Elina Jayewardene

Elina Jayewardene (née Bandara Rupasinghe; 15 December 1913 – 17 November 2007) was a Sri Lankan heiress and social worker, who was the wife of the second President of Sri Lanka, J. R. Jayewardene and was the First Lady of Sri Lanka from 1978 to 1988. Elina Jayewardene was known for her social work; she was the founder of the ‘Seva Vanitha’ Movement.

Elina Jayewardene
J. R. Jayewardene, R. G. Senanayake and Lord Stansgate in 1949
First Lady of Sri Lanka
In role
Preceded bySeelawathie Gopallawa
Succeeded byHema Premadasa
Personal details
Elina Bandara Rupasinghe

(1913-12-15)15 December 1913
Died17 November 2007(2007-11-17) (aged 93)
NationalitySri Lankan
SpouseJ. R. Jayewardene (m. 1935)
ChildrenRavindra "Ravi" Vimal Jayewardene

Born Elina Bandara Rupasinghe, to Gilbert Leonard Rupasinghe, a Notary Public who was a successful businessmen and his wife Nancy Margaret Suriyabandara. Educated at home, she married J. R. Jayewardene, who was an Advocate, on 28 February 1935. Ravindra "Ravi" Vimal Jayewardene, their only child, was born soon after. Elina and her Husband settled at Jayewardene's parents house Vaijantha, later the Jayewardene's moved to their own house Braemar in 1938, where they remained the rest of their lives, whenever they were not holidaying at their holiday home in Mirissa.[1][2]

She died on 17 November 2007 at the age of 93.[3][4]


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  2. ^ Humble son of a humble President
  3. ^ Madam Elina Jayewardene
  4. ^ Elina Jayewardene passes away