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Ida Famatta Burphy Ajavon

"Rejoice with me at my soul's loosing from captivity...I shall be waiting there to greet you at the door and as the feet of the bearers tread the ways I trod, think not of me as dead but rather happy, thrice happy she whose course is sped!  She has gone home - to God, Her Father"?.  

The  family of Ida Famatta Burphy Ajavon announces with profound sadness, the death of their matriarch on Sunday, June 3, 2018; peacefully at the SOS Hospital in Congo Town Monrovia, Liberia.

Mrs. Ajavon, a devout Episcopalian and renowned educator, is survived by her son, Carlos Ayite Ajavon, Jr. (Cleopatra), daughters, Myrna S. Ajavon & Cecelia George (Newton); grandchildren, Alrucia Harris Thomas (Ronald), S. Alfred P. Harris III,  Cianna Carly Ajavon, Leona Ajavon, Sadie Ajavon (Vanessa), Famatta Ajavon, Tina Harris, Adolph Ajavon, Ida B. Ajavon  and Bai Ajavon. She leaves to cherish her memory two great-grandchildren, Ronald Thomas III and Avery Ajavon.

She is also survived by her sisters; Sydia Burphy Lauer (Richard), Audrey Burphy Sims (Jonathan) and Jarsea Burphy; brothers, Edward B. Burphy, Jr (Mai) and Ernest Burphy.  Mrs. Ajavon raised several foster children including Nathaniel Gibson (SiaGneh), Ruth E. George and Williametta Samuels (Mobutu).  She is predeceased by her husband, Carlos Ayite Ajavon, Sr.; her children, William T. Ajavon, Ruby Alma Lydia Ajavon Harris, Boima Ajavon, Saluxe  Ajavon; her parents, Lydia Elizabeth Ash and Edward Ballah Burphy; as well as her siblings Edmonia Richards, Claudia Addison, Martha (Marilyn) Haglund,George Burphy, Boimah Burphy, Nathan Burphy, Abraham and Gbo Burphy.

She will truly be missed by the numerous members of the Burphy, Ash, Bryant, Ajavon, Janide Freeman, and Dennis Families. Her legacy continues in the many lives she has touched, the relatives she has inspired, the students she molded, and her various church and society communities where her presence will always be remembered..

Tributes from students and individuals who were inspired by the life of Mrs. Ajavon are encouraged to submit their thoughts in a short paragraph to be published.  Please email your comments to  

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Friday, June 29, 2018 2:30pm

Body Removal

Samuel F. Stryker Funeral Home

Tubman Blvd

Sinkor, Liberia

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wake Keeping

Trinity Cathedral  

Broad Street

Monrovia, Liberia

Saturday, June 30, 2018


Celebration of Life Service

Trinity Cathedral

33 Broad Street

Monrovia, Liberia


The Ajavon Farm

Zeansue, Bong County


  • Carlos Ayite Ajavon Jr.  (301) 233-7559
  • Myrna S. Ajavon   (301) 461-9452
  • Cecelia George (347) 751-4623
  • Alrucia Harris Thomas (202) 491-3005
  • S. Alfred P. Harris, III (Tangie) +231 776969477
  • Jarsea T. Burphy +231 888929349
  • Ida F. Ajavon +231 777 207 235