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Andora Myrie was born in 1916 in Colón, Panama to parents who were from Jamaica and Barbados respectively. Andora’s husband was also from Jamaica, and together they had three children, all boys. Two of her sons now live in the United States and both have three children each. Like her, Andora’s boys grew up in the Canal Zone where they first attended the English school, and then finished at a Spanish speaking school in Panama City. Andora saw herself first and foremost as honest, cheerful, loyal, and just. She considered these virtues as part of her West Indian heritage, for they encapsulate what she and her whole generation were taught as children.