first_imgThe mortal remains of the late Ma Nyamah Martha Bwayou Lake was on Saturday May 23, laid to rest in her native village of Duata, a stone throw from her uncle’s village, Blameyea in Jorquelleh Administrative District #2 in Bong County.Ma Nyamah Martha Bwayou Lake was the niece to long serving Paramount Chief of Jorquelleh Chiefdom and former Representative of Bong County Barsee Kpangbai.She was born unto the union of Mr. Barkollie Bwayou and Ni Tonwon Bwayou on July 27, 1925, in a little farming community of Duata situated north of Gbarnga.How did she meet Rev. J. David Lake Sr?The Rev. J. David Lake, a classroom teacher, was teaching at the Muhlenberg Lutheran Mission in Millsburg, Monsterrado County and in the 1930s he was transferred to the Lutheran Mission in Zorzor, Lofa County.Rev. Lake later moved to Gbarnga, Bong County central Liberia and because of his fluent English, coupled with his clear writing skills, he became clerk to the influential Paramount Chief, the late Barsee Kpangbai, uncle of the late Ma Nyamah Bwayou Lake.Ma Nyamah Bwayou, from a subsistence farming family of Duata, was joined in holy matrimony to Rev. David Lake in 1941, which the union was blessed with nine children. The couple later moved to Suakoko town in Suakoko District and settled there permanently. There was no reason provided for their migration, but it is believed that it was because the town was the central location on the main Monrovia—Gbarnga highway.It was also learned that Pastor Lake provided a home and education for his wife since indeed she could not read and write.Pastor Lake was born on Water Street in the settlement of Harrisburg, Monsterrado County on June 30, 1909 unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Alice Lake. His grandparents were Charlie and Georgiana Hayes of Harrisburg who migrated to Liberia from the United States.Rev. Lake served in capacities such as County Surveyor for Bong, worked with the Government Farm now the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) as an entomologist. Ma Nyamah Bwayou Lake was a devout Christian and helped to educate several children whose parents were not financially able to send their children to school.Her children include Joan Allegra Lake Nathan, Rose-Marie Lake Cummings, Dr. Sodey C. Lake assigned at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, Dee-Zoe Lake, National Social Security and Welfare Corporation, Dardhe M. Lake, Julie S. Lake, Korto G. Lake, and J. David Lake Jr., with 25 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.The funeral service was attended by former Deputy Minister for Operations at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ranney B. Jackson, and Bong County Superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy, among others.The funeral service was held at the St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Gbarnga, Bong County.Meanwhile, the Pastor in his funeral discourse admonished the surviving Lake family members to stick together, adding that in union strong, success is sure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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