Philadelphia, PA, August 16, 2010: The National Leadership of the United Sarpo Association in the Americas has learned with grave commiseration the passing of Ms. Mary Toteh English commonly known as Queen Mary which sad event occurred on the morning of August 12, 2010 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
She is survived by her Children: Mrs. Susannah Karlor Jappah, Cornelius Toteh, Thomas Toteh, Sylvester Toteh and Josephine Toteh; Sisters: Ms. Nancy Karlor, Ms. Marie Nyonteh, Mrs. Carmina Nyonteh Kollie, Ms. Mariah Nyonteh ,Victoria Nyonteh, Ms. Francis Gbojueh and Mrs. Joanna Sonpon; Brother: Brown Morris; Aunt: Mrs. Jessie Norman; Uncles Mr. Johnnie Clarke, Mr. Alfred Nyonteh and Mr. Moses Pyne; Nephews and Nieces Mr. Hamilton Kulee, Mr. Jackson Kulee, Mr. Bryant Saloe, Mrs. Helena Kulee Dorbor, Ms. Linda Kollie and Mrs. Annie Kulee Doe; Cousins: Mr. Draper Clarke, Mr. Roland Clarke and Francis Clarke as well as a host of other relatives in the United States and Liberia
A release issued here said as we weep the home-going of the Senior Advisor of the United Sarpo Association in the Americas, our hearts are bleeding, our spirits are wondering and our thoughts are processing unendingly the loneliness and angst the unfortunate departure of our Beauty Queen has created in our community and homeland, Liberia.
The United Sarpo Association in the Americas recognizes Queen Mary as a devoted patriot, nationalist and an unyielding champion of unity, peace and progress. Queen Mary loved and enjoyed life to the fullest. Queen Mary’s passion for and commitment to helping the underprivileged in our society propelled her to travel throughout West Africa visiting camps that hosted Liberian refugees extending helping hands to the needy and sharing her love and care to the forgotten.
The release recalled that in the Detroit, Michigan, United States where Queen Mary will spend over two decades of her life, the Queen’s home served as sanctuary and a palace of entertainment. Our Queen’s broad and unassuming smiles and friendly gestures represented the thrust of her interactions with all who she encountered.
The United Sarpo Association in the Americas and the people of Liberia has lost a decent daughter and a kind person whose passing will forever leave a vacuum in our midst. The release said we also recognize Queen Mary as a good listener who was never busy or proud to offer a listening ear.
The release observed that Queen Mary has taught us that life is a transition, a journey that demands positive attitudes and compassion. She indeed exhibited that positivity in every interaction and contact whether with strangers or those with whom shared common values.
The release noted that in her last days at the hospital, Queen Mary admonished us not to cry but to celebrate her life, how can we not? How can we not weep relentlessly for someone who touched our hearts, our beauty who offered herself for the best of our association, people and country; how can we not cry for our daughter who served as the shining star of the Sarpo attractiveness; how can we not cry for an advisor whose comforting tone opened windows to the sky; and who guided us when we needed direction in the middle of swinging tides; indeed we will weep, but in or grief will pledge to remain devoted to carrying out the wishes of Queen Mary; certainly we will do all it takes to support and restore peace and unity among all of people; this is our pledge to Queen Mary and our Sarpo people.
The United Sarpo Association in the Americas extends unconcealed condolences to the bereaved family, the Sarpo people around the world, the people of Liberia, friends of the deceased, sympathizers and well-wishes for the lost sustained which is undeniably our burden as well.
The National Leadership of the United Sarpo Association in the Americas ensures the family of Queen Mary that the association consistent with its tradition will remain engaged with them to give our fallen compatriot and Senior Advisor a final respect befitting a champion and queen.
Meanwhile, the family has announced that The Mary Toteh English Burial Fund has been established at the Wachovia Bank. Those wishing to contribute are encouraged to make same to:
The Mary Toteh English Burial Fund
Account Number: 7913903055
The bereaved family can be reached as follows:
Mr. Alfred Nyonteh – Tel:
Mr. Hamilton Kulee – Tel: 651-398-0217
Mr. Draper Clarke – Tel: 267-424-3490
Mr. Moses Pyne – Tel: 011-123-6-591-888
May the soul of Queen Mary rests and peace!
May the soul of Queen Mary rests in perfect peace!
Charles Krogee, Jr.