The rector of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Rev. Canon Dr. James B. Sellee, has described the late sister Julia B. Mensah as a great woman, who served God and loved her fellow human beings.
Canon Sellee made the assertion during the funeral service of Sister Julia B. Mensah, held last Saturday at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia.
Canon Sellee explained that Jesus says to be great is to be a servant, not a master. “Sister Julia Mensah was great because she served her people and her church,” he declared.
The canon recalled that Sister Julia sang in the church choir and served in the Usher Guild. These are services that are strenuous and cannot be paid for, he noted.
“The ushers serve at the door to the church, and the way they treat people determines whether or not they will come back to the church. Sister Julia served faithfully in that area,” he stated.
“I remember, shortly after Christmas day last year, she took US$50.00 and gave it to me and I refused the money. Then she said to me, ‘You want to stop my blessing, Father?’” So I accepted it with gratitude. Yet, he said, “There are some of us who are very stingy even to our children, wives and family members.”
Rev. Sellee explained that some people only believe in spending their money or services, including time, with other people and not with their children and family members, describing this as sad in the sight of God.
The church, he declared, needs people like Sister Julia Mensah, who had the passion to serve the Lord, her church and people with everything she had.
Rev. Sellee warned the congregation to stop engaging in things that would separate them from God. Serving God in His church and among His people was the best way to worship the Lord, he added.
In his acknowledgements, Mr. Benoni Urey, cousin of the deceased, said their family had been troubled over the past three years with the deaths of many family members.
Mr. Urey described Sister Mensah as an exceptional person who showed the family, her friends and others love and care.
She was a real sister, not just a cousin, said Benoni, as he thanked God for sending her to their family, to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church family and to the world.
Mr. Urey further expressed appreciation to all family members, friends and sympathizers who attended the funeral; as well as those who visited and comforted Sister Julia during her illness.
She is survived by three children, Reuben Mensah, Jr., Amerley Mensah and Amokor Mensah; brothers and sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Johnson Hopkins, Clemenceau B. Urey, Sr., Mrs. Annabel Urey Tingba, Henry Nea Urey, James Tiada Urey, Mrs. Felicia Urey Gaye; and many other relatives and friends.
Following the funeral service, the cortege departed for Careysburg, where interment took place in the Woodson Family Cemetery.