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This is to announce the death of Dr. Louise C. Wilson York, who departed this life peacefully on December 23, 2011. She was 86 years old.

Dr. York was born on November 4, 1925 to the union of Rev. George T. Wilson and Mrs. Hannah C. Woods Wilson in the city of Brewerville. She was educated at the Lott Carey Baptist Mission and then was married to the highly successful businessman, Mr. James L. York of Arthington.

After obtaining both college and graduate degrees in Secondary Education (majoring in Physics), this enterprising and dedicated educator served 23 years as President of Monrovia College & Industrial Training School. During the civil war she dared to make a giant step to become the founding first President of the AME University. There she served for nine years. Dr. York also served the AME Church in numerous capacities rising to the position of Episcopal President of the Women Missionary Society of the 14th Episcopal District.

In 2008, during the Independence Day Celebrations, Dr. York was honored by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with the Grand Commander (GC) Order of the Star of Africa.

Dr. York dedicated her entire life to educating thousands of young Liberians. Therefore her children and family are asking sympathizers, friends and well-wishers to contribute to the Louise C. York Memorial Fund for the Intellectual Empowerment of Youth, instead of gifts of wreaths and floral arrangements. Please contact: for more information.

The late Dr. Louise Cordelia Wilson York leaves to mourn her loss one (1) brother, Mr. A John Wilson, Sr., ten (10) children, three (3) sons-in-law; and two (2) daughters- in- law, thirty-one (31) grand children, fifteen (15) great-grand children, two (2) great-great grand children and scores of nephews, nieces, cousins, and a host of other relatives, friends and colleagues in Liberia and aboard.

The Home-going Celebrations are as follows:

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 4:00PM Removal of the Body
Stryker Funeral Services
Tubman Boulevard, Congo Town
Monrovia, Liberia

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM- 10 PM Wake-Keeping
The Empowerment Temple AME Church
Sophie's Junction, Congo Town
Monrovia, Liberia

Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM Home-going Celebration Service
Eliza Turner AME Church
Camp Johnson Road
Monrovia, Liberia

The York Family Plot
City of Brewerville
Montserrado County, Liberia

Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2:00PM Memorial Service for Dr. Louise C. Wilson York
Unity in Christ Church
127 Markham Street
Burlington, North Carolina 27215
Church phone: 1 (800) 718-0695

The family can be contacted at:
Liberia: Louise C. York Family
(+231) 886516114

Mr. Eisenhower C. York
(+231) 886514767

United States of America: Ms. Hannah L. York
(+678) 863-2876

Dr. Serena F. York
(+919) 568-9035

Ms. Lucinda York
(+407) 722-2131

Burkina Faso: Mrs. Satara Louise York Hill-Sia
(+226) 70240698