#TurksandCaicos, January 23, 2018 – South Caicos – Premier Robinson regrets the passing of Turks and Caicos Islands’ oldest resident, Ms. Eliza “Ma Lilah” Basden of South Caicos. Ms. Basden passed on Thursday, January 19, 2018 peacefully at home in South Caicos at the age of 104 years old.
Ms. Basden has made outstanding contributions to the island and is known amongst most for her sterling contribution to her Church and by extension of the Turks and Caicos Island Baptist Union and the Soroptimist Club. She served as the first female executive member of the Turks and Caicos Islands Baptist Union and to date is the longest serving Recording Secretary.
Premier Robinson on her passing says that, “Ms. Basden has been blessed to enjoy 104yrs and this is testament to God’s blessing on her life and her strength. Knowing her personally, I have seen her strength and her commitment to her beliefs. She was a loyal person and faithful to her commitment whether it was to the Church or the wider community. She has left an indelivle mark on those who met her. I believe that her life when celebrated on February 3rd, 2018 will speak volumes to this great giant of a lady and will inspire many to serve their God, Church and community with passion.”
Hon Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson