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Monday, February 10, 2020
TRIBUTE BY CHILDREN Our mother, Madame Salomey, affectionately called “Nmaa”, was a very special mother. She was a spectacular woman from a humble family, with a heart of gold. She was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth but the two things she counted as the greatest treasure in life are the gift of offspring and to know Christ Jesus. These two things our mother had, proudly so. A very strong and incredibly meek woman, she weathered fierce storms in her life raising us. The strength she demonstrated from within was amazing, exceptional and unique; such fulfilment can only be achieved by the power of God. One song she loved to sing in difficult times was “Yesu le mi mnee ehe”, which means “Jesus, I shall never leave”. True to the words, our mom lived up to it to her very last moment. She held on to the Lord tight, fought a good fight and now has received her crown of peace in the eternal glory of Christ Jesus. I pray that we, her children follow suit in her loving, generous, forgiving and caring nature which us siblings believe we have genetically inherited from her and we remain rooted in the only solid rock she planted us on, upon which she stood herself. Nmaa, you had always quoted Psalm 139: 7-8, that reads, “Where shall I go from your Spirit and where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in sheol, there you are also. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost part of the sea, even there, your hand shall lead me and your right hand shall hold me”. Here you are today, looking upon the face of your Jesus, holding hands together. What a privilege, what a glory. Mom, your unquivering faith and hope in Christ has become a legacy that we will aspire to follow and leave with our children and grandchildren as well, by God’s grace. We will terribly miss your presence and for that we mourn you, only for a little while, because we know where you are presently. Your face radiant, covered with the glory of the son of God and you are sitting on the right hand of God’s righteousness. Now we celebrate you, your strength, courage, boldness, dedication, generosity, selflessness, love and service to your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends, even strangers that come to your door. You are blessed with riches far more than gold and silver. That treasure still remains with you. You were the best and sweetest mother any child could ever ask for. Our hearts would never give up the memories of you. We thank God for giving us such a sweet and gentle mother like you. You are unforgettable. Your memory will linger on in our hearts silently. Rest now from all your labor and toil. Enjoy the presence of your Maker till we meet again. YOU ARE THE BEST. REST IN PEACE, YOOMO. TRIBUTE BY GRANDCHILDREN Although inevitable, your passing has dealt a great blow to us. The pain is ever so deep and raw, however, we are comforted knowing you are at rest in the heavenly bosom of your Maker. Salomey Ogbamey-Tetteh, (a.k.a. Grandma Groupa, Oblefo Badu Akwa and Grandma), was full of life and spirit. She demonstrated all things hope, grace, love, and selflessness and embodied strength, character, and courage. The word “grand” in itself is used to describe someone or something great and magnificent and our grandma was all that and more. To Grandma, we were not only her grandchildren but her dear friends. Of the many nicknames Grandma had for us, “my baby” and “sista naanyo” (meaning “sister friend”) were among her favorites. She came down to our level in her interactions with us which made us feel so comfortable around her. We were always in great company with Grandma. Faith in God and family meant everything to Grandma. She was the staunchest of believers in God’s unconditional love and expressed love to us with every interaction we had. Her Christian faith offered us a prime example of a grounded, easy-going, God and family-centered life. Grandma’s lifestyle taught us to grow in love of God, love of family, love of neighbor, and love of self, having respect for all persons. Some of our fondest childhood memories are of Grandma telling stories on the quiet days at home, a lot of them about her memories of Ghana as a child and young woman. Many other fond memories were organically created in the kitchen, where she made magic preparing some mouthwatering dishes. One of Grandma’s favorite games to play with us was ‘oware’. She was a champion at this board game, could strategize her captures several turns ahead, making her very hard to beat! Even with limited formal education, God used Grandma as a pillar of wisdom in our lives. Grandma gave us a firm grounding in our walk with God by her exemplary life, never failing to acknowledge the presence of God in her life and family. She would counsel every one of us to work hard, apply ourselves to the best of our abilities and to take our education very seriously. What we treasure most about Grandma is that whatever our dreams were in life, however small or big, she desired them all for us like they were her own. She encouraged us to push forward in life every day. She was always proud of us for giving our best. In the very same way, we are very proud of Grandma. Grandma’s several life lessons immersed us with wealth of knowledge and clear sense of identity. Given that we, her grandchildren, are spread all across Africa, Europe, and North America, those lessons have served us well and will continue to do so throughout our lives. Geographical location or differences in time zones did not prevent her from constantly expressing love and passing knowledge to us by phone call or video chatting. Neither time nor space prevented us from continuing her legacy and neither will death. We love you more than words can express and our hearts are still trying to heal from the void caused by your absence. We will forever miss your presence, smile, warm embrace, spontaneous ministration of Presbyterian hymns and local Ghanaian songs. You have left us empowered and inspired to be better individuals. We are incredibly blessed to have had you as our grandmother. You lived a long rewarding life. Though we miss you greatly, we see and feel the many ways that you are still alive with us. Till we meet again, Rest in Perfect Peace, Grandma. Tribute by Loved Ones Muriel Ashie and Akai Acquaye Piscataway, NJ We got to know Grandma through Auntie Bea and Auntie Becky. I, Muriel, was working in New York, and needed a place for Akai to go after school. The school’s aftercare program ended at 6pm and I often struggled to make it there by 6pm. Sister Bea’s daughter Nicole was two years ahead of Akai in the same school. So I thought of asking Sister Bea if Akai could go to their house after school until I could pick him up. I only knew Sister Bea at a distance and did not have a direct relationship with her or her mom so I hesitated at first. Finally, in desperation and with encouragement from my cousin, I mustered up the courage to ask Sister Bea. She welcomed us with open arms. When I asked about payment, Sister Bea would not give me a fee. She said just consider her like your own mother. There was no fee, and no pickup schedule. Akai was happy. He ate dinner, did his homework and had company until I picked him up. Thus started our 20-year journey with Grandma. Grandma was the angel that God used to help us through the sometimes challenging times. She would make him soup whenever he was sick. There were times when Akai was sick, and I planned to stay home. When I called to let Grandma know that Akai was not coming because he was sick, her answer was, “Sister BK, I take care of my other grandchildren when they’re sick, so bring him here and go to work.” I could not believe my ears. I felt like my prayers for help had been heard. If I felt that he was not contagious, I would take him. Other times, despite Grandma’s insistence, I stayed home with him. Akai was a big fan of Grandma’s cooking, especially her light soup and jollof rice. He raved about Grandma’s jollof, which to him was second to none. Grandma gave each of us nicknames. Akai was “my baby” and I was “Kwarkor Piscataway”. We became part of her family. She was my counselor, encourager and faith-builder and she was Akai’s beloved grandmother. She taught me the lesson of allowing people to bless me with their love, without putting a monetary value on things. She not only showered Akai and I with love, she did the same for all who found their way into her presence. Thankfully, her children and grandkids graciously shared her with us. The day Akai graduated from college, she was in rehab, so on our way home we stopped by the rehab. Grandma was so happy she cried tears of joy. Even though she was in pain, she still managed to sing and offer prayers of thanks. We went seeking a safe place for Akai after school, and in addition we found a mother, grandmother and an entire family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Praise God who always hears our payers and provides for our every need. We are eternally grateful to have found in Grandma such a fountain of love and comfort. Grandma, rest in perfect peace till we meet again. Tribute by Loved Ones Victor "KUNIM" Manieson of Albany, New York Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints". It is said that when one of his church members was dying, John Watson, the Scottish preacher of Edinburgh, would kneed and whisper in the person's ear, 'In my father's house are many rooms'. Then with a contended sigh, the person would 'slip away '- entirely unafraid. There's something about this great portion of the Scripture which consoles us. If we could see only for a moment, just how glorious Auntie Salomey's home coming was, no one here would call her back to the limits of her aged body. Even though Auntie Salomey will be missed, there is something very appropriate about her departure, as the author of Ecclesiastes indicated, “There is time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). It's appropriate because she lived out of a full, complete life. She had accepted and known the Love of God and of family. She was ready to die as her house was in order. She was a Christian and she loved God. I visited Auntie Salomey about a year ago. It was raining cats and dogs when she welcomed me, 'Why in the rain?'. I explained that I started the trip before the rain set in. She asked, “Have you eaten?'”. Before I could answer she asked Sister Bea to give me food as I sat very close by her side. It was my favorite dish- banku and okra stew. When she saw the delight on my face, she remarked, “I know what you like!”. I spent about an hour, and before I left, we prayed together as she made sure I had my “take away”. Years ago, I got to know Auntie Salomey at Abossey Okai Presbyterian Church where I was posted to take charge of the congregation at a very tender age. She was one of the ushers and a member of the singing band. She was very active, regular in attendance and ready to welcome everyone to service with a broad smile. After four years of duty tour at Abossey Okai, I enrolled at the Presbyterian Training College at Akropong Akwapim for further studies in education. During my send-off service, it was Auntie Salomey who made sure that all the gifts I received were sent to my house. Here in the United States too, she warmly welcomed me and we had regular interactions. She introduced me to the Pastor in charge of the New Brunswick Presbyterian Church and we attended service together on regular basis. I shall miss Auntie Salomey. It is always hard to lose someone we love, especially when that someone is someone like Auntie Salomey. But in the midst of our grief, we remember Auntie Salomey with joy and have great gratitude for her life. Auntie Salomey was the good woman in Proverbs 31:13 who “seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hand”. She was a retailer in fancy clothes and school uniforms at the Kaneshie Market in Accra and helped everyone who came her way. Today we can thank God for her devotion to the family and thank God again for her demonstration of her faith. She rejoiced in serving the Lord and that's how she demonstrated her faith. Auntie Salomey was fully committed to God's Word as she was in church every time she could. Auntie Salomey is in Heaven because she trusted in the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We too can go to Heaven if we trust in the Lord. I know deep in my heart that one day we shall meet again. Rest in peace, yes, rest in perfect peace! Victor "KUNIM" Manieson
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