CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. July 17, 2009: A long-serving St. Vincent-born employee of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C, last laid to rest following a funeral service that included colleagues, staff members of the O.A.S, ambassadors, members of her faith community and members of the Vincentian and Caribbean communities.
Molica Alicia Hurley, nee Kydd-Hazell, was employed at the O.A.S since 1994 and died from cancer recently at the age of 43. At the O.A.S, she was the first Vincentian to be employed at the Headquarters of the General Secretariat. She was an esteemed and highly valued member of the staff servicing the Permanent Council, the organization`s highest regularly functioning body, which meets weekly.
Hurley was the secretary of choice of Caribbean ambassadors serving as President of the Permanent Council. She traveled frequently to O.A.S meetings in member states as an official of the conference secretariat.
Her service to the organization was praised by the Assistant Secretary General, (ASG), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, during his remarks at the Georgia Avenue Baptist Church funeral ceremony on July 11th.
He made special mention of her reliability, confidentiality and comprehensive knowledge of her duties and responsibilities at the organization.
Tributes were also paid by relatives and friends, including her longstanding childhood friend and confidante, Cornelia M. Layne, who was at Molly`s bedside with the family and other close friends when she passed away.
Hurley was laid to rest at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is survived by her husband David Hurley, son Caleb, sister Aisha, brother Sylvester, and father Horace Hazell.