TRIBUTE TO VALERIE CLARIBELL MORGAN
by Mr Shola Makinwa, Community Life Pastor
FRIDAY, 17 JANUARY 2003
Valerie Claribell Morgan was born on 4th November 1960 in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
She attended the Young Women's Christian Association Vocational Institute and then the Freetown Technical Institute where she completed a secretarial course.
Before coming to the UK she worked for the Scripture Union Sierra Leone. She was actively involved with the work of the Scripture Union. She enjoyed her role as group leader where she arranged weekend retreats for children.
She came to the UK in December 1998 to visit her sisters and stayed on because of the problems in Sierra Leone. Here she successfully completed several computer courses and worked as an Administrative Assistant for two Care Agencies.
She was a very simple and quiet woman who took everything in her stride and took pleasure in reading and listening to gospel music.
She enjoyed listening to others, was very generous and stood up for her belief and faith.
Valerie was born into a Christian family and later early in her life became a "born-again" Christian. She attended the Flaming Ministry Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
In August 2002 she became a member of Bethel Church whilst the building work was going on in the church and services were held at Dagenham Priory School. She was a member of the Professional People's Community Life group of the church.
Amongst her surviving relatives are her sisters, Margaret married to Chris Brainerd and Abi married to Daniel Hayble. Both sisters live in the UK. Her two brothers, Anthony and Arthur Lewis reside in Sierra Leone. She had been dearly loved and supported by her several nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles, cousins and friends in the UK and abroad.
She passed away at Old Church Hospital, Romford on 9th January 2003.
by Pastor Ken Williamson
Bethel The Church on the Avenue, Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, Essex
DEATH IS NOTHING AT ALL...
1 Corinthians15 vs
The First man was from the dust of the Earth, the
Second man Christ came from Heaven.
Christ came to the world to give us a second opportunity to Eternal Glory. Death came through Adam our first father, but in Christ came Eternal life.
The first is Natural, the second is spiritual. For us that believe in Christ, Death is a process of transforming us from Perishable to Imperishable, from Mortality to Immortality. Then the saying as is written in the book of Corrinthians 15 vs 55 "Where, O death is your victory?, Where, O death is your sting"
Death is nothing at all
Valerie has only slipped away into the next room.
Valerie is Valerie, and you are you.
Whatever we were to her, you still are.
Call her by her old familiar name, speak to her
In the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as you always laughed
At the little jokes you enjoyed together.
Let her name be ever the household word
That it always was, let it be spoken without effect,
Without the trace of shadow on it
Life means all that it was ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was;
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should she be out of your mind
Because she is out of sight?
She is waiting for us, for an interval,
Somewhere very near,
Just around a corner.
All is well.
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
Hebrew 13: 1 "Keep on loving each other as brothers"
MAY HER SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE
BURIAL @ EASTBROOK END CEMETERY