This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Agnes Forbin 64 years old , born on November 2, 1955 and passed away on December 13, 2019. We will remember her forever.

Program:

Friday, January 10, 2020: Wake keeping7:00pm till 2:00am Viking Center: 15212 Dino drive, Burtonsville, Maryland 20866

Saturday, January 11, 2020: Church Service   10:00am to 11:30am Resurrection Catholic Church: 3315 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, Md 20866

Burial: 1:00pm Gate of Heaven Cemetery: 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md 20906.

Reception/Celebration of life: Following burial.

Viking Center: 15212 Dino drive, Burtonsville, Maryland 20866

Posted by Joy Brill on January 23, 2020
I am sorry to hear about Agnes. I am a nurse with whom she worked at CSS, in fact, I just had her in class last month to renew her Medication Technician certification. I always mentioned to her that she had the same name, Agnes, as my Mom! I am so sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful lady. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Tanyi Tabeson on January 21, 2020
I thank you all for giving Ma Aggie a wonderful Christian Funeral and Celebration of Life. Everyday i go through the pictures and videos again! Mami Agie's passing on gives us all the reasons to hold on to Jesus alone! She was so close to Jesus and Mother Mary and that is our only consolation now! If she was not close to God, we would have been wondering and sad as to what will be her fate and outcome now. But like Jesus says; I am the Resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me, even if he dies, yet he shall live, (Jn 11:25). Let us all continue to lean on to Jesus and Mother Mary and we shall always see Aunty Agie smiling with us from above, making jokes for us to laugh and not weep at her passing on! So sleep, sleep, in peace and rest! Don't be afraid of the darkness, all is well for over the land and the sea, God is keeping the nightwatch for you and for me!
Posted by Tanyi Tabeson on January 21, 2020
Today is the Feast of St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr! I am sure you would have offered a Mass of Thanksgiving for your Patron Saint. I have prayed for you and your family! Please God, you are having a great and fantastic time with your namesake, St Agnes! Mami, Rest!
Posted by Beatrice Ntimeeh on January 16, 2020
Sis, I cried at the grave yard last Saturday. I felt like stopping them from putting your coffin down. But I knew it would mean nothing for i have no control over death, except God. I know you were watching us from Heaven and just laughing. It seems to me time was to short to actually comprehend everything that happened in the pass couple of weeks. I love you sis, even in death and I don't know how to continue without your sisterly advice. You lived an exemplary life, simple life. Not putting interest on earthly things. Teaching people to be kind and generous. I promise I will emulate your examples. Your sisterhood sisters-The CWO women, did wonders at your funeral. I know you were with them in spirit. Sis, life is hard without you. I don't know who will be calling me auntie Bea. Like you. Ooh Death. Death has no pity.

Posted by Stephen Forbin on January 14, 2020
Series continues…….
My dearest darling sister, I never knew I could gather the courage to say goodbye but when I witnessed them lowered you down the soil last Saturday afternoon, January 11, 2020, I reluctantly came to accept the fact that we shall be living separately until our inevitable reunion.
Living life without you for this past long thirty-two days has been very hard to bear and I would give all I have to waken and see you standing there listening keenly to me and then reminding me what we have to do and offering your sisterly suggestions. Although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart. You are still and will continue to be my confidant. Nothing will change that, not even living separately.
I will say it again over and over. There’s something The Almighty God has given us that’s more than family, He’s placed a love for you, my dear sister Agie, Deep down in the heart of me. 
Posted by Sir. Victor Tarkang on January 11, 2020
Till we meet again Agnes.
Like sojourners on this journey through life it's hard to believe now that our story that started over 55 years ago has been rocked by the news I must now face. Today we give you back to your maker. My dear friend my sister, in recent years you were there for me when I had health challenges in the US and more recently here in Yaounde. You knew I would do same for you...that was the bond we shared. I must admit, I'm still in shock over your transition without a warning. You chose the quiet and graceful rout to spare us. Our dear sister and friend Maggie Abosi was blessed to have seen you recently . We talked and planned to have a reunion this coming summer....looks like the venue of our reunion will have to change. You were a good friend to me and I saw you extend yourself to friends and family through the years. You were a true gift to humanity. May our good Lord be a kind judge over you my sweet sister.
Adieu
Margaret Abunaw epse Tarkang
Posted by Vanessa Atembe on January 10, 2020
Grand Aunty. The past couple of years you would insist that I call you "Mom" but I just could not get myself to do it. You see, I thought that that title was only for my mom, the one who birthed me, besides the fact that you were also my GodMother. It saddens me to say that it is only until after your death that I realized that you were really my mom.

I remember our conversation we had before I left for Cameroon in May 2016. You told me to focus. You told me that I'd learn and experience new things. But above all you told me to be strong & continue to talk to God. I truly believe that it is because of your words as to why, after my arrival back to the states, my demeanor changed. That little 10 minute conversation impacted a whole year of my life.

It took me a while to come here and leave a few words for you. I just want to say thank you. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for the talks. Thank you for checking up. Last but not least, thank you for loving me. It is because if your love that I am the young lady I am today. Continue to rest in tranquility. I love you. Your daughter, Vanessa.
Posted by Esther Morfaw on January 9, 2020
To my dear friend Agnes,
I am very sorry about your untimely death. I visited you in the hospital twice, only for me to hear on Friday in December that you are gone. I remember when Sister Joe Mbohngwa, when she was teaching in Fotbong, we were always together. We spent a lot of weekends together, for quite a long time. Mama Aggie, you were to us, I'm sorry to miss you, may your soul rest in peace, Mama, Mama. Amen
You were always taking me to church for prayers, which I so loved.
Posted by Yens Vega on January 9, 2020
Yes "Madam" as you would always say, I want to regret the fact that I didn't get to say goodbye. But my spirit keeps telling me that it was a gracious exit. You will forever be missed for your selflessness, your generosity and kindness and the special way you loved. Eh Sis Aggie na waah oooo.....
I will forever love you......
Posted by Stephen Forbin on January 9, 2020
Series continues…….
My dear sister it feels like years but you’ve been gone only for twenty seven days and yet that is still too long. And even now when I think of you, it breaks my heart how I am missing you, and it is in those silent moments when my heart pains. Memories of you my dear sister are all that remains. How my heart aches no one will ever know.
You were (and will continue to be) that someone I could call when things aren’t going right. You were more than just family. You were so dear to my heart and you will always remain forever special in my heart. I wish you were still here with me enjoying life, but for all the things you shared with me and all that others continue to say about you I can understand why The Almighty God would want such a beautiful Angel on His side for eternity.
I am praying that someday we will meet again, where the pastures are green, and there will be no pain, no sorrow of heart, only joy and laughter. What a day that would be to see you again, My Dear Sister Agie.
Your Brother, Stephen.
Posted by Tanyi Tabeson on January 9, 2020
As you make your final journey home, Aunty Aggie, may the angels of God lead you safely to Abraham's bosom and may you find joy with our Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints Forevermore! Mama pray for us! We will always miss you and remember you! God be with you till we meet again!
Fr. Tabeson
Posted by Shuri Bangang on January 8, 2020
My dearest sister Aggie, it has taken me a while to write this because it is really hard for me to believe that you are no more. We've known each other for over 10 years. I loved you so much that I called you my grandma and you called me your granddaughter. We called each other everyday no matter where we went to. We became a very lovely family that I decided to spend some time with you before moving out of Maryland. We spent the time, you told my that you will ready miss me when I leave and that you may follow me to wherever I am going to. It was not even long after that when go got sick. How can I believe that you are gone? You will remain in my hear for ever. I miss you but God love you more. God is our father and he knows what is good for us. May your gentle soul and the souls of the faithful departed Rest in perfect peace.

         ♥️♥️♥️ Shuri Bangang
Posted by LINDA LO on January 7, 2020
Agnes was quiet, faithful servant of God. Up to these days, I can still feel her presence and can envision her sitting with the choir representing the alto section. As I recently started cantoring, Agnes would always have words of encouragement and assurance to help ease my nervousness. Thank you Agnes……. I wonder how it feels singing with all the angels up where you are now… Thank you for sharing your talent with us - You will be missed.

“We never lose the ones we love, for love itself lives on, and the joy we knew together is never really gone. It lives in precious memories of those who were so dear, memories that bring comfort and keep our loved ones near.’’
Posted by Forbin Honorine on January 7, 2020
Grandma Aggie, really difficult to believe you are no more among us. You left us sooner than expected. Yeah they go to me as the shocking message and I couldn't believe talk less of the fact that you will know more. I remember when we used to talk on daily basis even though I existed only for a short part of your life. You were part of my earliest and fondest memory and will always be. While I was growing up you were a strong, independent ,role model to me and I admired your confidence and decision and overall, kind and caring spirit and i.ll always be grateful for the lessons. I.ll miss you in all aspects of life including the advices you gave me on daily basis and always reminding me to be prayerful. I.ll miss you so much grandma Aggie. Rest in peace in the lord.s bossom.
Forbin Honorine
Posted by Berni Fomengia on January 4, 2020
 Aggie, God created you and sent to this World for a purpose. The moment you steadily & faithfully fulfilled that purpose, He gracefully opened the Gates of Heaven on Friday November 13, 2019 for your triumphant entry into His kingdom.
I got to know Aggie Forbin, when she came to work in Cameroon Embassy in the United states of America just after we had formed the Cameroon Students Association:,"CAMSA-USA". On that accord, I therefore, had frequent interactions within those years with the Embassy. For some certain circumstances I was able to admire the characteristic & humanitarian gifts that God had given Aggie. Subsequently, for those years that she worked in Cameroon Embassy, she did everything within her reach & even beyond to help others including those she didn't even physically know. This is a woman who will ask me to link her up with some Business owners who would be willing to use their Letter- Heads to write effective letters of recommendations to enable her help those Cameroonians who had the qualifications but couldn't obtain any gainful employment for lack of experience. Of course, due to her positive attitudes she became successful and used such reference letters to help even those she merely met for first time to obtained jobs. On the other hand, Aggie left no stone unturned & could do whatever it would take, at all costs to elevate her family. Nevertheless, she was so blessed that she rounded up so well with her effective behavior towards her own community. Aggie was very resourceful & and enthusiastically participated with those Cultural Associations that geared toward the development of her homeland. Based upon those lines, the moment we formed Lebialem Cultural Association (LECA-USA) following the creation of Lebialem Division on September 1, 1992, Aggie subsequently enrolled and became a very resourceful active member of LECA-USA -DC Metropolitan Area. Due to her patriotism couple with hard work she became the first Lady to handle the position of LECA-USA President in 1994. It should be realised that LECA-USA -DC, was the only branch of LECA in Diaspora at that time. During her tenure as President, a letter came from Lebialem to LECA-USA meeting that there was a shortage of pipes costing 1.5million Frs CFA to enable the Focaleri Mission navigate water from Belech-Catholic School to Menji, the Headquarters of Lebialem Division. Aggie in her capacity as President called an emergency meeting & indicated that she wanted Lebialem Elements to voluntarily raise the 1.5million frs CFA on charitable basis. With such zeal & enthusiasm Lebialem Elements were able to raise the money in three days. She then took a picture of those who raised the money, framed it & carried with the money to Lebialem. She paid her own flight & took the money to the the Focaleri within one week. That was able to accelerate the water process linkage from Belech Catholic School to Menji. That particular picture presently hangs in the Focaleri Office in Fontem being the lovely work of Aggie Forbin to her beloved Community.
"If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we belong to the Lord" :Roman's 14:8.
May her soul rest in peace.
Submitted by Ndi Fomengia.
Posted by Patience Mbongwo on January 2, 2020
Aunty it is really difficult for me to write because I still can't believe that you are no longer with us but only God knows why.     
I promised you that I was going to come around Christmas to cook the eru you requested but God had another plan. May your kind and gentle soul rest in peace my grand aunty.      
Posted by Emily-Gizelle Mbongwo on January 2, 2020
Grandma Aunty, we miss you so much and care about you a lot. I know I was very little when I met you and don't quite remember you, but I still love you all the same. I was very shocked and saddened to here that you passed. I wish I could see you again one more time.
Posted by Conrad Mbongwo on January 2, 2020
Auntie Agnes(Sister Agi, as we fondly call you!). I am still in shock and disbelieve that you are gone. It came as a lightning, but God alone knows why.

You were a wonderful, very caring and loving aunt. Most of us have a better life today because you help made it possible. We would always live to remember you. You were not only an aunt, but also a mother. You took us as your own children. My friends would at times say that they have never seen an aunt, who loves her sisters kids that much. This is just to say that, all what you did, never went unnoticed! 

Sister Agi, the last time I was very closed to you was in Cameroon, when you were visiting back in 2010, whilst I was there. I do remember driving you to Limbe and dropping you off at Mr. Fonjock's residence. Our conversation in the car, and having dinner together at the fish market-Down beach, will never be forgotten. I also spoke briefly to you when Mom was visiting Maryland, at Gwen's residence, not knowing that would be the last.

Auntie Agnes, we would always keep you in our prayers. You are no longer physically with us, but spiritually you are. we all know you are in a better place. Adieu Auntie! till we meet to part no more.
Posted by Norbert And Lily Ajeawung on January 2, 2020
Mama we first met you when we had our son in MD and where we fondly remember the endless supply of goodies. We were touched by your kindness and generosity.
Your life was marked by spending time in God's presence and doing service for Him.
It must have pleased Him to call you home.
We will miss you. Till we meet again.
Posted by Christiana Jackai on January 1, 2020
It is hard to bring myself to write about sister Aggie here. Where do I start or end? As many, I still find it unbelievable. Sister Aggie’s was one of those I got to know initially when I came to this country. Ever since we remained friends, transcending to family. She was a senior sister to me. Sister Aggie will always response when I invite her to my house events, where she would show up with roasted fish. My friends knew her for that and always looked forward to it. Our last gathering was November 28, 2019 when we all met to thank God for His grace. That day we all shared 5 things we were thankful for. As always, sister Aggie’s spirituality was evident. She was thankful for her God and family, among others. I cry and I ask God why; why did He not prepare us? But He consoles me by letting me know that she is in a better place. With many traces and reminders of sister Aggie’s around me, it is hard to forget her. And I know my daughter and I will miss her a lot. Good bye my friend, till we meet to pet no more. Knowing you was a blessing.
Posted by Christine Perry on January 1, 2020
I am truly missing Agnes. She was a choir mate and fellow Alto in St. Patrick’s Traditional Choir. We also spent Thursday evenings together with the Lord in Adoration. 
I thank God for the gift of her life.
Posted by Dionne Forbin on January 1, 2020
Dear Grandma Grand-aunty,

It is so sad to know that you are gone. Only time will heal the empty space you left behind. The day I heard about your passing was when my dad came to pick me up for the Christmas holiday. I notice that something was wrong because he was not as cheerful as he always is. He told me about what just happened that morning. It has been two and-half weeks since your passing and it still hasn’t sunk in. I remember seeing you at Uncle Lebong’s funeral and you looked very well. Only two weeks later, receiving such devastating news is frustrating.

The memories of you visiting my mother and I when I was a baby in Virginia are still fresh in my memory. You had a very warm and kind-hearted disposition. We love you, but God loves you more. And given your God-fearing nature, I know that you are in heaven watching and smiling over us. Until we meet again, Grandma Grand-aunty, you will always be in our hearts.
Posted by Wayne Gregory on January 1, 2020
I find myself reflecting on perhaps the last conversation that I had with Miss Agnes several days before her passing. She shared with me the importance of repentance and forgiveness. I will always value that moment. I'm sure all who knew her well can say with certainty that she was a very gentle and caring person. It was a blessing for me to have known her. May God rest her gentle soul.
Posted by Relindis Atemkeng on December 31, 2019
Mamie Agnes, (aka Sis), Grandma Auntie. I still can't believe that you are gone. I have called your name so many times and there is no answer. As the mother of the family, things are not the same since you have left. When Beatrice, Gwen, and I were living with grandma in Mamfe, whenever you came to visit it was like Christmas everyday. When I was in Okoyong you always brought me beautiful and unique clothes. You came to Cameroon and made me a passport and brought me to America in 1987 and you changed my life. You sponsored me to college/University . While I was in University of Maryland and Baltimore you visited me every other Sunday with food and etc. You have always been there for me and my family. You came and picked my kids to take them to The Legion of Mary. Now that you are gone who is going to take them there. You took me to Emmitsburg in 1999. You came back from holy land and brought us rosary's and holy water. Who is going to do that now? You have done so much for us. Who is going to continue your work? My heart is full of sorrow and I can't stop crying. Thank you for all the advice's. I love you but your maker loves you more. Greet grandma, grandpa, mama Anastasia, papa Aloys, Polycarp, Uncle Cyprian, Mamie Lili and the other Forbin family members. I know that I have a Guardian Angel watching over me now. May your soul rest in peace.

- Relindis Atemkeng- Mboussi 
Posted by Peter Atemnkeng on December 29, 2019
This is so difficult to write because I have not accepted the fact you are not here. You are my second mother as well. The person that cared for me since I came to the US. You were taken from us too soon and I am not accepting that. I am so sorry for not talking to you more than I wanted to. You are the strongest person I know and thank you for everything you have ever done for me. You will never be forgotten. You are looking now upon all of us and guiding us. I love you mom. 

By Bird York

Have no fear in your heart
Though you feel you’ve been broke and lost
There’s a place where we will meet up again
There’s a place that mends your hurt and takes you in
There are times faced alone
When you find all the holes in yourself
You don’t have to walk the night on your own
I will say a prayer for you to lead you on
I will say a prayer for you when you have gone
Posted by Maggie Fonge on December 30, 2019
Sister Aggie, I am still struggling to come to terms with your passing, more so because I was just with you on Thanksgiving day! I recently had more clarity as to what happened. Though it does not help me answer the “why”, it gave me some solace. I am so grateful for the time we spent on Thanksgiving Day. Hardly did I know it would be the last time we will spend together.
I have been reminiscing about our life together ever since I heard of your passing. All the memories have been beautiful. Over the years your friendship to my husband and I, has been greatly appreciated. I valued our friendship so much so that I asked you to be the godmother to my youngest son. You honored my request and drove down here to North Carolina for the occasion.
I have cherished our friendship through the years. I enjoyed our phone conversations especially those about the trips to all those “holy” places you visited: Lourdes in France, Rome, Israel, and Ohio! I enjoyed our visits when I came over to MD, where after all the pleasantries, we always end up talking about your trips. Oooh how you came alive when narrating your experiences on these trips! You were quite a story teller. Your soft spoken words always got me listening spell bound!
I called Stephen when I heard of your passing. We cried together for you, more so because your departure was kind of sudden, but I had no doubt you were ready for the Lord. I am grateful for your life, your friendship and the times we spent together. Your memories will live with us forever. Rest in peace my dear sister, my friend, till we meet to part no more.
Your sister, your friend, Maggie Fonge
Posted by Susane Njomo on December 28, 2019
Rest well Sister Agie. You will be dearly missed. I had the privilege of knowing you in the 1980s when I just came to the country and all the efforts you made to make sure our visits to the embassy were hassle-free. Your loving smile and polite nature made talking to you so easy. You were one of a kind.
Posted by Stephen Forbin on December 28, 2019
Series continues.......
My dearest sister Agie, I have still not fully believe that you are gone. I go to your home every day and spend hours, most of the time with Lucia, still hoping that God will miraculously bring you back so we can have a face to face conversion as we always do. I never entertained the thought of loosing you, but here I am, standing alone, without you by my side and I don’t know what to do. I am going crazy; I am trying to hold on, to keep strong, but nothing is the same without you. I wish I could see your face; to hear your laughter and sisterly advice would mean so much; it often happens within my dreams and each time I am awake I always wish it was real. In all our lives together, this is the ONLY journey you left very unceremoniously, with no final words of farewell. Often times I think of you more like a mother, so my dear sister I would not trade you for another. You shall forever be present in my heart.
Your brother,
Stephen.

Posted by Mbiandji Naja Mesmerie on December 28, 2019
We had a wonderful aunt,one who never really grew old,Her smile was made of sunshine,And her heart was solid gold.I remember the last time u talk to me mum when u came for late uncle CY funeral in cameroon.ur dead was a blow to me.
      R.I.P MUMMY AGI
We love u but God love u more
Posted by Mary Akemnda Akemnda on December 27, 2019
    FRIDAY AGONY (Dec.13  2019)                          

That dark Friday morning ,
No one thought it real,
Our cheeks exuding tears,
Flowing so ceaselessly.

Big Sister, Loving Sister,
You denied it for real,
But dead cold hands,
Snatched you surprisingly.

Go well, Great Lady,
Rich unforgettable smiles,
On faces you placed,
We'll someday meet surely,
Beautifully, no more parting.

               Mary Akemnda,
               Sister ln-law.
Posted by Paul-Clement Mboussi on December 27, 2019
It has been two weeks since you have left us. I always think about the good memories that you created with me. One of them is when I was little you would always save candy for me. Every time that I would come to the house you would give it to me. Another thing that I remember was you taking us to church and buying us prayer books and many more. I still can't believe that you are gone. It's almost like a dream. I miss you so much and you will forever be in my heart. Fly high Grandma Auntie.

- Paul-Clement Mboussi
Posted by Anastasia Nicole Mboussi on December 27, 2019
Some of my favorite memories were spent at grandma’s house. I remember dreading the thought of going to meetings because I hated leaving the house, but one meeting at grandmas house changed my outlook on them. It was my brother and I and my other cousins sitting on her spiral steps that lead to the second level just laughing and having fun. Even though she wasn't with us she still brought us closer together. Sometimes I would go with my mom to her house and she would let me try on her clothes and shoes and let me “model” them. She made me feel pretty, loved, and good about myself. Even though she made me feel good emotionally she also helped me and my relationship with God by taking me to bible study on Sundays. I started to pray by myself at night recently and I’ll always try to deepen my faith in memory of her. I miss you so much and you are forever in my heart. -Anastasia Nicole Mboussi
Posted by Lucia Forbin on December 26, 2019
On behalf of Mariana Morfaw
My Dear Grand Aunty. It's your Mamie Amba. Its about two weeks now that I have not heard from you. Where are you? Where are you my Grand Aunty.? We met in Maryland on the 29th and 30th of Nov. How I wish I knew that was our last interval we had. Your passi g away is a very big surprise to me and I am still hopeful you will call me so that we can talk about Amba. I really miss you my Dear sister. Farewell we meet again to part no more. Farewell sister Agie.

By Mariana Morfaw.
Posted by Lucia Forbin on December 26, 2019
Our first Christmas without you. No Christmas tree, no Christmas lightings, no extensive cooking of varieties, no gifts under the tree. We lit a candle instead in your memory. For the first time we did not have the usual Christmas music that we listen to 24/7 through the New Year. The upcoming Year 2020 will be filled with a lot of first events without you. Peter graduates from High School without you. He will go away to college without you. You always wanted to see if "your Papa" will make use of all those hours he spent learning changes in weather patterns. It appears you will be observing from Heaven rather than physically.

Your absence is so largely present. As we catch ourselves talking about you in the past, we are slowly accepting the fact that your absence is permanent. We have to pick up the pieces and move on. We all know where you are and find consolation in knowing that you are in a great place, one of God's angels guiding and guarding all of us and others too. We all know you were ready and made mention of that several times but we were not ready. I will visit this tribute site as often as I can to share my thoughts and reminisce. For Ever Missed. Adieu adieu.
Posted by Stella Fominyam on December 24, 2019
Sis Agie,

This has been very difficult for me. Where do I begin? I don't know where to start. You've always been there for me as a little girl growing up in Mamfe arriving after losing my father.You all stepped in and assisted mom in raising us through primary school.The many nights assisting you in making chin chin at the St Joseph's parish in Mamfe, then Okoyong, Bambili and GHS Mamfe. All the beautiful dresses you bought me which were very unique.You engineered my coming to The United States, thanks to your foresight, you made sure I stayed focus and didn't get distracted.I was scared and frightened but you made certain I was safe at all times. I would live the D C area to pursue other opportunities on the West Coast, but you were always a phone call away no matter what time of the day I called.You welcome William,husband to be and his family as your own,you came over when we had both of our girls. The girls had a wonderful time they spent with you during the summer of 2011.This past May ,I was in Maryland for sometime, little did I know that May 25th would be our last time together.We went to Emmitsburg because I had long to go there. We got there late and weren't able to stay for long and I promised to be back in Maryland in 2020 so as to spend quality time there and do the Stations of The Cross with you. We left with Holy water, got back to Gwen's home and later on watched you drive off. I left for California Sunday Morning. We had so many phone calls together thereafter. My last call to you, we spoke for over 90 minutes, six days before you fell ill. Your passing is painful and the wound is deep but I know that you are now with the Lord resting in his bosom.Thank you for all trinkets you brought back from Rome, Lourdes France and Israel.
Your Journey is now over, may you now rest in the Lord. May the Good Lord grant your soul eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon you.
Your eldest daughter,
Stella Mbongwo Fominyam
Posted by Stella Fominyam on December 24, 2019
Dear Great-Auntie Agie, I was saddened when I heard the news of your passing. You welcomed my family and I to your home in 2011. You were such a welcoming person who cherished everyone you have come across in your life. You have always displayed the way of the Lord and came as an admirable and model for others around you. Thank you for all you have done for my family. You have been summoned to join God Almighty to rest in eternal life. Your presence will be greatly missed.
Rest peacefully till till.
Josepha Fominyam
California, USA.
Posted by Stella Fominyam on December 24, 2019
Dear Great-Auntie Agie, as one of your several grand nieces, all I can say is thank you. Thank you for always checking up on me and my sister when you called grandma. Thank you for always being willing and able to house us in your home whenever we came to Maryland. Lastly, thank you for serving as an exemplary Roman Catholic woman for me as I continue my journey through Catholicism. Your passing was very untimely and earth-shattering as you were one of the main pillars in our family. The only silver lining I can find in your departure is that you are reunited with our Almighty Father.
You will be dearly missed.
Tatiana Fominyam
California, USA
Posted by Stella Fominyam on December 24, 2019
Sister Agie, as you were popularly and fondly called but our mutual simple and appropriate addressing of each other was ‘moyo’; in-law in our lingua franca. Moyo, the dreaded news of your unexpected transition into eternity hit me like a thunderbolt.
I came to ask the hand of my wife, Stella, for marriage and you delightfully with all grace obliged. Ever since we enjoyed each other’s company via divergent media. You treated me like your own blood and I did return the favor. Our topics of conversation were varied and took unusual lengthy durations intermittently.
You were a consummate Roman Catholic Christian unabashed to hail the name of the Greatest of all – Lord Jesus. Your dream and aspiration that you profoundly proclaimed was to visit Israel and Rome, yes, they were accomplished.
You selflessly changed and engineered without envy or regrets, the success of many people, your own and non-blood alike. They are dispersed in all corners of the globe, by every indication they are living up to the standard you established. Thank you for this human sweet labor, you will be appreciated and remembered for ever.
As a Christian child, you have been called by the Almighty to join your ancestors in God’s Heaven. You will solely be missed here on earth but you are in a better abode in the golden hands of our Savior Lord.
Journey well until we meet again.

                     William Fominyam, number one ‘moyo’
                              California, USA.



Posted by Stella Fominyam on December 24, 2019
Agnes,
Where are you? I have called you many times but I cannot hear you. Are you on a journey or are you doing a retreat. But you would have told me your program so that I know when to call you. Our children and grand children are searching for you and longing to see you,they have brought you gifts for the joyful season. The Lord called for you and you left without informing us,why?Have you seen Mami and Papa? Greet them for me,greet our elder sister ( Anastasia), Cyprian, Polycarp (my son) and my beloved husband ( Aloys) and all other family members. Our children and grand children love you very much and they will never forget you as long as they live. You contributed so much towards their progress. I wish you had lived longer to enjoy the fruits of your labour. I love you very much but God, our creator and Father loves you best. You have fought a good fight and ran a good race to meet Jesus our redeemer.Rest in perfect peace, enjoy eternity till we meet to part no more. To God be the glory.
Your elder sister,
Mbongwo Josepha
Posted by JANET EDWARDS on December 25, 2019
Ms. Agnes,
I can't believe you are gone. Your maker loves you so much. He gave you to us your journey here on earth is done and you've gone back to him.
Rest in perfect peace big sister and make new friends with the heavenly angels
Posted by Peter Forbin on December 24, 2019
Its been about two weeks since you left. I definitely do miss you. It feels like it was only yesterday when you were driving me to football practices and games and yelling at me because my room wasn't clean. Its still not clean right now, I'll do it later though. Again, I really miss you and I hope you watch over our family through these holidays.

~Peter
Posted by Lucia Forbin on December 24, 2019
I was smiling to myself today as I recalled a moment in time when you would laugh with me as we listen to Nene arguing with her brothers. She will shout at Peter and turn around yelling at Jay. We would be cracking up together and wondering aloud at how strong she is. Then you would walk over to her and say this " you have to respect your brothers. Don't you know they are older than you"? She would respond "I will respect them if they respect me in return. Nobody treats me like that and get away with it". Then you will burst out laughing again not knowing what to say to her. Then you will start talking in Nweh to me and Nevaeh will walk by and whisper that I know you are talking about me. You and I will start the laughter all over again. Oh my God what a loss. Your departure into our father's heavenly kindom was on the feast day of St Lucia. Whatever, that means I do not know. I see you every minute of the day. In everything I do, I see you there. I know you see me too and I want to continue to feel your presence and influence. I may not be a great Christian like you but I will do my best to emulate your life.

Posted by Stephen Forbin on December 24, 2019
What's up Grandma Aunty. You have only be gone for days now, but it has felt like an eternity. It sickens me that this will be my first Christmas without you. Please watch over me to make sure I am making the right decisions throughout my life. With all these temptations it will be stay away, but with you guiding me, I could never get lost. Please rest easy.
J. Forbin
Posted by Stephen Forbin on December 24, 2019
Series continues……
Hello Sis, I am here again to continue where we left off on our conversation. Your conspicuous absence is becoming so unbearable. My days have been full of strife. I miss having you around for sisterly advice, which sometimes turns into scolding because I did not go to church that Sunday or the previous. Even though I am sure you’ll say you are following the path The Almighty God laid for you, your sudden parting has left a HUGE void in me that no one else can fill. It saddens me that I never saw your wings when you were here with me until you closed your eye and soared to the Heavens that faithful morning on Friday, December 13th. You left behind a lot of unfinished business that ONLY you can complete. However, knowing you the way I do, you shall stand by my side every step of the way directing me on the way forward. You shared my sorrows but The Almighty did not give us time for you to share ENOUGH of my joy. But there is something He has given us; He has placed a love for you Deep down my heart. You’ve earned those wings my dearest sister and you shall always be my sister and forever be my angel.
Your brother,
Stephen.
Posted by Gladys Njem on December 23, 2019
The News of you leaving us was very shocking that Friday morning... no time to prepare or to say goodbyes. Your memories will live on for ever until we meet again sister Agie. I remember some tweenty years ago when i ran into you coming from a babysitter in your neighborhood who left me stranded with my son whom she had to babysit so i could go to work. You asked me what i was doing in your neighborhood and i told you the story. Being a single parent i had no choice but to call of work that afternoon since i had no child care. You told me to bring my son into your house that you will babysit for me just like that. I always remember that day each time i saw you moving forward. I will CONTINUE to remember it even though you are gone. Thank you for your genuine kindness. I know the gates of heaven are wide open with angels waiting to welcome you. RIP Auntie.
Posted by Juli Meho on December 23, 2019
My daughter Agie, I was very saddened when I learned of your departure. I knew you were the one to assist at my burial but things turnout the other way, but I know you have gone to prepare a way for me, RIP till we meet again.
                Mama Juliana Forbin
Posted by Beatrice Ntimeeh on December 24, 2019
Sis, it still baffles me again and again that I will never see you again. I remember how we drove together in the same car to another funeral. Was it a way of you showing yourself to me for the last time?. You were a sister who checked on everyone relentlessly. You called frequently and you always stop by to see how we are doing. I don't know who will do all these for us now. Benedictson has been asking where is grandma auntie? She gave me my Rosary and also promised to take me to legion of Mary in St Patrick Church. She taught me the sign of the cross and we were supposed to start the Rosary lessons but now she is no more. How do I continue from here? Grandma, I love you so much, even in death. My mom has told me about death. I don't know exactly what it is. But I believe one day you will come back and I will see you again.



Posted by Lucia Forbin on December 23, 2019
Hello again Grandma Aunty, this is Nene. It has been a little over a week since you've left us. I like to think about the good memories that you have created with me. Like when one of the many times you took me shopping and you bought me new clothes for school. You've cared for me since the day I was born. For 13 years you cared for me and kept me in your prayers. I wish that you could've stayed here longer and watched me grow up, guide me through problems, and just simply love me unconditionally. I will truly miss you. Fly high.
Nene Forbin
Posted by Sylvia Fon on December 23, 2019
Auntie Agie, I Can Not Believe That You Are Really Gone. It Is A Shock. I Will Miss The Sound Of Your Voice, Smile and The Prayers That You Always Pray Over Me And I Pray Now For Your Soul To Be A Rest. Please Go And Rest With Our LORD, Our GOD. Be At Peace. You Are Forever Loved and Forever In Our Hearts.

Posted by Lucia Forbin on December 22, 2019
On behalf Of Nelly Okeke

MS. aGNES WAS A VERY GENTLE PEACE LOVING lADY SHE WAS ALWAYS READY AND WILLING TO HELP OUT WHEN YOU ARE IN A FIX. MAY HER GENTLE SOUL FIND REST AND COMFORT IN THE LORD. WE WILL MISS YOU AGNES!
by Nelly Okeke
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Posted by Joy Brill on January 23, 2020
I am sorry to hear about Agnes. I am a nurse with whom she worked at CSS, in fact, I just had her in class last month to renew her Medication Technician certification. I always mentioned to her that she had the same name, Agnes, as my Mom! I am so sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful lady. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Tanyi Tabeson on January 21, 2020
I thank you all for giving Ma Aggie a wonderful Christian Funeral and Celebration of Life. Everyday i go through the pictures and videos again! Mami Agie's passing on gives us all the reasons to hold on to Jesus alone! She was so close to Jesus and Mother Mary and that is our only consolation now! If she was not close to God, we would have been wondering and sad as to what will be her fate and outcome now. But like Jesus says; I am the Resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me, even if he dies, yet he shall live, (Jn 11:25). Let us all continue to lean on to Jesus and Mother Mary and we shall always see Aunty Agie smiling with us from above, making jokes for us to laugh and not weep at her passing on! So sleep, sleep, in peace and rest! Don't be afraid of the darkness, all is well for over the land and the sea, God is keeping the nightwatch for you and for me!
Posted by Tanyi Tabeson on January 21, 2020
Today is the Feast of St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr! I am sure you would have offered a Mass of Thanksgiving for your Patron Saint. I have prayed for you and your family! Please God, you are having a great and fantastic time with your namesake, St Agnes! Mami, Rest!
her Life
Sister Agie (Grandma auntie, Grand Auntie, Auntie Agie, “Nkemnkengafac” the traditional title she earned because of her benevolence) was born in mamfe, Cameroon to Peter Atemnkeng Forbin and Susana Tengungwoh Forbin. She completed primary education in Saint Joseph Catholic School Mamfe. She proceeded to vocational studies in Mamfe at the Regent Institute of Stenography where she obtained certification as a Stenographer. While doing vocational studies she also earned a certificate as a Practical Teacher (PT). She was posted to Lebialem where she taught at Government Primary School Fontem for a few years before living for Yaounde for greener pastures. While in Yaounde, her vocational certification became handy. She landed a position as a secretary at the University of Yaounde where she worked for several years before being appointed to work for Foreign Service in Yaounde and later on posted to the Cameroon Embassy in Washington DC. During her sixteen years tenure working in the Embassy, she brought several friends and family members, including nieces, nephews, cousins and your humble writer to this great nation, the United States of America. While working at the Embassy she did not stop her education; she continued her schooling taking remedial courses and subsequently gained admission into the University of the District of Columbia. She completed a program in business and was awarded a degree in business management.With a full schedule of working in the Embassy and pursuing her education, she still found time to participate and serve as role model in community affairs. She was a community leader. She was president of the ONLY tribe’s meeting called "LeCA" and hosted most meetings. She later became president of Lewoh meeting and also hosted all of our meetings in her residence in Silver Spring, Maryland.

She was passionate about working to improve lives. After her separation from the Embassy, she tried other paths before finding an interest with the Community Support Services (CSS). At the CSS she worked as an Employment Instructional Associate, providing daily support to individuals with disabilities. A position she held for sixteen years before her sudden and untimely demise in the early morning of Friday, December 13, 2019 following a five day hospitalization for bowel obstruction. Her contribution at CSS allowed individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to work and participate in community activities. Her work made a huge difference in all the individuals’ lives she supported.

She was a devoted Catholic Christian and very prayerful. She made several pilgrimage trips around the globe including Mexico, Israel, Italy, France and to other Holy sacred sites within the United States. In most instances she will take prayer request from those who could not accompany her and offer rides to others. In each of her trips within the US, sister Agie always made certain she brought back several gallons of Holly water which she shares among those who could not make it. She was a member of several catholic groups including but not limited to

National Association of African Catholics in the US

Head of First Saturday Fatima Prayers devotion, where she donated a live-size statue of our lady

Member of World Apostolate Ministry

She participated in distinguished St. Patrick Church e-mail group.

A member of Washington Council of Catholic women Archdiocese of Washington

Member of St Patrick Church contemporary Choir

Member of Catholic Women Organization

Member of St. Cecilia choir

Her love for Mary mother of Jesus was evident. She has a Rosary in every pocketbook, bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, closet, car, etc. Sister Agie gives Rosary as a gift to every newborn child she visits. She encouraged family members to pray the Rosary. As a matter of fact she has two huge Rosaries hanging in my bedroom. 
My sister does not take calls at 3:00pm, for that is Holy hour and she has to recite the Devine Chaplet. Her only reason for owning a television was to watch EWTN, a station that presents Catholic themed programs

Sister Agie, Grandma Auntie, Grand Auntie, Auntie Agie, Mama Agie was a kind, funny, smart, selfless, generous and outgoing. Anyone who knew her well knew that she never took life too seriously. She was always pulling pranks and cracking jokes.

We all loved Sister Agie so very much and will miss her dearly. She touched so many lives. Her humor, kindness and selflessness will continue to forever inspire those of us who were lucky enough to know her.

Goodbye, my dear sister Agie. We all loved you very much and will miss you tremendously.

Agnes leaves behind a host of family members and friends to mourn her. Sister Agie will join her parents, sister, brother and other family members who had previously embarked on the road less traveled before her.

For and on behalf of the family,

Stephen Forbin (brother).

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Aunty
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