TRAFTON ~ Alexandrina Meridith Casimir Trafton entered this world as Alexandrina Meridith Casimir February 26, 1966. She was born at Princess Margaret Hospital in Roseau, Dominica. Alexandrina was the second to last of twelve blessings bestowed to Diego Haig Casimir and Vernillia Casimir. Her legal name “Alexandrina” was pulled from a book shown to her mother by the Catholic Priest in Sen Jo, which is fitting because she truly was a Mother Theresa like Saint to those who interacted with her. During the latter parts of her nine months in the womb, the Commonwealth of Dominica received a royal visit from Queen Elizabeth of England. From that day forward Alexandrina became known as “Queen”. Queen attended St. Joseph Government School for her primary/elementary education. She later attended Dominica Grammar School and Portsmouth Seventh-Day Adventist School for her secondary/high school education in Dominica. Queen was known as a “tomboy” who liked to play competitive games like marble roll, marble square, and marble hole in the streets of Coubarie, the coastal part of the village of St. Joseph. She liked to stand on the toilet by the water and fish. She was good at catching a bearded white fish called “Babby”. She rode her bike through Coubarie, Otrabando, and by Layou River with her crew Mona, Merl, and Sister for Ma Elsie. Young Queen was also known as a very territorial individual who liked to fight to protect her friends and family.
Always an independent soul, she ventured out as a teenager to the island of Barbados as she started her journey away from the only home she knew. After Barbados she moved to St. Thomas, to Miami, to Albany, Georgia (where she attended Job Corps with her sister), then to California, then to Virginia, then to Puerto Rico, to Jacksonville, then back to Virginia, and finally settling her homestead in Jacksonville, Florida.
In the midst of all her world travels, Queen met an interesting young man named Winzola Trafton in Long Beach, California in November of 1992. This romance led to their marriage in Norfolk, Virginia February 6, 1997. Their first child, Zillandra was born in 1997. “Auntie Queen” as she is affectionately known by her nieces and nephews played a large role in raising not only her children but the children of her sisters and brothers before she had her own children. They were blessed with two more children: Tabitha in 2003 and Noah in 2006. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the summer of 2007. That moment forever changed her life. She became a strict vegan, a juicer, an herbalist, and became very involved in holistic medicine in 2008. She rejected the conventional medical approach and fought the condition with all of her might and knowledge. She was the love of our lives, the light of our worlds. Queen Alexandrina: our daughter, our sister, our mother, our aunt, our friend, our mentor, our teacher, our confidant, and our glue that kept it all together. Her roles included but were not limited to all of those titles and she was so much more. She will be greatly missed by all of us in her large family who survive her, but her legacy lives on. Sleep in peace our Queen.
Queen is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Mr. Winzola Trafton Jr; daughters, Zillandra L. Trafton and Tabitha V. Trafton; son, Noah McHaile Trafton; mother, Vernillia A Casimir; brothers, Gillette Casimir (Tiwanna), Howard Casimir (Aulga), Ivo Casimir, Desmond Casimir; sisters, Zilma Mason (Lindy), Jessica Georges (Hamil), Advina Garcia (Renet), Morella Morancie (Julien), Vinnia Trocard (Dexter), Zillah Scottland, Carvell Mullin (Paul), Bonnie Anthony Cushnie; followed by a host of loving nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends to include special friends, Evon Glover, Rose Emerson, Thora King, Lisa Walker, Joy Corrillo, Andrea Swales, Pameta Wise, Mrs. Chico Rouseau, Alquizar, Mrs. Esther Simmons, Tene Dione, Elaine Caldwell, Corrine Fender and Sheeba Roundtree.
Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Alexandrina Meridith Casimir Trafton will be 10:00 AM Friday, July 20, 2018 at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4050 Barnes Road South, Pastor Robert Swain. Family will receive friends THURSDAY from 5 – 7 PM at The Soutel Chapel. Interment at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Because of the love of her family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services ~ 904.924.9400.