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Mary Gboryonnoh Bestman 

Sunrise : November 25, 1954 

Sunset : January 25, 2022

"I have fought a good fight , I have finished the race , I have kept the faith." 
2 Timothy 4:7 

It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that the Bestman, Okai, Jeffrey and Paika’s families announce the transition of our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, auntie and cousin Mary Gboryonnoh Bestman aka (Mary Payne) .

This sad event occurred suddenly on the morning of Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, New York. 

Mary was predeceased by her parents Wleh Bestman & Ms Teresa Paika, her brother John G Bestman, Annie Bestman, Jones Bestman and granddaughter Princess Brittany Yates .

Sister, as she was affectionately called by her siblings believed in celebrating life and we intend to do just that for her home going .

She is survived by her children ; Oretha Bestman-Yates, Othello Bestman, Somah Payne, Edwina Payne, Christiana Bestman, Bortha Bestman, Martha Bestman, and Sieh Bestman. Grandchildren : Bordeh Natasha Jackson , Emily Victoria Yates, Prince Yates Jr, Jordan Yates, Evee Sampson, Prince Bestman, Makaia Bestman , Kaia Oretha Bestman, Decontee Bestman, Amine Bestman, Tola Bestman, Avenette Geawie, Sa'mya Payne, Michael Crawford, Emali Sheriff, Somah Payne Jr and Sarina Payne. Great- grandchild: Josiah  Bestman. Son in law Prince Yates, daughter in law Jatu Bestman Payne as well as a host of brothers, sisters, cousins and nieces.

Staten Island, New York  U.S.A 

Funeral Service , Celebration of Life & Repass 
February 26, 2022 at 10am - 12pm 
Christ Episcopal Church 
76 Franklin Ave S.I.NY 10301 

The mortal remains of Mary G Bestman will be removed on March 11, 2022 from St. Moses Funeral Parlour on  Somalia Drive, Gardnersville, Monrovia and transported to Marshall City, Margibi County .

Wake - Keeping :
United Methodist Church 
March 11, 2022 
United Methodist Church 
Marshall City , Margibi County Liberia 

Funeral and  Internment:  

March 12, 202
United Methodist Church 
Marshall City , Margibi County Liberia 

Atonement: Bestman Family Cemetery
Fanti Town , Marshall City Liberia 

For further inquiries : 

Prince B Yates 347-254-4977
Oretha Bestman Yates   917- 207 -5108
Somah Payne  347-278-1569
Christiana Bestman 484-347-8179
Edwina Payne 609-638-0779
Wisseh W Bestman 231777569539
Hannah Bestman 231776509613