Rancy Azemia passes away-Tribute to a community leader



Mrs Azemia

Her funeral will take place today, Thursday January 10, at Pointe Larue’s St John Bosco church.

As a little girl, she never had a permanent home.

Her father, the late Antony Payet, was a prisons officer and his job required that he moved from one place to another from time to time. He did so with his wife and seven children, Rancy the oldest.

However, they did spend many years stationed at Glacis and La Digue.

Passionate about teaching, Rancy took up a career as a teacher after finishing school at the age of 17. At the age of 18 she married 30-year-old Justin Azemia.

 She taught primary two pupils at Glacis, Anse aux Pins and Pointe Larue primary school.
It was in Pointe Larue that Mrs Azemia joined the different clubs and activities organised by the district’s council until she became the district administrator (DA) in 1992.

“Calm and composed at all times” is how Olsen Vidot, the former principal secretary for community development, has described Mrs Azemia.
“She always had other people’s interests at heart and yes DAs must be assertive and proactive. She was all that except she took a calmer approach to things and her compassion and tranquility worked,” he added.

In 1998, Mrs Azemia resigned as DA and joined the now defunct National Youth Service (NYS) Village at Cap Ternay as a director.

“Manman always persevered in whatever she put her mind to.

 She was patriotic and helpful to anyone in need. But as a mother, she was sometimes strict and unmoved in her decisions,” said Lana Azemia, the youngest of her five children.
“Daddy died in July 1991, but Manman kept her head high.

 She had a smile that lit up the room and she retained her spirit,” added Lana, who also emphasised her mother’s patriotism and professionalism at work.
Mrs Azemia joined the secretariat of the department of community development under Minister Vincent Meriton where she worked for a year before retiring.
“She was a professional. The manner in which she handled her work and treated the public who came to the office was with kindness and calmness,” said Minister Meriton. “Her serenity was what I admired about her.”

Mrs Azemia was a devoted worker and Manman to all who knew her well.

“She fought bravely,” said Lana, “but her cancer was too aggressive and her body gave up after fighting against the illness for six months”.

Mrs Azemia, we honour you, we revere you, you have touched our hearts and our lives.


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