On February 19th Belize lost a great Cultural and Musical icon, Leela Vernon, who passed away after ailing with Kidney complications for a few weeks and up until the time of her death.
After a full week of activities organized by the National Institute of Culture and History to honor the iconic ambassador of Belizean Creole Culture, today the “Queen of Brukdown” was laid to rest in her home town of Punta Gorda.
An Official Funeral and Mass of Thanksgiving for her life was held this morning at the St. Peter Claver Church in Punta Gorda Town where a host of Belizean Dignitaries including Governor General Sir Colville Young and Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber among others as well as friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of the pioneer of the creole culture in Belize. Guest speakers at today’s celebration included, Maelyn Longsworth, Gina Scott and Will Mejia all of whom spoke of her contributions to Belize’s culture and music, each emphasizing her love for Belize and the Creole culture.
Following funeral services her body was laid to rest at the Punta Gorda Cemetery. In 2004 Leela received the Brukdown Artist of the Year and the Woman of the Year in Culture Award in 2011.