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In Remembrance of Jane Anna Anim

12 February, 1940 ~ 3 September, 2012
Accra, Ghana

Message from Jane's Beloved Children:

" Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel. Rest in blessed peace Mommy.

God's gift returned to God. "


A loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

"Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." Revelation 14:13

Anna Jane Awo-Ashong Anim (née Golightly) was born on 12th February, 1940, in Accra to Abola Mantse Nii Kofi Otuadan II, also known as Henry Edward Odartey Golightly, and Dora Teterley Golightly, née Tetteh, both of blessed memory. She was her mother’s only child. Her primary education was at the Gold Coast National School, and she continued to Methodist Girls School (Sister Rose) in Accra. After her primary education, she was admitted to Achimota School in 1954, where she lived in Slessor House and later served as a House Prefect.

A highly intelligent woman, she received a scholarship to dental school in Germany upon completion of her studies at Achimota School. Her plans changed after she met and married Goodwin Tutum Anim in 1961, and dedicated her life to being a mother, teacher and caregiver. Their marriage was blessed with six children: Domeyo (Maa D), Koryoe, Mamle, Goody Marku, Maa Dora and Goodwin Tutum II. Jane was one of the pioneering teachers at Morning Star International School where she taught for many years. She was a strict, “no-nonsence” teacher who expected nothing but the best from her students — you did not want to go her class with
incomplete homework! Today, several of the students she taught and nurtured hold key appointments in Ghana and abroad.

Jane had a creative, entrepreneurial spirit and always took advantage of the business trend of the time. In addition to running several businesses, she provided essential commodities to some of the leading hotels and major businesses in Accra. She was also a great seamstress, and could be found many a weekend behind her sewing machine, humming a tune while making a dress or two for family and friends.
Jane was lively, enthusiastic, always had a kind word, an infectious laugh and a contagious sense of humour. She had many nicknames, from Anago (short for Anna Golightly when she was in Achimota School), to Teacher (which was from the Market women she bargained with every time she went shopping), to Sister Anna, Auntie and Auntie Jane (as her children fondly called her in recent years).

She was a staunch Christian who maintained her faith throughout her travels around the world. In Paris, she was an active member of the St. Michael’s Church Choir and sang soprano. She also took a leadership role in Sunday School. In the United States, she faithfully attended and became a trusted and valued counselor. As a Church Mother in Accra, she actively participated in church activities, including Sunday School, Bible Study and prayer meetings. She also volunteered for many years in the Eye Clinic programme sponsored by the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity. Jane’s role included coordinating the dates when the doctors would arrive, where they would stay, and their means of transportation. She also liaised with local chiefs and assemblymen who in turn made the announcement to their constituents. She also coordinated expenses associated with the programme with the accountant at the Cathedral. The efforts by Jane and this programme have brought the gift of sight to many in Ghana’s rural areas.

Jane loved her God, and in the final hours, when asked what she wanted, she said simply, “I want my God.” She passed away peacefully on Monday, 3rd September, 2012.

In addition to her six children, Jane is survived by nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nephews, nieces, and many more who considered her a mother, sister and friend. Mother Jane, you lived a good life for your family and mankind. You loved your God and today, you are resting in His arms.


Memory by Ruthie   Oct 14, 2012
Jane always greeted me at the pharmacy when I came to work with "Welcome Home!" She was a true friend, enriching my life greatly on a daily basis in the years we worked together and then beyond. My father was a Baptist minister and Jane reminded me so much of my parents' faith after they passed away. Thank you for notifying me.

Memory by Sandra Hall   Oct 12, 2012
If there is something I will never forget about Jane, it is her smile and unwavering faith. Her smile was contagious; her faith was admirable. I look forward to seeing her in heaven so we can continue our little chats about anything and everything. Jane, you will be deeply missed but I am so glad that I was able to have you visit me in Chicago and meet my son. I still remember our outing to the beach and our talks as we walked.

Memory by John Moore   Oct 4, 2012
If I were to describe Jane, the following words would come easily to mind: faithful, true, steady, persevering, joyful and loving. In this, she was a dazzling reflection of Jesus, of whom it is written: "I saw heaven standing open, and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True...His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns...On his robe and on his thigh he has the name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords" (Rev 19: 11 - 16). May God's great and eternal blessings be hers for all of eternity.

Memory by Claudia Moore   Oct 3, 2012
Jane's faith was a light she never hid under a bushel. Her faith dazzled, it was strong, it was unwavering, it was loving, it was everything Corinthians wrote about. So sad to hear about her passing, but she is with the Lord, and that means she is happy, and we are blessed to have had her among us for so long.

Memory by Tabitha Uwimpuhwe   Oct 1, 2012
One thing I know is that mama Jane loved the Lord. Though we already miss her, but I am glad she is where she wanted to be at last: in his arms. She was very loving and caring. How can I forget her black eye beans in red palm oil with plantain?

Memory by Rhonda Grimes   Sep 26, 2012
Jane was a beautiful and graceful woman. You could see the light and love for the Lord in her smile. She was always kind and loving. I always waited for her returns, as we knew we would see her again. This time we will wait until eternity, and I am sure we will see her beautiful smiling face there. We were so blessed to have her in our church family.

Memory by Cindy Crofford   Sep 26, 2012
"I will truly miss her beautiful smile! Jane just overflowed with the joy of the Lord, even through hard days. It was very obvious she loved her Lord! It was always a treat to see her come back to the states and visit us here at Montana Ave. Nazarene Church. We will be praying for her family and friends during these difficult days.

Memory by Gerald & Lois Bell   Sep 26, 2012
Miss Jane was a very special lady. Her smile would light up any room. She always had a glowing testimony in praising God and always well kept. There has been an empty spot at our church since she left us. May her Heavenly Family rejoice in her presence until we meet again.

Memory by Rev. David Crofford   Sep 26, 2012
Jane was such a wonderful and precious part of our congregation while she was here in Cincinnati. I personally will fondly remember her smile, her gentle spirit, and her great love for Christ. We miss her dearly! We pray God's comfort and grace for each member of her family and her friends. God bless you all!

Memory by Basil Anthony   Sep 24, 2012
Aunty Jane was a very good friends to my late mother Rosamund Mark-Hansen and continued that friendship with me even though my mum was gone!! I remember looking after 2 of her cars when ever she left for the states till she came back! She was a spirit filled woman who will definitely make it to Heaven by all Odds! She will always be remembered. Rest In Peace, Aunty Jane!!

Candles & Flowers

Posted by Sandra Hall
Oct 12, 2012  

Thankyou for your example of what a Christian woman should look like and thankyou for your daily smile.

Posted by Shelley Messer
Sep 25, 2012  

Knowing Jane only briefly she shined with her love for her children and grandchildren always having an infectious smile and a happy heart.

Posted by Abigail Tamakloe
Sep 14, 2012  

Aunty Jane, popularly known as Aunty Awo, was a cheerful, humble,
fun-loving princess who was full of life.

To us, Aunty Awo was an aunt and a "bigger sister." She was very close to our
parents, which meant we got to spend a lot of time with her. She was a very
creative person, who taught us some valuable skills--sewing, knitting,
singing Ga songs--to name a few. She was a strong woman of faith, who
constantly reminded us to pray. And it was indeed a delight to be around
her, as she told us funny "tsutsublema stories" and interesting "AAMS Hotel
toli." She had a heart of gold and loved us without condition.

As we grew older, she became our friend too. She shared in our joys and
burdens, offered advice when needed, and simply was there for whatever we

To many others, Aunty Awo was a teacher, a mentor, a friend--one who
delighted in teaching, counseling, and sharing. She inspired all without
reward and loved all without condition.

Aunty Awo, we thank God for your life. We love you and will cherish your
memories forever.

Gone, but not forgotten! Rest in perfect peace! Yaa wo odjogban!

Posted by Heidi Turner
Sep 14, 2012  

My heart breaks for you, and I am sending so much love and so many prayers. Dora, you put it perfectly when you said "she was truly an angel".

Posted by Trina
Sep 8, 2012  

Posted by Dora Anim
Sep 7, 2012  

Thank you for being the best mother anyone could have ever asked for. Good bless you.