Soogaree at claimed age of 110, with her daughter, Anandai Ramlagan
|Birth:||30 May 1904|
Uttar Pradesh, British Raj (now India)
|Death:||1 June 2014|
Mount Hope, Trinidad and Tobago
|Age:||110 years, 2 days|
Soogaree claimed to be born in Uttar Pradesh, British Raj (now India) on 30 May 1904. Her father's name was Outar. She came to Trinidad and Tobago as a small child. Soogaree was three years old when she left India but had turned four by the time she and her family arrived in Trinidad aboard the SS Indus in 1908. Genealogist, Shamshu Deen, who had known her since 1989, said that she never knew her exact date of birth. Since she did not know her exact date of birth, her family had been celebrating her birthday on Indian Arrival Day.
She had five children (including Anandai Ramlagan). She was a vegetarian and credited her eating habits and hard work for her longevity.
Soogaree worked on the canefields at Brechin Castle (former Sugar Cane Factory). In 2008, she was presented with the National Republic Day Award for her longstanding contribution to national development.
She was hospitalised on 29 May 2014, due to general weakness associated with her age. She has been on oxygen and drips and has not been very responsive to calls of her name. Her family, however, were with her on her birthday. She passed away in Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope, Trinidad and Tobago on 1 June 2014 at claimed age of 110 years, 2 days.