The Ɛkoɔna Abusuapanyin of Kwahu-Tafo, Hon. R. Osafo Djan, the Asona Odokyi Abusuapanyin of Aburi, Nana Sam, Nana Adwoa Nyaadu II, Mr. Yaw Agyare, the Adams Families of Ho and Togo, the entire Mensah-Ackman Family, the Congregation of Kanashie Presbyterian Church, with deep sorrow announce the death of their beloved Mabel Akua Adams, which sad event took place in Hanover, Pennsylvania on December 13th, 2019.
Date: Saturday, January 11th, 2020
First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown
101 Bridgeboro Road,
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Viewing: 10:00am to 11:00am
Funeral Service: 11:00am
Locustwood Memorial Park
1500 Rt 70W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Attire: Black and White
Siblings: Felix Bruce-Ackman, Rose Mensah-Ackman, Mrs. Janet Nunoo, John Mensa-Ackman, Emma Mensah-Ackman, Mrs. Joana Dahaman, Emmanuel Mensah-Acknam, David Mensah-Ackman.
Cousins: Nana Mintah Afosa Aboagye and siblings, Madam Agnes Opokuah Agyare and siblings, Mr. Charles Ntiamoah Anim and siblings, Mdm Angelina Nyarko and siblings, Mrs. Joyce Mireku Eshun and siblings, Mr. Charles Ofosu Ampaabeng and siblings, Lawson Adjei Baah and siblings, Constance Adwoa Obeng and Bernice Yaa Obeng of Nsawam.
Children: Reginal Obuobi, Mrs. Marjorie Hayibor, Francis Adams, Rev. Matilda Adams-Vanderpuye, Marian Adams.
Grandchildren: Nana Yaa Duane Yalley, Marvin Opoku Adams, Victor Adu Poku, Cobbby Obuobi, Emmanuel Adu Poku, Nana Obuobi, Daniel Adu Poku, Kiki Adams, Rubi Adams.
Great Grandchild: Elaine Ewuraesi Duane Yalley
In-Laws: Togbe Tepre Hodo IV, Mr. Ben Vanderpuye, Mrs. Elizabeth Obuobi, Mr. Kofi Adu Poku, Mrs. Christiana R. Adams.
“Now the Laborer’s task is over
Now the battle is past
Now upon the Father’s shore
Lands the voyager at last
Father, in thy gracious keeping
Leave we now thy servant sleeping”
The late MABEL AKUA DARKOA ADAMS affectionally called Ewuraa Akua or Teacher May was born on April 25th, 1933 at Nsawam to the late Nelson Mensah Akman and Beatrice Adarkwah, both of blessed memory and was raised by her aunt, Agnes Afua Nyaadu Welbeck, also of blessed memory, whom she truly adored. Mabel was baptized in her infancy into the Christian faith and after her elementary education attended the Agogo Training College where she trained as a Teacher. Mabel’s career path took her to several regions in Ghana as a teacher, however in 1965 she gained employment with the Primary School Department of Achimota School, the most prestigious school in the Country after Ghana’s Independence in 1957 where she served for 35 years. Mabel faithfully served with passion and excellence. Her work ethic was recognized by the then leadership and Board of Directors and that led her to be nominated and confirmed as the first Assistant Headmistress of Achimota Primary School. Later in her career Mabel became 2nd Headmistress of the Achimota Primary School and under her leadership the school continued to excel and maintain their position as the premier boarding school of choice for primary education in Ghana. Mabel had the privilege of impacting the lives of the thousands of children she had the opportunity to teach and nurture in her almost 40-year career span as an educator.
Mabel was loved and adored by many, including her father, who never missed he birthday. He would drive to our home in Achimota, year after year with her birthday present. It was just remarkable, he never missed it. Mabel lived a selfless life and was committed to her faith, family, and profession. As the first child of her father she adored her siblings and her cousins and always made sure they were part of her life. She always spoke of them with such pride and joy. She was a nurturer and took her role as the first child very seriously. She had to watch out for her younger siblings. In her quiet confidence Mabel was a leader in her own right. When it came to family, decisions were not made without her approval. After the death our beloved matriarch Agnes Welbeck of blessed memory, Mabel inadvertently became the matriarch because of her heart and her giving spirit. She made sure she was there for her family. Her home was a hub for family to come and seek guidance and financial assistance. She supported everyone and never complained: for her it was a ministry and a way to express her faith by demonstrating the love of God through her giving and selflessness.
Mabel married the love of her life, Mr. Reuben Kwaku Adams a” really handsome guy” as my dad described himself, and they made their home in the small college town of Achimota where they raised all their children. Her home was filled with love, laughter and adventure. Mabel was a loving mother to many, a remarkable cook and an encourager. Despite her hectic schedule at work and at church, she enjoyed hosting family and friends. Her home was a place of escape for boarding school children who wanted a home cooked meal, or a brief reprieve from the dormitory or a stove to stretch their hair in preparation for the “Mikado”. She indeed was a mother to many! She never turned any child away but will lovingly and sometimes sternly meet you at your point of need.
Mabel was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of both the Achimota and Kaneshie branches, where she played major roles in the Women’s Fellowship, Bible Study and Prayer groups. She understood the power of prayer and instilled this in all her children. She was an intercessor! Mabel’s walk of faith was truly authentic and was evident in the miracles, signs and wonders we experienced in our home. Notable miracles! She gave us “Jesus” – our legacy.
Our mom had an infectious smile, a great sense of humor which will be missed by all who knew her. Mama, as we bid you farewell, we take consolation in the fact that you truly loved the Lord and you lived a fulfilled life. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life: He who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11: 25.
She is survived by her five children, nine grandchildren and a Greatgrandchild.
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