas. I remember her as insightful independent women who understood the political culture of our Party and country. She was plain speaking and fearless. She was stern and uncompromising when it came to her core beliefs and the issue of fairness.
On behalf of my wife Berlice, the Marco City family and the Free National Movement family, I offer our heartfelt condolences to Caline and the remainder of Joanna’s family during this difficult time. We hope that the memories of Joanna’s remarkable life and achievements will bring you comfort and solace in the days and months ahead.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and that God’s grace and mercy will provide peace and healing.
March 12th, 2023