By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Saturday, August 1, 2020.
A mammoth crowd is expected to converge on River Legacy Parks, 701 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, Texas – 76006 on Saturday August 8, 2020, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Family and friends of Sessekou Dr. James Tabe-Besong would be flying from across the US and beyond to celebrate the life of his mother, Esther Arrey Tabe.
Her celebration of life in Texas is scheduled to take from 2 pm till 10 pm. Family is yet to schedule dates for activities in Cameroon.
Esther Arrey Tabe passed away on June 9, 2020 in Kumba, capital of Cameroon’s Meme Division after a brief illness, family sources confirmed to National Telegraph.
She was born on June 10, 1945 in Ossing Village, Manyu Division, still in the South West. She was the only surviving child of her mother, Sophie Ebot Bisong after her brother died at a young age, family data shows.
Tabe who died just a day to her birthday was the second of two wives married to Francis Besong Tabe (dead) who worked with the Sub-Treasurer in Kumba as a Divisional Sub-Treasurer. She had eight children, two of whom are of late, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The very decent housewife, mother, grandmother, aunt and community developer spent most of her life in their family residence in Buea Road Kumba.
She has been described as a dedicated housewife and Christian who took deep pride in her responsibilities in her home, church and community.
“She was a dedicated housewife and a mother. She never failed in any of them. She was a mother not only to her own kids but to the kids in the neighborhood who were grateful for her and called her Mami Tabi. Her love, kindness, and generosity knew no bounds. She was a good role model to her children,” said one of her beneficiaries.
The 74-year-old was also an active member in her church group – Winners Chapel, and her traditional meetings. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to be active participants in their various churches and traditional organizations.
One of Tabe’s children, Sessekou Dr. James Tabe-Besong of Dallas, Texas, said his mother will be remembered and missed by everyone who came across her.
Being a fervid follower of his mother’s ideologies in participating in and respecting the church and tradition, he took it upon himself to go to Mfuni, a village in Manyu and inherited his dad’s Epke (traditional title in Manyu).
Sessekou Dr. Tabe-Besong is now a strong member in the Epke society in his village and the U.S.A. Many members of the Epke are expected in Texas.