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In Remembrance of Jane Anna Anim

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

A loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

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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.

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