Kenye Estelle Kumba Turay
July 7, 1946 – November 3, 2015
Kenye Estelle Kumba Turay, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015. Kenye was born on July 7th, 1946 in Jaiama Nimikoroh, a small town in the Kono district, in Sierra Leone. She was the 2nd daughter born to the late PC Foamonasah Sahrfilli Matturi and the late Madam Tity Ngekia Matturi.
Kenye started her education in Jaiama Primary School and continued on to Hartford Girls high School in Moyamba Sierra Leone. She graduated in 1966 and then travelled to the United States of America to further her studies. She attended North Central College in Illinois and received her Masters of Science from Temple University in 1976. During her schooling, she met and married the late Mohamed Sulaiman Turay and they welcomed their first child in 1973. As a firm believer in the power of education, she taught in numerous high schools in the East coast.
Seeking warmer weather, she moved with her growing family to California and continued to teach and inspire young minds. In the early 80’s, Kenye and her family moved back to Sierra Leone with dreams of inspiring minds and making a difference in their homeland. She lectured at Collegiate Boys High School and the later at Freetown teachers College where she taught for several years. She also co-authored a science textbook with Macmillan Publishing House. Born a Methodist, she attended the Charles Davies Memorial Methodist church and was a member of the board of directors. In 1997, Kenye returned to the states to be closer to her three children.
Back in California, she worked with disabled youths and adults and substitute teaching elementary and high school part time until her retirement. She moved to Delaware. Kenye loved the lord, as evident in her participating in a couple of prayer groups and attending church diligently every Sunday. She demonstrated a quiet demeanor in obeying Gods word and she became a mediator and an advisor for many young married couple. She embraced everyone she meets and never wavered in her loyalty to friends and family. Kenye will be dearly missed by all who knew her and interacted with her.
She is survived by her children Fatmata Lamboi, Sulaiman Turay, Tity Akeme and Mustapha Turay and eight grandchildren, Lisa, Haji, Bethany, Shalom, Ivor, Ethan, Nalah and Andrew. Daughters in law Messie Turay and Bintu Turay. Sons in law Albert Lamboi and Daniel Akeme. Siblings include Sia Alice Yanni, Sahrfoa Matturi, Nyawo Jones, Sia Johnny, Doris Leverett, Sahrfili Matturi, Tambafoa Matturi, Tamba-fili Matturi, Mariama Egre, Fadima Jalloh, Adama Jum, Brima Jum, Musu Blell, Bema Matturi, Jennessie Matturi, Bona Matturi, John Matturi, Satta Matturi, Hawa Lebbie and Hilary Matturi. Extended families includes the Turay, Sesay, Manyeh, Mansah, Koroma, Wuseni, Daramy, Kamanda, Ngandi-Capio, Moiyoh-Williams, Janga, Yomba-Kamara, Ngekia, Mbayo, Bona-Fania, Fania, Tumoe, Pettiquoi, Fombah, Kellie, Komeh, Dumbar Buffah, Dugba, Caulker, Teh, Kaimachendeh, Mbriwah, Fasuluku, Jalloh, Jum, Mansaray, Sumana, Turner and Gbomor. Other relatives include Songu-Mbriwah, Davies, Gulama, McCarthy and Momoh. She will be missed by hundreds of nieces, nephews and family members in Europe, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Botswana, Asia and the United States of America.
Home Going ceremonies will commence, starting with a viewing service on Friday evening, December 4th, 2015 from 6 pm until 8 pm at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, followed by a wake at 1 Latour Lane, Newark DE. A second viewing will be held from 9 am until 9:30 am on Saturday morning, December 5, 2015 at Grace Chapel Ministries, 701 Carson Drive, Bear, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 9:30 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington DE. Family and friends are invited to a reception immediately following the burial at the Nur Shrine Temple, 198 S Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE.