Life reflections of Elizabeth Heyward
Elizabeth Beatrice (Betty) Heyward was born on September 27,
1941. She was the daughter of the late Van Buren Simmons and
Elizabeth Greene. After their demise, she was raised by her
grandmother, the late Mamie Greene. Elizabeth accepted Jesus
Christ as her Lord and personal savior at an early age and was
raised in a Christian home.
She attended the Bayonne School System and was a graduate of
Bayonne High School; she also attended Berkeley Business
School in New York City.
On June of 1960, she married Henry Mainor from Jersey City,
NJ, from this union three children were born, Henry V. Mainor,
Medea Mainor and Gerard A. Mainor.
Elizabeth was a dedicated and loving mother and wife, who
protected her family daily.
In her professional life, Elizabeth worked at various jobs, to take
care of her family, to name a few, AT&T, Post Office, First
Jersey & Swift line.
After the death of her first husband, Elizabeth took care of her
kids as a single mother for a few years, until she met Joseph
Heyward, her second husband.
From that marriage, Joseph had three children of his own,
Jenerou, Fernando, and Rhenata, together they were
affectionately known as the “the Brady Bunch” who later shared
a life in Florida.
Elizabeth enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved having a great
time with her family and friends and often gave advice to them.
Although her outward appearance was flawless, it was her kind
heart that shined through. Elizabeth was also an international
traveler, who enjoyed seeing different parts of the world, such as
Africa, Sudan and Tahiti to name a few.
On September 6, 2017, Elizabeth peacefully surrendered her
earthly life from congestive heart failure. Her physical body is
now at rest and her spirit is alive in the loving hands of her
heavenly father. Elizabeth was a one of a kind person, who will
truly be missed by her loved ones and friends.
Elizabeth is preceded by her sons, Henry V. Mainor, Gerard A.
Mainor, her grandson Muhammad Abdul-Majid.
She is survived by her only living child, Medea Johnson from
Charlotte, North Carolina, her brother Stanley Simmons, from
Jersey City, NJ, Great Aunt Reverend Hazel Hill. Grandkids:
Kareem Mainor, Jamal Mainor, Khaleel & Khadija Mainor,
Ayesha Bradley, Isa Abdul-Majid. Great grandchildren: Emyjze
Mainor, Kariem Jehod Mainor, Isaiah Mainor, Safi Smith, Sa’ny
Smith, Muhammad Abdul Majid II, Naveah Abdul Majid,
Yumon Abdul Majid, Naomi Bradley, Aiden Marcus Aloni &
Nathaniel Marcus. Cousins: Roberta Lane (Richard), Claire
Harris, Diane Florence, Beverly Williams (Jimmy), Barry
(Linda), Claude (Linda), Kevin, Kathleen, Richard Jr., Ingrid,
Heather, Jarrett, Kaila, Leah, Kyle, JuJuan, Clarence, Anthony
and a host of other relatives and special/sister friend Jeanette aka