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OBITUARY - Muriel Rebecca Ghartey

Service Info

Service Date & Time
Friday, Jan 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Firestone | Thus., Jan. 25th| 10:00A - 7:00P
Holman United Methodist Church
3320 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 E. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301

In Loving Memory of Muriel Rebecca Ghartey

July 17, 1946 - January 7, 2018

Muriel Rebecca Williams was born in Belize, Central America on July 17, 1946, to parents Solomon Peter Williams and Adele Usher Williams. She was the only girl with five brothers, four of which preceded her in death.  

She grew up in the Stann Creek area of Belize and attended primary school there. After moving to Belize City, she attended St. Catherine Academy. She taught for a short time as a teacher. She also worked briefly as a nurse, but her biggest passion and talent which her parents discovered was sewing. At age 12, she would cut up her mother's skirts to sew doll clothes for her friends. She got her first sewing machine at age 13 from her parents. She bought herself an electric sewing machine at 18 after winning the Belize lottery. This would be the start of a long and successful sewing occupation. She took her sewing skills up to the level of fashion designer, as she sewed many fabulous outfits for world-renowned Trinidadian Calypso artist, Calypso Rose.   

In the 1960s, she moved to the USA - New York and New Jersey. She attended the Lindsey Hopkins School of Nursing, where she obtained her nursing degree as an LVN - Licensed Vocational Nurse. She worked in various hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Los Angeles and as a private nurse in various homes.   

At Wilshire United Methodist Church, she met the love of her life Samuel Kobina Ghartey, and they were married on October 26, 1985; a union that would last 32 years.   

Muriel won various church awards. She was the first black woman to be nominated and win the Woman of the Year Award at Wilshire United Methodist Church. She organized the first fashion show at Wilshire United Methodist Church, where she raised a net profit of $4,000.00 for the church. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women at Wilshire and here at Holman. She had a very generous spirit and always found ways to make someone's day. Muriel Ghartey was truly service above self!   

Muriel loved nursing, sewing and was a great cook. She loved entertaining friends and family. Her love for cooking and entertaining was well known, and many family get-togethers found us enjoying her culinary skills and creating wonderful family memories. Her Belizean fudge and potato salad was always a hit. Her love and passion for family were unquestionable.   

The Lord took her home on January 7, 2018. She loved the Lord and loved life and her family. She leaves to mom her, husband, Samuel Ghartey, son, Troy Stuart, stepson, Samuel Ghartey Jr., brother, Austin Williams, and a host of nieces and nephews: Mr. & Mrs. Henry Williams, Sonia Williams, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Tate, Mr. & Mrs. Delbert McKay, Howard Williams, Bill Williams, Dr. Kenrick Williams, Dylan Williams; sister-in-law, Mrs. Alice Williams. In-laws: Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Ghartey, Mr. & Mrs. Paapa Halm, Mr. & Mrs. Justice Ghartey, Mr. & Mrs. Lord Ghartey, Mr. & Mrs. Emmanuel Ghartey. She also leaves to mourn her very good friends: Ms. Myrtle Ritchie and Mrs. Margarie Williams; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.   

She will be missed by family and friends who loved her dearly.

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The family of Muriel R. Ghartey would like to thank you for the many acts of loving kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

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