Pamela Mathews, with husband Geoff, left Cayman and later Tampa on holiday on the cruise ship Legend of the Seas on 14 April bound for Southampton, England – with several other stops on the way. She was diabetic but other than that in good health and in very good spirits.
They enjoyed the cruise and arrived at a friend’s house to stay overnight before visiting other friends and her sister in England. That night Pamela felt unwell and next morning reported to the Southampton General Hospital for a check up. Much to her dismay they decided to keep her in and she underwent a battery of tests to establish what was wrong.
They discovered and diagnosed cancer of the kidneys and gave her three months to live. She didn’t get the three months. She deteriorated very quickly, died on the 11of May. Her funeral was in England on the 18 May. Mercifully, Pamela had no pain and a peaceful parting.
Pamela and Geoff have been visiting the Cayman Islands since the 1980s. They fell in love with the country and built a retirement home here in 2000.
Woe betide anyone who criticised Cayman in Pamela’s hearing. She would leap to its defence and would not hear a word against it.
Pamela was proud to have been a member of Rotary Inner Wheel and of the Cayman Quilters. She will be missed by a host of good friends and neighbours.