Days after she had celebrated her 100th birth anniversary, Ursula Philoemeena Lowe died after losing her vision and battling with various ailments for more than three years.
The centenarian died last Friday at Port Kaituma, Region One, 11 days after celebrating her birthday with her nine children, Winifred Prince, Jean Matthews, Sheila Lowe, Vera Doris, Leslie Lowe, Lester Lowe, Francis Lowe, Juliet Daniels and Una King.
She was blessed with 60 grandchildren, 166 great grandchildren and 30 great-great grandchildren.
Mrs. Lowe was not the only one in her family who was blessed with longevity. One of her sisters made it to 103. Sadly, she passed away a few years ago.
Life was not always a bed of roses for Mrs. Lowe as she suffered major childhood losses and was also robbed of quality primary education due to the death of her parents.
She was born on 17th August, 1917 at Aruka, Region One, and briefly attended the Hososoro Primary School.
After the passing of her parents, she was raised by her older siblings.
Ursula, then 19, tied the knot with Mr. Lowe, who was the Toshao for Oronoque, Port Kaituma at that time. The couple farmed while raising their nine children.
But Mr. Lowe died at the age of 79, leaving his wife in the care of their children. The couple’s daughter, Sheila Lowe, said that three years ago her mother lost her vision and had been suffering from various ailments, including asthma and arthritis.
Despite her age, relatives were still shocked at her death, especially days after attaining such a rich milestone.
Her great great grandson, Devon Lowe, said that he was blessed having had the privilege of spending time with Ursula. He explained that she not only displayed a caring nature to her family but also to others.
“She was a very caring and jovial person,” Devon stated.
Mrs. Ursula Lowe was laid to rest yesterday in Port Kaituma.
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