This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved Mother, Grandmother & Great-Grandmother, Anna Lucretia Sherman Richards. We know that so many of you were very special to her and, she also thought the world of you! We invite you to join us in celebrating her life, by sharing fond memories, photos and/or videos from your time with her. She will forever live on in our hearts.

Love Lives On
                                        Those we love are never really lost to us--
we feel them in so many special ways--
through friends they always cared about
and dreams they left behind,
in beauty that they added to our days...
in words of wisdom we still carry with us
and memories that never will be gone...
Those we love
are never really lost to us--
for everywhere their special love lives on.
 Author: Amanda Bradley

Posted by Silda Knowlden on February 7, 2022
Aunt Anna, we honor your beautiful memory today, February 6th, on what would have been your 95th Birthday. You remain in our hearts. Thanks for all the love. Rest in Eternal Peace.
Posted by Marneda See on February 6, 2022
Happy Heavenly Birthday Nana.
I love and miss you like crazy. This is year of the firsts feels so strange not being able to make your chocolate cake and watch you enjoy it as I did with joy last year. I love you forever and always.
Love, your Belle ️
Posted by DAWN BARNES on February 6, 2022
Happy Heavenly Birthday, dear GodmotherI can’t remember a February 6th when we did not speak! So I’m still going to wish you the best birthday ever!
Posted by Ruby Harmon on January 16, 2022
Cousin Anna
Your passing was shocking. You touched many of our lives. Your strength, elegance and grace will always be remembered. To the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all relatives, may memories always bring comfort and may God hold you, rocking you gently to peace.
Posted by Alpha Simpson on October 20, 2021
There was true sadness when I learned of Godma Anna's passing, but not for a life taken too short, but simply because I will miss spending time with her. Godma was a special, beautiful person with the gift of touching people's lives simply by being herself.
When Godpa Joe passed away, I was concerned for Godma Anna. Studies show that when lifelong partners pass, the survivor often go soon after. So, I visited more often and encouraged others to do the same. Well, one night, Godma invited me to come learn to play chicken foot, but I was supposed to see my new girlfriend. I could not choose, so I brought the girlfriend to the game night. Godma Anna loved her and talked me up (not very subtly) all night; the girlfriend had so much fun that night, she never complained that we did not "go out." If the girlfriend was honest, she would tell you the night made her think more of me. I think you know where this story is going.
The girlfriend is now my wife and mother of our 2 handsome boys. I thank Godma Anna for her part in that. Liberia is not an easy place, but Godma Anna's positivity, hospitality, and love made it bearable for me to stay. Look how that turned out.
Thank you for everything. Rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Wokie Weah on October 8, 2021
Cousin Anna was one of my favorite cousins. I loved her smile, her gentle spirit and her graciousness. I remember spending time with her and Cousin Joe who always welcomed me to their home. The last time I saw her was at Sis Lady’s 90th birthday. She looked elegant. I will miss her generous spirit which had a profound impact on my life. Rest In Peace Cousin Anna. Wiyata, Marbue, Joanne, Dawn and your families thank you for taking good care of Cousin Anna. Never mind yah. I know her memory will forever live in your hearts.
Posted by Wokie Massaquoi-Wicks 81 on September 29, 2021
Anna, all we have done since hearing the dreadful news of your passing is reminisce about those days when we grew up together at Aunt Sarah Barclay's house under the watchful eye of Aunt Sarah and our grandmother, Tabitha Lucretia Johnson (Aunt Sarah's sister). Those were wonderful days.

We will miss you terribly, but we know that you are now in the arms of Jesus Christ. Rest in peace, dear Anna.

Tribute from Fritz and Fasia Massaquoi by Wokie Massaquoi-Wicks.
Posted by Silda Knowlden on September 28, 2021
A Mother called “ANNA”
Aunt Anna, you reminded me so much of my own Mother- not only did you share her name, but like her you were soft-spoken, graceful and fiercely loving of your family. I was privileged to share in that love.
You were there at just the right moments, quietly showing your love and support at my Mother’s funeral & again at my Daughter’s wedding. Your presence was SO greatly appreciated.
I will never forget the comfort of your hands and your beautiful, warm smile when you grasped my hands to welcome me after a bout of illness. Winston and I loved playing Chicken Foot & Boggle with you.
You will live on in our hearts- Forever!
Posted by Mitzi Richards on September 27, 2021
To my dear Anty Anna, I like to celebrate you in a memorible way. You were one of my best Anty. We bounded more in your late years. I say, thanks for knowing you. I will miss u dearly, but our GOD time was d best time for you to go and be with him at that time you left us in a peaceful transitioning way. We were bless to hve for those 94 yrs.
If I may say, only three good things amongs others, I admire about you:
1. Your beauty n intelligence
2. Your advise on issues surrounding us.
3. You Grace of evaluating people n your opinions.
I appreciate your kindness n Love u share . Hopefully we will meet tomorrow. You take your beauty rest. It's all your memories will live in my heart ❤️ Luv u   RIP ANTY ANNA.
Posted by Roseline Cooper on September 26, 2021
Cousin Anna, you will surely be missed by family and friends but your spirit will always be present. May your soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon you.
Posted by Nyemade Brewer on September 26, 2021

Thank you so much for all the moments you shared with our family, especially being there for all of our little milestones. You life was a blessing, your memory a treasure and inspiration.

To her children & grand children- Words cannot heal the pain of loss, may wonderful memories hold dear in your hearts. She was an adorable person who made the world better.

Rest In Peace, Cousin Anna. You will be missed by all of us lucky to have known you.

Chiori, Nyemade & family
Posted by Chippy Coleman on September 21, 2021
I memorialize my Aunt Anna in this space I have built for myself, thus remaining in this place that breathes life into words so that they might live again in my world of streetlights. To resurrect her through the rhythmic lines I paint across the sky; to remove a rib from death in order to create again.
Posted by Bindu Dennis on September 20, 2021
I will remember Cousin Anna as kind, gentle, soft spoken and hospitable. As a child she welcomed me into her home with warmth and my memories of being there are happy childhood memories for me. I would be all over her pitanga tree, eating all her pitangas, and she would let me eat as many as I wanted!
As I grew older I admired her feminine, demure, effortless confident and dignified manner.
To her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren children, Rudy and I extend our deepest sympathy for your great loss, and we pray that God continues to bless you with strength and courage at this difficult time in your lives.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.
With love,
Posted by S. Nelson on September 19, 2021
As I reflect on Aunt Anna's life, I remember her as a very kind, gentle, soft spoken person. A beautiful, intelligent lady, full of love and patience. Aunt Anna was an endearing person with a captivating smile. She knew the value of family, the First institution God created. As a God-fearing wife and mother, she was that pillar, that bond that held the family close together. May her legacy live on... 
To Mabue, Wiyatta, Dawn, Joanne, Carl and your children, you have many beautiful and precious memories to cherish for many years to come. May the Lord continued to reign His comfort and His peace in your hearts and souls.
I love you all. ❤ Saundra ❤
Posted by Joyce Sakor on September 19, 2021
Dawn and family, thanks for sharing Aunt Anna with us! May you all find comfort in knowing she was loved and touched many! She was truly a blessing. So kind and full of grace! I will miss her wonderful smile that when she does, there's a twinkle in her eyes. Her sprirt continues to live in all of you. May she rest in peace always.
Posted by Hawa Weeks on September 19, 2021
Mrs. Richards, my dear friend , I enjoyed the times we shared. I was so sad when I learned of your demise. The last time I saw you was at your sister Augusta's husband's party in Maryland and I am glad we took a picture together. Thank God for your life, my dearest friend. Well done!! Sleep in perfect peace and may light perpetual shine on you. To your children - Marbue, Wiyata, Joan , Dawn and their spouses and to your beloved family especially Godma Clave and my dear friend Augusta, I extend heartfelt sympathy. May we all be comforted by the beautiful memories of our Mom and relative in Jesus' matchless name. Stay blessed. Amen!
Posted by Ta Gasque on September 19, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. Take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in discomfort, in a much better place. We can never be prepared for the passing of our mother. May God keep you all comforted. Be blessed.
Posted by Willim Bernard on September 18, 2021

You were a very special and kind-hearted lady.
I fondly remember the days when we played either basketball or volleyball in the backyard of your home with Dawn and friends when you spoiled us each time with your hospitality.
You cared and looked after all of us like a mother.
We therefore looked forward coming to the house for visits as we always felt heartily welcomed by you.
I felt privileged during the countless times when I was invited for a Sunday Brunch with the Richards family. It meant a lot to me.
You were to me always like a mom and I am forever grateful for what you and uncle Joe did for me. For that I love you both.
Rest in perfect peace, Aunt Anna.
Please say hi to uncle Joe, my dad and others that left us.
Posted by Sec Les on September 18, 2021
Mother Dear, as we affectionately called her, was one of the sweetest persons I knew. Most of my memories of her are those of my childhood in Liberia where my mom (Philomena Massaquoi) who often take me and my siblings to visit her or the family. Even though, I didn't spend much time with her as an adult, whenever I would see her or hear about a recent visit by my mom or sister, it only deepened my affection and admiration for Mother Dear.
Sweet and soft spoken, Mother Dear was always warm, kind and loving. As I reflect on my memories of her, what remains with me the most is not what she said but how she made me feel in her presence: genuinely loved and appreciated. Reminiscing with my siblings, that too is their fondest memory of her and what we will all miss the most about Mother Dear who had an angelic soul. Although deeply saddened by her loss, I/we look toward the future with hope of seeing again when the promise of Rev 21:3 & 4 will be fulfilled:

"... And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”--Revelation 3 & 4

Secunda Holmes
Posted by Jessina Jones on September 17, 2021
Cos Anna as a little girl, I remember spending time with you and Cos Joe and getting to know you and your family. You always had a quiet spirit and a warm smile. You made me feel comfortable in your home. You will be missed. My prayers are with the family. May God continue to comfort you all. RIP Cos Anna
Posted by Agnes Dennis on September 17, 2021
When I think of Anna, I always think of "Anna and Joe". My memory of "Anna Lucretia" and Joe, and their family is one of love and affection.

At CWA in our day, we would begin with daily prayers. Reverend and Mrs. Argalander, (Reverend Argalander was Principal), always sat on the dias. I remember that on occasion, Anna and Joe in their student leadership roles, would also be seated on the dias with them. Anna was highly respected by the student body and faculty. I remember her as quiet, demeure, soft spoken, motivated academically and an exemplary student. Anna was the valedictorian of her graduating class, modest and humble. Joe was a popular athlete, and they remained "an item" from high school. She became an exceptional wife and mother, and leaves a wonderful legacy of love and family.

"My God, My Father whilst I stray far from my home on life's rough way, oh teach me from my heart to say, thy will be done."

Anna, rest in perfect peace.



Posted by Isabel Karnga on September 17, 2021
From The remaining two of the College of West Africa Class of 1945 : Isabel Karnga (Coleman) and Mabel Fagan Hill.

Anna Lucretia Sherman Richards - a lady of dignity from birth. Anna and Isabel were classmates from the Lula Hayes Kindergarten School through high school. Mabel joined them in the 3rd grade at the College of West Africa (CWA). Many joined the class later, including Anna's deceased husband, Joseph, in the fourth grade. Unfortunately, the numbers decreased yearly, ending with thirteen at graduation - 4 females and 9 males.

Anna was always studios, focused and serene. In high school, she tended more toward the scholarly and matters of substance. As a friend, Anna was stable, committed, sincere and dependable. With Anna, once a friend, always a friend. Her legacy as a woman of depth and commitment carried over on her journey into adulthood as a mother, wife and member of society. We thank God for keeping Anna to witness the maturity and achievements of her children and to enjoy her grands and great-grands. We will miss chatting with Anna about events in Liberia, "back in the day" - "Charlie King time" . We are, however, grateful that she is now resting comfortably with the God of her creation and with the love of her life, Joe. May she rest in eternal peace.
Posted by sean holmes on September 17, 2021
It has been an honor, privilege and pleasure to care for Mrs. Richards for the last 25 years. I will miss her smile and majestic aura. My prayers are with the entire family as we mourn her physical loss from our lives but celebrate her transition from this Earth to the blessed serenity of God's House.
Posted by Maisha Carey on September 17, 2021
Thinking of you all as you say farewell to our dear Aunty Anna. I will forever cherish her love and kindness, hospitality (especially when I was in Liberia), and the MEAN games of chicken foot. She did not take it easy on us newbies!

Thank you Aunty Anna for your example of virtue and grace. You will be missed, but I know your family and friends will feel your presence often.
Posted by Judith Simpson on September 17, 2021
There were many times spent with my friend and sister Anna that we laughed alot, and cried alot. Now she's gone. I'm ready to write a new story. I am done about being sad and talking about being sad. However, I've found myself returning to those things over and over again. It turns out that grief isn't something we get to check off the list of human experiences, never to return. Since she's gone I have experienced more bursted expectations and more heartbreak. Again I have become weary with my crying. Again, I have found the steadfast love of God waiting in my sadness. This is the miracle, that we may grow weary of our crying, but God never gets weary of our crying. May her soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Christian Simpson on September 17, 2021
My sweet Godmother Anna Richards was the BEST. Period. Her friendship with our family began with my mother, extended to all my siblings, and fell most lovingly on me. She was indeed a second mother to me, seeing me through life transitions big and small. She shared wisdom, she shared laughter, and most importantly she shared time. By phone and by presence, I knew I was in her thoughts and most definitely in her prayers - as she was in mine. My enduring memory of her is quiet strength wrapped in an unassuming package. She was not to be trifled with! Oh how lovely was your spirit Godma Anna. Thank you for blessing me with your presence in my life. I love you now and into the new life you have just entered. Rest in Peace sweet lady.
Posted by Agatha Farngalo on September 17, 2021
Aunty Anna,
Words can not express my gratitude for your love ❤️ and kindness over the years.

You were able to celebrate life beautifully and that’s a testimony for living.

One memorable moment is the time you surprised me and celebrated with my friends and I on my birthday at a Jazz Jam session. It was such an awesome and beautiful time. I’m still smiling ❤️.

You will be missed but God Got You. We know you are in a loving place living life to its fullest. May Your Soul Rest In Perfect Peace ☮️.

To the family, God’s comfort, love, peace and blessings to you all. It will be well!


Posted by Cheryl Freeman on September 17, 2021
Dearest Auntie Anna,

The loss of you is a sober reminder of how important it is to cherish and make the most out of the time God gives us to spend with those we love. 

Though you are no longer physically with us, the beautiful memories you left behind
serve as a testament of the beautiful soul you were to all of your family and friends, and the flame of your memory will always burn in our hearts.

My memories of you are marked by how very pleasant you were when I first met you over two and a half decades ago. I always admired your gentleness, your quiet grace, and the regal dignity with which you carried yourself. You were a Class-Act, Auntie Anna, and I am comforted by the hope that we will see you again someday in Jesus mighty name. 

Until then, rest in God's loving comfort and peace. You'll be loved and cherished always and we wish you Godspeed.

Your niece,
Clavenda Morgan

Posted by Cheryl Freeman on September 17, 2021
My Dearly Beloved Sister Anna,

My family and I are deeply saddened by your loss.  Words cannot express the deep grief and sadness I feel over losing you. You were such a joy in my life. 

Sister Anna, I will always miss your beautiful smile, your tender hugs, your heartfelt laughter, and your favorite game of Chicken Foot you taught me to play with you. 

Rest in God's love and perfect peace, my loving sister. We will always love, miss, and cherish you.

Your sister,
Augusta Sherman Morgan
Posted by Magdeline Duncan on September 17, 2021
Aunt Anna was the softest lady I knew. In every way. Never did I ever hear her raise her voice about anything. But at the same time she was strong! She managed her home, children and other affairs effectively and efficiently. I enjoyed her company. She was always interested in you and yours and let you know. I’ll miss that soft voice always. May her soul Rest In Perfect Peace!
Posted by Angelique McGlotten on September 16, 2021
Cousin Anna. Or, Anna L., as I jokingly referred to you at times. And we both would chuckle because it was really a term of endearment.

You were such a caring soul. One of the things you always did was to ask me, "How are all the children?" You said these words whenever you saw me, and your love and concern really meant a lot.

You have now made your spiritual transition, but not without leaving behind many warm and beautiful memories for those who loved you to cherish. I will miss your sweet demeanor, Cousin Anna. I will miss your quiet voice. And I will miss the warmth of your gentle spirit.

There is just nothing like a mother's deep and steadfast love. I'm praying for and lifting up your beloved children, grand children, and great grand children as they begin this new chapter without your physical presence and the fire of your maternal love. May God Almighty strengthen them, comfort their hearts and hold them close.

I will miss you, Cousin Anna!

Lovingly submitted,
Angelique Cooper McGlotten
Posted by Lisa Cooper on September 16, 2021
Remembering My Dear Cousin Anna

Cousin Anna is one of those people I don’t remember ever meeting. She was just always in my life, since she and my mother and Godpa Joe and my father were the best of friends. There was also a special bond among all of the Cooper and Richards kids. My sister Dawn and I loved going to visit our friends Joann and Dawn because Cousin Anna and “Godpa Joe” (I called him that even though he was my sister’s godfather, not technically mine) always made us feel so welcome and special. There was always a delicious meal, served at the table, with lovely linens and dishes, and we were included in conversations at the table. They wanted to know what we were up to, who our friends were, and what we thought about what was going on in our world. We were always welcome to spend the night, because we always had so much fun and were never ready to go home. And we were allowed to take bubble baths in their bathtub with the Jacuzzi jets – the first time I had ever seen one of those – and to play dress up with all of the mirrors in their bathroom. 

I stayed with Cousin Anna and Godpa Joe at their house in Corinna Park and then again at their house in Bridgeport Connecticut when my mother had to be with my grandmother during a prolonged hospital stay. And I always felt at home.

Cousin Anna also had a very practical side to her and a dry sense of humor. One could always trust her to “call a spade a spade” and to provide wise counsel on issues ranging from how to be a good friend, when to say no to a boy who was being too “fresh”, and how much stuff you didn’t like but should put up with just to get a little of what you wanted.

In her later years, Cousin Anna was always up for hanging out. She went on trips with her children and grandchildren and didn’t miss dancing at any weddings! One particular fun time was when Cousin Anna went to see the movie “Bootie Call” with DY and me (by this time we were young adults). We got such a kick out of telling her what the title of the movie meant and watching her laugh in disbelief!

Cousin Anna, I will miss your gentle demeanor and your smile. You were a real trooper, remaining pleasant throughout your health challenges, and a true other mother and grandmother to me, Nigel, and Donovan, always showing up to support us, celebrating our joys and sharing our sorrows. Rest in perfect peace and may God hold you in His arms as you reunite with all of your loved ones departed. I love you. I will hold a special place in my heart for you, and I look forward to the day when we meet again.
Posted by Etmonia Benjamin on September 16, 2021
“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy”
And Aunt Anna, you are happy in the loving arms of our Lord.
I will miss seeing your beautiful smile every time my mom and I visited you. Your loving memories will forever live in our hearts as we celebrate your life!
Praying for the entire family during this time and we rest in the comfort of our Lord.
Posted by Audi Peal on September 16, 2021
I was so sorry to hear about Auntie Anna’s passing. One of my earliest memories is being left in her kind care when my mother had to leave Liberia for a few weeks and how she treated me like one of her own!
Posted by Isabel Cooper on September 16, 2021
You will be missed dearly Cousin Anna. I will miss your warm personality and sweet spirit. I will always cherish the memories that we had playing dog foot and just having a good time hanging out together. The memories we shared, as well as those shared with your family, will keep your legacy alive for generations to come. Rest in eternal peace Cousin Anna, Love. Cousin Isabel Cooper
Posted by Tamica Tucker on September 16, 2021
Cousin Anna.  Our game days on Wednesday's were the best!!!! Thank you for accepting and embracing myself and all of my kids. It's because of you we love to play chicken foot and we love Bingo so much.  Rest well mama!!!
Posted by Judith Campbell on September 16, 2021
Sincere condolences to the family. I always remember Anna as a gentle pleasant lady with a ready smile. She will be great missed. Eternal rest grant unto Anna O Lord and may her soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Bonita Jude on September 15, 2021
My dear Cousin Anna, Your quiet, humble spirit demonstrated to me 'blessed are the meek in spirit for they shall inherit the earth", for that you inherited and more ( as demonstrated on all those pictures in the gallery). You never let your age prevent you from keeping up with the younger generation and you could relate to all. Personally, you step in and help fill the gap when my mother passed away. I will forever treasure those heartfelt conversations we had when everything seemed like it was falling all at once. I will try and live up to be the woman you were, strong, resolute, and able to move a mountain with a smile or a whisper. No one likes to let go of such a treasure but I know you are now receiving your just crown and you are now dancing and radiant with the Lover of your soul. So I say thank you for being who you were, thank you for loving me and listening even when your health was being challenged. Rest in eternal peace. You are loved and will never be forgotten. I love you dearly.
Posted by Gloria Freeman on September 15, 2021
Godmother Anna was like my second mother. She was always present in my life.
I remember while we were in Liberia, I was attending Corina Hilton Van E school and was not pleased with what had been prepared for my lunch. Godmother made sure that a nice home made hamburger was prepared for me.
The biblical phrase: Before Abraham was I am. I can remember the context the phrase was used…
Her famous quote: in life you have to take a good bit of what you don’t want just to get a little bit of what you want.
When my mother died in 2014, she held my hand at the grave site telling me how much my mother loved me.
She introduced me to Pastor Joyce Meyer, we would watch her program while I was in the US visiting. I still watch her shows and read her books.
Godmother, you are resting in peace. Say hi to Godpa Joe, Poppy and Mommy.
I love you and you will remain in my heart forever.❤️
Posted by Charles Hoffman on September 15, 2021
Although I knew this day would come, I could never quite prepare myself for it. Cousin Anna, as I affectionately called her, was an extraordinary, magnificent and charming woman. My journey with her began in my infancy and early childhood, when she, cousin Joe and the children, lived in Coconut Plantation and me and my family, on Snapper Hill. Our families were very close and as a result, I, my sister Tobertha, Marbue, Wiatta, and our other cousins Kendrick Brown and his sister Lucelia, spent a lot of time playing together on weekends; and celebrating many birthdays. Cousin Anna was always a great hostess; always making sure that we had enough treats and games to play

My bond with cousin Anna was always filled with love, admiration and humor. She was always so glad to see me; and I, equally elated. She'd always greet me with a smile, hug and a kiss on the cheek. The memories are way too many to list here but I remain forever endeared to our relationship and I have the many photos we took, to cherish.

Rest In Perfect Peace...
My darling cousin, until we meet again..
Posted by Tammy Turner on September 15, 2021

I think I can safely say that I have known Anna Sherman Richards almost all my life.

Anna lived with my Grandma Sarah Cooper Barclay on Front Street. Grandma Sarah was the mother of my father’s sisters, Adeline Cooper King, Anna E. Cooper Phillips, Magdalene Cooper Dennis, and brother Henry Cooper. Living in the house also was my cousin James T. Phillips. JT and Anna were like brother and sister.

Two streets away from Grandma Sarah’s Front Street house on Broad Street lived Joseph G. Richards with his mother, Aunt Tilly Richards, my mother’s brother, John Azariah Howard’s widow.

These two homes were some of the “must visit homes” when I was growing up. According to the then Liberian tradition, every Sunday, and holidays, the young ones were taken to the elders’ homes to say “howdo”, to get to know their elders and for the elders to get to know the younger generation. So, we all grew up as one big family.

Anna was a history buff, whenever we met, she loved telling me the history of the Barclays, Marshalls, Padmores, and Shermans clans, and she never failed to tell me about the consanguinity between my Marshall children and her children. One of her prized possessions was a portrait of grandpa Barclay which she proudly displayed in every home she lived in.

Anna had a fervor for helping her friends with the construction, design, and planning of their homes. She loved visiting and sharing her architectural designs and ideas which were very helpful and practical. Her passion for the planning of their Tubman Boulevard home is a testament to her skills, which she took much pride in showing off the beautiful and talented results to her visitors and friends and delighted in offering them some form of food to eat.

Anna and my late sister Mary Jeannette were the best of friends. Anna who was so in love with Joe Richards, a big talkative showoff, and she a quiet, soft spoken reserved lady revealed to her best friend that she and Joe had gotten married and showed the most beautiful photographs of the bride and groom. The image was of that of sheer bliss, love, and happiness. And for 64 years Joe and Anna held fast to God’s admonition, “Those whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”

I feel very fortunate and blessed to have shared this kind, reserved and gentle-heart lady with her lovely family and friends. I know she is happy and smiling to be with her darling Joe once again. So, my friend, I’ll say bye for now...
Rest in heavenly peace.
Posted by Augusto Macedo on September 15, 2021
Anna Richards enhanced this side of Glory with her heirs of whom she was proud, rightly so. Her children and grandchildren learned from cousin Anna the essence of love and kindness, which they’ve exhibited throughout their lives. Anna Richards’s journey continues through her heirs. Her physical home in Liberia that served as a loving, safe, fun, and welcoming gathering sanctuary for her children and her children’s friends continues to shower us abstrusely. Although her physical comfort has transitioned her mystical comfort is forever present. Anna’s tasks were well done, and they continue through her heirs! Rest disguised Angel.
Posted by Kia Lewis on September 15, 2021
My Auntie Anna, what a sweet spirit, gentle and beautiful. Although she was my auntie, she was like a grandmother to me. I will miss you auntie Anna, the long talks we shared and the stories that made us both laugh, your gentleness always soothe my spirit and those great big smiles when we would see each another. You will be truly missed. Rest in heaven…. ❤️

Love, Kia and family
Posted by mona alce on September 15, 2021
You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on within me. Thank you for your care and concern, your love and everything that you did for me.
I will be forever grateful and thankful.

Love Jojo&family ❤️
Posted by A B Clarke on September 14, 2021
     Anna Richards A Beautiful Soul.

Marbue, Wyata, Joan and Dawn,
   Your sainted mother and love of your lives has left us; not by her will; but by His.
   The loss of a mother is a pain and loss you will never ever erase or overcome. It's been 14 years since I lost saw my Marie Clarke, yet, it it seems like it only happened
yesterday. And so, still l grieve as if it happened yesterday.
  Having been down that road, believe me; l know your pain, and because l knew her well, your pain is my pain. I too am bereaved.
  When you lose a sweet, loving, caring, and devoted mother, you lose your balance, and you 're like a kite that suddenly lost its tail.
  l share your grief, and so l say the traditional and customary, "y'all nomah yah. Y'all nomah."
  You have lost your earthly mother, but you have gained a guardian angel; because the Anna Richards that l knew will never leave you alone; she will always be a factor in your lives.
  Never again will she walk among us. Hence, we will hold on tightly to the moments and cherish the beautiful memories she left us with us; for, they continue to enrich our lives.
  She was a beautiful soul. Nomah again, and nomah, nomah, nomah.
Posted by Anthony M Wesley on September 14, 2021
It can be so hard to find the right words to honor a loved one
There is so much to say but how do you sum up a lifetime in just a few words
Mrs. Richard, as I endearingly call her was a mother to everyone

I have have memories of her smile, her kindness embracing me as one of her
children on my weekend visits to her family in Bridgeport in my college days, She will always be on our mind, may be gone from our sight but never gone from our hearts.
Mrs. Richards,    .....RIP
Posted by Stephenette Cooper on September 14, 2021
Praying that the God of all comfort gives you His peace that passes all understanding at this time.
We remember aunt Anna with a smile on her face always and a warm greeting. Carl & I will miss her.
Posted by Tammy Turner on September 14, 2021
"What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us" - Helen Keller

May the Lord comfort your grieving hearts and bring you peace knowing that she will always remain a part of you. Rest in perfect peace Cousin Anna.
Posted by Esther Bailey on September 14, 2021
My deepest condolences to your family as you mourn the passing of a wonderful mother and grand- mother. She was a genuine lovely lady. Your mother was kind, soft and compassionate. Mrs. Richards was a special person and I am thankful to have known her as my Friend. May she Rest in Peace.
Posted by DAWN BARNES on September 14, 2021
Remembering Godmother
By Dawn Cooper Barnes

My earliest memories of my Godmother are taking a bubble bath in her fabulous bathroom in her beautiful new home in Monrovia. It was my first ever Jacuzzi experience and I felt very grown up. She was loving and excited about our excitement as kids; it was a special relationship because it spanned generations. Godmother was one of my mother, Lady’s, close friends from childhood; Godfather (Joseph G) was my father, Miah’s, pal from his youth; and, the Richards children paired up perfectly with the Cooper children. Joann was my mate; and, Dawn was my younger sister, Lisa’s mate.

I remember a frank conversation during which Godmother specifically asked me to call her “Godmother” instead of “Godma Anna” because our relationship was just that special. Along with her other goddaughter, Gloria Freeman, another of my mates, I felt a special bond with this particular Godmother in spite of the fact that I had other godparents. But, I hasten to say, I’ll bet Godmother made many of her godchildren and other relatives feel just as special as me.

She was gentle, soft-spoken and usually smiling even near the end when, I’m sure, she was not so comfortable. I will always marvel at how easily she adjusted between life in America and life in Liberia always opening her home and offering an elegantly served meal. I have fond memories of Godmother sharing with me challenges she faced with my Godfather and his straight-forward, no nonsense manners. She knew that I only found humor and unconditional love for him no matter what my Godfather said or did.

I will miss them both! They were each a constant in my life. 

Rest well, Sweet Godmother. Give my Godfather a big hug and a kiss. I can only imagine the celebration going on up there as you are reunited with so many dear relatives and friends. Enjoy the reunion. Hope to see you there one day!
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Posted by Silda Knowlden on February 7, 2022
Aunt Anna, we honor your beautiful memory today, February 6th, on what would have been your 95th Birthday. You remain in our hearts. Thanks for all the love. Rest in Eternal Peace.
Posted by Marneda See on February 6, 2022
Happy Heavenly Birthday Nana.
I love and miss you like crazy. This is year of the firsts feels so strange not being able to make your chocolate cake and watch you enjoy it as I did with joy last year. I love you forever and always.
Love, your Belle ️
Posted by DAWN BARNES on February 6, 2022
Happy Heavenly Birthday, dear GodmotherI can’t remember a February 6th when we did not speak! So I’m still going to wish you the best birthday ever!
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Some of her favorites

  1. Overall: Spending quality time with her loved ones and traveling.
  2. Food: Fufu and Soup; with Palaver Sauce and Fufu being a close second.
  3. Dessert: Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Candy, Chocolate Fudge Brownies & anything Chocolate.
  4. Home remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar.
  5. Song: "His Eye is on the Sparrow."
  6. Scripture: The 23rd Psalm.
  7. Games: Chicken Foot (Dominos) & Boggle.
  8. Hobby: Designing homes & overseeing the construction.
  9. Phrases: "Baby, in this world, you have to take a good bit of what you don't want; just to get a little bit of what you do." & "If I hold my peace and let the Lord fight my battle, victory will be mine."
  10. Composer: Edwin Barclay- "The Lone Star Forever."
  11. Color: Green.
  12. Gifts: Flowers, Chocolate and Perfume.
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Shared by Roland Morris on September 23, 2021

My profound and heartfelt greetings to everyone here. Thank you for joining me to celebrate the life and legacy of my dear aunt Mrs. Anna Lucretia Sherman-Richards, who was an inspirational figure in the lives of our family and friends of the City of Monrovia, Liberia. She lived for ninety four (94) wonderful and helpful years on earth. All of us here admired Aunty Anna’s devotion to her family and her church, the First United Methodist Church, Ashmun Street, Monrovia.

There was never a time when she wasn’t taking care of her children, especially Marbue, Wiyata, Chauncey and all others who were born and or raised in her wonderful household on the Tubman Boulevard, Monrovia and abroad.

I remember specifically on several occasions, Aunty Anna would scold Marbue and us for coming home a little late, back then in the 1960s. She always said nothing was more important than family, school and church; and that is certainly true. That’s the legacy our Aunty Anna leaves behind: Her shining family members. I know we’ll all remember her, even though she’s no longer with us. We can and will, still see our Aunty Anna in her sons and daughters.

Let’s make sure she’s never forgotten.

May her soul rest in perfect and perpetual peace.

Reflections about Cousin Anna Lucretia Richards

Shared by Kedrick Brown on September 18, 2021
My dear family, on behalf of Marbue and Lena Brown, Joy And Ken Grimes Eke, Connie and me – and all of our families, “Never Mind Yah!” Also, we give God thanks, "plenty," for the life and legacy of our dear Cousin Anna. 

As we celebrate Cousin Anna’s life and legacy today, please allow me to take us back in time for a bit, starting all the way back in 1865.  The first Anthony Barclay emigrated from Barbados to Liberia in 1865, with his wife Sarah, and their 11 children.  Granddaughters of one of Anthony and Sarah’s sons, and one of Anthony and Sarah’s daughters, Cousin Anna and our mother, Mary Antoinette Grimes Brown Sherman, were close cousins and best friends – from childhood, until parted by death in 2004.  Cousin Anna was a granddaughter of President Arthur Barclay; our mother was granddaughter of Arthur Barclay’s youngest sister, Ella Barclay Grimes.

Cousin Anna was also godmother of our only sister, Lducia Brown, and our Mother was godmother of Cousin Anna’s first daughter, Wiyata.  It is noteworthy that Cousin Anna and Cousin joe’s firstborn, Marbue, was named after the youngest brother of Henry, Rudolph, and Mary Antoinette Grimes.  

The Richards home was one of our homes growing up, whether the home at Coconut Beach, Monrovia, or later, the home at Sinkor – a home we were welcomed and made to feel special at, without invitation, at any time, all the time.  Marbue, Wiyata, and Joann were earliest playmates of Lducia, Joy, and me.  Marbue Brown and Dawn Richards were cherished later additions to our growing families, during our early years.

Cousin Anna and Cousin Joe were a consistent source of love and affection for us.  They were also an incomparable source of help and comfort, especially through two of the biggest traumas of our Brown family life; the sudden death of our father at age 46, in 1962; and Lducia being hit by a car, while crossing the street to the Richards home, and dying two days later, in 1967. 

Cousin Anna took Lducia to be with her family for several days, immediately after the death of our father in 1962.  Our mother, Marbue, and me lived at the Richards home (offered because of its proximity to the hospital where Lducia was hospitalized) from April 1 to April 3, 1962, when Lducia died. 

By the grace of God, the world did not come to an end, neither in 1962, nor in 1967.  There have been many years since then, of sharing joys, achievements, and assorted milestones, as Cousin Anna, and our mother, watched us, their children, grow up to adulthood, get married, become parents, and even become grandparents; many years of passing along to us a legacy of love, affection, integrity, faithfulness, and family.  Cousin Anna’s smile, warmth, love, open arms, and sincere interest in us were constant throughout the years that we were blessed to share with her. 

Our dear Marbue & Gleneda; Wiyata; Joann & Chauncey; Dawn & Joseph; and Carl, thank you yah!  The first of God's Ten Commandments with a promise is, “Honor your Father, and your Mother.”  We have witnessed you do that, as a team, to the best of your abilities.  You, and your children, have been, and will be blessed for what you have done.  Cousin Anna’s baton has been passed to your very capable hands.  Put God Almighty, the God of the Bible, first, for every one of your steps, for the rest of your journeys, and finish well. 

We thank God for Cousin Anna.  We will miss her!  We thank God that she left us with all of you!  We thank God for you!

May the Lord Jesus comfort your hearts at this time of separation, until, by His grace, you are reunited in the reunion that is guaranteed to all those who know and love him.
Shared by Berenice Blyzet Zouga on September 13, 2021
Nana Nana Nana! 
Sweet Nana. 
I remember you were the one who taught me how to make the best scrambled eggs ever. Growing up I wasn't taught to put milk in eggs and I remember that day I was making eggs for everyone and you walked up to me and just poured milk in my eggs. I was so shocked. Like why Nana why are you putting milk in my eggs. 
And ever since then I always put milk in my eggs the way you taught me. To some this doesn't mean anything but to me it means everything to me. I was missing out all these years on delicious scrambled eggs until you just came without a word just pouring milk in my eggs. 
Of course we have many more memories together but no one ever knows why certain memories just stick so hard and this is one of them. 
You were very much like a grandma to me. You watched me and Dominique become besties in high school all the way to me having my kids. I feel blessed to have been able to have the conversations we had about marriage and a being supportive wife and raising a family. You and Daddy joe have created such a beautiful family that I get to be apart of. 
Thank you Nana for just being you.
Lots of love and May you finally rest in peace! You will be missed but surely never forgotten.