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Elaine Clarke Witherspoon

Sunrise: July 15, 1951 – Sunset: March 14, 2019

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted” Matthew 5:4

It is with profound regret, heavy hearts and deep sorrow, the Johnson, Clarke, and Witherspoon families announce the home-going of our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cousin, Mrs. Elaine Clarke Witherspoon commonly called “Mother-dear” from Owensgrove District, Grand Bassa County. This sad event occurred early morning of Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia.

Her husband, the late William H. Witherspoon predeceased her.  Elaine leaves to mourn her death and celebrate her life, her daughters, Facia Hilton, Candace Witherspoon (USA), Simone Witherspoon (Liberia), Sons: Prince Edwards, Jley Witherspoon (Liberia). Granddaughter: Alexcia Thorpe (USA) Siblings: Henry Clarke (Victoria) Liberia; Pastor Lucy Clarke-White (USA); Zean Clarke Payweyne (Andrew) USA; Minister Betty Summerville Dousuah (USA); Boy Clarke, Peterlynn Clarke (Liberia) several other aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

She lived a self-less life. She was a mother to all her siblings and was always warm and welcoming to anyone who met her. It was usually all smiles, laughter, and fun. Mother-dear will be greatly missed by her family and friends. As we come together to celebrate her life, we ask for your prayers and thoughts, as we go through this difficult time. As hard as it is for us, we know that she is resting in the bosom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We miss and love her, but God loves her best.

Funeral Arrangements:

Removal of the body from Sanuel Stryker Funeral Home  Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm

Wake: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6-9pm

Tubman Memorial United Methodist Church. Paynesville City, Monrovia Liberia

Funeral Service: Saturday,  April 27, 2019 @10:00am

Venue: Tubman Memorial United Methodist Church,  Paynesville City,  Monrovia, Liberia 


Crown Hotel and Suites- Opposite Paynesville City Hall

Contact (USA):
Facia Hilton, 317-771-3056 (Daughter)
Candace Witherspoon, 908-397-2087 (Daughter)
Pastor Lucy Clarke White: 973-493-5968 (Sister)
Min. Betty Summerville Dousuah: 973-280-0569 (Sister)
Zean Clarke Payweyne: 763-227-8332 (Sister)
Andrew Payweyne (BIL): 612-366-8795
Ethel Johnson Pailey (Aunt): 240-421-6310
Charlene Peabody Ragland (Niece): 215-359-6927
Etta Gbeizon-Bornor: (Sister) 763-777-2154

Contact (Liberia)
Henry Clarke (Brother): 0886571526
Prince Edwards (Son): 0777674369
Jley Witherspoon (Son) 0770335480
Decontee Clarke (Niece): 0770417376
Simone Witherspoon (Daughter):  0886323721
Any family member or friend who wants to contribute to the funeral efforts may do so at the following bank and text his/or name and amount to the account holder. 

Name of Account Holder: Lucy White 
Bank: Bank of America
Routing #: 021200339
Account #: 381044292027