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Maysel Stella Ama Amissah Dontoh

Maysel Stella Ama Amissah Dontoh

27th May 1933 - 21st Jul 2020
87 years
It is with the deepest regret that we announce the sudden death on the 21st July 2020 of our beloved Auntie May. Mrs Maysel Stella Dontoh, affectionately called 'Auntie May' was a mother to 8 children, grandmother to 12 children and soon to be a great grandmother. Auntie May achieved so much both personally and professionally; * Diplomat and envoy to Dr Kwame Nkrumah (late first President of Ghana) * Appointed as the first woman Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana in 1979 *Appointed a Board Director of Ghana Airways *Ghanaian independence activist and was a staunch Convention People's Party (CPP) member *After the illegal overthrow of the Limann's government, she went into exile to the UK where she played an active role in the anti PNDC politics *While in exile in the UK she worked as a financial adviser with both Trident Insurance Company and Century Life now trading as Phoenix Life *A staunch fighter for Ghanaian human rights for the working people and strong advocate for social/economic justice and women's rights *First female teacher at Kwame Nkrumah own school, Ghana National College * Auntie May was called to the UK Bar (Inner Temple) in 1959 *She was a successful Barrister *The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) Alumni Donor & Supporter *Roles held at Methodist Central Hall Westminister (MCHW) include; - Member of Finance Committee - Former Leadership Team Member - Member of Westminster Women’s Outreach Committee & Steering Group - MCHW Church Council Committee - Overseas Mission Representative - Former Vestry Steward - Former Leader of MCHW Ghanaian Fellowship  - Pastoral Leader *Patron to Mfantse Mpontu Kuw (MMK) *First President of Holy Child Past Students Association (HOPSA) UK & Ireland - 1988 to 1994 Funeral Service: Wednesday 12th August at 12.00pm(BST) A live video stream of the funeral will be provided on the day Due to the Coronavirus pandemic there are now strict guidelines on attendance and safety protocols in place for funerals. Therefore please do not attend the funeral unless specifically requested by the family. If you would like to leave a tribute, message and share some pictures or memories of Auntie May please select ‘Add post‘ button below. We will treasure this forever. If you would like to also make a donation please select the ‘Donations’ button below. We really do appreciate and thank you for the outpouring of love, prayers, support and thoughts during this difficult time.

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Auntie May reading at Methodist Central Hall Westminister
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Joan Broadhurst with Auntie May
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Yvonne Kurankye
From Christopher Broadhurst I have many happy memories of May, largely from when I was growing up. As a teenager I began to understand something of the significance of her earlier political engagements in Ghana. The force of her personality, and the commitment she made to Central Hall, shaping the church’s identity during Dr Tudor’s ministry, remain very real to me. She was brilliant, too, at social events – the irreplaceable life and soul of the party. Please accept my deep sympathy and good wishes. Chris
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Message from Joan Broadhurst To all May’s dear children, It was with great sadness that I heard of the death of your dear mother. I know what a loss she will be to you and to the whole family. Her enduring faith made her at once a rock of stability and fearless in thought and action; it gave her vast energy to strive for everything good for the family she adored, for her church, and for all of us who knew and loved her. She had real presence: the sheer strength of her personality could not remain unacknowledged in whatever company she found herself. For many of us, when we think of Central Hall, May immediately comes to mind. That it is a church in which people from a great number of nations come together to practise their faith, offering the very best of their individual cultures, was largely her work. She pioneered and made glorious that deep enrichment of our church’s life. What an achievement – no wonder she was put on to the world stage in high ambassadorial office by Ghana, the country she loved and served so well until forced to flee by a coup. I know how proud you are of her as a loving mother and grandmother. To us she was a faithful and caring friend, always larger than life. She will remain the legend she has always been in our church. What a life! What a woman! What a person! What a Christian! What a Methodist! She certainly knew how to recognise a good hymn writer when she heard one, and nobody knew that better than her superintendent minister. We weep with you and cannot help it. As the fellowship she did so much to create, we shall comfort one another. With love, Joan Broadhurst
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J M Krobo-Edusei
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‘Koozen’, you are irreplaceable and will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace. Mary & children
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In loving memory from Ollie, Lychie & McEwen Family
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Tribute from Ollie, Lychie & McEwen Family I still can’t believe you are no longer with us Auntie May, as you were such a special and unique human being! Your beauty, infectious smile, wicked sense of humour, good heart, kindness, generosity, boldness, elegant poise, love and tremendous faith will be sorely missed! You were a genius and Mother to all! I feel so blessed to have known you and your beautiful and talented family will carry forward the wonderful legacy they inherited from you. Continue to sleep in our Lord’s bosom as your lovely soul rest in perfect peace, to rise in glory. You will never be forgotten! Please accept our sympathy and condolences at this sad and very difficult time for the family. May the God of comfort be all your strength, and may He envelope you all in His uncomparable Peace always, Amen
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Thinking of you all at this difficult time, may your mum rest in perfect peace. Love Lorraine Afriyie.
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Aunty May you have been a support to us in every occasion of our lives from weddings, births, advocate, birthdays and any time we have needed you. Your advice love and comfort to us has been second to none. You have truly left a big hole in our lives. We
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Miss E Ofori-Koree ( on behalf of HOPSA UK)
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With love and condolences from HOPSA UK