Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean
(2 February 1912 – 31 May 2009) was the last remaining survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic
, which occurred on 15 April 1912. At 2 months and 27 days of age, she was also the youngest passenger on board the ship.
Millvina Dean was born in Branscombe
, to Bertram Frank Dean and Georgette Eva Light. She had a brother, Bertram Vere Dean
(21 May 1910—14 Apr 1992). Dean never married and had no children. Dean's mother died on 16 September 1975, aged 96, and Bertram Vere died, aged 81, on 14 April 1992, exactly 80 years to the day after the Titanic
struck the iceberg.
Dean's parents decided to leave England
and immigrate to Wichita
, where her father had family and where he hoped to open a tobacco
shop. The Deans were not supposed to be aboard the Titanic
, but owing to a coal strike, they were transferred to the ship and boarded it as third-class passengers at Southampton
, England. Dean was barely two months old when she boarded the ship. Her father felt the ship's collision with the iceberg on the night of 14 April 1912, and after investigating, returned to his cabin telling his wife to dress the children and go up on deck. Dean, her mother, and brother were placed in Lifeboat 10 and were among the first steerage
passengers to escape the sinking oceanliner
. Her father, however, did not survive, and his body,... Read More