Mary Panda-Kallon, 97, passed away in her home, in Framingham, Massachusetts, on April 30, 2020.
Mary Ernestine Panda-Kallon was born in Kundowahun, Potoru Barrier Chiefdom, Sierra Leone on March 10, 1923. At the early age of 8, she lost her mother, to childbirth complications. She completed primary and secondary school at the Harford School for Girls in Moyamba, Sierra Leone. She later studied Home Economics and Nutrition in Israel then became the Head of the Ministry of the Social Welfare Department in the Moyamba District and later was transferred to head the same department in Kenema. She took on the role of early childhood educator, social worker, doula, and mothered her children, Nancy Massaquoi-Sammah, Nathaniel Bokarie Kallon, Rosamund Sia Panda, Mabel Kumba Panda-Sammah, Francess Finda Sammah-Panda, and Mrs. Lovetta Momoh. She opened the door of Paramount Chieftaincy Historical Documents in the Kundowahun Kallon Family Ruling House. After retiring, in 1987, she joined four of her children in the United States where she assisted in caring for her grand and great grandchildren.
She will be remembered everywhere she went for her Godfearing, kindhearted, outspoken, diligent demeanor, and her intelligence.
She is survived by her children, 22 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. Her family members Rev. Ramatu Kallon and children, Mr. and Mrs. Sheku Kallon and children, (MD, Sierra Leone), Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kallon and children, Emmanuel Williams Vanuwaand family, the Bangura's, Brooks’, Carew’s, Conteh’s, Dakowa's, Gbegbeh's, Gilbert’s, Gomes’, Kabba’s, Kaikai’s, Kamara’s, Kandeh’s, Kargbo’s, Lahai’s, Lycurgus', Magona’s, Massaquoi’s, Momoh’s, Ogagan’s, Panda’s, Raymond’s, Roger’s, Sammah's, Sesay’s, Swaray’s, Tucker’s, Yankumba's and a host of other family members and friends in the U.S. and abroad.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who have sent their prayers, love, and condolences.
Mary will be laid to rest on Friday, May 8, 2020 from 9:00 A. M. – 12:00 P.M. through the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home 11 Lincoln Street Framingham, MA 01702. Due to the current pandemic, attendance is limited to immediate family only. In lieu of limits, we would like to invite those interested to dial in to the conference number, 518-318-7264, created to listen to the brief service at the funeral home and cemetery.
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