RAJKUMARI RAGHUBAR, also called Raj, Auntie Raj and Madhurie Mooma, peacefully departed the physical world on February 7, 2016 in Ocoee, Orlando, Florida after a blessed longevity of 92 years. Rajkumari was born on January 31, 1924 in Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, Guyana to Rampyaray Maraj and Dula, immigrants from India, laborers by occupation. She was the second of seven sisters; her death was preceded by Somwaria, Dungo, Mahadai, Rajpat, Finey and Sitajee .Losing her parents when she was still very young, she grew up with her sisters under the guardianship of the eldest, Somwaria (Aunty Deed). With no opportunities for a formal education she acquired good home making skills, was an excellent worker and an accomplished vocalist. Her marriage to Jilwah also called Basra and Boat, under Hindu religious rites was solemnized on January 3, 1962. Together they worked as laborers and lived in LBI Estate to raise their family before building and moving to their own home in LBI Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara, Guyana. She lost her husband on December 24, 1969 when she was only forty five years old. She accepted the challenges associated with juggling the multiple roles as provider and homemaker selflessly striving for the wellbeing and education of her family under very difficult and trying circumstances. She never remarried and worked tirelessly through to retirement age in 1984. She took up permanent residence in the USA in 1995 and became a US citizen in 2000. She lived in Maryland, New York and Florida. She was the loving mother of eight children: Madhurie, Gainduli (Chiney), Padmawatty (Finey), Belmatty (Miney- deceased), Mangal (Bheir), Hansram (Buro – deceased), Hardai (Sheena) and Sukhraj ( Boyo). She was the mother –in-law of seven: Sugrim (deceased), Harold, Lakhan ( deceased), Seeta (deceased), Bibi, Vick and Sharmila. She was the caring grandmother of sixteen: Indra, Chaan, Dave, Roshanie, Ramo, Krishna, Savie, Sally, Richie, Mark, Marcie, Seon, Simone, Samantha, Amanda and Suhana. She was also the cherished great-grandmother of eighteen and great-great-grandmother of eight. This wonderful matriarch will be remembered for her exceptional hard work, self-discipline, dedication, commitment and determination.
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 15, 2016 from 9:00 until 11:15 am followed by the cremation at Metro Crematory located at 751 Bluford Avenue in Ocoee.