Thanpuying Boonruen, widow of ex-PM, dies

Thanpuying Boonruen, widow of ex-PM, dies

Thanpuying Boonruen Choonhavan, widow of late prime minister Chatichai Choonhavan, died early yesterday after being diagnosed with Covid-19. She was 101 years old.

Thanpuying Boonruen: Lived to 101, had Covid

The news was posted on Facebook by her granddaughter, Tisana Choonhavan. Ms Tisana is a daughter of ex-senator and academic Kraisak Choonhavan, the only son of Gen Chatichai and Thanpuying Boonruen. Kraisak died in June last year at age 72.

"Grandma, aged 101, left us after catching Covid-19. I feel deeply grateful for everything [you did] for me and for your contribution to the country," Tisana wrote. Thanpuying Boonruen and Gen Chatichai, Thailand's 17th prime minister, had two children, daughter Wanee and Kraisak. Her body will be cremated at 2pm today at Wat Phra Si Mahathat Wora Maha Wihan in Bang Khen district.

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