Alice Fofanah

Alice Fofanah

Thursday, April 12th, 1956 - Saturday, March 13th, 2021
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Alice Fofanah passed away peacefully on March 13, 2021. She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and sister to a strong and connected family and she will be greatly missed.

Alice was born 1956 in Freetown, Sierra Leone to A.B. Fofanah and Josephine (Massaquoi) Fofanah. She is survived by her children Marina Nassip, Clifford Nassip (spouse Denise) and Donald Fofanah. The pain of her loss felt by her children is as strong as the love she gifted them over the years. What an amazing mother she was

Alice cherished her grandchildren with every breath she took. To Chantel, she would wish you laughter to soften the pain and courage to know yourself. To Ahmad, she would send glorious sunsets to warm your heart and comfort for difficult times. To Jill and Miles, feel her hugs when spirits sag and find rainbows in the clouds.

Alice is also survived by her brothers Ralph (Foday Lamin), John (Tungie), Augustine and Harold; and by sisters Melrose, Beatrice and Doreen; as well as extended brothers and sisters, especially Affiong, Sylvia and Jane and Agness. Each sibling holds cherished memories and bond with their beautiful sister, a bond never to be broken or matched.

Her mothering story extends to her many nieces and nephews. She was always a beacon in the storm for them when needed. A voice of reason and always only a phone call away, her unconditional love held no bounds.

Beyond her given family, Alice’s arms have gathered up friends along her journeys and adventures. And once she brought you into her circle, there was no going back. She held her friends forever. These members of her chosen family brought her immeasurable joy and comfort over the years.

Alice is preceded in death by her parents and younger brother Arnold Keyilla Fofanah, losses she felt to her last day.
A strong soul and natural caregiver, Alice spent her early years surrounded by family in Sierra Leone. She began cooking early side by side in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother. She was happy to oversee any large gatherings and provide vast amounts of African dishes for any celebration. “A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.” And that is what she did. Her love was in everything she made, from the preparation to the plate. Oh, how her food was enjoyed and treasured from Sierra Leone to London to the United States.

Alice loved fiercely, prayed with conviction, counseled with wisdom, and watched over her flock faithfully. She had a life full of Faith, Love, and dedication to her family. She did everything in her power to keep those she cherished uplifted. She was our loudest cheerleader, our brightest light and our strongest pillar. With faithful wings, she flew. And while her wings were ready, our hearts were not. How lucky we are to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
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    Rolling Green Cemetery
    1811 Carlisle Rd.
    CAMP HILL, PA 17011
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    Rolling Green Cemetery
    1811 Carlisle Rd.
    Camp Hill, Pennslyvania 17011
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Doreen Trival

Posted at 12:13pm
My dearest darling sister Alice!
How can I find the words to say and to tell how we will miss you?
I know you will look over us because of the unconditional love you have for your children, grandchildren, daughter in-law your nephews, nieces, brothers, sisters, sister in laws, cousins, friends and of course the bonds this family have.
From the day you were admitted in hospital I’m lost without you I miss our daily chat, the way you will listen to me moan and how you’d always cheer me up when I’m down. of course, I know I was not the only one. You were the peace maker in the family, extended to friends.
We all love your franc speaking you always say what is right in your opinion!
This brings me to remember during our school days when you use to fight with any one bullying me and then you will hit me and say don’t let anyone take advantage of you, since then I know I have an Angel watching over me.,
Cooking was not my vocation! You were the one who loved cooking, you supervised all cooking during festive season or celebration in the family and honestly you were the best cook.
Living life without you is so very hard to bear and I’d give all I can to waken and see you standing there.
Our heart still aches in sadness and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you no one will ever know!
We will always love you
Nous t’aimons toujours!
Rest In Perfect Peace my dearest sister!
From your true love Doreen

Abu Bakarr

Posted at 02:43pm
I can't believe that I'm writing this. It still doesn't feel real knowing that you are no longer with us in the physical. Kindness and Strength were two attributes that you personified to the fullest. You always made everyone feel loved and welcome. You were always dedicated to family and made sure to let them know just how much you loved them by all the small things that you did for them. Though you may be gone your spirit and memories will continue to live on. I will always love you and keep your memory alive by emanating the love the you showed us all. You will forever be in my heart. Love your son Abu

Jane Jusu

Posted at 12:34pm
Some people are special for things that they do, and others for all the joy that they give us. There are those who stand out for the kindness they show, and for making our lives so pleasure to live. My dear beloved sister Alice, you were one of them. My Lord you are the one who watches over us and keeps us. The one who provides for us and gives us strength each day. Lord as I pray as our family is going through this trying times, you will give us the strength to carry on. My dear sister we shall meet on that beautiful shore. Rest In Peace from your sister Baby Jane.

Naasu Fofanah

Posted at 09:12am
Dearest Ms. Alice,
Since your unexpected death, I have been numb. I am saddened and feel helpless, but God Almighty knows best. For the past 27 years, you became a voice of reason, you co-mothered our dearest JJ. With your presence, I never worried about her stay in the US.

Personally, I valued the role you played in my life as an in-law. You stood up for and never once got angry at me. You had a way of calming me down regardless of what my issues were. Ms. Alice, you taught patience and showed me love.

As we lay you to rest today, I thank God for bringing you in my life. I take solace in our last conversation, you were very bubbly and prayed for JJ. Thank you for all you did for me, my daughter and countless others during your life.
You always said " Naasu, na Gold Chain we don heng na you neck- JJ. So, bear we." I will miss all your prayers, the Mother's Day and Birthday messages.

Today will be tough because I wasn't looking forward to it. But, it was your time. Go and Rest in Peace Ms. Alice 🙏🙏🙏
Naasu Fofanah

Donald fofanah

Posted at 01:35am
Thank you for all you did for me. You made the world a brighter place. You will forever live on in my memories and heart. Rest in paradise Mom.
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