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04.04.2004 General News

Former Second Lady laid to rest

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Cape Coast, April 4, GNA- The mortal remains of the Mrs Lily de- Graft Johnson, widow of Dr Joseph de -Graft-Johnson, Vice-President in the Limann administration, were on Saturday laid to rest at the Asekyeano cemetery near Cape Coast, after a burial and thanksgiving service at the Christ the King Anglican Cathedral in Cape Coast.

Professor Dominic Fobih, Minister of Lands and Forestry, led a three-member government delegation to join several mourners at the funeral to pay their last respects to the former Second Lady. The late Mrs Lily de Graft-Johnson, died on March 3 in London at the age of 67.

Most of the tributes read in her memory, described her as gentle, dignified, mature and naturally gracious, and always ready to unite and re-unite all who were near to her, no matter what differences may have divided them.

Delivering the sermon, The Reverend Daniel Allotey, Anglican Bishop of the Cape Coast Diocese, observed that it was always the wish of society, for people to live and die at the rightful age.

He described the late Mrs de Graft-Johnson as someone who was faithful to her God and served the church with commitment and dedication and was therefore blessed by God to become the country's first Second Lady. He in this regard, urged people to lead worthy lives and "leave a good name behind to be remembered in future", and tasked the public to accord people in authority, particularity the President, due respect, and to pray fervently for the nation.

The government delegation, later donated cash of five million cedis and 28 cartons of assorted drinks and two bottles of schnapps to the bereaved family.