Mrs. Cecilia Modu Wallace Dies

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The Wallace, Cole, Kennedy and Obey Families announce with profound sadness, the home going of their wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and great grandmother, Mrs. Cecilia Modu Wallace (nee Cole) of Stockbridge, GA.

The sad event occurred in Atlanta on February 23, 2016, in Georgia, United States of America. She was 77.

Mrs. Wallace served for many years as Administrator of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.

She was wedded to Mr. I. Wenceslaus Wallace, a leading Liberian architect, and together they ran a highly successful architectural firm in Monrovia and also in the United States. Mr. Wallace was the original designer of the Central Bank of Liberia, Monrovia’s newest skyscraper.

Cecilia studied Nursing at Du Side Nursing School, the training institution of the Firestone Medical Center, near Harbel. Upon graduating, she matriculated to the University of Liberia, earning a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. She furthered her education at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.

She later joined the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, where she became the Hospital Administrator.

Cecelia was known for her independence and determination to become successful in a male-dominated world. She was a take control individual who always got the job done.

On the social scene, she became in 1968 the Beauty Queen of the University of Liberia.

Cecelia Modu Wallace was born on December 2, 1939 to the union of the Rev. Fr. Charles Abayomi Cole and Mrs. Mabel Cole.

Cecilia leaves to mourn her husband of 40 years, I. Wenceslaus Wallace, Sr. of Stockbridge, GA, children, Mabel Jackson (Michael) of Maryland, Lionel Sakyu Kennedy of Jonesboro, GA, Leslie Sivillie Kennedy of Jonesboro, GA, Budusie Wadae Fletcher (Merritt) of Alabama, Budusie Kadae Barreto (Lazaro) of New Jersey, and I. Wenceslaus Wallace, Jr. of Stockbridge, GA; Jusu Karneh (Alice) of Jonesboro, GA and Molley Fongbeh of Canada, siblings Leslie Norman Cole, (Sheila) Victoria Dempster, (Mohammed), Robert Cole, Juliana Cole, Ursula Cole, Christina Johnson, (Fayemi) Jacqueline C. Bennett, Patricia Adadevoh and Joan Cooper; 12 grandchildren, and great grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles, cousins and other relatives in the US, Liberia, UK and Sierra Leone.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Mae-Ellen Cole, (nee Obey), her brother, Dr. Victor Cole and her grandson, Xavier Jackson.

The memorial service will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016 at St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church in Olney, Maryland, USA, at two o’clock p.m.


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