"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14".
With profound grief and heavy hearts, the Benson and Garoh families gather with the host of families and friends to honor and celebrate the homegoing of a daughter, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, and niece, Ms. Abigail Nahinyea Benson.
The dreary demise of Ms. Abigail Nahinyea Benson, 31, occurred during the forenoon hour of February 21, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones in the home of a caring family member, Ms. Cecelia Zulu.
On Sunday, April 8, 1990, she was born at 2 PM, onto the union of Mr. George Benson and Ms. Annie Monyou Garoh, in Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia, West Africa.
Due to Liberia's civil war, Ms. Abigail Nahinyea Benson, a two-month-old newborn, and her caring mother, Ms. Annie Monyou Garoh, went into exile on June 13, 1990, to neighboring Côte D’Ivoire, West Africa.
At an early age, Ms. Abigail Nahinyea Benson was converted to the Christian religious life at Assemblies of God Church, in Guiglo City, Côte D'Ivoire, West Africa…
With the help of her mother, Ms. Annie Monyou Garoh, and a caring stepfather, Mr. David Gbor Sakpedeh, Abigail successfully resettled to the United States of America on December 13, 2013, in Clarkston, Georgia, USA.
March of 2016, the family moved to Providence, RI, USA, where she had her First Child, Alvina Benson, on April 20, 2016. Abigail relocated to Des Moines, IA, in July of 2016 and added to the family two beautiful angels, Miracle Doway, on March 10, 2020, and Chris Benson in July of 2021. While in Iowa, she found solace as a staunch member of the Calvary African Church, in Muscatine. She got fully involved with her community's social activities—a devoted choir member.
She is survived by her mother, Ms. Annie Monyou Garoh, her Stepfather, Mr. David Gbor Sakpedeh, and three (3) beautiful children – Alvina Benson, Miracle Doway, and Chris Benson.
Also deeply mourning her demise are her sibling – Ms. Lydia Benson Weah; others include her uncles: Mr. William Zleh, Mr. Oliver Zleh, Aunties: Ms. Edith Pour, Ms. Elizabeth Zleh, Ms. Cecelia Zleh, numerous first, second, and third cousins in the family, including those from her paternal and maternal families. Nieces, nephews, relatives, host of childhood and other friends, church family, acquaintances in Liberia, and the diaspora.
Her father, Mr. George Benson, her siblings, Promise Benson and Oteo Benson, predeceased her. Our Daughter, a mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and niece, will be missed for being kindhearted, dedicated, caring, and given to all, and most importantly, a mother to every child that has ever crossed her path. Abigail was the kind of person that never turned her back on anyone in need; she was always willing to spend her last to see another person happy.
She had a great love for her family and was a bridge, a provider, and a unifier of her family, siblings, and children in Liberia and the diaspora. She was undoubtedly a family person.
It's easy to remember you, but missing you is a wound in our hearts that never goes away. You have vacated your earthly body and transitioned into an eternal body that is sickness, trouble, worry, pain, and death free. We love you and will forever miss you, Abigail.
Rest in perpetual peace, Abi!