A private, yet highly disturbing family feud is now being played in the open as the mother of late police constable Wallace Hayden Odain Greenidge of Four Hill, Indian Ground, St Peter goes public with her dismay at being left out of the planning for her son’s funeral.
Beulah Greenidge has left little doubt about how she feels about Wallace’s widow, whom she claimed had been estranged from her husband for the last three years, yet has returned as “the loving wife” now that her son is dead.
Wallace and his friend Kenmore Mayers disappeared while fishing near Animal Flower Cave in Connell Town, St Lucy on the evening of Friday, November 10.
The body of the 38 year-old police officer was retrieved from the waters on Sunday, November 12, but Mayers’ body has yet been found.
Beulah told Barbados TODAY it was painful losing her son so unexpectedly, the second of her six children to have died tragically.
However, she said it was equally painful that his estranged wife would simply return to take charge of everything on which she had turned her back.
“I am now mourning the loss of two children – my daughter died 24 years ago in a tragic accident and it took me seven years to get over it. Nobody knows the pain of a mother. It is not easy studying that I bring a child into this world and a total stranger walks in, takes over and then walks out of his life for three years, only to return when he is dead and cannot speak or defend himself. It is upsetting” she said.
While Wallace’s widow declined to comment on the accusations made against her by her mother-in-law, Beulah went into graphic details of the marital problems between her son and her daughter-in-law.
Barbados TODAY has opted not to publish those details, except that the grieving mum stressed over and over that the two had been separated for three years and they both were contemplating divorce.
The conflict was palpable within Beulah over the sudden loss of her son, her alleged exclusion for the funeral arrangements and the schism in the relationship with her daughter-in-law.
She also spoke of the difficulty she has had sleeping at nights since the day Wallace disappeared, made worse, she said, by what transpired on the day his body was found.
“The Sunday evening when they found my son, I had just get in from church and they called me and told me that my son was found and the coast guard had him. Myself and my two daughters went down there and when we got there she was already there and I went to her and I said, ‘Shavonne, I am here to see my son’ and she said, ‘Oh, he’s gone, he’s gone’ and so I had to go find out where they took my son and then go to Two Sons [Funeral Home] to see my son.
“When my daughters tried to talk to her to find out information she blocked them. From the time the incident occurred she has given me the cold shoulder,” Beulah cried, as she held up the birth certificate and picture of Wallace, all she had remaining of the son she often lifted up in prayer.