OBITUARY

Caroline Mamita Koroma

June 6, 1944October 23, 2020
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The Koroma family wishes to announce the passing of Mrs. Caroline Mamita Koroma neé Nicol, on Thursday, October 22, 2020 in Columbia, Maryland, U.S.A.

Caroline Mamita Nicol was born on June 6, 1944 in what was then Banjul, The Gambia, to Attorney Harry Nicol and Mary “Mame Kumba” Gomez.

Caroline was only 10 years old when her father Harry Nicol passed away, but prior to his passing, he had expressed a desire to have his only daughter educated to the best of her abilities. Upon his passing, Mame Kumba made the difficult decision and sacrifice of sending her only daughter to Sierra Leone to be raised and educated by Harry Nicol’s younger sister, Mrs. Alice Thomas.

Caroline’s education included St. Joseph’s Convent in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

In addition to being a Civil Servant with the Sierra Leonean Foreign Ministry, Caroline went on to make an illustrious career with the United Nations and USAID starting in 1968. She met her soul mate and fellow Civil Servant, Joseph Koroma and they were married in 1969 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. They went on to have three children - Jojo, Yema and Sarrang.

Caroline’s career took her from Africa, to the United States, to Asia and to Europe.

Her most prominent contributions to diplomatic service was as the Head of Office during and after the Kosovo War in Europe. She was later appointed again as Head of Office for MONUC (The United Nations Mission to The Congo), based in Beni, as the highest ranking UN official in charge of brokering peace treaties between the warring factions, reconstruction, infrastructure development, education and election monitoring.

This would be her last mission as Caroline retired from the UN in 2005.

Caroline spent her retirement years with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Sarrang Mamita Kingston, and her grandchildren in Suwanee, Georgia and then later with her eldest daughter Ms. Yema Maryse Koroma-Nelson, in Columbia, Maryland.

Caroline is survived by her husband, Mr. Joseph Mannaw Koroma of Freetown, Sierra Leone; her son, Valjojo Koroma of Rochester, New York; her daughters, Ms. Yema Maryse Koroma-Nelson of Columbia, Maryland; Mrs. Sarrang Mamita Kingston of Suwanee, Georgia; her grandchildren, Khalil Nelson, Jamil Nelson, Lillian Kingston, Sophia Kingston, Natalie Kingston, Benjamin Kingston Jr.; her great-grandson, Princeton Nelson and her much loved younger brother, Emmanuel “Manu Kumba” Williams Former Mayor of Banjul, The Gambia and a host of extended family members.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Witzke Funeral Home in Columbia, Maryland. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and for those unable to attend, the family will have the service streamed live. Details will be shared in the coming days.

We are grateful for our mother’s life and everything she was to us, her children and to so many others who fondly called her “Auntie Mamie”.

We take comfort knowing that she is with her beloved mother, our grandmother, the late Mary Kumba Gomez, and her brother Rex Maxwell, who preceded her in death.

Sleep well Mummy…..we love you.

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Lucy Sumner

November 21, 2020

Travel well dear Caroline. May your sweet soul rest in perfect peace.
Love you always.

Marie Williams Cham

November 20, 2020

I pray to my aunity Caroline may the Lord God give her a resting place in Heaven and may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace Amen

LaShawn Fisher

November 18, 2020

Yema I am sorry for your lost. To the entire family a pray God gives you peace and comfort and understanding. May she rest in eternal peace. 💜💗🙏🏽

Martial Da Silveira

November 18, 2020

To my Family,
I can’t express enough how sad I am for Auntie leaving us so soon.
My family and I are with you. Our deepest condolences to you all.
Martial & Family.

Sukai Durosimi

November 18, 2020

Hello Yema and Sarrang,

My deepest condolences, it' s unfortunate we got in touch like this. May Aunty Caroline sleep well.

Warm Regards,
Olu and Sukai Durosimi

Latoya Greene

November 18, 2020

Yema,

I’m so sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray and support you during this time of need. We love dearly.

The Greene Family.

Eugenia Chinsman

November 18, 2020

How can I say good bye to Caroline Koroma, my sister, my friend for over 40 years? How do I reconcile? How do we ‘ The Chinsman Family’ reconcile ourselves to the heart breaking reality that our beloved Aunty Caroline is no longer physically with us?
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When someone is in your life for a lifetime, then she must be an angel and Caroline was an angel.
While her passing is a great gain to her because she will be in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is a huge loss for us who knew her. There will be a gaping hole in the hearts of the Chinsman family and especially me for a long time . But God will use the instrument of time to heal those holes.
Aunty Caroline, thank you for your friendship, we shall miss you forever and I will never forget all the times we spent together
Good bye!

HENRIETTA NICOL

November 17, 2020

Cousin Ms. Caroline, as we fondly called her in the McEwen Family in Freetown, was the big sister I never had. I met Ms. Caroline in 1961 just before she left Freetown for the US to further her studies. We reconnected when she returned after her successful studies and got married. Soon after, she was posted to Conakry, Guinea, at the Sierra Leone Embassy, with her husband, Joseph Koroma. While in Conakry, our bond grew stronger and I was always around her and her family. Even though I was already at the University in Guinea, she encouraged me to leave because there was turmoil and I seem not to have any future there. I followed her to Freetown, Sierra Leone, at the completion of their assignment, so that we can see how I will further my education. The opportunity came when she asked me for me to join them in the US when they took up posts as diplomats at the Sierra Leone Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the Sierra Leone Consulate. She therefore sent for me to help her with Jojo Boy and Yema and use this opportunity to further my education. The rest is history! I will be forever indebted to her for all that she has done for me. She opened doors for me. She will remain indelible in my mind and will be sorely missed by all and sundry. May her soul rest in perfect peace and may the gentle earth repose on her as she is laid to rest tomorrow. Sleep on beloved big sister Ms. Caroline and take your rest. We love you very much but God loves you best and may He keep you in His bosom. Yours truly, Etta Nicol

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