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Jan 14, 2021

Dr. Dame Minister A Respectful, Respectable Belizean Woman

Starting Monday, Belize will observe three days of mourning in honor of the country’s first Governor-General, Doctor Dame Minita Gordon. Gordon died on New Year’s Day in Inglewood, California, at the age of ninety. She served as Governor-General from 1981 to 1993. Dam Minita was respected across the country for her willingness and determination to serve this country. Her body will arrive at the Philip Goldson International Airport on Monday. On Tuesday, the body will lie in state at the House of Culture, and on Wednesday, the state funeral will be held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Baptist. You can tune in to Channel Five for live coverage of all these events.  On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Courtenay described Gordon as a very respectful and respectable Belizean woman. 


Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Dame Minita as you know if our first Governor General. She excelled in her service to our country, first as a teacher, educator and then as the head of state. Her body will be coming. It is going to be a three day which I think gives importance to the very, very sad occurrence of her passing. I believe that most Belizeans who knew Doctor Gordon found her to be a very humbled, very respectful, very respectable upright Belizean. I think that having a state funeral for her is properly according the right and respect that she is due.”

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