Written by on January 31, 2018

Lady Cynthia Gairy, wife of former Grenadian Prime Minister, Sir Eric Gairy passed away in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday.

Lady Cynthia was the first female to sit in Grenada’s House of Representatives as far back as 1961. She will be remembered for her roles as minister for portfolios such as education, culture and health.

In her publication, WOMEN AND GOVERNANCE — A GRENADIAN EXPERIENCE, author and former Senate President, Joan Purcell described Gairy as someone who reinforced the point that “agriculture was the bedrock of the economy and challenged the people to grow more local food rather than depend on foreign imports; and to manufacture local articles for sale to visitors.”

Purcell also said that with government support provided through materials, Gairy encouraged villagers to repair roads and build community centers. Gairy, she said, was a community activist who encouraged self-reliance as a way of life.

In accordance with her wishes, Lady Cynthia will be laid to rest here in Grenada on a date yet to be determined. Prior to her return, however, a memorial will be held in Atlanta.

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