The remains of the former President of the Zwedru Multilateral High School Alumni Association (ZweMAA), Mrs. Marpue Mamba-Speare were on last Friday, September 24, 2021, laid to rest at the Towerhill Community, Margibi County, following funeral rites at the Harvest Intercontinental Cathedral along the Tubman Boulevard, Congo Town, Monrovia amid wailing and sorrow.
The funeral service which was graced by scores of mourners included family members, relatives, professional colleagues, friends, well-wishers, members of the Harvest Intercontinental Cathedral, members of the Zwedru Multilateral High School Alumni Association, etc.
A 1984 graduate of the Zwedru Multilateral High School who specialized in Home Economics, the late Madam Speare was the second female President of the institution’s alumni association, coming after her colleague, Mrs. Beatrice Nyenewah, who was the first female president of the association. She actively participated in extra- curricular activities of the school including being a member of the kickball team and school choir.
According to a release issued and signed by Jacob N.B. Parley, Madam Speare was elected in early 2019 with a pledge to build upon the foundation laid by her predecessors to transform the alumni association.
“During her induction, Marpue spoke about a lot of good programs and activities, aimed at moving our association ahead but little did we know that her good ideas and vision would be cut short by death,” the release said.
In its tribute at the program, ZweMAA described its fallen leader as a woman of desirable legacies, team player, slow to anger, patient-minded, and one who was always willing to accept the view of others, even if such expressions were kind or annoying.
The Acting President, Mr. Mark T. Wilson, Sr, who was visibly in a sad mood throughout the program, vowed to do all what it takes to keep the deceased’s legacy alive and once more urged the bereaved family to take solace in the Lord during such hours of grief.
In a brief but heart-piercing funeral discourse, Rev. Lady Della Belleh, Co-Pastor of the Harvest Intercontinental Cathedral, called on the congregation not to see the gathering as that of the deceased, but those who are still living.
Rev. Belleh, said it was time for people to begin to see the need to get closer to God as no one knows the time they will be called home to rest. “I say give your time to Jesus because we all will one day walk along this very road,” Rev. Lady Della Belleh urged the congregation.
In his vote of thanks, a member of the bereaved family, Dr. H. Marcus Speare, in a tune of agony said the world is full of surprises to the extent that good people are quickly being called home to rest while the wicked ones roam nearly every society.
According to a life sketch of the deceased, the late Madam Speare was the Chief Executive Officer of the Women Non-Governmental Organization Society of Liberia (WONGOSOL), an umbrella group of women civil society organizations in the country that advocate and support women’s causes in the country. She was a graduate of the University of Liberia with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and held a Master’s degree in Rural Development from the Cuttington University Graduate and Professional School. She also had a diploma in secretarial studies from the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County. She also held a number of professional qualifications from training from institutions in the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya, etc.
She was survived by her husband, Jackson Speare, 3 children, several foster children, several relatives, family members and close friends.