The late Mother Mary Toe Gmasonnoh Jackson, who died on Sunday November 8, 2015, has been laid to rest at the Neezoe Cemetery in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Mother Jackson, popularly known as “MEME’’ or “Sis Mary’’ was born in Monrovia on April 12, 1936 to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, who predeceased her. She was 79.In his tribute, W. Nippy Toe Jackson, brother of the deceased, stated that Mother Mary was a woman of prayer, very disciplined and influential as well as loving, kind and faithful in the house of God.Mother Mary counselled the downhearted, made peace where there was strife and misunderstanding and graciously opened her home to people, Mr. Jackson said. She served with dedication, selflessness and humility and spent her entire life on Clay Street. “We looked up to her as our mother and took refuge in knowing that she was always our solid shield of armor, not because she had the whole world, but simply because of her unconditional love,’’ Jackson said in tears.She was an active, dedicated and long-time member of the A.P. Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, located in Clara Town, Mr. Jackson stated. “I want everyone here to know that I am so heartbroken, but I trust in God, so I know in my heart that it is not this mortal remains of Sister Mary being placed into the earth that matters now, but the immortality of her soul residing with our Lord that is significant,’’ he said. Preaching the funeral discourse, Rev. Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson encouraged friends and family members not to let the tragedy of Mother Jackson’s death cast a shadow over all she worked to achieve. “We’ve seen too many victories to let defeat have the last word,” he said.Rev. Sarwolo, who is also the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Liberia (UL), told the family that the lifespan of a human being is three score, and ten and if it is fourscore years, it is the strength and labor which “our dear one has fulfilled.”Mother Mary Jackson is survived by two biological children, Mrs. Clara Brooklyn Sumo and Mr. Solomon G. Brooklyn, and many children whom she raised including Mr. George Kennedy, former senior business reporter of the Daily Observer newspaper.\She was the oldest of three siblings, including Cecelia Jackson Duncan and W. Nippy Toe Jackson. She was also blessed with many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Story Highlights The Boards of Visitors will give oversight to the operations of juvenile facilities, with the primary objective of ensuring that the children are protected. The establishment of the Boards of Visitors is a direct response to the Armadale tragedy on March 22, 2009. The Government is continuing on its strategic path to protect and promote the rights and well-being of the nation’s children through the establishment of Boards of Visitors for juvenile facilities.This was stated by Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of National Security, Karen Clarke-Davis, during a meeting for members of the Boards on November 21, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The Boards of Visitors will give oversight to the operations of juvenile facilities, with the primary objective of ensuring that the best interests of the children in correctional and remand centres are protected.They will monitor the operations of the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre; Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre; Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre; South Camp Juvenile Correctional and Remand Centre, and ensure that they meet minimum standards.The establishment of the Boards of Visitors is a direct response to the Armadale tragedy on March 22, 2009.Mrs. Clarke Davis said the Ministry remains resolute in safeguarding the wellbeing of all of Jamaica’s children, in particular, the 275 who are currently in the care of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).“The Ministry accepts the task of protecting the interest and welfare of our juveniles is a mammoth one and believes that the development of our nation requires a multi-faceted and collaborative approach,” she said.She reminded the members of the Boards that they have the opportunity to influence the outcomes of rehabilitation programmes, to shape the reintegration strategy, and to contribute to the wards’ return to society as positive citizens.“We look forward to receiving your recommendations and to a cordial working relationship. The children are our future, let us provide each one with every opportunity to excel and realise their full potential,” she stated.The Chief Technical Director implored them to seek to make a difference and execute their functions with compassion, understanding and love for the children as they aim to protect their best interests.“Discharge your functions without fear or favour but be friendly. Be thorough but thoughtful, be robust but be respectful. We must seek to do all in our powers to ensure that there is never a repeat of an ‘Armadale’,” she said.Each Board, which will meet once per month, is mandated to submit reports to the Children’s Advocate, the Superintendent of the specified institution, the Commissioner of Corrections and the Minister of National Security. Each Board will meet once per month.