Cedella Editha Booker

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Cedella Editha Booker (Malcolm)

Birthplace: Rhoden Hall, St Ann, Jamaica
Death: April 08, 2008 (81)
Miami, Florida, United States (Natural causes)
Place of Burial: Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Amariah Malcolm and Albertha Malcolm
Wife of Norval Marley, Capt.; Edward Booker and Thaddeus Livingston
Mother of Bob Marley; Private; Private; Private; Private and 1 other
Sister of Ominiah Malcolm; Amy Estella Malcolm; Jenny Adella Malcolm; Private; Ceta Malcolm and 7 others

Occupation: Singer-songwriter, author
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Immediate Family

About Cedella Editha Booker

Booker was born Cedella Malcolm in Rhoden Hall, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica; to Omeriah Malcolm, a prominent magistrate and landowner, and Alberta Whilby. At 18, Malcolm married Norval Sinclair Marley, a white Jamaican of English ancestry, when she became pregnant with his son. Norval Marley was a Marine officer and captain as well as the plantation overseer. His family applied constant pressure however, and although he provided financial support for them, the Captain seldom saw his wife and son.[2] Bob was ten years old when Norval died of a heart attack in 1955 at age 60.[2] Cedella and Bob then moved to Trenchtown, a slum neighborhood in Kingston. This was the only place Booker could afford to live at the time, being a young woman moving from the country to the big city on her own.

While living in Trenchtown, Booker gave birth to a daughter, Pearl, with Taddeus Livingston, the father of Bunny Livingston – aka Bunny Wailer – who formed the original Wailers trio with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh in 1963.

Cedella then married Edward Booker, an American civil servant, and resided first in Delaware, where she gave birth to two more sons, Richard and Anthony, with Booker. Anthony was killed by a Miami police officer; Richard Booker survives her. After Edward Booker's death in 1976, Cedella moved to Miami, Florida, where she was present at the deathbed of her famous son who died from cancer in 1981. Booker lived in Miami for the remainder of her life.

Called "the keeper of the flame," Booker grew voluminous dreadlocks, adopted Rohan Marley, Bob Marley's son by Janet Hunt, and occasionally performed live with Marley's children, Ky-Mani, Ziggy, Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley. Later, she released the music albums Awake Zion and Smilin' Island of Song. Cedella Booker participated in the festivities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia commemorating Marley's 60th birthday in 2005. She also wrote two Marley biographies.

Cedella Marley Booker died at the age of 81 in Miami, Florida on April 8, 2008.

The Malcolm house where her parents originally lived was torn down and replaced by the new Bob Marley Foundation building.

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Cedella Editha Booker's Timeline

July 23, 1926
St Ann, Jamaica
February 6, 1945
Nine Mile, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica
April 8, 2008
Age 81
Miami, Florida, United States