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Eliza Kanmani Mann (b. 1884, d. 1967)
Eliza Kanmani Mann was born 1884 in Uduvil, and died 1967 in Colombo.She married Warren Thambapillai Asirwatham on 29 Oct 1906 in Uduvil, Jaffna, son of Vinnayagar Varithamby Asirwatham and Mareya Thangamma.
Notes for Eliza Kanmani Mann:
Kanmani was the eldest daughter and fourth child of Samuel Appukutty Mann and Elizabeth Pillai John. S.A.Mann was the son of Ramanather and Seedevipillai Poothar. Kanmani studied at the Uduvil Girls College as a boarder though her parents lived only 5 minutes away as this was the wish of her parents. Known to be very sociable she got on well with everyone around. She married Thambappillai in 1906 and their wedding was acknowledged in the back cover of the St Johns College annual souvenir. Kanmani liked to cook, share her meals and give the needy. She is known to have led the cooking at many C.P.M conventions. At home her meals were mainly Pittu for breakfast which her children liked to eat especially with banana and sugar or fish gravy,rice with vegees and fish or meat for lunch and string hoppers or other for dinner. She had two domestic helps namely Chellian and Albert. Her husband was quite careful with the expenses but Kanmani had a giving hand. They both wore white clothes only in their later years. White clothes meant a lot of Robin Blue.Thambappillai buys a big pack of blue , divides them in paper wraps for daily quotas and puts them in his drawer, but Kanmani had extra washing to do especially when her grand children arrive, the quota finished early. They take the grand children to the Columbuththurai beach in the weekends. They were also involved in evangelical work in their later years. They travelled to the Island namely Kytes, Punkuduthivu , Nedunthivu etc. with the C.P.M. Kanmani used to say that people used to get healed by her prayer. Kanmani lived with her sons Raja and Gnany after the death of Thambappillai in 1965. She died of old age in 1967 and was buried at the Colombo Kanatte cemetery. She was a loving mother.
More About Eliza Kanmani Mann and Warren Thambapillai Asirwatham:
Marriage: 29 Oct 1906, Uduvil, Jaffna.
Children of Eliza Kanmani Mann and Warren Thambapillai Asirwatham are:
- +Mercy Ariapooshanam Asirwatham, b. 25 Feb 1914, Jaffna, d. 1944, Jaffna,Sri lanka.
- +Joseph Asirwartham Selvanayagam, b. 07 Jun 1916, Jaffna, d. 2004, Connecticut,U.S.A.
- +Samuel Rajanayagam Asirwatham, b. 17 May 1918, Innuvil Hospital, Jaffna, d. 30 May 1997, Boston,U.S.A.
- +David Ariyanayagam Aseerwatham, b. 04 Sep 1921, Usan, d. 14 Jul 1984, Colombo,Sri Lanka.
- +John Gnanaretnam Aseerwatham, b. 29 Mar 1924, Jaffna.