Rozenn Lucienne Latham (L'heveder) (1935 - 1995)

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Birthplace: Lorient, Brittany, France
Death: Died in Durban, KZN, South Africa
Managed by: Alain Latham
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About Rozenn Lucienne Latham (L'heveder)

She was the daughter of Louis and Lucienne (nee Beilet) L'Heveder. She was one of 6 children. She first married Mr Philippe Bouchet in Toulon on 30th June 1955. They had one son, Jean-Marc.

She married Michael Latham in on 8th March 1961. They had two sons, Christopher and Alain.

Her 3rd marriage was to Francis Hopkinson, a Belgian/Canadian citizen residing in Durban. They later settled in Cape Town (Westray Rd, St James) and La Charite sur Loire, France before returning to Durban in 1999. They did not have any children together.

She was an artist (watercolours)and renowned for her cooking and hospitality. In 1972 she co-founded the Fondue Inn in 13 Salmon Grove, Durban. A few years later she assisted with the planning and launch of de Bijenkorf, also a fondue restaurant in 320 west St, Durban.

She loved classical music and had a deep interest in Zulu art and it's culture which she developed whilst working as a sales lady at Ivy's Curios in West Street, Durban. She was often asked to present lectures on "the meaning of beads " at various social and tertiary functions in the late 70's.

It was at Ivy's that she befriended the acclaimed Zulu artist Gerard Bhengu ( Gerard would arrive periodically at Ivy's to sell his masterpieces. He would only ask for a few hundred Rand per painting and making a living from his art was never easy. Rozenn would show him to the rest room where Gerard would be offered sandwiches and a drink and on one occasion, he indulge in the days special, Swiss cheese fondue. Gerard was so fond of Rozenn that he gave her on of his paintings- a sepia tone bust of a sangoma. This painting is still in the possession of her descendents.

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Rozenn Latham's Timeline

June 1, 1935
Lorient, Brittany, France
March 8, 1961
Age 25
Wandsworth, Greater London, UK
May 4, 1995
Age 59
Durban, KZN, South Africa