Dorothy Thelma Joshua, 82, better known as Aunty Dot, passed away on Thursday November 23 of cardiac arrest.
Her youngest son, Sean Joshua, said she had suffered previous heart attacks and was also a cancer survivor.
Her funeral took place on Saturday December 2 at Simon of Cyrene church, in Parkwood.
Ms Joshua devoted about 20 years of her life to the Parkwood Community Créche.
Mr Joshua said his mother was called the baby whisperer.
“She could take the most upset child or baby and bring calm to them and also always instilled good manners, respect and neatness.”
Ms Joshua stayed in Parkwood for over 50 years and Mr Joshua said she was loved by her neighbours.
Mr Joshua said his mother “taught me alot about life but what stands out for me the most is that she taught me to play too – with lus (feeling).”
Michelle Zeedenberg said Ms Joshua had taught her daughter.
“Ms Joshua was one of the first créche teachers at the Parkwood Community Créche, which no longer exists,” said Ms Zeedenberg.
She said Ms Joshua will be remembered as a mentor. “She meant so much to our community in Parkwood, including my daughter. There were so many who she took under her wing,” said Ms Zeedenberg.
Ms Joshua had three children, one passed away, and she also leaves behind six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.