NAGPAABOT ng pakikiramay sa pamilya Gokongwei ang Malacañang dahil sa pagpanaw ni Ginang Elizabeth, ang biyuda ng tycoon na si John Gokongwei Jr.
“The Palace is saddened by the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth Gokongwei yesterday, November 16, just one week after the death of her husband, John,” pahayag ni presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Si Ginang Gokongwei ay namatay nitong Sabado sa edad na 85.
“We express our deep condolences to — and relay our commiseration with — the family, particularly her children, Robina, Lance, Lisa, Faith, Hope and Marcia, friends, colleagues, employees, and loved ones, Mrs. Elizabeth left behind. May the perpetual light shine upon her, and may her soul, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace,” dagdag ni Panelo.
Inilarawan nito si Ginang Gokongwei na isang mapagmahal, maalaga at mabait ang ginang.
Si Ginang Gokongwei ay nagtapos sa St. Stephen’s High School at kursong medical technology sa Case Western Reserve University sa Ohio.
Ito ang tumulong kay John Gokongwei upang matupad ang kanyang mga pangarap, ayon kay Panelo.
.“We remember a life advice of Mr. John: Marry a good person for a spouse as she would be an ally in happiness and not a source of misery. Elizabeth, his wife of 61 years, certainly fitted the bill. The Gokongwei matriarch was the other half who helped in realizing the vision and dream of one of the greatest business leaders of our time. She fully supported the conviction of the businessman who dared. She was the founding member of the Robinsons Department Store and headed its Merchandising Department from 1980 to 1992,” dagdag pa ni Panelo.
Ayon sa pamilya Gokongwei, gagawing pribado ang burol at paghahatid sa huling hantungan ni Ginang Gokongwei.