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‘Sister Julia Mensah Was a Great Woman’

first_imgThe rector of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Rev. Canon Dr. James B. Sellee, has described the late sister Julia B. Mensah as a great woman, who served God and loved her fellow human beings.Canon Sellee made the assertion during the funeral service of Sister Julia B. Mensah, held last Saturday at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia.Canon Sellee explained that Jesus says to be great is to be a servant, not a master. “Sister Julia Mensah was great because she served her people and her church,” he declared. The canon recalled that Sister Julia sang in the church choir and served in the Usher Guild.  These are services that are strenuous and cannot be paid for, he noted. “The ushers serve at the door to the church, and the way they treat people determines whether or not they will come back to  the church. Sister Julia served faithfully in that area,” he stated.  “I remember, shortly after Christmas day last year, she took US$50.00 and gave it to me and I refused the money. Then she said to me, ‘You want to stop my blessing, Father?’” So I accepted it with gratitude. Yet, he said, “There are some of us who are very stingy even to our children, wives and family members.”Rev. Sellee explained that some people only believe in spending their money or services, including time, with other people and not with their children and family members, describing this as sad in the sight of God. The church, he declared, needs people like Sister Julia Mensah, who had the passion to serve the Lord, her church and people with everything she had.Rev. Sellee warned the congregation to stop engaging in things that would separate them from God. Serving God in His church and among His people was the best way to worship the Lord, he added.In his acknowledgements, Mr. Benoni Urey, cousin of the deceased, said their family had been troubled over the past three years with the deaths of many family members.Mr. Urey described Sister Mensah as an exceptional person who showed the family, her friends and others love and care.She was a real sister, not just a cousin, said Benoni, as he thanked God for sending her to their family, to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church family and to the world. Mr. Urey further expressed appreciation to all family members, friends and sympathizers who attended the funeral; as well as those who visited and comforted  Sister Julia during her illness.She is survived by three children, Reuben Mensah, Jr., Amerley Mensah and Amokor Mensah; brothers and sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Johnson Hopkins, Clemenceau B. Urey, Sr., Mrs. Annabel Urey Tingba, Henry Nea Urey, James Tiada Urey, Mrs. Felicia Urey Gaye; and many other relatives and friends.Following the funeral service, the cortege departed for Careysburg, where interment took place in the Woodson Family Cemetery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bus attacker sought

first_imgWHITTIER – A Foothill Transit bus driver was recovering Thursday from an attack by a passenger who apparently got upset when the driver woke him up, officials said. The 44-year-old driver, whose name was withheld, was treated and released Wednesday from a hospital and was in good condition Thursday, Foothill Transit officials said. She was hit in the head and kicked in the stomach at about 8:30p.m. Wednesday, shortly after stopping her bus at a stop on Norwalk Boulevard and Palm Avenue in Whittier, authorities said. “There was a passenger that fell asleep on the back of the bus, and she got to the end of the line and tried to wake him,” said Jeffrey Moore, assistant general manager for First Transit in Irwindale. “He came behind her and hit her in the face. She was trying to get back to the driver’s seat, and that’s when he kicked her,” he added. The man then got off the bus and fled. First Transit provides drivers to Foothill Transit through a contract. Whittier police Officer Diana Salazar said no arrests had been made in the attack as of Thursday. Moore described the assailant as an African-American man, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. The victim is a veteran employee who primarily works as a supervisor. She recently took on added duties as a bus driver, Moore said. Foothill Transit officials said the attack was a rare event. “For something like this to happen, it’s not only unusual, it’s highly unfortunate,” said Foothill Transit spokeswoman Felicia Friesema. “It’s very unexpected. Our customers have a great relationship with our operators.” Moore said the driver is expected to return to her job, but will be assigned to light duties. “I have a feeling she’ll be back in the saddle soon,” Friesema said. Foothill Transit is in the process of installing security cameras inside its fleet of buses, officials said. All of the devices should be in place within the next few months. However, the bus on which Wednesday’s assault occurred did not have a security camera, Friesema said. “This was one of the buses that was slated for retirement,” she added. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool and Manchester City chase Barcelona star

first_img Barcelona star Pedro with the Champions League trophy 1 Liverpool and Manchester City are among a number of heavyweight European clubs said to be monitoring Pedro’s future at Barcelona.The winger is reportedly considering a move this summer due to his first-team chances being limited by the formidable trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.According to Mundo Deportivo, Pedro is open to a move away from the Nou Camp despite signing a new contract at the start of June.His new deal runs until 2019 but it is understood that Barca will contemplate selling the 27-year-old if they receive an offer of over £18m.Sources in Spain claim that Pedro would be keen on a switch to the Premier League, although Paris Saint-Germain would also provide an attractive destination.last_img read more