Official funeral for the late Mable Moir James, former Member of the House of Assembly

Mabel James

The Government of Dominica has decided that Mrs. Mable Moir James will be given an official funeral on Monday, February 1, 2010. The Government of Dominica has declared a day of mourning on Monday as a mark of respect for the late Mrs. Mable Moir James, former Member of the House of Assembly.

The Dominican flag shall be flown at half staff on all public buildings in the State on Monday, February 1st 2010.

Mrs. Mable Moir James won the Western District in the General Elections of 1966, an election the Dominica Labour Party won overwhelmingly, ten(10) seats to one(1).

Mable Moir James created history in 1966 when she became the first female Minister of Government in Dominica. Between 1966-1970, she served as Minister for Communications and Works, Minister for Home Affairs, and for a brief period, Acting Premier and Minister for Finance.

Mrs. James also blazed the trail in the struggle for the rights of women and was a founder of the Women’s Guild.

Official mourners at the official funeral service shall include His Excellency, the President and Mrs. Liverpool, the Prime Minister and other Members of Cabinet, the Honourable Speaker and other members of the House of Assembly, former Presidents and Prime Ministers and other government officials.

Public viewing of the body shall be from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at the  Bethesda Methodist  Church in Roseau on Monday, February 1st 2010. The Official Funeral Service will commence at 3:30 p.m.

The late Mable Moir James will be buried at the Roseau Public Cemetery.

All official mourners are requested to be in their seats no later than 3:15  p.m. on that day.


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  1. Sophina James
    February 1, 2010

    Mable Moir James died at the ripe old age of 97. She was born on December 5th in Roseau, Dominica. She was married to Oliver James and bore 5 children – Thomas (Tommy), Stedman, Christobel, Clement (Clem), and Marion James. She had numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. I am very privileged indeed to call myself her grand daughter. I like my brothers Chad and McArthur live in Canada. I truly wish that I could be there to share in paying my respects to a Great Lady, a humanitarian, and an early champion of women’s rights. Rest in Peace Ma James. Love, Sophina James.

  2. Chad James
    February 1, 2010

    My grandmother died at the ripe old age of 97. She leaves behind a great legacy for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a young boy I remember my grandmother being the life of the party, she truely was a kind and loving woman. Today, I sit at my desk in Ottawa, Canada wishing I could be at her funeral. God is great and he gave me the opportunity to see my grandmother 5 days before she died. I was in Dominica from Jan 8th to the 18th visiting family of course, with a mission for my 5 year old son to meet his great grandmother, which he did. However, it would be the last time my son or I would see her alive. I take great joy in remembering my grandmother, she lived a full and rewarding life and she will be missed dearly by all. After all of your rewarding and hard work granny, may you rest in peace. God Bless you and God Bless the James Family.

  3. memoire poul
    January 31, 2010

    heres a joke ma james gave me when she was minister of HOME affairs.madame mawi moin las bat moin, mon vlayou voyer police deriere nom la. ma james tells her that she should go to social services. the lady replies…sa qui social services? sae pay ou qui MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS nor?

  4. Possie LYO
    January 30, 2010

    On behalf of the P/mth LYO i would lie to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Mable Moir James. Your contributions to the political and social life of this country was intrumental in paving the way for other female politicans. Our wish is that when the final history of this great country is written,your name will stand tall amoung those who paved the way in making Dominica a better place for all!

    P/mth LYO

    January 30, 2010

    May her soul rest in peace. Never heard of her before , gowing up in Dominica. I left DGS in the 80s. can someone give her age? where was she residing at time of death? Did she have children? was she married?

  6. Celus
    January 29, 2010

    She was one of the pioneers and at the forefront of progress for women. My father served with her in the labour party during the Leblanc years.Those were the good days of politics.She will surely be missed.

  7. me
    January 29, 2010

    Gonna miss you Granny, i know you were just a cousin but you were always so much fun to be around we would call you granny and you loved that, you lived a great life and you were a fantastic individual….love you always granny James..

  8. grandbayrian
    January 29, 2010

    For those of us who may not be residing at home would you please indicate the ages of our forefathers and mothers who have left this earth? Condolences to the families of this great matriach.

  9. Grand Bayrian
    January 29, 2010

    Thank You Mabel James! for being a trail blazer. I think we need to educate our youths about this quiet giants amongs us. Don’t wait till they passed on to bring them to light. Give these people thier flowers while they are alive.

  10. winston warrington
    January 29, 2010

    Christabel, Stedman, my sincerest condolences on the death of your Mom. She was always kind, cheerful and witty in her political exchanges. She represented the best aspect of Dominica that’s forever lost.

  11. January 29, 2010

    Condolence to the Family.

    News to me today to learn Mrs. James was the first female
    Minister of Govt. in Dominica.

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