AMAZINGLY GOOD NEWS JAMAICA: Woman who lived under bridge for over 20 years weds.... “Nuff people no know say a me. When dem see me dem just stand up and look,”

BY RENAE DIXON Staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com  Sunday, January 21, 2018

When Lavern Edwards Ricketts, popularly called Bev, had her wedding recently it was supposed to be a small, private event.
But curious onlookers could not help themselves from stopping by the First Assembly Church of God in Ocho Rios, as the woman who lived under a bridge in Ocho Rios for more than 20 years was getting married.
Newly-weds Laverne and Ralston Ricketts leave the
First Assembly Church of God after tying the knot. 
Many expressed disbelief that they were looking at the same woman who was a cocaine addict and who lived under a bridge up to just three years ago.
“Nuff people no know say a me. When dem see me dem just stand up and look,” Ricketts told the Jamaica Observer in an interview days after her wedding.
Those who knew her years before that were left in awe.
The once skinny and poverty-stricken woman was the epitome of a truly beautiful transformation.
Ricketts, who shows photos which reveal her significant metamorphosis, said it is through God that she was able to turn her life around after more than 20 years of facing addiction and being homeless. Among the pictures which depicted her past was one carried with a Sunday Observer article which highlighted her situation in 2013. more