President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Saturday joined family members, relatives and mourners at the funeral of the late Mother Mary Nema Brownell and described her as one of the greatest women Liberia has produced. She said the late Mary Brownell distinguished her as a role model like Angie Brooks-Randolph, Madam Nehn Suakoko, D. and Musuline Cooper. The late Mary Nema Brownell died on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia at the age of 88.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement at the Funeral Service over the remains of the late Mother Mary Nema Brownell at the Trinity Cathedral on Broad Street in Monrovia. In a brief tribute, President Sirleaf said Mother Brownell was an outstanding advisor to her who guided her very well and sometimes criticized her through letters received from her. She furthered, Mother Brownell inspired me and lot of women in Liberia by imparting their lives. She said the late Mother Brownell played a leading role in peace building efforts in Liberia and the world recognized what she has done. She noted that even though Mother Brownell is gone - her life still lives on stressing: “Mother’s life lives on; it lives on through every woman of Liberia in what they do, and what they say; how they act; how they prepare themselves; how they behave. It lives on in every young girl who goes to school and aspires to be a leader; who can go back and read what she has done and be inspired and motivated to be able to achieve what they see in life” she lament. She used the occasion to console the bereaved family and encouraged them to take solace in the Lord and in His strength because God did not bring them this far to leave them. For her part, Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara, who paid tribute on behalf of the Government of Liberia, described the fallen peace activist as a national loss and one of Liberia’s foremost women advocates. “She served her country diligently with truthfulness, decency and commitment,” she pointed out. Delivering the Funeral Discourse, the Very Rev. Canon James B. Sele, Dean, Trinity Cathedral who spoke on the theme: “The Mark of a Successful Christian Life: Faith and Service” - described the late peace icon as a ‘humbled servant and humanitarian’ who impacted the Church and her environment meaningfully - offering her time, life and services to the advancement of God’s work and humanity. She was buried at the Brownell’s Family Cemetery in Cinta Township, Margibi County amid hundreds of family members, government officials and community dwellers among others. 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); a women’s organization that fought for the rights and participation of women during the Liberian war, and the immediate end of the war. Madam Brownell is a 1960 graduate of the University of Liberia in Elementary Education. She hails from Maryland County, received M.Sc. Degree in School Supervision from San Francisco University, in the United States of America. Meanwhile, following the funeral of Mother Brownell, President Sirleaf visited the Liberian Market Place on 8th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia to formularize herself with ongoing activities and as well promote Liberian business. The Liberian leader was met on arrival and taken on a guided tour by Commerce and Industry Minister Axel Addy. She interacted with most of the Liberian entrepreneurs in an effort to encourage them.