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‘Jam Lady’ Laid To Rest

‘Jam Lady’ Laid To Rest
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum places a wreath at the Sigatoka cemetary yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
September 15
12:08 2018

Families and friends gathered in numbers to pay their last respects to Dorothy Agnes Bennett at the St Joan of Arc Parish in Sigatoka yesterday.

The late Ms Bennett was well known as the ‘Jam Lady’ in the town for her remarkable jam recipes.

Her son Thomas Bennett, 43, said in his eulogy: “Everyone knew her well from making and selling jam. From whatever jam she experimented on from either guava, cumquat, eggplant, sour sop to guava.

“I remember she used to tell us, regarding other jam makers. What jam they are making, she would get hold of the jam jar open the lid and turn it upside down and it won’t drop.”

Ms Bennett was born in Sigatoka and had maternal links to Volivoli Village in Sigatoka.

She grew up next to the families of the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who was also present at the funeral.

“My mum used to baby sit A-G when he was a baby. My mum used to take him to every baby shows and never missed one,” said Mr Bennett.

Ms Bennett was 70 when she died on September 6 after a short illness.

Ms Bennett was buried at the Sigatoka Cemetery. She is survived by five children and nine grandchildren.

Edited Caroline Ratucadra



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