One of the oldest women in Nimba County was on Saturday, November 14, laid to rest in her home town of Gipo, Leewehpea Administrative District, Nimba County.
The late Mother Dorcas Yah Younquoi was born in 1925.
Affectionately called “Ma Christian,” Mother Dorcas died on October 17 at the age of 90 following a period of illness.
According to one of her surviving family members, the late Ma Dorcas was among the first indigenous females to introduce or found an agriculture cooperative. She organized a women’s group that cultivated vegetables and various other food crops within their chiefdom.
Inspired by her Christian faith, Ma Dorcas assisted many of the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to provide maternal care to pregnant women.
“She was one of our powerful prayer women in our delivery room during those days,” one of the sympathizers told the gathering in Gipo Town over the weekend where the funeral rite over her remains was held.
Born unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Saye Gleatee, Dorcas was one of the first indigeneous women who accepted the Christian faith shortly after missionaries arrived from the West and established the United Liberia Inland Church in 1938.
A family member said her father, Saye Gleatee, became a Christian in 1940, and as a daughter who was brought up in the same faith, she was observed to be very caring, leaving the community with no choice but to give her the name, Dorcas.
The late mother Dorcas Younquoi leaves to mourn her loss 12 children, including Nimba County Electoral District #8 Representative, Larry P. Younquoi, 29 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. Seven of her children predeceased her.