The nation mourns late journalist, communications officer described as a ‘rare gem’

A consummate professional and a rare gem summed up the way former co-workers, colleagues, and friends at home and abroad have described a mother, veteran journalist, and public relations expert who died yesterday morning.

The flood of tributes for Debbie Francis poured in soon after news broke of the sad event which has rocked her family, friends, and the media fraternity in Antigua and Barbuda.

For many, she was not just a devoted worker; she was also a genuine friend and a great team player. Francis last worked as the Communications Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, however, her career started in the 1980s at the state-owned Antigua Broadcasting Services (ABS).

The father of Francis’s daughter, Veron Edwards Jnr, said on his social media page that she was “one of the greatest persons ever to enter my life and the mother of my firstborn Rocquelle Edwards; Debbie Francis RIP love always”.

Minister of Agriculture Samantha Marshall told Observer that she knew Francis long before her stint at the ministry, noting that they worked together when the advocacy group Women Against Rape was formed.

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