Fatu White Dies

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The death is announced of Mrs. Fatu White, former Commissioner of Customs, Ministry of Finance, R.L., which sad event suddenly took place last Friday afternoon.

After suffering a massive heart attack while traveling in a car driven by a friend, she was pronunced dead on arrival at the Benson Clinic in Paynesville just past seven on Friday evening, May 2, 2014.

Fatu was in her 60th year.

For over a quarter century she taught Management at the University of Liberia and was Chair of the university's Management Department.

A product of the Trinity Parish Day School where she began her early education, Fatu White attended the Ganta Methodist Mission and B.W. Harris High School, where she completed her secondary education.

She later entered the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, United States of America, where she took the Master's in Business Management. Just as she graduated, the military coup took place in Liberia and many tried to persuade her to remain in the USA for a while.  But Fatu loved her country and said she was doing no such thing.  Immediately after graduation, she returned home and started work in her field.  She
was appointed sales and marketing manager at Vanply in Greenville, Sinoe County, headed then by Mrs. Juanita Snyder, later Neal. In the late 1990s she was appointed Commissioner of Customs, where she served  until 2003 when the government of President Charles G. Taylor ended and the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) was installed. A passionate businesswoman, she undertook her own business enterprises and later joined Abidjoudi Brothers Corporation, which she served for many years.

Fatu Gittens White was born at the Carey V. Dyer Memorial Maternity Center on now the Capitol By-pass in Monrovia on July 13, 1954, unto the union of Ms. Mary Zaye (later Sherif) an Mr. Christopher Gittens of Benson Street, Snapper Hill, Monrovia.

In the 1980s while serving at Vanply, Fatu met, befriended and married Mr. Nathan White, who was a shipping manager in Greenville.  To this union two children, Eric  Denzel, 19, and Asara Argle, 7, were born.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Mary Z. Sherif; father, Mr. Christopher Gittens; Fatu's children, Eric White, 19, and Asara White, 7; a foster daughter, Joan Thomas; her sisters, Mrs. Vida Mensah, Vice President of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Mamawah Sherif, Sethi Brothers administrative manager, Mrs. Bindu Sherif Dunbar, Yatta Sherif, Mrs. Weatta Sherif-Chesson, Eliza Japloe and Gertrude Scott; and brothers Abdul Sherif and  Philip Henry.

According to her sister, Mrs. Vida Mensah, funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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