The remains of Frances (Seesee) Thomas Mayson, mother of Liberia’s former Ambassador to Nigeria, Prof. Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson was laid to rest yesterday in her home town, Torboryen, Sinoe County.
She died on Thursday, August 13 at age 97 at the home of her children in ELWA Community, Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The Mayson family was joined by hundreds of relatives and friends in a solemn celebration of her life at S.T. Nagbe United Methodist Church in Sinkor, Monrovia.
Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Bailey, former president of the United Methodist University (UMU), in his funeral discourse, urged the bereaved family to take solace because the Late Mother Mayson was a woman of virtue who lived a simple life and was a mother to everyone.
He reminded the family and friends that neither death, nor sickness, or anything else should stop their relationship with God noting that Mother Mayson never one day missed the church service.
Before taking his seat he sang the song “When We All Get to Heaven,” reassuring the congregation that the deceased was already in the hands of God.
According to a Government of Liberia gazette, the deceased was born on February 15, 1919, in Greenville, Sinoe County to the union of Daniel Thomas, who migrated from Freetown, Sierra Leone and married Agnes Mombo Thomas, who was affectionately called “Old lady Mombo,” the baker.
Frances was one of five siblings including Leticia, Daniel, and Theophilus, all of whom predeceased her. Her only surviving brother, William Thomas, is 93.
Young Frances embraced the Christian religion at a very early age and was a member of the Episcopal Church, the gazette noted.
She attended the private school run by the famous S.J.C. Davies in Greenville and graduated dux of her class. She also won many honors, including one for reciting the Declaration of Independence from memory and unfurling the Flag on Flag Day.
She served the people of Liberia as a school teacher for over 30 years and the fruits of her sacrificial and devoted tutoring are to be found in the large number of successful men and women who, having undergone her teaching, are now making important contributions to the country’s development, the gazette added.
It described her as a humanitarian with strong convictions and a robust social conscience to match. She believed every child deserved an equal opportunity.
In her younger days, Frances was very active and participated in many women’s organizations in which she played leadership roles, delivering speeches on their behalf.
She travelled widely in Liberia, Europe and the United States, the gazette stated. In 1989, she made a memorable trip to the Holy Land where she was privileged to attend Mass on Christmas Eve in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and also visited many holy sites and the Dead Sea.
In the last quarter century of her life, Mother Mayson trained and reared many Sinoans, who in return affectionately called her Seesee. She played the role of Grand Matriarch of her family, keeping the members weaved together through the Mombo and Tarloh Family Organization, said the gazette.
The Late Frances Mayson was joined in holy matrimony to Elijah McCauley in 1937, which union was blessed with three children two of whom died in childhood. Daniel McCauley, the only child who survived to adulthood, became an auditor of repute. He was murdered in Monrovia in July 1990 during the civil war, according to the gazette.
Ma Frances’ marriage to McCauley ended in divorce in 1944. On July 29, 1945, she married the Rev. Samuel D. Mayson, who was Commissioner of Tchien, now Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
The union was blessed with four children, including Ambassador Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson, Mrs. Emily Guegbeh Peal, Captain Samuel Geeplah Mayson, and Dr. Robert Poka Mayson.
The funeral service was attended by Vice President Joseph Boakai, Dr. J. Mills Jones, Governor, Central Bank of Liberia, and Dr. Amos Sawyer, Chairman, Governance Commission, among others.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her brother, William Thomas, affectionately called Papus; her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives.
Mother Mayson was known over the years as a persistent and keen reader of the Daily Observer newspaper. Her constant patronage of the newspaper was an honor to the publisher.