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New York woman reportedly learns husband divorced her eight years before his death

Published November 19, 2012
An elderly New York woman was reportedly still mourning her longtime husband's death when she learned he had secretly divorced her eight years earlier to cut her out of his pension money and a $44,000 life insurance payout.
The New York Post reports that Vivian Pitt Dowers, 75, of Brooklyn, had been married to Columbia University janitor David Dowers, 65, for more than 30 years when he died of natural causes in their Crown Heights home in February 2011, according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Dowers -- while going through her late husband's possessions -- found divorce papers from 2002 that claimed she had "abandoned" him, the newspaper reports.
"What you talking about? Me no sign no divorce papers!" Vivian, a native of the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, said she exclaimed.

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