Sunrise: July 3, 1956
Sunset: February 14, 2023
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge,
will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all
who have longed for his appearing.”
– 2 Timothy 4:7-8
It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we, the Tweh and Summerville families, announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Mrs. Velma Tugbehdi Tweh Summerville. Velma ascended into God’s long, loving arms on February 14, 2023.
Born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia Velma had resided in the United States since 1990, having traveled there on a work assignment and like countless more, remained stateside indefinitely as a result of the Civil War. The family settled in Maryland, where many other Liberians had planted new roots, fostering a tight-knit community that enabled Velma, her husband and their young family to not only thrive but also maintain a sense of the culture that had been instrumental in shaping her own upbringing.
Recently retired from her career with the Montgomery County Government Velma relished in being a full-time grandmother, never missing a single soccer or football game or practice, or a music recital, a milestone or the occasional participatory lesson on the latest social media dance craze. She thoroughly enjoyed all the special moments with her family and friends, noting often that they were the highlights of her life.
Widowed in 2014 by her husband of 36 years, Arthur Timothy Summerville, II, Velma was also predeceased by her sister, Olivia Sewon Tweh Bestman, father, Matthew Wolo Tweh, Sr., sister-in-law, Esther Pereta Summerville and nephew, Thomas Chea Teah Bestman, III.
Although her children Annie, Moses, Arthur Timothy III, Ashford and Anna-Louise, grandchildren, Iean, Cory, Arthur Timothy IV (TJ) and Jeremiah, her mother Beatrice Tweh, brothers Thomas Tweh and Matthew, Jr. and surviving sisters Evangeline Tweh Johnson and Tanneh Tweh Brunson (Henry), as well as her many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and colleagues mourn her sudden loss, we simultaneously, wholeheartedly give God the highest glory for Velma’s wonderful life!
Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
Epworth United Methodist Church
9008 Rosemont Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Gaithersburg, MD 20879, USA
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Germantown, MD 20874, USA
Matthew W. Tweh, Jr. (USA): 301-956-6903
Carlos Ajavon (USA): 301-233-7559
Tanneh Brunson (Liberia): +231 886236578
Martha Summerville Weeks (USA): 301-370-7210
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