is to announce the home going of Mary Tarley Koon
(affectionately known as "Borbor-dee")
of Greenville, Sinoe County, Liberia. This occurred
on October 18, 2005 at 10:30am at the Redemption
Hospital on Bushrod Island outside Monrovia, Liberia.
She was in her 85th year and spent the last few
years at the Kangar estate house in Dwala. Borbor-dee
was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She had several children (four pre-deceased her,
including the late Lt. Colonel Isaac Kangar, Sr.,
the late Sarah Kangar, the late Borbor Kangar,
the late Cheanyonnah Koon). She leaves to mourn
her children Rebecca M. Teah, Izetta
Kangar Nyemah, Delstina Kangar Siedio, Annie Mannah
Jayploh, Nelly Kangar Jarbo, Mary Kangar Saydee,
Charlotte Kangar, Nancy Kangar, Robert Kangar,
Abraham Kangar, Joseph Kangar.
also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren
in Liberia and the United States. She will be
laid to rest in Liberia and funeral arrangements
are currently underway. To express condolences
to the family and for funeral details, please
Izetta Kangar Nyemah: 718-287-5406 or (011231-6-468-202
after October 25, 2005)
Delstina Kangar Siedio: 718-978-2248 (or 011231-6-468-202
after October 25, 2005)
Cerelia Jabbah, Granddaughter: 763-560-5851
Henrique Caine, Grandson: 301-834-3744
Sarah Kangar-George, Granddaughter: 763-208-3945
By Henrique Caine
called her "Borbor-dee", which means
Borbor's mom in her native Kru dialect. Borbor
was an uncle who pre-deceased our grandmother
many years ago, and was her first male child.
His name stuck with her for life.
called her Borbor-dee.
real name was Mary Tarley Koon or Ma Tarley to
some, and although we do not have a precise date
of birth, we estimate that she was about 85 years
old, because she always said she was told that
she was born when the "German ship came to
Liberia." The German ship she's referring
to was a German naval vessel that stood of the
coast of Liberia (according to historians sometime
between 1918-1920 during the first World
grandmother had eight biological children, including
my mom (four of her children pre-deceased her).
She was one heck of a farmer and could plant potato
greens and cassava under the ocean and it would
probably grow. I couldn't begin to count the grandchildren
and great grandchildren. Unfortunately because
of the lengthy civil war in Liberia, as is the
case with other families, many of us had to grow
visited Liberia four times within the last two
years and during my recent trip, I was able to
spend time with her and enjoyed her company. She
even joked with me and said in her broken English,
"I wan go with u to merica, take me with
you to merica !" Those last moments were
precious and I will always remember her. She would
do her Kru jiggle dance when she saw me coming,
despite the frail state old age brings, she rocked
her waste all too well. She would have us dying
with laughter with that jiggle dance.
visited us in the United States in 1988-89 for
about nine months, and absolutely hated the elevator
in our high rise New York apartment building,
not to mention the subway trains we'd take when
going to her doctor visits. To poke fun, we would
often take her down "for a walk," just
to marvel at her in the elevator on the ride up
and down. She would threaten to beat us in her
Kru dialect--"namu blaa-ho" ! She never
did beat us, but my guess is she probably laughed
in her heart when ever the elevator ride ended.
But more so than the elevator ride to the twelve
floor, Borbor-dee hated it when we got home from
school and told her emphatically that we were
NOT hungry, or worse yet, had some junk food (cookies,
etc.) in hand when walking through the front door.
She hated that because, as any good grandmother,
she loved watching her grandchildren eat a good
home cook meal and not the "street junk"
kids tend to like. That's a farmer-grandma for
you. Rest in peace Borbor-dee!