Sarah Akamangwa, age 73, passed into glory on Wednesday afternoon, December 20, 2023, in hospital.
She was born on March 23, 1950, in Cameroon, a daughter of the late Jing Adamu and Christina Fonyonga. After raising a family and a successful career in teaching, she immigrated to the United States and settled in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sarah was preceded in death by her husband Stephen, daughters Sisu and Maya, and several siblings.
While in Cameroon, Sarah taught English at École Publique Annexe de Nlongkak and at Les Dégourdis, in Yaoundé. She volunteered through Group Hope with prison outreach activities. She was also an active member of the Presbyterian Church, the Christian Women’s Fellowship, the Holy Trinity Choir, her secondary school alumnae association - ExSSA (Ex Saker Students Association) - fondly known as Sakerettes, and several other social groups.
In the United States, Sarah was a passionate health care worker who showed love to all whom she cared for. She became part of the catholic faith community at St. Augustine Church in Washington, D.C., and often visited with the parish at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Hanover, MD where her son was based. Sarah dedicated her time to serving others, always making sure those around her were not in need.
Sarah enjoyed singing, cooking, gardening, and helping others. She loved seafood. Even though Sarah’s later life was impacted by reduced mobility following a knee replacement several years ago, she did not stop pouring out her love and kindness on others. She devoted considerable time to praying and praising God.
Sarah is survived by two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law, and several grandchildren. She leaves family, friends, and loved ones who will miss her dearly.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, January 13, from 10:00-12:00 at Beall Funeral Home, after which service will begin at 12:00 p.m. Burial will take place at the family homestead in Cameroon.
Sarah remains forever in our hearts.