Mrs Bertram Frank Dean (Eva Georgette "Ettie" Light), was born 18 May 1879. In 1912 she was 32 and married to Bertram Frank Dean, who was eight years her junior, and had two children: Bertram Vere, 2, and Eliza Gladys "Millvina", two-months-old. She and her husband ran a public house in London.
The Deans boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers. Ettie's parents came down to the dock to see them off on a horse-and-trap.
While at sea Ettie wrote a postcard to her parents which she posted at Queenstown; it read:
Dear Mother Just a card to say we are enjoying ourselves fine up to now. Little baby was very restless. With best love, Ettie.
On the night of the sinking, Ettie was awoken by her husband who said that he felt a crash. He went on deck and returned, telling her to get the children, and herself, dressed-up warmly. The family headed towards the lifeboats.
It is not clear which lifeboat the Deans escaped in, but there are several suggestions1. Ettie apparently lost track of her son when she finally got into a lifeboat, but was allayed by the idea that her husband was still on board the Titanic to look for him and go with him in a later lifeboat. Her husband had promised that he would see her later. She was finally reunited with her son Bertram on board the Carpathia, but lost her husband in the sinking.
Upon her arrival in New York aboard the Carpathia she and her children were sent to hospital to recuperate. They returned to England aboard the Adriatic, having lost all hopes of starting a new life in Kansas. Ettie went to live with her parents in the New Forest, near Southampton. She received £40 from an Emergency Relief Fund and a pension of 23 shillings per week for the care of her children until they were eighteen.
Ettie remarried in 1920 to Leonard Burden, her parents' farm vet, and she enjoyed a happy marriage.
Ettie Burden (late Dean, née Light) died on 16 September 1975, aged 96.
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