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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaPresident Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf says she was guided, advised and sometimes criticized through letters sent to her by fallen female Liberian educator Mother Mary Nema Brownell from time to time.


During the funeral ceremony over the remains of Mother Brownell at theTrinity Cathedral on Broad Street on Saturday, 8 April Mrs. Sirleafsaid Madam Brownell used those letters to help her (Mrs. Sirleaf) bemoderate in some of the decisions she would take.

President Sirleaf led officials of government at the state funeral onSaturday where family members of the late Mot. Brownell receivedguests, well-wishers and friends at the home – going of their motherand seasoned Liberian educator.

Mot. Brownell died here Tuesday, 14 March at the state – run John F.Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor. At the funeral, President Sirleafrecalled how she witnessed the passing of two of Liberia’s greatestwomen leaders- Madam Angie Brooks Randall and Mary Sherman, who werein the path of Chief Suakoko.

With the passing of such great women that are now joined by 88 year -old Mot. Brownell, President Sirleaf says Liberia has certainly lost great women. Mrs. Sirleaf says Madam Brownell will be missed, telling the bereavedfamily that the women of Liberia and through the women of Liberia, the women of the world will recognize what Madam Brownell has done here to bring Liberia to where it is.

The late Mot. Brownell is the mother of prominent female Liberian musical star Miatta Fahnbulleh, H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, Jr., Julius Boakai, Ernest and John. President Sirleaf says the late Madam Brownell’s family represents what she (Mot. Brownell) stood for, referencing the skills and life of the family and the individual and collective contributions they make here. Mrs. Sirleaf prayed for God to grant the family the strength and courage to bear the lost.

Liberia’s Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara cited the contribution ofthe late Madam Brownell, saying she molded the minds of young people and strengthened the citizens of the nation.

Minister Kamara has urged Liberians to pledge to take the baton to run with it, saying “there is still room for us to make our contribution”. A government gazette says the late Mot. Brownell has teaching history as an elementary school teacher at St. Patricks Catholic School, andhas some of her pupils later becoming lawyers, engineers, bankers and
a Supreme Justice.

She earned a Master’s Degree in Science on government scholarship in 1965 at San Francisco University, United States of America, and became partof a few female Liberian teachers to earn degree in such field. She worked here as Commissioner at the National Elections Commission or NEC in 2002 and later re-commissioned in 2005. She was buried on Saturday at Brownell’s Farm in Cinta, Margibi County.

By Winston W. parley

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