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Miss Ruby was Couva’s living saint

Ruby Maxwell, 1918–2019

Ruby Maxwell died March 30 at the age of 101. Her funeral Mass took place April 9 at St Paul’s RC Church, Couva. Abbot John Pereira OSB and Fr Derek Anton were the celebrants. Her son Anthony Maxwell-Hatt delivered the following eulogy which has been edited for length.

Thank you all for being here to celebrate the life of my mother, Ruby Maxwell, a devoted mother and faithful servant of God. It is hard to say goodbye to anyone, especially a mother. While we know she is at peace, and her struggles are at an end, there is still pain and sadness in our hearts. She has left us a legacy of love and perseverance.

Our beautiful mother lived to be 101 years old, until her death on March 30. Throughout her years, our mother—who was affectionately called ‘Miss Ruby’—has indeed been referred to as a “living saint” more than once, without an ounce of sarcasm involved.

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