Seni J. Sise

September 25, 1955March 16, 2014
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Seni J. Sise, Pharm. D., passed away in a tragic accident on March 16, 2014, at the age of 58. Until her untimely death, she worked at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

Seni was born in Bansang in the Gambia on September 25, 1955 and came to high school at Rabun-Gap school in Georgia and upon completion attended King College in Tennessee where she earned a BS degree in biology. Her dream of becoming a pharmacist nearly died because of financial constraints, but was rescued at the last moment by Alex Haley of “Roots” fame. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University in New Orleans, LA, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University in Georgia. She then came back to New Orleans, LA and worked at The VA hospital, United Medical Center and at D & H Pharmacy.

Seni met the love of her life, Dr. Michael Yao Ashigbi, while he was in graduate school at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans and they were married on January 4, 1988. The two subsequently moved to New York City, where she worked as a clinical pharmacist at Union Hospital in the Bronx, and continued to enhance her career by earning a Pharmacy Fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center. Seni and her family then moved to Cleveland, Ohio in September, 1994, where she worked for the Cleveland VA Medical Center and several drug stores, including CVS and Revco, before moving to Tyler in 1999. For the past 15 years she worked at various institutions including two separate tours at the University of Texas Medical Center, Mother Frances Hospital in Jacksonville where she was pharmacy director, Majors Pharmacy and, most recently, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

Seni is survived and adored by her husband; her two children, Michael Kobla (Mariama) and Ablorde Kojo; three grandchildren, Ablorde Kofi, Nusianu and Fatima; and many brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts and friends.

Seni will be buried on Friday, March 21, 2014 at about 2:30 p.m. in East Texas Islamic Society Cemetery, according to her Muslim faith procedures. There will be a memorial service in her honor at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Lloyd James Funeral Home, 1011 East First Street, Tyler, 75701.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in the name of SENI SISE to the United Heritage Credit Union. These donations will ultimately fund the planned Seni Sise Memorial Education Fund to support other girls from the Gambia who wish to pursue careers in pharmacy.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 22, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 21, 2014

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Jeanie Cape

January 10, 2015

I am filled with grief upon finding this news while doing a Google search for my dear friend Seni. We were very close during our undergraduate years at King College, graduating in 1980. We lost touch after that, unfortunately, and I have searched for her from time to time but never found any contact information. I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful person! We shared so much laughter and fun. Seni taught me Gambian dances and phrases that I still remember to this day. I am heartbroken that we never got to speak again before her untimely passing. Love and prayers to her family.

November 14, 2014

Sorry to hear this sad news. God knows why you should leave at this time. In everything, we just have to give Him thanks and praise.
Laura King-Yanta and family

Ben Dotsei Malor

April 24, 2014

My deepest deepest sympathies to Dr Ashigbi and Dr Lamin Sise and the families on both sides in the Gambia and in Ghana. May her soul rest in perfect peace. May God grant all the families comfort, peace and strength.

Celestina Dadzie

April 15, 2014

Dear Dr. Ashigbi. We are deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Seni. May she rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon her. May the Lord ease your pain and protect you and Ablordee.

Sheryl Moore

April 10, 2014

Dr. Ashigbi, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your wife. It sounds like she was a wonderful person.

Fatou Darboe Jobarteh

April 5, 2014

Rest in eternal peace aunty Seni. I know you are in a better place. My prayers to uncle Mike and the boys. May almighty give you the strength through this tragic moment.. Keep strong..

Aseye Ahadzi

March 30, 2014

My dearest Auntie Seni, the world will miss your effortless laughter, kind eyes and beautiful smile. I can't come to terms with your sudden departure but we know our God loved you more dearly than we ever could. To Uncle Mike, Ablorde and Korbla, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, that you will receive peace in the midst of this storm, and you will find solace and comfort knowing that she is in a much better place. I love you Auntie and will miss you. Rest in the arms of our Lord.

Bartho Kwame Ahadzi

March 30, 2014

".....Auntie Seni, as we fondly called you. Death has robbed us of you. You were Selfless, Endearing, Nice and Indiscriminate to all friends and family of Mike, regardless. Your warmth kept all of us close. You took care of me in the summer of 1999 and during my many visits to your home in Tyler, beyond the ordinary. Cecilia, the girls and I will forever remember you. We loved you dearly.....but God loved you more. Rest in peace, Auntie Seni...."

Charles Goh

March 30, 2014

Dr. Ashigbi , I am still asking God why. Seni has been our jewel. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in this difficult times. Under the circumstances, only God can sustain you and bring you comfort. May God keep you in perfect peace.

Charles Goh. New York

Kwame Bartho Ahadzi

March 29, 2014

"....Auntie Seni, as we fondly called you, death robbed us of you! Your warmth kept all of us close. You took care of me in the summer of 1999 and during my many visits to your home in Tyler beyond the ordinary. Cecilia, the girls and I will forever remember you. We loved you, but God loved you more....Rest in perfect peace"