Thousands of Liberians and sympathizers last Saturday turned out at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) on Ashmun Street to pay their last respect to fallen veteran educator Mrs. Catherine Cooper Jones who was popularly known as “Teacher Kate.”
The mourners who included politicians, religious leaders, educators, businessmen and petty traders turned out as early as 9 a.m. to pay homage to Mrs. Jones, an educator for the past four decades.
Delivering the funeral discourse on the Theme: “Precious is Teacher Kate’s Death”, Methodist Prelate the Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Bailey praised God for the life Teacher Kate lived and the contribution she made to the development of the country’s human resources.
Rev. Bailey, a former student of Teacher Kate said God did bless the veteran educator with the strength, skill and wisdom to motivate her students thus making them meaningful citizens.
He acknowledged that the late educator could throw out serious challenges to her students knowing that such challenges could strengthen and make them great achievers. “Teacher Kate was a disciplinarian, an educator and mother who was always willing to advise and ensure that good behavior become the order of the day,” he noted.
The Liberian cleric also recounted the meaningful role played by the late Catherine cooper Jones in impacting biblical knowledge to the young and old when she served as a Sunday School Superintendent at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville, Sinoe Country.
Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, the Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC) and former President of one of Liberia’s Transitional governments, the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU) praised the fallen educator, saying, “She was not only a teacher but a Christian and mother who lived her live well.”
Tributes after tributes of good will and praises were showered on the remains of the late educator who can be credited for producing lawmakers, preachers, politicians, businessmen and people from all sphere of professional life.
Tributes came from the Government of Liberia (GOL), the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA), the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), the Alumni of the Sinoe High School, the First United Methodist Church in Monrovia, the First United Methodist Church of Greenville, Sinoe County and the Sinoe Legislative Caucus while several other professional groupings paid their tributes in silence.
Outside the church during the funeral service, several professional groupings in the Federation of Road Transport union of Liberia (FRTUL), the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) and many others in their numbers were seen with their respective t-shirts bearing the photo of the veteran educator who did help in shaping Liberia’s man power development for over four decades.
In a family tribute, a son of the deceased, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, recounted the many strives his mother made to make the children and several others better citizens.
The remains of the late Catherine Cooper Jones who was born in Sinoe County on November 20, 1919 Was laid to rest in Paynesville City outside Monrovia.