The late Mother Mary Toe Gmasonnoh Jackson, who died on Sunday November 8, 2015, has been laid to rest at the Neezoe Cemetery in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
Mother Jackson, popularly known as “MEME’’ or “Sis Mary’’ was born in Monrovia on April 12, 1936 to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, who predeceased her. She was 79.
In his tribute, W. Nippy Toe Jackson, brother of the deceased, stated that Mother Mary was a woman of prayer, very disciplined and influential as well as loving, kind and faithful in the house of God.
Mother Mary counselled the downhearted, made peace where there was strife and misunderstanding and graciously opened her home to people, Mr. Jackson said. She served with dedication, selflessness and humility and spent her entire life on Clay Street.
“We looked up to her as our mother and took refuge in knowing that she was always our solid shield of armor, not because she had the whole world, but simply because of her unconditional love,’’ Jackson said in tears.
She was an active, dedicated and long-time member of the A.P. Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, located in Clara Town, Mr. Jackson stated.
“I want everyone here to know that I am so heartbroken, but I trust in God, so I know in my heart that it is not this mortal remains of Sister Mary being placed into the earth that matters now, but the immortality of her soul residing with our Lord that is significant,’’ he said.
Preaching the funeral discourse, Rev. Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson encouraged friends and family members not to let the tragedy of Mother Jackson’s death cast a shadow over all she worked to achieve. “We’ve seen too many victories to let defeat have the last word,” he said.
Rev. Sarwolo, who is also the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Liberia (UL), told the family that the lifespan of a human being is three score, and ten and if it is fourscore years, it is the strength and labor which “our dear one has fulfilled.”
Mother Mary Jackson is survived by two biological children, Mrs. Clara Brooklyn Sumo and Mr. Solomon G. Brooklyn, and many children whom she raised including Mr. George Kennedy, former senior business reporter of the Daily Observer newspaper.\
She was the oldest of three siblings, including Cecelia Jackson Duncan and W. Nippy Toe Jackson. She was also blessed with many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.