Millvina has passed away


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Miss Dean was a real trooper. I met her during the BTS '03 convention, and though she must have been tired she made time for all those who wanted to shake her hand and have a photo taken with her. The brief conversation I had with her shows how charming and gracious she was, even to a stranger. She asked me where I was from. I said "Texas." And to my surprise she said she had friends from Texas who had once treated her to one of our tasty but artery-clogging chicken fried steaks! She said she "enjoyed it very much indeed." She was a class act. Not a snooty bone in her body, everybody mattered to her. I like what someone said above, about "saving the best for last." I think that's very apt.
 
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The Funeral of Millvina Dean
I am reliably informed that this will take place next week.
It is to be a 'Family Only' affair in accordance with her wishes.
No times or dates will be given.
No flowers by request.
Donations if desired to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
Our thoughts are with Bruno and the family.
Lets hope that the Titanic community respect Millvina's and the family's wishes.

Regards

Brian
 
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The arrangements for Millvina's funeral are very sensible. I know that her family were concerned about what to do for the best. A 'family only' policy keeps things simple and avoids hurting the feelings of those who expected/wished to attend. One also needs to bear in mind that these were Millvina's express wishes.
 
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>>A 'family only' policy keeps things simple and avoids hurting the feelings of those who expected/wished to attend.<<

I just hope that the news media and assorted "groupie" types respect those wishes. Given half a chance, some won't.
 
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I never had the pleasure to meet Millvina Dean, but had the pleasure to speak with her on the the phone back in my Titanic exhibit days, and I found her to be very, very friendly. I really wish I had had the opportunity to meet her.
She will be missed- now with the last Titanic survivor gone, Titanic and those who sailed her truly do belong to the ages.

regards

tarn Stephanos
 
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"I just hope that the news media and assorted "groupie" types respect those wishes. Given half a chance, some won't"


I agree..I still cringe at the images of a parasite Titanic buff taking photos of Lillian Asplund's coffin- i hope that kind of sickening behavior is not repeated.
 
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>>Someone did <that> That's disgusting!<<

Yep. Somebody did that. As the late Ann Landers once pointed out, there is nothing so low that somebody somewhere won't try it. I think that aside from Millvina's stated wishes, this is one of the reasons why the family wants to keep the funeral private.

Funerals are for the sake of family and close friends. A final opportunity for some fond rememberances and goodbyes. The last thing they need, or should even have to deal with, are perfect strangers crashing the gates and carrying on in assinine and boorish fashion.
 
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In confirmation of my earlier post I submit the following from the Southern Daily Echo Thursday June 11 2009.
Family Announcements page.

DEAN
ELIZA
GLADYS
MILLVINA
Peacefully at her Nursing Home on May 31st 2009
She will be sadly missed by all her family and relatives in England and Canada.
In accordance with Millvina's wishes the Cremation Service will be private for family members only and her ashes will be scattered at sea at a later date.
Family Flowers only.
Donations if desired to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

May she Rest in Peace
 

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This is, also, why Barbara West Dainton wanted to have her funeral service held first, before her death was made official.
 
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Hello, the latest news about Millvina Dean´s funeral:

THE HYMN so closely associated with the dangers of being at sea will be sung at the Southampton funeral of Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the sinking of Titanic.

Tributes and messages of condolence have been pouring in from around the world ever since the news of Millvina’s death at the age of 97 at a nursing home near Southampton was announced last week.

Relatives have chosen what has become known as the sailor’s hymn, Eternal Father Strong to Save, with its famous words: “For those in peril on the sea’’ to be part of the private service held at Southampton Crematorium next Tuesday.

The Irish writer, Don Mullen, who was a friend of Millvina said: “She was one of the most beautiful human beings that I ever met.

“Her secret for a happy life was a sense of humour and a kind heart and that’s what you experienced when you met Millvina.’’

From the United States, Charles Haas, president of the American based, Titanic International Society, recalled that Millvina was always ready to talk to children about Titanic.

Mr Haas said: “She had a soft spot for children. On one occasion I remember watching as little children came over to her clutching pieces of paper for her to sign. She was very good with them, very warm.’’ Millvina was just nine weeks old, the youngest passenger on board Titanic, when the liner struck the iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912.

Although her father was drowned, she survived, together with her mother and brother, after being lowered over the side of the ship in a sack.

For many years Millvina led a quiet life in Southampton but this all changed when the wreck of Titanic was discovered.

Millvina said: “Nobody knew about me and Titanic, to be honest, nobody took any interest, so I took no interest either.

But then they found the wreck and after that they found me.’’



LINK TO THE HYMN:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KCiMdR1ox0
 
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In addition, Brian Ticehurst has just advised that Millvina's ashes will be scattered at sea.

"The ship has it's full complement again after 97 years". Regards.

R.I.P. Millvina
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This is very sad as I met Millvina Dean (the only Titanic survivor that I was fortunate enough to meet) in Springfield, MA, USA in April 1998 at my first Titanic convention (Titanic Historical Society) and we wrote to each other a few times. She was a class lady and since she died in her sleep, may not know yet that she has died. There have always been in my lifetime Titanic survivors
and now there are none still alive. 'Tis sad but we must move on. The 100th anniversary will be here (and gone) before we know it. I hope that some consortium is able to build a Titanic II as part of the celebration.
 
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Millvina Dean was also the honorary president of the British Titanic Society and travelled the world (while she was in good health) to talk about the TITANIC. We have ALL lost a friend and she shall long be remembered by Titanic buffs around the world. You have finally been called home and there will be no more falls or pain in your future. You have now joined the rest of your family. Smooth seas, Millvina!
 
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>>I think the paper may have held the announcement until it was too late for unwanted spectators to arrive.<<

That's one way to keep the gate crashers out, and also mighty decent of The Daily Echo to hold back on the story until it became impossible any such to make use of the information.
 
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