The ashes of the late Viola Burnham, O. R., former Vice President, former First Lady and wife of the First Executive President of Guyana, the late Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, arrived from Miami Friday evening last .The ashes were accompanied by her daughters, Melanie and Ulele, son-in-law Mark Granger, brother Dr. Winston Harper and niece Shelly Plass.

The family was met by the Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform, Mr. Robert H.O. Corbin, M.P and his wife, Mrs. Carol Corbin, the Chairperson of the National Congress of Women, Ms. Cheryl Sampson, members of the Central Executive of the PNCR, Volda Lawrence, M.P. and Basil Williams M.P., along with the son of the deceased, Kamana Burnham. Other members of the Welcoming party included Members of Parliament, Clarissa Riehl, Stanley Ming, Dr. Dalgleish Joseph, Dr. George Norton, Genevieve Allen, Lurlene Nestor and Raphael Trotman.

A motorcade then departed Timehri for Georgetown warmly greeted by party members from the area waving palm branches. . 

On arrival at Congress Place, the motorcade was heralded into the grounds by the drummers of ACDA and scores of party supporters bearing candles. A short program ensued where the family was greeted by the acting Chairman of the PNCR, Mr. Vincent Alexander and General Secretary, Mr. Oscar Clarke. The Urn, bearing the remains of Mrs. Burnham, was then borne by her daughter Ulele to a pedestal flanked by an Honor guard of members of the National Congress of Women.

The Party Chairman briefly recounted Mrs. Burnham’s contribution to the Party. This was followed by a rendition of the Party Battle Song .The Party Leader made brief remarks after which Nat King Coles composition” Unforgettable” a favorite of Mrs. Burnham was played. Persons present, led by the Leader of the Party then filed past the Urn and paid their respects to Mrs. Burnham’s family. The Urn was then taken to the Hall of Heroes by her son, Kamana, who lit the candles to officially begin the vigil. The Commodores’ tune “Three times a Lady” brought the simple ceremony to a close.

Mrs. Burnham’s ashes will remain in the Hall of Heroes until Sunday, October 26, 2003, when it will be removed to the Trinity Methodist Church at High and Leopold streets for a Memorial Service at 3:30 p.m. On Monday, October 27, at 6:pm ,there will be a Cultural Programme in honor of Mrs. Viola Burnham at the National Cultural Center to which all are invited . 

Let us celebrate together the life of this most treasured daughter of Guyana’s soil.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Saturday, October 25, 2003