Ellen Poitier decided to share her mother’s bed on the night of Feb. 25 but was being pushed away.
Hestella Louise Wallace preferred to sleep alone but Poitier, who shared her Deerfield Beach home with her mother, did not want to leave her alone because she had a broken hip.
“She kept pushing me away but I told her I was staying,” Poitier said Wednesday. “I went to get my nightdress. When I returned to the bed, I teased her that I was staying but I got no response.”
That was the last Poitier saw her mother alive. Wallace was rushed to North Broward Medical Center, where she died that night from cardiac arrest due to old age. She would have been 101 later this month.
“My mother was a phenomenal woman. She was a wonderful women who raised us three kids after our dad died 66 years ago,” said Poitier, who will be 76 in two weeks.
Wallace was born March 22, 1911, in Duncan Town, Ragged Island, in the Bahamas to the late Isadora Lopez-Pintard and Ignatius Wallace and immigrated to the U.S. 1981.
“Mama Stella,” as she was affectionately called, was a faithful follower of the Cathedral Church of God.
Family and friends described her as a mother, grandmother, cook, friend, “domestic engineer” and “an awesome caretaker.”
She loved to read and watch TV shows such as Matlock, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Gardening was one of her favorite pastimes and she loved to plant and prune her precious roses.
Her other survivors include daughter Isadora Louise Bastian; biological son Daniel Ignatius Wallace and adopted son Ignatius Wallace; grandchildren Cody Cox, Michael Poitier, Vincent Rahming, Charles Deha-viland Bastian, Baron Bastian, Samantha Bastian, Yvette Bastian, Bernadette Lockhart, Kervin Wallace, Estella Wallace, Julian Wallace, Ty Wallace and several other relatives.
Viewing will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Cathedral Church of God, 365 S. Dixie Hwy, Deerfield Beach. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the church.
Rahming Memorial Chapel, 379 S. Dixie Hwy, Deerfield Beach, is handling the arrangements.
Photo: Hestella Louise Wallace