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Mother Parthena Graham Askie, 105, Buried, Following Impressive Funeral in Arthington

Mother Parthena Graham Askie, 105, Buried, Following Impressive Funeral in Arthington

first_imgLed by her granddaughter, Madam Mcleod Turkett Darpoh, the family paid tribute to their beloved grand, great grand and great great grand mother, the late Mother Askie.  Many of the grand, great grand and great great grandchildren attended the funeral.The Mt. Carmel AME Church, situated on the main street of Arthington in rural Montserrado County, was filled to capacity over the weekend  as relatives, loved ones, friends, and sympathizers gathered to celebrate the peaceful home going of the oldest Liberian in the Diaspora, Teacher Parthena Laura Graham Askie.This outstanding centenarian, one of the oldest Liberians, died on July 6, 2018 in Ellicot City, near Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America.  Her body was flown into Monrovia last week for burial, in accordance with her wish.Parthena Laura Graham Askie, direct descendent of Alonzo and Robert Branch Sr., was born in Arthington on November 22, 1912.She was the last child of Laura Wright and Richard Graham.  Until her death she was the oldest living heir of Hoggard, Branch, Laura Wright and the Stewart families.She was a mother not only to her one biological child, Mrs. Bernice Eastman, but to many whom by way of nurturing, she adopted along the way.  Among those she touched were her many grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren—four generations, a unique privilege granted to few people, only by God Himself.Pastor Patrick Charles Luke, Sr., grandson of the deceased, delivering the funeral discourse over his grandmother, Madam Parthena Askie, said it was important to know what it means to depart the world at the age of 105.Preaching from Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians 1:1-20, Pastor Luke said there are two things in the world that Christians need to understand — the purpose of life and of death. When God’s purpose for those who truly believed him and live according to his will is accomplished, there is no need to hesitate, for God will always stand by that person and protect him or her in every way.Family members paying tribute to the late Mother Parthena Laura Graham Askie.Referring to his grandmother, Ma Parthena, the preacher declared that “She lived as a true follower of Christ.”“My grandmother was a true believer of Jesus Christ. As such, she had lived for 105 years, which means that, according to the Bible, she exceeded by far the three scores and ten. My experience with her was basically in the area of discipline, which made me to become who I am today in the society.“One of the most important things I missed her for was the numerous pieces of advice to us on how to become a good Christians. She motivated us; and  never spared the rod for all those she loved and cared for.”A good Christian, Pastor Luke told the funeral audience, will always seek God’s face in everything he or she does. That was her major priority. It is this example of hers that we need to follow, focusing on her contributions to the church and humanity.  God was pleased with these contributions, and that is why He so richly blessed her with long live and caused her to live so long—105, in good health and a sound mind.  This is something that most people will not be able to accomplish.The late Mother Parthena Laura Graham AskieMother Askie was exemplary, distinguished woman, a disciplinarian and a God- fearing person.  She kept her life very simple and the secret of her long life was the way she carried herself. She lived with dignity and respect; and even at the age of (100) was remarkable, and could still remember names and birthdates as well as telephones numbers of families members.Her granddaughter, Madam Mcleod Turkett Darpoh, led the family in paying tribute to their beloved grand, great grand and great great grand mother.  Many of the grand, great grand and great great grandchildren attended the funeral.Mother Parthena was married to the late Thomas Charles Askie, until his death parted them.  She loved, served and cared for her family with great dedication, and she credited her stepmother, Ma Nancy as she was affectionately called, for her early teachings of learning, a woman Mrs. Askie described as especially kind. They shared closeness up to Ma Nancy’s death thereby, endearing ma Nancy’s children to her: Henry, John Henry, John Winston, Margaret and Margaret.The Arthington Reconstruction and Development Association honored her with their gifts of love, and a plaque which she truly cherished.Mother Askie served in civic positions and the church until traveling to the United States with her children in 1991.She was blessed to have served the AME Church all of her adult life from construction to structural, organization and program development of the Church, pioneering services in every capacity and every stage of development.She enjoyed entertaining bishops, pastors and all who were in any way connected with the growth of the Mount. Camel Church and school in the Arthington.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BUNCRANA GAA CLUB WANTS YOUR VOTE TO ‘MAKE IT BETTER TOGETHER’

BUNCRANA GAA CLUB WANTS YOUR VOTE TO ‘MAKE IT BETTER TOGETHER’

first_imgBuncrana GAA urgently seeks your votes to help it win Better Together, a national online video competition.The club is hoping that the local community will rally behind it and give it the votes it needs to win the €1,000 top prize.Better Together is a nationwide campaign which aims to build support for hundreds of charities, community groups, clubs and associations across the country by encouraging the public to support these good causes and make a difference in their communities. “Anyone can vote for us no matter where they are in the world,” said club Chairman Paul McGonigle.“The video gives a short snapshot of the wider role the club plays in the local community, what it does make this place a better place for all of us to live in. I’d say a lot of people will be surprised at the range of things we’re involved in.”The club is the only entry from Inishowen and is hoping for votes from all over the peninsula and further afield too.“We’d really like people to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to get the message out there, to tell their friends and contacts about it and get online to vote. Hitting the ‘Like’ button on Facebook isn’t enough, people have to click the ‘Vote’ icon on the competition website,” said Paul. The video was made for the club by local companies Crana Communications and The Memory Factory.Harry Kerr of The Memory Factory said he was delighted to be involved and that it was his way of contributing something to the club.“It was a great experience for us to do this. We’re looking at developing this side of our business, promotional videos and corporate work, so it was a good exercise in that sense too.”Voting closes on November 22nd so time is running out fast. The club really appreciates your support and knows you won’t let it down!Here is the link to the club’s competition page: http://www.bettertogether.ie/video/buncrana-gaa-more-club-more-community BUNCRANA GAA CLUB WANTS YOUR VOTE TO ‘MAKE IT BETTER TOGETHER’ was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Buncrana GAA Clublast_img read more

Ontarios modernday town criers compete in annual contest and have a wedding

Ontarios modernday town criers compete in annual contest and have a wedding

first_imgBefore the internet, before TV or radio, even before newspapers, there was an earlier source for news: the town crier.This past weekend, dedicated Ontario criers gathered for some competition paying tribute to one of the world’s oldest methods of communication — and a wedding.Once a year, the Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying Competition gives modern-day town criers the opportunity to compete for the highest honour in the business. At this year’s contest, which took place Saturday in Bracebridge, Ont., the winner was John Webster, official town crier for Markham, Ont.Contestants are judged on the same criteria that was demanded of town criers several hundred years ago, says Steve Travers, official town crier for Barrie, Ont., and last year’s contest winner. They must get people’s attention, be precise in their wording, stay on topic, sustain a loud volume in their speech, and have a dignified entrance and exit. “If you skip in or you waddle in like a duck or something, they don’t like that,” he says.Getting attention can be one of the biggest hurdles. At an event in Kingston, Ont., a few years ago, contestants were tasked with promoting their home city. Travers decided to highlight Barrie’s Ribfest, which includes free beer samples. Instead of the traditional crier’s opening of “oyez” (similar to “hear ye”), he yelled out, “Free beer! Free beer!”“I got everybody’s attention,” he says.This year there was a first for the competition — crier Athol Hart married Beth Sinyard, his official assistant. Most criers have a “consort,” Travers says. “We used to call them escorts, now we don’t, because of the connotation.”Town criers have held funerals for former members, but for most people in the group, this was their first crier wedding. Fourteen criers gathered along the Muskoka River for the ceremony. “We rang our bells and we all made a proclamation for them, saying that we hope they have a wonderful life together,” says Travers.The practice of town crying has been traced back to England in 1066, where it was used to communicate news or laws to a largely illiterate public. Today, several Ontario towns still employ town criers to add pomp to ceremonies, parades, or other special events.For most of the time that town crying was common practice, the profession was only open to men. Today’s guild is still mostly male, although it includes some women criers. Travers also points out that two of Ontario’s most famous town criers, George “Washington” Jones and John “Daddy” Hall, were black men who established successful careers as criers after escaping slavery.The Ontario Guild of Town Criers has a fiercely dedicated group of roughly 50 members. “You have to be a little bit out there to be a town crier,” Travers says. “My wife says we’re all nice-crazy.”last_img read more