(CMR) Cayman Brac's oldest resident Vera Virginia Rankine has died at the age of 102. Mrs. Rankine died in hospital on Monday.
Mrs. Rankine lived at the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre for the last seven years and was hospitalized last month after becoming ill.
She was a well-known and respected woman who lived through many of the catastrophes that affected the Brac. She is remembered as a devoted Christian who was known for reciting long poems from memory, playing the harmonica, and singing at church.
She was also instrumental in the success of the popular annual Spot Bay Christmas Singspiration.
Mrs. Rankine worked with several prominent Caymanian families as a helper before moving to New York. After several years, she returned to Cayman and worked at Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman before retiring.
“On behalf of the Brac community, I extend deepest condolences to her family during this difficult time and pray for God's comfort and peace,” District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts said.
A thanksgiving service for the life of Mrs. Rankine will be held at 2 pm next Sunday, 11 September, at the Church of God Holiness Spot Bay, Cayman Brac. Interment will follow at the Spot Bay Cemetery.
Persons attending the funeral service are asked to wear blue, Mrs. Rankine's favorite color.
Mrs. Rankine died, leaving four children, 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, seven nieces, and one nephew.