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News of Titanic survivor Miss Millvina Dean

My wife and I visited Millvina and Bruno today (Tuesday 18th October) for morning coffee and we found her to be, mentally as bright as a button, but physically drained.
She is recovering from another recent fall where she hurt her right hand which is bandaged and strapped up hindering her writing etc. She was on the floor for over an hour before she was able to get help - she told us she passed the time reciting poems!
While we were there the Postman arrived with yet another large bundle of mainly unwanted mail and she bemoaned the fact that her name had ever appeared on the Internet as there is no way that she can keep up with it - we advised her to dump all the unsolicited mail that she receives.
She is now showing her years but still enjoys life and we had a lively conversation for a couple of hours.
She also reported the loss of her address book which she said has simply 'disappeared' - lets hope it turns up soon.
Millvina sends her regards and best wishes to all her friends and acquaintances.

Best regards - Brian J. Ticehurst Southampton UK
 

John Clifford

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Thanks for the news, about Millvina, Brian.

I do hope that, eventually, people will "get the hint" that Millvina does not need all the unsolicited mails. Perhaps if a multitude of "REFUSED: RETURN TO SENDER" stamps could be made, and applied to the unwanted letters, then the senders would realize that they are wasting their time, and Millvina's with all those letters and mailings.

If I could, I, for one, would volunteer to do a week, or twos, worth of "mail monitoring" for Millvina. Unfortunately it would also be expensive to forward all that mail to Southern California.

I am glad that Millvina is still in good spirits. My best wishes to her and Bruno!!
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Mauro Zungri

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Brian: Thanks to share this information. From Argentina, the america south, I am thankful and makes arrive my respect at Millvina.
Mauro!
 
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>>we advised her to dump all the unsolicited mail that she receives.<<

Sounds like a good idea there. She has a perfect right to spend her remaining years in peace. Here's hoping her address book turns up soon.
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Dave Gittins

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Brian, have you suggested an electronic alarm for Millvina? They can be very valuable to a person who has an accidental fall, while retaining their faculties.

As to the mail, a pox on the senders!
 
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Hi Brian,

thanks for the news !

when did she have that accident ? (I was wondering why I had not heard from her from some time ... (we have been corresponding by mail for some time now) ..

By the way, I have searched and found a couple of internet websites in which her address can be found - will obviously not send link to them here - PM if you want more info

Next time you see her, please tell Millvina that Benjamin, from France, sends her his best wishes.

bye,


Benjamin
 
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Benjamin
I will pass on your wishes to Millvina.

Dave - An alarm has been suggested and is now in 'progress'. The alarm is worn as a pendant to a necklace round her neck and all she has to do is press it and help will be summoned ''Hopefully''.

John - Volunteers have tried to assist with the mail but Millvina is 'to nice' and wont let them just be dumped - hence she just gets more and more - but she is her own woman and we must respect that.
Cheers Brian
 

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Thanks for the news, again, Brian.

I know Millvina will get through everything, especially with her cheerful personality, and friends such as you and your wife that she can always turn to.

I also hope her address book shows up soon.

Thanks for the best wishes for Millvina, as well.

CHEERS!!!
 

Dave Gittins

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I'm glad to hear about the alarm. I hope Millvina is not too independent to use it. I've known such a case.
 
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> She was on the floor for over an hour before she was able to get help - she told us she passed the time reciting poems! <

She is a resourceful, brave lady. I'd be moaning and crying and generally panicing.

I hope the alarm company gives good service. My landlady had one of those alarms worn around the neck, and when she fell and pressed it the police, the ambulance and the fire dept. came immediately. Really stirred up the neighbourhood. Fortunately she was only badly bruised and was able to get up and unlock the door, or the firefighters would have broken it to get in.
One problem of the system was that it wasn't a GPS monitor. They would not have found her if she had been out of the house.

I'm sure she appreciates the good wishes sent in the letters, but I am sorry that she's badgered by them.
Please add my respects to Mauro's and the others.
 

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Brian T has just informed me via his newsletter that he has managed to have Millvina's detail removed from the site that was causing most of the trouble.

Let's hear it for Brian!
 
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Dear members

I've read many of your posted comments regarding Millvina's privacy. I must agree with your concerns to keep her mailing address as secure as possible. During my stay in England, on a business Titanic related trip, I spent 4 days with Millvina at her home with Bruno Nordmanis and could not believe the grief it causes her. We must never forget that Millvina is flesh and blood like the rest of us. Caught up in a world wind of infatuated people hoping to get a piece of her. Between 1999-2001 I was Ms Dean's even co-coordinator and set up an event at the WEM in Edmonton Alberta. There I got to know Ms. Dean and truly came to understand not only her loss via this tragedy, but also her desire to keep it alive. Nevertheless, her age is now taking a toll and I think she deserves to be left alone. Her legacy is anchored! Her work is done! She, along with her family's name will go on. To this Millvina...I salute you. Happy birthday my friend and May God be with you always

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Dear All,
News from Millvina Dean and her companion Bruno.
They are both well and looking forward to the Christmas festivities. Millvina has received mounds of Christmas cards and has tried to respond to as many as possible - but her address book is still to be found.
She sends her best wishes to you all and hopes that you have a great time.
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News of the UK's second survivor Mrs Barbara West - Mrs. West is not at all well but is keeping going and is quite cheerful.
I have sent a message to her on all our behalf - to enjoy Christmas and to look after herself,

Best wishes

Brian J. Ticehurst
 
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Thanks Brian for the updates on the British survivors. I want to wish not only Millvina and Barbara a Merry Christmas but all of our British friends.