Lady Maynard dies at 92

Zoe, Lady Maynard, the widow of former Deputy Prime Minister the late Sir Clement Maynard, died yesterday morning at 92

Lady Maynard was the last living World War II Bahamian female veteran.

She was stationed in Jamaica where she served as Private W/NC/272863 in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II. Her duties varied and included communications.

“She came from an era, where wives focused on their husbands, so people often did not know what work they were doing in their own right. My mum used to be in the army,” said Allyson Maynard-Gibson, her daughter, who is a former attorney general.

Lady Maynard was also the first female juror in The Bahamas.

She worked closely with her mother-in-law, Georgiana Symonette, during the suffrage movement, and she also served as the secretary for the women’s branch of the Progressive Liberal Party and the secretary (now called secretary general) of the Airport, Airline and Allied Workers Union.

PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis described Lady Maynard as “a supporter of the progressive movement”.

“In her own right, she was a freedom fighter, particularly for women’s rights and in the arts,” Davis said.

“She follows in the footsteps of her own dear mother Meta Davis Cumberbatch as a patron and supporter of the arts and artists.”

In 2013, in her ninth decade, Lady Maynard produced a range of ceramic objects, including three-dimensional sculptures and tiles, as well as a variety of bowls and cases.

Her work was exhibited at Antonius Roberts’ Hillside House Gallery.

Amid her many accomplishments and contributions, Maynard-Gibson said, her mother should be remembered as a woman most faithful to God and her family.

The funeral is planned for tomorrow at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church.

Maynard-Gibson said the venue was chosen for the funeral because “that’s where mummy and daddy got married”.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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