This Site Was Last Updated on Saturday, 18 August 2007
Site Owner - Stephen Smith
Donna with her husband Michael
When did you attend Priory?
1969 - 1971
The Brown Family arrives in Kingston
Who was your most unforgettable teacher?
I really didn't
have a favourite teacher. I guess I was to busy studying my favourite
subject. Boys!! I spent most of my class time writing notes to Nancy Henry
talking about all the good looking guys. I was really guy crazy. I loved all
Who were your best friends at school?
Nancy Henry was my best friend. So was my twin sister Rhonda Brown. The three of us did so many things together. We wrote notes as I told you. We took diving class together. It was so much fun. We were the only ones in the class and had the pool to ourselves. We put on our purple bathing suits and went to diving class we had a blast. We swam in Nancy's pool. Learned to dance in her living room. We went to slumber parties together.
I had lots of other friends too. Hugh Black, Marc and Kippy Ratcliffe, Chris Sherwood, Keith Slater, Randy Godber, Stephen Smith, Bryan Langford, Gary Stiles, Denny Wilson, Forbes Crawford, Tom Henry.
Gary Stiles Randy Godber Dennis Wilson
I guess you are
wondering if I had girlfriends? Of course. Michelle Turner, Pam Henry, Jamie
Firth, Vicky Nichols, Elaine Petriw, Allison Bruneman, Debbie Brown (my
other sister), Lorna Climie, Carol Tanner, Susan Douthwaite, Denise Sleem
everyone was a friend to me. I didn't know any enemies.
Michelle Turner Jamie Firth Carol Tanner Vicky Nichols
Who are you in touch with now?
I have kept in touch with Nancy Henry all through the years. She is the one who showed me this site. Years ago I did a search for everyone I could find. I had a computer but there was no internet. I collected information from everyone and tried to put together a newsletter to send everyone I found. I worked and worked on it but I don't know if I ever sent it out.
I have been to Canada to see Nancy Henry and she had a get together and I saw Elaine Petriw, Philip Trench, Hugh Black and his wife. I have been back to Jamaica and I saw Bryan Langford there. I keep track of everyone they just don't know it.
Philip Trench with Bryan during Donna's trip to Canada
Who would you like to trace if we could?
I have looked and looked for Marc and Kippy Ratcliffe. I can not find them any where. They just disappeared off the face of the earth.
What's the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?
I shouldn't tell things like this. We all ran around together in a big group. If I told on myself I would be telling on a lot of people. I will say that we all had a very good time.
Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?
I would have to say all the guys! Marc, Kippy, Keith, Hugh, David, Randy, Gary and Denny. They were always looking for something fun to do and all of us girls just followed them. We all hung out at the Sheraton by the pool planning what we would do that night. Marc had a car called the Blue Goose and he took us where we needed to go unless there were to many and then we all walked. We walked to the movies, to the drug store for French fries. We went to the drive-in theatre and while everyone was watching the movie we went around telling people what was about to happen cause we saw all the movies lots of times. We had parties lots of parties.
There were all kinds of parties. The girls had the best slumber parties. I am sure those of you at the parties know what fun we had. I loved the formal parties. Mom made us pretty long dresses to wear and then she made some really short ones I can't believe I wore.
Where do you live and what do you do now?
I live in a small town in Georgia near Chattanooga, Tenessee. My family still lives in Texas. I came here in 1986 right after my dad died of pancreatic cancer. I have three wonderful boys. I was a stay at home mom until five years ago when they grew up and left me at home all alone. I set out to find a job. I found one at Wal-Mart. I have been there for 5 years. I am on my way out the door as we speak. I am taking the summer off and then in the fall I am going back to school. I want to find something fun to do. I don't enjoy killing myself at Wal-Mart. They don't pay me enough to do that.
I enjoy doing all kinds of things. I just finished a quilt for my son for his wedding present. I love tearing walls down in my house then putting them back in a different way or just leave them out. I like to remodel houses. I love to cook. I had 3 bellies to keep full for a lot of years. I love to garden. I love photography. I use to wear my camera like a necklace. People hated seeing me come. I do woodwork. I make knick knacks and have made some furniture. I like to take something old and make it new again. I collect antiques. I do ceramics, I quilt, I love playing on the computer. If there is a problem with my computer I get the screwdriver out and start messing with the guts until I get it to working again. I like doing just about everything.
Debbie and Donna Brown go shopping!
Tell us about any significant others
I have a
wonderful husband Michael. I have a mean old ex-husband who is so mad at me
for divorcing him after 26 years of marriage. He deserved it! I have three
wonderful boys who I dearly love. Jason is 28, Stephen is 25, and Bryan is
21. I have two daughters now since two of my boys have married. They are the
best kids. Nancy told me one time I would have kids if mine were just like
yours. I have two dogs Hemi and Daisy. They are great mutts. I am looking
for a third one now. I am going to add a Shih Tzu to the family real soon. I
don't have grand children so I have grand-dogs!
What do you think of the Priory site?
I love the website. Stephen you are doing a great job. I know it is a lot of hard work. Years ago I tried to do the same thing. There wasn't an internet then. I was just going find everyone and put a newsletter together. It took a long time to get what little information I have. I called so many strangers wanting to know if they ever lived in Jamaica. I love Jamaica and my memories are still so fresh in my mind. I can still taste the food, smell the air, see the mountains and hear the people talking. Jamaica will always be home to me. It was the best time of my life.
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