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19 Jul Angela Parson’s story of Ada

Ada Stoute (nee Moore) was born August 14, 1935 on the tiny island of Barbados in the West Indies.  She was raised with her 2 brothers (O’Neil and Cameron) and 2 sisters (Ina and Etheline) in the county of St. John’s.  Her mother died from cancer when she was around 11 years old, I think.  Her name was Winnifred.  Her father lived to a very old age.  Despite being the youngest in her family, she left Barbados when she was about 18 years old for England, determined to work and bring her brothers and sisters to live with her. She left her first born daughter, Julie, with my father’s mother.  In those days, this was common practice. There were no paternity tests; the child was given the once over by the family and if the child resembled the father, that was that. First she sent for my father, Randall Stoute, and they were married in London.  Then, one by one, she brought her brothers and sisters and daughter to England.  Her second daughter, Angela (me), was born in England, June 19, 1963.  Her youngest daughter, Susan, was born August 10, 1966 in Toronto.
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