Doris Mellicent George
Doris Mellicent George was born on July 15, 1947 to Alfred George (a shoe maker) and Maddie Coco Mamie (a farmer and homemaker) in Taninahun Banta, Bumpeh Chiefdom. She was one of five children.
At a very early age she assumed the role of “mother” to her younger siblings. She grew up in Taninahun as a next door neighbor to her future husband, Mr. Philip K. Bundu. Doris lost her father at an early age and the family moved to the Bonthe region. She attended Minimore School in Bonthe. She was fortunate to marry her childhood friend and next door neighbor, Mr. Philip K. Bundu. Together, they are the parents to nine children: Augusta Mballu, George Ansumana, Ann (deceased), Peter Ganda, Maddie Madianna (deceased), Victor Foday, Georgiana Maddie Coco, Philip Bundu Jr, and Kadia Mary. Doris joined her husband in the United States in 1987 leaving her children behind and in the care of her eldest daughter. Once she arrived in the United States, she studied and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked hard, sometimes doing two to three jobs to help support her children in Sierra Leone and bring them over to join her and Mr. Bundu. Doris was a woman who took great joy and pride in her children’s achievements and wellbeing. Nothing else brought her greater joy than being alive to witness the many milestones that her children would go on to achieve. She was a woman who valued education and encouraged her children and grandchildren to reach and grab every opportunity afforded to them in this land of promise.
Doris was a beautiful woman both in appearance and in spirit. She loved God and was a firm believer and follower of Jesus Christ. She loved her community of faithful friends and her church family. She has been a strong member of The Church of The Living God for over twenty years. She introduced her children to the Christian faith and encouraged them to love and serve God. She was a prayer warrior – always on the prayer line praying for her family and for friends. She loved easily and forgave willingly. Doris’ favorite pastimes and hobbies included cooking, gardening, crocheting, dancing, wearing beautiful clothes, and talking to friends and family. She has been blessed to witness the birth of 15 grandchildren. She remembers every birthday and unique qualities of all her children and grandchildren. During her last moments with us, she was able to express her final wishes and gratitude to friends and family for their love and unwavering support of her. She strongly encouraged her children and grandchildren to maintain a strong relationship amongst each other. This giant of a woman will be missed in our midst, but shall forever remain in our hearts.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He heard my cry. He brought me up out of a horrible pit, and set my feet upon a rock. He has put a new song in my mouth: praise be unto my God. Be pleased oh God for delivering my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many. Therefore my beloved, make a joyful noise unto our God. Wipe away your tears and hug your sorrows through the years. And for my sake and in my name, love one another as Jesus loves you. God be with you ‘till we meet again on that beautiful shore.”
There will be a Visitation on Monday, August 13, 2018 from 7 – 9 pm at Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, 1091 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.
Services Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 8:30 am at The Church of the Living God, 1417 Chillum Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Maryland.