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The funeral of Mrs. Bibiane Bernadine Dingwall took place on Wednesday at the St Joseph Church Anse Royale. In a eulogy, her dauther Ninette said that “Mamie or Madam Ari as she was known to all in the district, was a brave, hardworking kind and extremely loving person.
She always had her arms open for whoever needed her help, be it one of her children or someone else, I remember her dressing the wounds of many residents of our district who stopped by asking for her help. Dad used to tease her for that, he called her Dr. Delhomme Anse Royale.”
Mrs. Dingwall also took in seven homeless persons. She adopted two children and yet in spite of low wages back then, the family never went without food or other necessities of life. After finishing her studies, Mrs. Dingwall joined the nursing profession. She qualified as a fully-fledged nursed and worked at the Victoria Hospital for nine years after which she accompanied her husband to the island of St. Pierre where she continued to work as a nurse. “However, after two years, they decided to return to Mahe as the separation from my brother Percy and myself was too much for them to bear,” said Ninette Michel.
Upon her return, Mrs. Dingwall joined the small team of nurses at the Anse Royale psychiatric hospital which was then situated where the University of Seychelles is presently located. When the new psychiatric hospital was built at Les Cannelles, the family moved there to make it easier for her. She was very devoted to her patients. Most of them affectionately called her Mamie. She retired at the age of sixty-nine but for the first two years of her retirement, she visited them almost every day, she missed them.
Born in a family of ten, Mrs. Dingwall and her siblings were brought up with good living values which she later passed on to her children. With her husband they enjoyed dancing ‘kanmtole’. She loved jokes- Mrs. Dingwall was a very cheerful person.
She was the mother-in-law of former President James Michel when he was married to her daughter Ninette.
Every Friday Mrs. Dingwall made sure she had her copy of ‘The People’. She was a friend to the staff. We will all miss her smile, her jokes and how she used to chat to us about the flowers in her garden.