IN MEMORIAM and APPRECIATION JULIA BENSON WESLEY
November 6, 1920 – May 28, 2011
We, the family of Julia Benson Wesley, fondly remember her and continue to uphold and bask in her legacy of praying, caring, sharing, learning, discipline and love.
Mrs. Wesley proficiently and successfully served the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over thirty-two years. Before her retirement in 1984, she served in the Diplomatic Service and was Minister Counsellor and Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia, Den Haag, The Netherlands; previously, she fulfilled duties as First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Liberia, London, England and Vice-Consul, Liberian Consulate, London, England, among other positions.
Mrs. Wesley was decorated by President William V.S. Tubman as Dame Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption (DCHOAR). In 1962, Mrs. Wesley received the British decoration of Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO), from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In 1984, Mrs. Wesley became a member of the Orde van Oranje-Nassau and was decorated by Queen Beatrix of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Mrs. Julia Wesley was among the first group of girls to attend the St. Teresa’s Convent, Monrovia, and was an alumna of the College of West Africa, Monrovia, Liberia.
Indeed, the training and high standards which she imbibed were instilled in all those for whom she was responsible. She was truly worthy of emulation and her exemplary Christian life positively impacted the lives of all family and friends who now lovingly remember her.
Born in Edina, Grand Bassa County on November 6, 1920, unto the union of Joseph Allen Benson and Maud Brathwaite Benson, Julia was called from labor to reward at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Monrovia, on May 28, 2011, after a brief illness.
She was buried also in Monrovia, on July 9, 2011.
Our sincerest gratitude goes to all those who sympathized and prayed with us during our bereavement.
IN ALL THINGS GIVE THANKS FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD - 1st Thessalonians 5:18
May her soul rest in perfect peace and perpetual light shine upon her. Amen
Juanita Wesley Jarrett, Izena Wesley Soumahoro and Isaac Himie Wesley, children, for the family.