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Centenarian Mama Mare laid to rest

Thursday 11 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

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Centenarian Mama Mare laid to rest
Mama Matake (Mare) Paruru’s funeral service was held at the Osana Meeting House in Tupapa on Tuesday. 21021003.

Mama Matake Paruru also known as Mama Mare, has passed away at the age of 100.

One-hundred-year-old Mama Matake Paruru passed away in her sleep at the home of her daughter Vaine Abbott in Turangi.

A service was held at the Osana Meeting House in Tupapa on Tuesday morning before she was laid to rest at the family burial grounds with her late husband Tekoronga Manuaanga Paruru.

Mama Paruru was born in 1920 to parents Tamarua Tinirau and Vaine Nganu, all of her 14 children were born in Rarotonga.

She has a brother and 20 half siblings; 46 grandchildren, 120 great grandchildren and 41 great-great grandchildren. Rest in peace Mama Mare.