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T&T’s oldest woman dies at 111

Monday, April 23, 2018

Vivian Reese, believed to be the oldest woman in T&T, passed away peacefully at her home last Friday.

Reese, formerly Cowan, died at the age of 111 at her Tabaquite Road, Rio Claro home.

Reese’s great grandson David Cowan Jr told the T&T Guardian that she was in the company of her adopted son Lincoln and her caregiver at the time of her death. She was also surrounded by pictures of her family, Cowan Jr added.

He praised the T&T Guardian for recognising Reese through articles which marked her 100 birthday on December 9, 2006.

“Vivian lived a blessed life that has seen the nation grow from an era of no light, no roads, no auto-mobiles, vast fields of sugarcane and cocoa, and the might of British Imperial rule, to the technologically advanced, diverse, free and independent, developing nation that it is today,” Cowan Jr said yesterday.

“She lived a life that has been blessed to hear the true mother tongue of the now lost native tribes, and the joyous cry of newborn life, all of whom are gifted in love and pride as heirs to her ancestry by her beloved and cherished ‘one child’, the late Victor Cowan. We would like to thank the Trinidad Guardian for recognising our grandmother while she was alive.”

Reese is survived by grandchildren Carol McLeod, Jude Cowan, June Webb, Wrenrick Cowan and Dave Cowan, along with their spouses and the generations of great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised.


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