50 years ago: Rachel Terry passes at 88

In the May 18, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

NEW Bodden-50-years-logo-final-595x420“Miss Rachel Terry, one of the many old inhabitants of this district, died on Monday evening, 9th of May. Miss Rachel, who came from a family of 10 children, is only survived by two brothers, Mr. Edward Terry of Bodden Town and Mr. Smythe Terry who has been away for many years …

“‘A mother of Israel’ is the title best suited for describing this kind old lady. Although she had no children of her own, she helped raise many. She is best remembered for her devotion to her six sisters who preceded her in death. She had the burden of caring for all but one of them during their last illnesses …

“Her untiring service, her jocular manner and her friendly approach will long be remembered by the people of this island. She had a host of bosom friends in George Town and East End who will continue with her relatives and friends in this district to mourn her loss for a long time to come …

“As a sequel to the above, it is a noteworthy fact that the deceased would have been 89 years of age at her next birthday in June …

“In my short lifetime, I have known three or four people in this district who exceeded the age of one hundred years. When one considers that the world’s death rate show that a person who lives to be a hundred is not one in a hundred thousand people but one in five or ten million people, then one can appreciate the exceptionally high percentage of our centenarians.

“Although man cannot be immortal on earth these islanders seem to outlive their three score and ten with ease.”

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