Miss Dominica 1971 passes on

Mondesire as Miss Dominica 1971
Mondesire as Miss Dominica 1971

Miss Dominica 1971, Anthea Mondesire, has passed away in Canada.

DNO understands she passed on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Mondesire won the Miss Dominica crown in 1971 and went on to take home the first ever Miss Carifta crown that same year in Grenada.

She was later featured on one of Dominica’s postage stamps.

She was the sister of the late Myrtle Mondesire-Solomon, a journalist who worked in the West Indian press in Toronto in the 1970’s and 80’s and a former manager of DBS Radio. She was also a sister of Alicia Mondesire, a development worker who is domiciled in Toronto, but who was based in Grenada and later in St Lucia during much of the late 1970’s into the 80’s and ’90’s.

DNO understands she was about 64 at the time of her passing.

Mondesire will be laid to rest on July 6 in Canada.

Miss Dominica 1971 in action. Photo: dominicahistory.org
Miss Dominica 1971 in action. Photo: dominicahistory.org

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42 Comments

  1. Natural beauty
    July 3, 2016

    RIP Anthea. You were a gracious person and one of our classic queens of that era. Beautiful inside and out. Sincere condolences to your family.

  2. Just watching
    July 1, 2016

    Papa all that people saying there nor? Well no wonder skeritt have all you like a wash rag. Seem SB so me on en is still disgruntled from the 1971 show. Miss Dominica 1971 ride on and may you send old one of your beauty to me in my sleep tonight . PS I don’t know her an i was not born yet but I have respect for my ancestors and I love Roseau

  3. Roseau River
    July 1, 2016

    RIP

  4. Face the Facts
    July 1, 2016

    I saw Anthea approximately two years ago at the funeral of Evadney Charles. Evadney was another Miss D/ca. Evadney’s passing was shocking. We did not expect it. She was a good friend of mine and I really took her passing hard.
    Toronto or rather Ontario is a huge place. We cannot possibly see every D/can frequently nor can we keep in touch with everyone. However, when we meet it is a pleasure to interact with each other. This was how it was with Anthea.
    We spoke after Evadney’s funeral. I told her I had a dream of Evadney after she passed on and it included her sister Myrtle Mondesire-Solomon. To my surprise, she showed me a picture of Myrtle and Evadney which she kept in her purse and said Myrtle and Evadney were friends.
    To a certain extent, the dream was pleasant. Myrtle held my hand and said to me, let us go to view Evadney. The dream-setting was in a church. Myrtle had passed on a few years prior to Evadney’s passing.

  5. Face the Facts
    July 1, 2016

    Anthea is, who we call a regular person. What I knew of her, there was not an ounce of pride in her. She greeted everyone whom she knew of course. She was a very friendly person. It was a pleasure being in her company..
    I also attended her sister Myrtle’s funeral in Toronto. I also saw her sister Joan who resides in the US and Roy who resides in Montreal. All her siblings were present at Myrtle’s funeral. The Mondesires are all nice people.
    I expect to go to the funeral parlor to pay my respect and hope to attend her funeral.
    It is sad that she has passed on but our loving God knows best.
    Eternal rest grant unto Anthea, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen!
    May the soul of Anthea and other souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen!

  6. CAPTCHA still? or SPOILER?
    June 30, 2016

    hope U have been shut down for good. banned from posts of any kind due to you severe manifestation of ignorance.
    Spoiler

    • Amoy
      June 30, 2016

      Are you responding to my post I don’t see anything ignorant to my post

    • Amoy
      June 30, 2016

      If you are responding to my post, I don’t see any ignorance in it. You need to get out of the jungle and experience the world. You country booiie

      • CAPTCHA still? or SPOILER?
        July 1, 2016

        learn 2 spell
        I was born in Roseau lol, lived the first 20 yrs of my life b4 migrating so I do know the world.
        MAKAC BOIS
        poor ting not thing lmao

      • CAPTCHA still? or SPOILER?
        July 1, 2016

        Oldage thinking Amoy alias CAPTCHA still?

  7. Amoy
    June 30, 2016

    RIP baby boomer. I wonder if she’s one the Mondesies who had the shop on– I forgot the name of the street. The same street with AC Shillingford shop. Anyway, I left a long time ago and can’t remember much about street names.

    • Face the Facts
      June 30, 2016

      Yes! They were very well known. I knew all of them.They had a shop, also sold ice cream in lower King George V Street, near Green’s, if you remember that area. They all are (were, those who passed on) nice people.

  8. Thora
    June 29, 2016

    Anthea Mondesire was the embodiment of humility inspite of her accomplishments in the social arena. I will remember as kind and genuine with a ready smile for any situation. RIP Anthea

    • Face the Facts
      June 30, 2016

      She was extremely friendly and outgoing.

  9. marie-claire
    June 29, 2016

    RIP

  10. Reasoning
    June 29, 2016

    My condolences and sympathies to the family.She wasn’t that aged,then again,death is no respecter of persons.

  11. already taxed beyond my breaking point
    June 29, 2016

    but she has no ties to Dca/// everybody living abroad??

    • Locs Girl
      June 29, 2016

      Please read this story again, and then read your comment out loud to hear how you sound. :?:

  12. Michael Norris
    June 29, 2016

    I met Ms. Mondesire on at least three occasions through work. She was a regional consultant in demand. She struck me as a self-assured professional. She was courteous and had a ready beautiful smile. May her soul rest in peace. My condolences to her family. (I believe she was a sister to the late Myrtle Solomon, the former General Manger of DBS Radio and of whom the calypsonian Rabbit penned and sung the very popular ‘Run Solomon, Run’).

  13. June 29, 2016

    RIP beautiful one.

  14. forreal
    June 29, 2016

    RIP sister..i was a witness to your crowning,you sure had your day under the sun.

  15. CAPTCHA still?
    June 29, 2016

    That name was enough to make her win. Such was Dominica when I was growing up. It was name and complexion. Eh heh…

    • Student
      June 29, 2016

      Even in death you are bitter. May God rest your soul.

    • CAPTCHA still? or saqway sort?
      June 29, 2016

      CAPTCHA still– U had to spoil it.
      saqway sort. She was a wonderful individual. I suspect U have not a clue what you are getting into.

      Must be born long after she migrated that disqualifies U.
      Don’t get into what U know not.
      Leave the politics aside man. I dislike politicians and social BS too but she was not only fine physically but truly a lovely human being.

      • CAPTCHA still?
        June 29, 2016

        You must not be a Dominican!!! Facts and truth kills people like you. :twisted:

      • June 30, 2016

        You idiot, what color and what name? She won outside of Dominica at a time when small states like dominica were struggling to be recognized for their talents within the region. Her dark complexion spoke volumes to her beauty.

      • Face the Facts
        June 30, 2016

        You made a comment. This is what came to your mind. It did not bother me at all. Note my response. There are some people who make “Much ado about nothing.” They make worst comments under some articles.

      • Face the Facts
        June 30, 2016

        In fact it was not a bad comment. They need to learn about D/ca – Roseau in those days.

    • June 30, 2016

      No No No! Like seriously! Some Dominicans are so sick. The kinds of things you say with your mouths sickens me. Even in death the ignorance still lies ahead. Nobody is perfect…some of you all behave like you have never done nothing wrong in life. We do so many bad things and we expect god to forgive us but we want to hold our brother and sisters to their throat. All sin is sin. R.I.P to the Lady and my condolence to the family.

      • CAPTCHA still? or SPOILER?
        July 1, 2016

        CAPTCHA still a crazy crazy Dumb in a can a cooleve dotish truth and facts my big toe
        U stupid or what ? what U rub with U eat according to sparrow Dotish CAPTCHA still
        Do us a favor and jump off a cliff some where. Don’t know why a PC was sold to U. people like U should not be given the privilege to post , even talk, let alone be amongst people absolute in humane & ignorant

    • Face the Facts
      June 30, 2016

      I do not know why you got thumbs down. You stated something which was a fact and which I endorse and those who knew about the situation. Those who gave you thumbs down may not know what D/ca was like in those days nor heard of it. Nevertheless, she must have performed very well which is why she won the D/can crown then.
      Dominica then had a status situation. Strange, recently I had this type of conversation with someone. It did not affect me for my family and I are well-known in D/ca.. Won’t say anymore about that. :)
      We also know that times in D/ca have changed. There is not much of that now. I still like the status (not to lord it over anyone) for without that, who would I be in Canada? It helps to maintain a certain degree of class, dignity and to be respected and to avoid associating with the wrong people. Interacting with others, they do notice it. It is an asset.
      Anthea was a very nice person. So sad she passed on. RIP.

  16. Unknown
    June 29, 2016

    Wow RIP

  17. Negre Bod LaMer
    June 29, 2016

    Just a Wonderful Person – RIP Anthea.
    From former Sixth Form Classmate.
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith
    2 Timothy, 4-7

  18. Toute Twele Roy
    June 29, 2016

    She was a real Dominican Beauty.
    DNO you could confirm her age before posting the story. I am sure you only needed a few minutes.
    The man in the picture: Governor Sir Louis Cools Lartigue “For those who didn’t know

    ADMIN: The little we have is the product of many hours of phone calls, including many calls to Canada. Miss Dominica 1971 migrated soon after winning the crown and a whole lot is not known about her. So we are not sure of the “few minutes” you are talking about.

    • Michael Norris
      June 29, 2016

      DNO, the last time I met her was in Dominica. I think this was in 2014.

    • June 30, 2016

      DNO, she did not migrate soon after winning the crown. She worked at RBC, for quite a few years before migrating to Canada

  19. EnfantDiable
    June 29, 2016

    What a wonderful queen she was!!May she find eternal life!

    • Concern citizen
      June 29, 2016

      dear EnfantDiable,
      May her soul RIP, but people don’t receive ETERNAL life by just being beautiful and having name, or having done good works,
      It is only through accepting the LORD Jesus Christ as one’s personal saviour that makes U or me obtain ETERNAL LIFE, have U accept Jesus Christ as your personal saviour? well I have, and the door of mercy is still open if U have not, then do it today!

      • EnfantDiable
        June 30, 2016

        “Concern Citizen” I said: “MAY she find eternal life”!!I suppose since you and those like you are the one(s) dispensing IT you may have a little left over and will decide accordingly!

      • Face the Facts
        June 30, 2016

        People as you are the ones who judge others and then turn around and say they judge you.
        There is one thing about people as you who think you are more holy than others and then you turn around and criticize and denounce their faith and devotions which is a mark of not loving God and others. God knows about people as you. You save your soul and let others save theirs.
        There is a lot you do not know about God, His compassion, mercy and forgiveness. I know you will never learn this although you should know that it is in your bible coupled with godly enlightenment..
        As heard on Catholic TV/Radio: A man had the Bible opened. He heard God say to him: “You want to read Me or you want to meet Me.” This is for all those who read the Bible as a book and who do not practice what The Lord taught. I know you need a lesson in this, “Know what the Lord taught us and the writings of St. Paul”, as inspired by the Holy Spirit. Those who practice it will enter God’s Kingdom.”

  20. GWADA PEOPLE
    June 29, 2016

    RIP

  21. June 29, 2016

    May she rest in peace.

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