The Liberian Connection - Africa (1996 - 2015) - An Internet Magazine that Connects Liberians at home and abroad

TLC Africa

Death Announcement




Looking for a job in Liberia?



Getting to Liberia

Real Estate

Have property to lease, rent or sell? List in our Real Estate section

Contact TLC Africa Website:

Tel: 231-886-605-933



The Cole and Wolapaye-Mitchell families announce, with profound sadness, the home-going of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and wonderful friend, Mamatu Betty Wolapaye Cole.

Born on February 8, 1959 in Firestone, Bong County, Liberia, Mother Cole, as she became affectionately known by family and friends, left us to be with the Lord at about 11am Eastern Standard Time on August 21, 2015, at the age of 56, at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, USA. During her nearly 2-year battle with Cancer, she remained resolute in her faith in Almighty God and maintained her comforting smiles even through the dreadful pains and agony of the illness.

Mother Cole was a virtuous woman of God, a great organizer, and servant leader. Very certain of her eternal destiny, during her final hours here on Earth, Mother Cole encouraged her family and friends to wipe their tears, to be strong, to love and support one another, and then declared victoriously that she was going “home at last – greatest home, sweet home”.

Mamatu Betty Wolapaye Cole was predeceased by her father, Benedict Flomo Wolapaye Mitchell. She is survived by her mother – Leemu Meryee Batapaye, her husband of over 30 years - Joseph Sao Cole, five children – Dorice Ruth Akete Okyne, Wilmot Laybeinuma Wolapaye Mitchell, Lauretta Leemu Cole Bennie, Joseph Dada Cole, and Josephine Yah Cole; seven grandchildren – Ajuah Louise Okyne, Joshua Okyne, Joseph Okyne, Jr., Flower Siama Mitchell, Morrow Tarleynu Mitchell, Samuel Garmenie Mitchell, and Benniah Bennie. She is also survived by her sisters – Tetima Kollie, Sianneh Wolapaye, Kebbeh Wolapaye, Clara Lepolu, Lydia Wolapaye, and Rita Wolapaye; brothers – Peter Mitchell, Freddie Baby Mitchell, Emmanuel Sumo Wolapaye, Richard Wolapaye, Moma Wolapaye, Monu Wolapaye, Larwehn Wolapaye and Worlee Wolapaye, along with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends in the USA, Liberia and other parts of the world.

Mother Cole was dearly loved by family and friends many of whom waited by her bedside lifting her up in prayers and spiritual songs as she took her last breaths. She will be missed greatly.

May her soul rest in perfect peace.

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
Wake Keeping  – Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 7pm Eastern Standard Time. Location: Faith Immanuel Lutheran Church, 65 Penn Blvd, East Lansdowne, PA 19050

Funeral Service – Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 9am Eastern Standard Time. Location: Faith Immanuel Lutheran Church, 65 Penn Blvd, East Lansdowne, PA 19050

Interment/Burial – Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 2pm Eastern Standard Time. Location: Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Repass – Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 3pm Eastern Standard Time. Location: Divine Mercy Parish, 7200 Grovers Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19142

Voluntary Contributions/Donations – to help carryout Mother Cole’s legacy, dreams and wishes can be made to Wells Fargo Bank, Savings account # 2791749142, routing # 031000503. Account holder name: Joseph Cole. Contributions can also be made online through to the following email address:

Contact Persons (USA)
Joseph Cole (Husband): 267-467-5084
Dorice Okyne (Daughter): 267-736-1162
Lauretta Bennie (Daughter): 610-888-6533
Wilmot Mitchell (Son): 214-310-8504
Clara Lepolu (Sister): 301-793-1955
Momo Wolapaye (Cousin): 603-820-5224
Rev. Dr. Moses Suah Dennis (Pastor, Faith Immanual Lutheran Church): 267-259-0538