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Tribute to Eli Tubman

Mr. Eli Budu Tubman was a true son of Maryland County. As a resident of the State of Maryland, USA, Eli often spoke about the need for Marylanders in the diaspora to form Maryland County associations that would help to meet the needs of the citizens of Maryland County.

In April 1999, Eli and a group of Marylanders living in the State of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC decided to form an association called Marylanders For Progress.

Eli was a strong supporter of every project we discussed and implemented for our county.

A few of those projects were:
- shipping 20,000 textbooks to the county,
- providing micro loans for market women in all four districts of the county,
- shipping medical supplies to J.J. Dossen Hospital and clinics, and MFP’s major contribution to the
- reopening of the W. V.S. Tubman University.

Eli always had a dream of returning home for the second time to work in his beloved Maryland County. When the reopening of T U took place under the leadership of Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, Eli became excited and returned home enthusiastically to tender his service. He was a friend to many, a supporter of his people, and an educator to all.

The MFP family remains grateful for the support that he gave and the impact his contributions made, and the legacy he leaves behind. We send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Tubman family. May Eli’s soul rest in eternal, perfect peace. Sincerely, Roberta Brown Cooper President, Marylanders for Progress

Maryann Baker  

Sunrise: January 7, 1936 – September 27, 2020  

It is with profound sadness that we the children announce the home going of our dearest Mother, Mrs. Maryann Baker. This sad event occurred on September 27, 2020, at the Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester MA.  

Funeral Service: October 24, 2020 @ 10am EST
Epworth United Methodist Church
9008 Rosemount Dr, Gaithersburg MD 20877  

Simultaneously, a live stream memorial service will also be held at:
First Baptist Church Louisiana
Upper Caldwell, Monrovia Liberia  

The family is adhering to the current Corona Virus Pandemic and health guidelines, and has decided to scale back the scope of the funeral of our beloved mother. We know that many will mourn Aunty Baby, but we are limited with the amount of guest we can accommodate. The church service will be limited to only immediate family and relatives. Those in attendance will be required to sign COVID-19-Self-Certify Daily Form, wear mask or other face-covering device. 

Ms. Charlotte Ann Cummings

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Cummings, Frank, Acquoi, White, Kumah, Cooper, Elliott, Pratt, Karmo, Ketter, and Crusoe families announce the untimely death of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunty, cousin, Ms. Charlotte Ann Nyeplu Cummings (Hill). She was called to be with the Lord on October 25, 2019 at her home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Charlotte was predeceased by her parents, Edmond B. Cummings and Maybell Doyen Kumah, sisters Martha and Beatrice Cummings, and brother William Cummings – all of Cape Palmas, Maryland County, Republic of Liberia. Charlotte leaves to mourn and cherish her memories her children, Cecil Franweah Frank Sr (Angeline), Alexine Jewri Frank-Cooper (Franklin), Emmett Baysah Acquoi, Sr.(Nyan), and Charnelene B. White; her sisters Mary Karmo (Cummings) and Catherine Freeman (Cummings), Catherine Ketter, 16 grandchildren (William, Jeremiah, Henrietta-Anna, Eastyn-Charlotte, Jonessa-Alexandria, and Cecil Jr; Franxine, Franklin RJ, Elsie Dara, and Alaric Robert; Emmett Jr, Emma Char-Ann, and  Eliana Ade.; Aniya Fornatee, Neveah Angel, and Amiyrah Kimberely); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, close friends, including Mary Vilega David Coleman Leesolee, Fatu David and other relatives residing in the United States of America, Liberia and the Ukraine. May she rest in Peace!

Rev. Hne P.S. Nyemah

The Nyemah, Russell, Grice, and Avery families announce, with profound regrets, the death of Rev. Hne P.S. Nyemah. This humanly sad event occurred on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland USA after a decade long fight with stroke related complicated health conditions. Born unto the union of Wiley Nyemah and Rachel Todor Russell in Gbololu, Pleebo Sodokeh District, Maryland County, Liberia, Rev. Nyemah received Christianity in his early teenage, and went on to spend nearly five decades of his life preaching and spreading the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He did that with unwavering commitment and dedication. Rev. Nyemah was a strong advocate for he rights and respect for the dignity of all people, especially the disadvantaged. He helped in the formation of the Marylanders for Progress in the state of Maryland, USA and the National Maryland County Association of Liberia-USA, bringing together Marylanders residing in the U.S. He participated in public rallies and marches organized by Liberian organizations against ills and corruption in Liberia.

Rev. Nyemah leaves to mourn his death his wife Sata Grice Nyemah, four children-Samuel Vinton, Todor Vinton, Sherylene Grice, and Sheryll Grice; his siblings Sophia Nyemah, Sam Nyemah, Isaac Russell (Patience), Rev. Victor Russell, and Walleta Russell; several nephews- Eddie Russell and Sylvester Nyemah of Fargo, ND, Elijah Nyemah, Jr., Judy Nyemah, Eli K. Nyemah, and Irvin Russell; nieces- Rosetta Nyemah, Alicia Nyemah, Grace Nyemah-Stephens, Celestine Nyemah- Desuah, Annie Russell Gbarbo, Antoinette Nyanseor, Iatience Cindy Todor Russell; several cousins and host of relatives and friends, including Nyenati Smith of USA, Europe, and Liberia. Rev. Nyemah was predeceased by his brother Elijah H.N. Nyemah, sister Sarah K. Nyemah and beloved foster sister Janet Johns.

Honorable John Hodo Manston

With sadness, we regret to announce the death of Honorable John Hodo Manston. A true patriotic son of Maryland County and the Republic of Liberia!

Mr. Manston was a founding member of the National Maryland County Association-USA ( NAMCAL). As one of 2 elders attending the leadership meetings,  J. Hodo, as he was affectionately called played a pivotal role in crafting the guidelines of transparency and accountability on which this organization should serve.  At the meetings, he often stressed the need for Marylanders to commit and dedicate themselves in service to Maryland County and Liberia.

Several years prior to his departure for Liberia, Mr. Manston became a staunch member of Marylanders for Progress (MFP).

Mr. Manston's service to his people and leadership role will be remembered by many of us who often sought his advice.

As an educator and leader, J. Hodo served well. And now he has gone home to perfect rest. May we all be reminded -we live a transitory life that requires us to lead, educate and serve those in need, and that it is never about us, but to the glory and honor of God who has blessed us abundantly.

Please remember to keep the family in prayers at this very difficult and painful time.

Mr. Christian G. Herbert

The members of Marylanders for Progress sadly wishes to announce the sudden passing of Mr. Christian G. Herbert, member of the organization and Project Director of MFP-NGO, Liberia. His sudden death occurred on the 20th of November at the Jackson Doe Memorial hospital in Nimba County.

Christian, a humble gentleman, a servant and a true son of Maryland County was very committed and unwavering, always volunteering his services on behalf of MFP in Maryland County and Monrovia. Mr. Herbert will be buried on the 7th of December. His home going service will be held at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Rd., Monrovia, Liberia.

He will truly be missed. Please keep the Herbert family in your prayers.

Mr. Brudnell Everrett Bowen, Sr.

With regrets, we announce the home going of former MFP member, Mr. Brudnell Bowen. Brudnell was an avid supporter of Marylanders for Progress, with keen interest in the Books for Africa project, where MFP raised funds to send 20,000 text books to Maryland County and the market women microfinance project. Brudnell  once commented on the organizations work, "the need to educate the children of Maryland County after the war years, and making sure market women are investing in themselves are great ideas that will get our people out of poverty." 

On behalf of the Marylanders for Progress family, we extend our profound condolences to his entire family. We pray for God's comforting spirit to sustain them during these difficult times. Rest in Peace, Brudnell.

Brudnell E. Bowen Jr - 717-576-3801 or 315-952-8001
Jerome K. Bowen Sr - 617-312-5905
Beatrix Bowen-Griffth - 617-828-5319
Josephine Bowen-Holder - 617-283-3673

Mr. Kiah Dixon

We regret to announce the untimely death of Mr. Kiah Dixon, brother of Victor (Leona) Washington and Mr. Isaac Washington.This sad event occurred last week in Monrovia. Kiah was briefly ill and departed this life at an early age of 39.Our profound condolences to his family and friends.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Col. Patrick Wallace

We regret to announce the home going of Col. Patrick Wallace, uncle of Ms. Nee Allison and cousin of Mrs. Leona Washington (Victor).This sad event occurred in Monrovia. Col. Wallace served in the Liberia military for many years.
May his soul rest in peace and life perpetual shine on him.

Mr. Nathan Barnes, JR

Our beloved husband, Father, brother, and uncle, Nathan Barnes, Jr., was called home to be with the lord on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Nathan's Homegoing Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, Maryland on Friday, March 8, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

To mourn Nathan's loss are his dear wife, Vivian Wright Barnes, his devoted daughter, Ruth Barnes, his sisters and brothers, Danielette Kiadii, Daphne Barnes, Joseph and Karen Barnes, Eugene and Thelma Scott, Kawi Barnes, and Sheila Barnes, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, his lifelong childhood friend and cousin Eli Tubman, and a host of relatives and friends.

First United Methodist Church
6201 Belcrest Road
Hyattsville, Maryland 20782 ( Telephone: 301-927-6133 )

Mrs. Muriel Ayo Langley

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."

Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal. With thankful hearts the Langley, Davies, and Granby families sadly announce the home going of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, Mrs. Muriel Ayo Langley.

Mama, Teacher Langley, Cousin Muriel as she was affectionately called peacefully transitioned into eternal life on Tuesday morning, December 27, 2011 at the Gwinnett Medical Center, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA. Muriel Ayo Langley was born on February 11, 1930, unto the union of Mr. C. Benjamin Davies and Hannah Granby. She was married to the late Prince E. Langley Sr. who predeceased her.

Mrs. Muriel A. Langley was a very staunch and active Christian member of the Episcopal Church in whatever community she found herself. She was a very active member of St Phillips and James Episcopal Church in Gedetarbo, Maryland County, Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia, Liberia, a founding member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Paynesville, Liberia and a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church in The Gambia. She was also a member of the Episcopal Church Women, member of the Daughters of the King, member of the Order of St. Luke, a faithful member of the Wednesday of the World group and sang in the choir at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Snellville, Georgia. Mama was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star fraternity, Liberia.

Muriel Langley was very passionate about education. She taught at various schools in Maryland County, Liberia and later served as the Director of Home Economics, and subsequently Director of the World Food Program, Ministry of Education Monrovia, Liberia until her retirement.

She leaves to mourn her loss a host of relatives and friends including her children, Princess (Pisi), Claude (Charlene), Alex, Muriel (Ike), Maria (S. J.), Sylvia (Waylee), Jeremiah and Ruth. She also leaves to mourn a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren, her siblings Ms. Cassandra Davies and Mrs. Edna Macauley.

Mrs. Maggie Tede Clarke Williams

Our Mammie, grandmother, great-grand mother, sister, aunt, cousin, in-law, dedicated servant of Jehovah God, Educator, Nurse Midwife, a woman of strength and virtue, disciplinarian, outspoken believer, friend, now rests peacefully to await the promised day of Resurrection. Her faith in Jehovah never wavered; she was ready, and transitioned peacefully in the comfort of her children’s home, Reston, Virginia, on the early morning of Thursday, August 11, 2011, at 4:55AM.
The granddaughter of the late John Gba-Doe Wallace of Springhill, Maryland County, and Harriet Prowd Wallace of Hoffman Station, Maryland County, Maggie was born to the union of Edward Tumu Clarke & Lucy Wallace Clarke on June 24, 1925, in Springhill, Maryland County, Liberia, She was the third of six children: Samuel, John, Maggie, Julia, Anthony and Annie. Her parents and three siblings (John, Anthony and Annie) predeceased her; Husband Frank Tai Williams in March 1997; three daughters, Daphene, Helena, Charlotte, and grandson Adrian Thompson in August 1993.

Maggie Tede Clarke Williams is survived by her loving children: Leona Williams Washington (Victor Washington); Wannie Williams Sele (William “Bill”); seven grandchildren: Joyce, Tede, Maude (Edward), Archie (Bridgette), Kpadepah, Jahsee, William Sele, Jr.; five great-grandchildren: Nevonne, Adrian, Kelvin, Le-elen, Arthur; one brother, Samuel Clarke of Monrovia, Liberia; one sister, Julia Clarke Ryan of Staten Island, NY; foster children to include: Vivian Gray Ali, Monica Davis, Wannie Bannie Akoi, Julia Collins, Eric Dennis, Shadrack Dennis, Anthony Williams, Dio Williams; one sister-in-law: Grace Williams-Collins; several nieces and nephews to include: Leo Brown, Edward Clarke, Audrey Ryan, Doris Ryan, Venus Wilson (Kevin), Rita White; several cousins here in the United States and Liberia to include: Frank O. Wallace, Sr.(Evelyn), I. Wenceslaus Wallace (Cecilia), Elizabeth Wallace Seth, Honourable George Wallace, Ambassador Alexander Wallace, Harriet “Girty” Wallace Taylor, Mary Yudeh Cummings, John Cummings, Ernest Wallace (Jestina), Joyce Wallace Dennis (Hewitt); the Garfield and Dorinda E. Williams family of East Harper.

Mrs. Theresa WollorNmahkan - Davies

The Davies, Wolo, Brewer, Kumeh and Wotorson families announce with deep regret the Home-going of our beloved mother, Theresa WollorNmahkan - Davies, affectionately called "Muma", Teta, Ma, Mumah, Ms. Teresa (as her Bishop Brooks family called her), Ms. Davies (as her Grand Gedeh family called her); wife of the Late Samuel S. Davies, Debt Court Judge of Grand Gedeh County.

This sad event occurred Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 4:00AM in Hyattsville, Maryland. She is survived by her children: Victoria Davies-Moore, Ella Davies-Junius (Albert), Annie Davies -Wright, Eliza Mamiezoe Davies, Samuel Davies (Louise), Benjamin (deceased), Charlotte, Theresa, Emmanuel (Seihdi), Josephine, Bobby, Ophelia Doe, Amelia (James), Abraham, Bill, Charles, Bonnie (Krakue), Fred Cherue (Vivian), and Sarah Phillips; sisters: Nevonne Brent, Josephine Shannon (Adolphus); brothers: Hilary Dennis (Liz), Joseph Brent (Carolina); 26 grandchildren, 8 great grand-children, nieces, nephews, cousins; God-daughter, Mozetta (Kus-kus) Mack; one sister-in-law, Suwlor Davies; one brother-in-law, Alexander Davies; The Church of the Epiphany family, relatives and friends in Liberia and the United States. Muma, as she was affectionately called, was a loving, caring and God-fearing woman who shall greatly be missed and will forever live in our hearts.


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