The mortal remains of Mrs. Velma Okoro, former Microcredit Field Monitor at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), are scheduled to be buried on Saturday, February 23, 2019, following the funeral service at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Paynesville Red Light.
Mrs. Okoro died suddenly at her Paynesville home on Saturday, January 26, 2019. She was in her 71st year.
According to her lifelong friend and classmate (from the eighth grade), Ms. Cecelia Morris, she and several other friends were with Velma on Friday at Hilda’s Neal funeral at Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia.
On Saturday Velma was with another close friend, Mrs. Esther Paegar, who had picked her up to attend an acquaintance meeting and brunch at Golden Key Hotel, ELWA Road, stopping at Miss Cecelia Morris’ residence, talking and praying for a mutual friend, Tom Holder, Jr. “Velma then excused herself to go home and rest, according to Cecelia Morris.
“Velma,” said Cecelia, “died peacefully, while sitting on her porch in a chair, but without even saying a goodbye.”
Velma attended the Demonstration School in Cape Palmas, Maryland County and, upon completion, entered the Cape Palmas High School, where she graduated valedictorian of her class. She later matriculated to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where she graduated with honors in 1970. She ventured, along with her then husband, Ephriam Okoro, also a Cuttington classmate, into private enterprise, selling dry goods, fish and drinks.
She was later employed by a microfinance organization called SEPHO, headed by the late Dr. Richard Morris. Velma later joined the UNDP, from where she was recently retired, after many years. Velma also served as Comptroller and Assistant Managing Partner at the National Consumer Services (NSC), a Liberian-based credit card company located in Monrovia.
Velma’s Cuttington classmates (Class of 1970), included Mrs. Williemai Tolbert King, Ephriam Okoro, Mrs. Ophelia Hoff Saytoma, Mrs. Cora Menjor Peabody, Dr. (Mrs.) Evelyn White Kandakai, Mrs. Florida Harris Traub Kweekeh, Mrs. Yei Gussie Wuo, Mrs. Mai Fredericks Karmo, Mrs. Mary Freeman Simpson, Fatu Freeman, Joe Keller and Cecelia Morris. Velma Wede Davies Okoro was the daughter of Mr. Joseph Dio Davies and Ms. Rachel Prowd, both of Maryland County.
Velma was born in Cape Palmas on October 27, 1948. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was a staunch Episcopalian, member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at Paynesville Red Light, where she served as Treasurer for many years.
According to Velma’s “Friends Under the Tree,” the body will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor at 4 o’clock p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019, and taken to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at Paynesville Red Light.
The funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, beginning at 10 o’clock a.m.