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The Caine, Johnson, Ware, Fahnbulleh and Kiazolu families of Grand Cape Mount County announce with heavy hearts, the peaceful transition of Mother Lydia Zoe Caine, loving mother and aunt on August 18, 2016 at the home of her children, Molley and Clarice Johnson on Duport Road, Paynesville, Liberia. She was the matriarch of our family and the “glue” that connected us. We thank God for her love and the contributions that she made to her beloved Liberia and the Liberian education system.  

Funeral Arrangements
The mortal remains of Mrs. Lydia Zoe Caine will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Services at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016 and taken to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church for wake-keeping from 6 to 9 p.m. The Burial Service will be held on Saturday, September 17th at 9 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Immediately thereafter, the remains will be taken to Jundu, Grand Cape Mount County for interment.

For More Information:

Clarice Johnson 886 527645 
Florence Caine 886/777-523213 (Program Committee)
Cornelia Greene 886 511238 (Communication and Program Committees)

Fahnwullu Caine 215-287-5115 
Roselyn Semuteh Caine-Egun 973-673-0430 (Financial Committee)

In lieu of flowers, voluntary contributions can be made to Bank of America Savings Account Number 381045478374 (c/o Oliver Egun) 
Miatta Caine (Liaison)


Aunty Zoe, Ma Zoe,  Mama, LZC, Zoe Gbarma or Punpun  as she was affectionately knownl, was a staunch member of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She was honored at the “Giving Back” program in November 2009 by the Liberian Chapter of the EHS/EES (Episcopal High School and Episcopal Elementary School) of St. John’s and House of Bethany, along with Mr. William Bruce, Justice Gladys Johnson, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis and other alumini.

Honoree Lydia Zoe Caine, Educator, being presented by Mrs. Mary Brownell

After graduating from Liberia College, she continued her education in Michigan, the the United States of America where she earned a Master’s degree. She worked for many years at the Curriculum and Materials Center of the Ministry of Education with Mrs. Edna Wordsworth and Maud Major.  Early in her career, she served as a diligent teacher of many.

An outspoken, strong willed and “no-nonsense” person, Aunty Zoe lived a distinguished life, serving her country rather than choosing to leave Liberia during the civil war. The President of the Republic of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, conferred the national honor, The Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction upon Lydia Zoe Caine in recognition of her long years of service to the Republic of Liberia.  President Sirleaf is quoted as saying that it was necessary to “give honor to those whom honor is due and to those who have stood the test of time in the principles for which they hold dear and sought to make their country a better one.”      

                           Description: The honorees and President Sirleaf pose for a photo at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
         Mrs. Lydia Zoe Caine with the honorees and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Her children whom she raised or nurtured include: Mrs. Clarice Diggs Johnson, the late Doris Zoe Caine, the late Victoria Caine Maxwell, Augustus Fahnwullu Caine, Roselyn Semuteh Caine-Egun, the late Nina Wai Ware,  Etta and Irene Freeman. She also helped to raise Miatta Caine, the daughter of her beloved brother, Dr. Augustus Feweh Caine. Earlier in life, Zoe had helped to guide her little brother, “Feweh” whom she loved so much and was protective of.  

Aunty Zoe spent her latter years with her daughters and nieces, Victoria and her husband, Daniel Maxwell and Clarice and her husband Molley Johnson. She also spent some time with Florence Caine. 

Zoe was predeceased by her parents Ma Kpandi and Augustus Fahnwullu Caine, her sisters, Zoe Caine Ware and Tata Mayee and her brothers George Caine and Dr. Augustus F. Caine. She leaves to mourn her profound loss, all her children previously mentioned above and many other relatives and close friends including Mrs. Rebecca Ware, the Caine nieces and nephews, including Edwin, Bettie and Jassie Caine (USA) and in Liberia, George Caine, the Maxwell family, the Johnson family, Cornelia Greene and John Hillary Tubman. (Others may be mentioned in the official life sketch)

Isaiah 41:10- Fear not, for I am with you: be not dismayed, for I am your God: I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. RIP - Aunty Zoe