Kenemassa “Motema” Jordan of Lowell, MA

1929 - 2024

Visitation

May 24, 2024
5:00-9:00PM
The Dolan Funeral Home

Funeral

May 25, 2024
10:00AM
St. Anne's Episcopal Church

The extraordinary Kenemassa (Motema) Jordan, aged 95, of Lowell, Massachusetts, peacefully passed away on April 28, 2024, at Lowell General Hospital due to natural causes. Born in the village of Mowai, on the banks of the St. Paul River in the Fuamah District of Bong County, Liberia, Kenemassa led a life filled with love, resilience, and dedication to her family and community.

Kenemassa was the youngest of twelve siblings, born to Bosoa Sirleaf and Kollie Kamara. From a young age, her bright and energetic spirit was evident. She was reared by her parents, siblings, extended family and the close knit village as a whole. She learned and passed along the rich cultural heritage growing and transitioning into womanhood with grace and strength.

Kenemassa met and married the love of her life, Samuel Jordan. They became prominent members of their community. Together, they had two children, Ben and Bendu. Kenemassa was also an avid animal lover. Samuel was a successful businessman and farmer, contributing significantly to their community until his passing in 2004.

Kenemassa was not only a devoted wife and mother but also a formidable businesswoman. She managed multiple farmlands, an alcohol distillery, and a convenience store, serving her community until the Liberian Civil War disrupted their lives in 1990. During the war, Kenemassa was a pillar of strength, ensuring the safety and sustenance of her family.

On September 28, 1994, seeking refuge from the ongoing war, Kenemassa reunited with her daughter Bendu in the United States, bringing along her son and grandchildren. Her transition to life in the U.S. was marked by joy, as she was blessed with her first great-granddaughter, named after her. Over the years, Kenemassa’s family grew, and she became a beloved matriarch to 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Kenemassa was a respected figure in both Liberia and the United States. She was an active member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, where her faith and service to the Lord were paramount. Her legacy is one of unwavering love, resilience, and dedication to her family and community.

Kenemassa is survived by her daughter, Bendu Sackie of Lowell, MA; her son, Benjamin Jordan and his wife Sanai of Lowell, MA; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Samuel Jordan.

Kenemassa’s life will be celebrated by all who knew her, and her legacy will continue to inspire future generations. Her strength, compassion, and unwavering dedication to her family and community will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church on March 25th  at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to her son Benjamin Jordan in Kenemassa’s memory.

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