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Mrs. Thyra Ekundayo Remilekun Viola Carew Obituary


Memories & Candles

“I thought of you yesterday ... You treat me like your own daughter and we all miss and love you so dearly ...but I know you are resting in perfect...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Bibo Mulongo - Bowie, MD

Celebrating Mom's birthday. “I can't believe that two years have passed!!! A day does not go by without me or your grandchildren thinking of you. We always remember things that...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: Gail Carew - Bowie, MD - Daughter

“One Year Later! Oh how times flies. You are truly missed and thought of everyday... Till we meet again! ”
3 of 39 | Posted by: chris - Godson

“Aunt Thyra, I (and my sbilings) will be forever grateful for welcoming us in the US in the 70's and throughout, especially when mum was not with us....Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: Avril Pratt - Macomb, MI

“My sympathy goes out to the family. May her soul rest in peace. ”
5 of 39 | Posted by: Ramatu Abdullah - Germantown, MD

“A thousand times we needed you, a thousand times we cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. A heart of gold stopped...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Ayodele Hawahnatu Iscandari - MD

“Dear friend, Thyra – Rest in Peace. You work here on earth is done. It is heart-warming to read such wonderful remembrances of you because you...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: Amelia Fitzjohn Broderick - MD

“Mommy for the first time in my life I can not celebrate your birthday with you. Happy Birthday Mommy! Your work was done on earth and God called you...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Gail Carew - Bowie, MD - Daughter

“Today would have been your 68th birthday. As I sit in Chicago Airport waiting for my connecting flight to Washington I thought about calling you for...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Mumbie & Mavis Fredson-Cole - CA

“Aunty Thyra, You will be missed and may God rest your soul. ”
10 of 39 | Posted by: Les Wilson - Mitchellville , MD

“What a difficult day today is my dear sister. For the first time I couldn't pick up the phone to wish you a Happy Birthday - 68th birthday. You...Read More »
11 of 39 | Posted by: Patience Asgill - Port Orange, FL

“I cannot call you today 01/17/2012 as I have been doing for the past years, to wish you a happy 68th birthday, but I sent a little bless-you up to...Read More »
12 of 39 | Posted by: Laurie (sister) & family - FL

“For the 1st time in 68 years, I am celebrating both our Birthdays alone ( Jan 9th & 17th). Happy Birthday my Beloved sister.... God Knows best! I...Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: Aina - MD - Sister

“Happy Birthday Aunty T...Your memory lives On.... Just as the sun will set then rise with each and every dawn, the souls of those who lived life...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: Chrisford - VA - Nephew

“With a winning smile which could turn one’s sorrow into joy, and that trademark laugh, “heh, heh, heh” Aunty Thyra was one of a kind! A...Read More »
15 of 39 | Posted by: Michelle Viola Jones - Niece

“My deepest sympathy to the rest of the family. ”
16 of 39 | Posted by: Wanji Williams - Nashville, TN

“Aunty Thyra leaves behind a legacy of kindness, and genuine concern for others. She truly had a good heart, and always meant well. She will truly be...Read More »
17 of 39 | Posted by: Janelin Johnson - Silver Spring, MD

“I got to know aunty Thyra briefly and met her last summer also briefly, the kind words and love that she showed me and my family words cannot express...Read More »
18 of 39 | Posted by: Ngenda Lavaly - Nephew in-law

“When we sustain a heart-breaking loss When grief overwhelms our soul The Savior who gave himself on the Cross Reminds us that he is in control... ...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: BD & AINA - MD

“I have never ceased being amazed at how hardworking my cousin Thyra was & also how generous & warm hearted! One incident has remained vividly in my...Read More »
20 of 39 | Posted by: Gracie Williams

“I light this candle in memory of my sister - Thyra Dayo was a religious, sweet, warm hearted,generous, hardworking woman. She helped a lot of...Read More »
21 of 39 | Posted by: Laurie, Bamie & family - FL

“May she continue to rest in peace. ”
22 of 39 | Posted by: Victoria Bartels (nee John)

“Dayo was a very loving and giving person just like her mother Aunty Modu who was always there for my late father Ade Fergusson who was her first...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Joyce A Sillah (Nee Fergusson) - GA

“I can remember the long car rides from North Carolina to Maryland, constantly asking "Are we there yet?" But once we arrived, let the PARTY begin!!...Read More »
24 of 39 | Posted by: Alicia Ashwood - Atlanta, GA

Mommy and I “There are not enough words to describe my mother’s character. She was loving, caring, compassionate, hard-working, dedicated, determined, etc. She...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: Gail Carew - Bowie, MD - Daughter

“Dayo has always been a warm hearted generous person. You were always kind and loving to me both in Freetown at Malamah House and when I visited you...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: Ailsa - Luton - Cousin

“Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank...Read More »
27 of 39 | Posted by: Edmund & Joy Warburton - VA

“In loving memory of our dear sister and aunt Thyra Carew. What an amazing person you were - kind hearted, loving, gentle and caring. A cheerful...Read More »
28 of 39 | Posted by: Patience Asgill - Port Orange, FL

“Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this difficult time. May her soul rest in...Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Jita Fakondo

“God looked around his Garden and found an empty place He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face He put his arms around you and...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: Daphne Osborne - New York, NY

“This has come as a shock to me! I'm looking at Thyra like she was when I met her for the first time in 1979. I was a house guest with her family ...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Eva O'Rielly-Jones - Friend

“I light this candle in memory of my dear sister-in-law Thyra, who was taken from us so early. I always remember the time we travelled to Freetown...Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: Janet Malamah-Thomas - London UK

“We have lost a true humanitarian and a genuinely good person which is so rare these days, I say that for the countless number of people Aunty Thyra...Read More »
33 of 39 | Posted by: Martin Malamah-Thomas - Nephew

“Aunty Thyra , my heart is filled with sadness at your pasing. may you rest in perfect peace. ....... with warm memories of times spent at...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: yvonne coker (macfoy)

“As I struggle to find the right words to express how I feel, hope I can light a kindle for our dear aunty Thyra. Rest in Perfect peace! ”
35 of 39 | Posted by: Chrystabel Dakin-Davis - Niece

“In loving memory of my dear sister Thyra Carew, who passed away suddenly. It was a devastating news to the family. Thyra has been a wonderful...Read More »
36 of 39 | Posted by: Edith Joan Christabel Macauley, JP MBE

“Blessed homeland, ever fair! Sin can never enter there; But the soul, to life awaking, Everlasting bloom shall wear. May your soul rest in...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: Catherine Cotay

“May the roads rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rain fall soft upon your fields ...Read More »
38 of 39 | Posted by: Thelma Lavaly - Aunt

“"My life's been full, I savored much; Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seems all to brief; Don't lengthen your pain with...Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: Chrisford - VA


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The sudden death is reported of Mrs. Thyra Ekundayo Remilekun Carew, nee Malamah-Thomas, which sadly took place on the 3rd of January 2012 in Maryland, USA at the age of 67 years.

Thyra Ekundayo Remilekun Viola Carew, born January 17, 1944, was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Malamah-Thomas residing at Malamah House located in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

She obtained her early education at the Holy Trinity Infant School and the Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG) (Junior and Senior Departments). She later attended the Freetown Technical Institute to complete her secondary school education. After graduating from secondary school, she obtained employment at the Ministry of Health Department in Freetown

In 1969, she traveled to the United Kingdom to pursue further studies. She worked and studied at Kings Lynn Hospital as a nurse. After obtaining her diploma as a Registered Nurse in the United Kingdom, she decided to relocate to the United States in 1973. In the US, she worked at various medical establishments such as the Montgomery General Hospital, Carol Manor, Bedford Court, Manor Care, Genesis Layhill Center, and several private duty assignments all the while honing and perfecting her skills as a nurse. She married Mr. Winston Carew on October 1, 1977.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail; son, Richard; grandchildren, Jahdae, Nandi and Amir; brothers, David John and Femi Malamah-Thomas; sisters, Leonora Dakin-Davis, Patience Asgill, Edith Macauley, Laurie Mason and Mavis Fredson-Cole; brothers-in-law, Beresford Dakin-Davis, Dr. Eddie Asgill, Olu Macauley, Moses Mason and Mumbie Fredson-Cole; sister-in-law, Janet Malamah-Thomas; several cousins, nieces and nephews at home and abroad.

Relatives include the entire Malamah-Thomas family, the Thomas, Ashwood, Jarrett, Eleady-Cole, Gooding, Manley-Rollings, Coker, Davies and Davies, Akita-Cole, Iscandri, Fergusson, Taylor-Smith, Wilson, Terry, Samuels, Dworzack, Jacobs and the Carew families.

Close friends: Janet Glasgow, Sonia Bright, Eva Kai-Kai, Marilyn Kanga, Sarian Pratt, Rosemary Manley-Spaine, Eugenia Thomas, Jackie Macauley, Alfred Parsons, Sarian Wilkinson, Ola and Annie Beckley, Kay Lynch, and several others at home and abroad.

Thyra was very compassionate and dedicated to helping others. She acted as a guide and mentor to many friends and relatives who came to the United States that needed a helping hand. She was also a tireless humanitarian who did whatever it took to help others and her home was open to all providing refuge to whoever needed it. She sponsored several people in the United States and abroad.

Thyra took great pride in her career as a nurse which can be attested by the great amount of energy that she poured in her work and she also mentored several people into the nursing profession. She was also a terrific mother, wife, sister and aunt.

She was loved by many and will be missed by many.

May Her Soul Rest In Perfect Peace!