Monrovia, Liberia-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described the late Mother Mary Nema Brownell as an outstanding woman Liberia has produced. She said the late Mary Brownell was a distinguished role model like Angie Brooks-Randolph, Madam Nehn Suakoko, and D. Musuline Cooper. Mother Mary Nema Brownell died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia at the age of 88.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement during the funeral service of the late Mother Mary Nema Brownell at Trinity Cathedral on Broad Street in Monrovia.
In a tribute, President Sirleaf referred to the late Mother Brownell as an outstanding advisor - who guided her very well and sometimes criticized her. She said Mother Brownell inspired her and other women by imparting their lives positively. President Sirleaf said the late Mother Brownell played a leading role in peace-building efforts in Liberia for which she will be remembered. She used the occasion to console the bereaved family and encouraged them to take solace in the Lord because God did not bring them this far to leave them.
In a tribute on behalf of the Government of Liberia, Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara referred to the fallen peace activist as Liberia’s foremost female advocate who served her country diligently and with a sense of commitment.
Delivering the funeral discourse, the Very Rev. Canon James B. Sele, Dean of Trinity Cathedral described the late peace icon as a humbled servant and humanitarian - who impacted the church and society meaningfully. He said she offered her time, life and services to the advancement of God’s work and humanity. He spoke on the theme: “The Mark of a Successful Christian Life: Faith and Service.”
Mother Brownell was buried at the family cemetery in Cinta Township, Margibi County. Prior to her death, the late Mary Brownell served as former Commissioner, National Elections Commission (NEC); Founder and Former National Chairperson, Liberian Women’s Initiatives (LWI) and a number of posts in the education sector.
The late Madam Brownell is a 1960 graduate of the University of Liberia and specialized in Elementary Education. She received M.Sc. Degree in School Supervision from San Francisco University, in the United States of America.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf also visited the Liberian Market Place on 8th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia to familiarize herself with ongoing activities and as well promote Liberian-owned businesses. The Liberian leader was taken on a guided tour of the facility by Commerce and Industry Minister Axel Addy. She then interacted with Liberian entrepreneurs in an effort to encourage them.