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In Memoriam From the Harford Old Girls (HOGA)
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Dec 16, 2008, 17:04
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IN MEMORIAM

The Harford Old Girls (HOGA), the alumnae of Harford School for Girls in Moyamba celebrated the 108th Anniversary of their school with an Annual Thanksgiving Service at the King Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday 30th November 2008. It was but fitting to call to memory those dear sisters and a loving missionary who departed from this earth since the Annual Thanksgiving Service in 2007.

Silently the shades of evening have gathered round several lonely doors in the last twelve months, and HOGA has not been left out. Silently the shades of evening have brought us in HOGA faces we shall see no more on this earth.

1. Edith Samuels of Baughman Memorial United Methodist Church, lovingly known to many as Sissy Edith or Aunty Edith.
2. Gertrude Conteh also of Baughman Memorial United Methodist Church and a hardworking and dedicated member of that church for decades.
3. Mariatu Turay
4. Regina Hubbard
5. Adama Koroma
6. and last but by no means the least, Gwynneth Derbyshire a missionary and a teachers at the Harford School in the late 1940s to 50s. She died in London less than two weeks ago, and was very active in HOGA events in the United Kingdom. There was one girl who could not pronounce her name properly and called her Ms. Debenshire instead of Derbyshire. I can picture her smiling now as she did then.

Friends, these sisters are not lost. They are only gone before us. Let them never be forgotten, like we would not want to be forgotten. And may they never perish in our hearts.

A short Story Before We Continue.

About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper, and to his surprise and horror, he read his name in the obituary column: This man was the merchant of death". He was so devastated to think that when he really dies, he would be remembered in that way. You know why? Because he invented the dynamite. So immediately, from that day he started to work towards peace. That mans name was Alfred Nobel, and today, the world remembers him for the great Nobel Peace Prize, which has been won by many outstanding people.

As we remember our sisters today, and always, especially those we knew too well like Edith Samuels, Gertrude Conteh and Gwynneth Derbyshire, we in HOGA know that they left a worthy legacy we cannot forget.

But more especially, I hear each of them; say to us and to their families and friends:

Please dont say I gave up, just say I gave in,

Dont say I lost the battle. For it was GODs war to lose or win

Please dont say how good I was, but that I did my best. Just say I tried

to do whats right, to give the most. I could do no less. Please dont

give me halos that is for God to do. I want no more than I deserve,

No extras, just my dues. Dont talk about what could have been done.

For its now over and done. That battle has been won,

When you draw a picture of me, dont draw me as a Saint. I have done

some wrong, I have done some good. So use all the paint, not just bright and light tones.

Use some gray and dark. In fact, dont put me down in canvas,

Only paint me in your hearts. Dont just remember good times. For life is full of many things, some happy and some sad. But if you must do something, then I have one last request-

THANK GOD FOR BLESSING ME, THANK GOD FOR LOVING ME, AND ESPECIALLY FOR HARFORD SCHOOL, ALL THOSE WHO MADE IT HAPPEN, AND ALL THOSE WHO PASSED THROUGH ITS WALLS PRAISE GOD!

By the HARFORD OLD GIRLS ASSOCIATION (HOGA)


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