Edith Brown

Edith Eileen Brown (27 October, 189620 January, 1997) was one of the last remaining survivors of the RMS Titanic disaster of 1912.

Edith was 15 years old when she boarded the RMS Titanic with her parents, Thomas and Elizabeth (née Ford) Brown, as Second-Class passengers. The family was en route to Seattle, Washington where Thomas was going to start a hotel business.

Edith and her mother escaped the ship in lifeboat 14, while her father perished. Edith was on the lifeboat with Fifth Officer Harold Lowe, and witnessed him firing shots to stop other passengers overcrowding the lifeboats. Upon arrival in New York City, Edith and Elizabeth stayed at the Junior League House, before travelling on to Seattle to meet up with Thomas' sister, Josephine Acton. They returned to South Africa, and Edith lived with relatives in Cape Town after her mother remarried and moved to Rhodesia.

Edith met her future husband, Frederick Thankful Haisman, in May of 1917. They married six weeks later on 30 June, 1917. Their first child, a son, was born in August 1918, and would be followed by nine more children. The family moved to Southampton, back to South Africa and finally settled in Southampton.

In June 1996 at the age of 99, Edith took a cruise to the site of the Titanic's wreck and threw a rose into the Atlantic Ocean where her father had died 84 years earlier.

Edith Brown died on January 20, 1997 in a Southampton nursing home at the age of 100. She remains one of the longest-lived Titanic survivors (the oldest remains Mary Davies Wilburn born on May 171883; died on July 291987 at the age of 104).

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