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Mrs Josephine Rhymer passes

- Mrs Rhymer, along with her husband William, was the longest surviving married couple in the Virgin Islands
Mrs Josephine Rhymer, who along with her husband held the distinction of being the longest surviving married couple in the Virgin Islands, passed away on April 12, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Mrs Josephine Rhymer (right), with her husband William I. Rhymer and daughter Shirley (left) back in November 2016. Photo: VINO/File
Mrs Josephine Rhymer (right), with her husband William I. Rhymer and daughter Shirley (left) back in November 2016. Photo: VINO/File
Businesswoman and former Miss BVI Sharie B. Y. de Castro kisses her grandmother, Josephine Rhymer, during Mr and Mrs Rhymer's 73rd wedding anniversary celebrations back in September 2013. Photo: VINO/File
Businesswoman and former Miss BVI Sharie B. Y. de Castro kisses her grandmother, Josephine Rhymer, during Mr and Mrs Rhymer's 73rd wedding anniversary celebrations back in September 2013. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was a sad day for both the Rhymer family and the Territory when Mrs Josephine Rhymer, who along with her husband held the distinction of being the longest surviving married couple in the Virgin Islands, passed away on April 12, 2017.

Mrs Rhymer, who was 97 years of age, was the wife of centenarian William I. Rhymer.

The couple gathered attention over the years for being the oldest couple alive in the Territory, and the longest married. They were married for approximately 76 years, having tied the knot on September 25, 1940 at Road Town Methodist Church.

Mrs Rhymer, an indigenous Virgin Islander, in her union with her husband William, produced ten children: Allan, Dennis, Joseph, Henry, Joyce, Shirley, William Jr, Elroy, Janet and Violet.

She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mrs Rhymer had celebrated her 97th birthday on November 5, 2016.

The management and staff of Virgin Islands News Online extend condolences to the relatives and friends of Mrs Josephine Rhymer.

9 Responses to “Mrs Josephine Rhymer passes”

  • ann (16/04/2017, 12:23) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    She will be missed but god loves you best
    • Truth (16/04/2017, 21:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      My condolences to Mr. Rhymer and family. May she rest in sweet peace.
  • ... (16/04/2017, 16:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Long life is a Blessings RIP
  • zone 2 (16/04/2017, 21:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Amazing lady RIP
  • Well Well (16/04/2017, 21:13) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    reading about her marriage I wish my own had last that long she is an inspiration for Love and long life
  • Christlike (17/04/2017, 14:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Caring, sharing, hard working. Will call the people in the Cane Garden Bay/Ross Hill/Ballast Bay areas to partake of her produce from her plantation.

    May the blessings of God be upon her children, grand children, great grand children and future generations
  • usa (21/04/2017, 21:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to all who knew and loved this good lady.
  • persia (21/04/2017, 21:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gone too soon. RIP.


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