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Gokongwei matriarch dies a week after her husband

By: - Reporter / @daxinq
/ 05:15 AM November 17, 2019

Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei—the matriarch of one of the country’s wealthiest families—passed away on Saturday, exactly a week after the death of her husband of 61 years, John Gokongwei Jr.

This was announced in a statement by their son, Lance, who said that their 85-year-old mother “passed away peacefully” on Nov. 16, a day after his father was laid to rest.

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Sources close to the family said Mrs. Gokongwei was tired from the five-week hospitalization of her husband, and subsequently suffered a stroke for which she was put on a ventilator. She had previously expressed her desire to decline life support machines, another source said.

The couple are survived by their children Robina, Lance, Lisa, Faith, Hope and Marcia.

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Details of the private wake details will be shared with friends and family.

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