On May 4th, 2021, our mother Mrs. Annie K.S. Johnny, formerly known as Ma Annie, was called to be with the Lord, after living more than half of a century in this world. She was born on February 23, 1956 unto the union of Oldman Julu Sandy and Madame Nyonwreh Sandy in Jarwodee, Gbarzon District, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia. Our mother grew up in Jarwodee were she attended the Jarwodee Elementary School in 1963.
In December, 1968 our mom relocated from Gbarzon District to Monrovia where she met the only handsome man in her life, Peter Y. Johnny and later got married on June 10, 1975 in Monrovia. “Ma Annie”, as she was affectionately called by many, became an established farmer; producing Rice crops, vegetables and many other tree crops.
Even though our mother never had a western high school education, Mom Anne was a strong advocate for quality education. She consistently reminded her children, grandchildren, of the importance of education. She was very often heard saying, “Education is your only means to social upward mobility, better life, and opportunities. Once you have a good education, everything else will be at your reach; even the white, yellow, black or green women and men will be there waiting for you.” The Old-Mon was determined and instrumental in ensuring the success of her children in life. Today, one can find some of his children and grandchildren working in Health Care Services, Social Services, the Real American made Industry, Hotel Management, Cosmetology Industry, Christian Ministries, Agricultural Industries, and other distinct professions.
Ma Annie was religious. She very strongly believed in life after death, and spent her life preparing for that special day. In 1970, She was baptized in the AICA Church and became a Christian. She was a faithful member of the Faith Chapel International Ministries Church where she labored faithfully in the discharge of her Christian responsibilities until she was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Due to civil war in Liberia, Old-Mon Annie spent time as a refugee in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, and the last bus stop was in Ghana, West Africa, prior to relocating to the states in 2006 where she remained for 15 years. While safely in America, she ensured that at least her three living sons Alex, Mark and Eric were brought to the United States.
In Liberia, Annie was very active in the public farm to market Micro Business; the Community Church Organizations. In addition, Mom Annie was instrumental in ensuring that the AICA Church headed by the late Bishop, Rev. Augustus B. Marwiah was established in Jarwodee, Gbarzon District, Grand Gedeh County.
In the United States, Oldmon Annie was actively involved in the church, in the local Gbarzon District Association of Iowa and the Grand Gedeh Association of America.
Memories & Legacies:
To cherish her memories and continue her legacies, Old-Mon Annie left her Husband, Peter Johnny, her children, Sister, friends and loved ones. Her children Alexander, Mark and Eric Johnny in the United States
Old-Mon Annie Johnny was predeceased by four of her sisters; Gold-nyonno, O.J. Julu, Gbarjolo and her four sons. Grand-Mon, as she was also lovingly called by her grandchildren, left 3 grandchildren to cherish memories of her. A host of uncles, nephews, cousins, nieces, organizations and church members, along with friends and loved ones, will always cherish memories of her.
Ma Annie, we love you and we will always do!!!
Rest in peace, Mom, rest in peace!!