Apr 11, 2012

Tuesday Phone Call to Kissemah

The children are on break between the school terms.  In Ghana they have a year round school like program, with exception that they get a full month off from school between end of July and August and then start the new school year in September.

My Tuesday call was with Renee, Kwame and Madam Ceci. She is so excited that I am coming to visit, she told me that she looks forward to having me in her kitchen area when the meals are served and that she looks forward to long conversations.  Her voice is unique: soft yet strong, melodic yet very direct. I asked her to greet her grandson, Stefan. The school he goes to is still in session.  Renee also told me the children all received the letters I sent them in late March and they were very excited to get a personal letter addressed to them individually. 

I got an update from Renee's MOM that the First United Methodist Church of Clinton Iowa, awarded Renee Farwell and the Mawuvio's Outreach Programme the annual Dr. Margaret S. Emmons Memorial Award.  This year the award is in the amount of $3125.00.   This is the second time  the award has given to Mawvuio's via Renee's involvement.   Dr. Emmons was indeed a very special person, she traveled and did support work for missions in Africa.  Below is an excerpt from her obituary from January 2010.  How wonderful that her legacy is able to support the children of the Mawuvio's program in Kissemah.  This Iowa-Ghana connection continues to remind me over and over that the world is indeed filled with amazing good people that sometimes will never know the extent of their influence, their goodness, their legacy. I plan to tell the children of Kissemah about Dr. Emmons when I visit in May. 

Thanks to the First United Methodist Church of Clinton Iowa and all those involved in the management and selection of the Margaret S. Emmons Award recipient. 


Margaret was born Dec. 5, 1923, in Correctionville, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Sara (Saar) Smyth. After high school in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Margaret graduated from Cornell College, 1944, and the University of Iowa College of Medicine, 1949. She served her internship at St. Louis City Hospital and her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.
She married classmate Dr. Richard O. Emmons on Sept. 1, 1947, in Fort Dodge. Margaret was an anesthesiologist, and her husband an internist, both in private practice in Clinton from 1954 until his death in 1981 and her retirement in 1986. She was respected and beloved by her patients and colleagues. Work and family activities made for busy and enjoyable times.
She was a member of the Mercy Hospital staff and also member and one time president of the Clinton County Medical Society and Jane Lamb Hospital medical staff. She worked to establish an Associate Degree Nursing program at Clinton Community College. She served on mission committees of First Congregational Church (UCC), and First United Methodist Church, both of Clinton. She was a member of the board of directors of Women’s Health Services and the Alverno Healthcare Facility, both of Clinton, and Self Help International of Waverly, Iowa. She received the Clinton YWCA Women of Action recognition and was honored as a Cornell Distinguished Alumna. Margaret continued her work for missions with First United Methodist Church of Iowa City.
Margaret enjoyed biking, golf, bridge, word games, and traveling for a purpose with family and special friends, visited six continents and many countries as well as all the states. These travels and interest in geography led to supporting international development work and the creating and marketing of geography and card games.