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Charlotte-Mae Tonieh Phelps
Sunrise: January 23, 1944 | Sunset: October 11, 2015

The Phelps, Weeks, Okorodudu, Maxwell, Pederson, Togba, King, Holt, and Watts, families announce with heavy hearts the death of Charlotte-Mae Phelps. This sad event occurred on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, United States of America.

Charlotte-Mae or Lottie, as she was affectionately known, completed her early education at St. Teresa’s Convent and The College of West Africa in Monrovia, Liberia. During her mid-teens she attended St. Agnes Convent in Switzerland where she converted to Catholicism, then completed her High School education at St. Martin’s Girls’ School in Solihull, Warwickshire and Morcott Hall in Rutland, England.

Charlotte-Mae attended the following higher education institutions:  The University of Southampton Teacher’s Training College, where she received her Teacher’s Certificate in Education; the University of Nancy, Nancy, France where she received her Certificate and Diploma in French;  the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA, where she received her M.P.A. in Socio-Economic Planning and Research.  Charlotte-Mae also did course work towards a degree in Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia.
Charlotte-Mae worked in the field of education both in France and England for many years. In Liberia, she held the position of Research Officer at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, after which she was employed as Director of Planning and Programming at the Ministry of Public Works. At the same time, she served as Station Manager/Producer at ELCM, the Catholic Community Radio Station, FM 97 in Monrovia, Liberia.  She also served as a Consultant to the Liberian Ministry of Transport.  During her residency in the United States, she returned to the teaching profession, holding appointments with the Jersey City Board of Education and the R.C. Archdiocese of Newark.  Charlotte-Mae retired from teaching in 2009.She was preceded in death by her mother Oretha E. Phelps-Cole and brother Maxwell R.H. Phelps.

Charlotte was a devoted member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Orange, NJ.   She taught Catechism classes to adults and children, aiding hundreds of students to prepare for their Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations into the Catholic Church.  Her love for the church did not stop at the level of teaching.  She also spent many hours attending mass and enjoyed serving in different helping roles in the church.

Charlotte-Mae leaves to mourn her loss and celebrate her life: Her sisters: Luvinia C. Borland-Cooper, and Joan Phelps-Sirleaf. Her brothers: Harry Cole, Father Abu Cole, Boaki Kiawu; and her son, Ben Wreh..
Nieces and nephews: Oretha Phelps, Michele Phelps, Maxwell Phelps Jr., Boris Phelps, Carmen Phelps (Germany); Marcel Phelps, Henry Ford Cooper, Myonoway Phelps, Monroe Phelps, Kiwanna Lynn, Varrita Siryon, Magnum Phelps, Jonathan Oniyama, Jamal Jackson, Akayla Patterson, Jenelle Sirleaf, Berylene Sirleaf, Bennie Cole, Amos Cole, Wenia Cole, Harry Cole Jr., Miatta Kiawu, and Shaibu Kiawu . Aunts and Uncles: Thelma Watts, Naquitta Phelps Streete, Monroetta Phelps Weeks (James-Deceased), Corann Phelps Okorodudu (Abraham-Deceased), Juliette Phelps Maxwell, Vireder Phelps Pederson (James), Beryline Phelps Togba (John), George Henries, Josephine Barclay Bryan (Theodore).

Charlotte was predeceased by her mother, Oretha Phelps Cole; her brother, Maxwell R. H. Phelps; her neice, Maxquitta Phelps; aunts, Elfreda Mars Jones, Maude Phelps, and Marjorie Phelps Henries; and her uncle, Lance Phelps.

Saturday, October 24, 2015 
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel,  103 So. Center Street, Orange, NJ 07050

Saturday, October 24, 2015
9:45 AM-11:00 PM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 103 So. Center St. Orange, NJ 07050

To be announced.

  • Luvinia Borland-Cooper, 973-462-6202 
  • Henry Ford Cooper, 201-443-5867                                     
  • Vireder Phelps-Pederson, 862-235-7597               
  • Oretha E. Phelps, 201-341-7376


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