A day after Ms Mary Thavithurasa Rabinayaki died last week at the age of 58, her obituary appeared in this paper – placed by the family which had employed her for more than three decades.
It highlighted the close relationship the Sri Lankan maid had with her employers, who helped with treatment costs and stuck with her throughout after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
Her employers, who declined to be named, also organised her funeral on Friday, which was attended by her Seletar Hills neighbours and friends from the Church of St Vincent de Paul in Yio Chu Kang who said she was always willing to lend a hand.
A reader alerted The Sunday Times to her story.
Ms Thavithurasa’s employers often shuttle between Singapore and Australia for business, and left her in charge of the house. In addition, she was like a “big sister” who took care of their four children, …