Times’ letters: Tributes to Dame Betty

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 October 2018

Dame Betty Asafu Adjaye died from cancer last month.

Dame Betty Asafu Adjaye died from cancer last month.


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times’ readers this week.

It is with great sadness I received the news of the passing of Dame Betty writes Brother Omowale, full address supplied.

My mother was one of the first elders to be served at Mission Dine.

It made a great and positive contribution to her social life in her latter years. I was so impressed that I operated for a time as a volunteer driver in the 1980s, collecting the elders and taking them home after their meals and socialising.

Dame Betty was an energetic, committed, loving and giving woman. She fed my mother, who would be 97 if she was still alive; she fed me too, often sending food to me via my mother.

Her work was inadequately supported by an ungrateful Brent Council, which shamefully destroyed her kitchen without providing a replacement. I will always remember her with a smile, but most of all I’ll remember her as the woman who took my mother to Africa for the first time. I wish her well on her journey to the ancestors. I can testify she did well on earth.

Duty, decency, reliability, honour, dignity, respect and love are but a few qualities that Dame Betty not only held in high esteem, but epitomised her very existence, writes Veronica Asahene.

She was a disciplined woman, but could never resist the opportunity to have a laugh with friends and loved ones given half the chance!

To us, you were a guiding light and set the example of what a good mother, sister and friend should be. You never shield away from steering the proverbial “ship” or proffering advice, where and when necessary. Aunty Betty, a self-professed Jack- (or should I say Jill-) of-all-trades, could successfully turn her hand to almost anything while making it look surprisingly effortless!

Mummy (as I always call her) – you fell asleep without so much as a goodbye, but the Mummy Betty we know and love will never fade away. Time may pass but fondest thoughts of you will endure forever. In God’s care you rest; in our hearts you reside with love.


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