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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-07-2021

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 7-13, 2021 PAWTUCKET 7 our City Council member and mom." "Mama Ama touched so many peo- ple's hearts and lives," she said. "She touched mine in the most beautiful way. Mama Ama empowered me to be better, to always believe and have faith even in the darkest and most difficult times. She was caring and thought- ful – when I was in the City Council (Amponsah was city sergeant at the time), she always left candy on every- one's seat. That little detail was her way. She was always showing with little acts how sweet and caring she was. She was there for me when I faced lack of confidence at the beginning of my council journey. She would make me feel better every time." That story was echoed time and again this week, with those who were impact- ed by Amponsah in ways big and small saying how she always wanted to talk about them. Mayor Donald Grebien said the city was deeply saddened at Amponsah's passing. "She was a staple of the 5th District and our community since the 1980s. Mama Ama was revered in the com- munity for decades where she would welcome everyone at Ama's Variety and Mini Mart with a smile," he said. "She honorably and faithfully served as the sergeant at arms for the Pawtucket City Council for close to a decade prior to serving on the Pawtucket City Council, where she served on the Finance Committee, Animal Control Committee, License Committee, Substance Abuse/Non- Violence Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development and Neighborhood Improvement." He added, "Our heartfelt condo- lences go out to her loving husband Isaac, three children, and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during these trying times." Amponsah had been dealing with health issues for some time, accord- ing to those who knew her. Former Councilor Mary Bray, head of the Democratic City Committee who helped her win election last year, said she'd been dealing with lung problems. Moran said her struggles were apparent at recent council meetings, when she didn't have her video on for the Zoom link and didn't sound or look good. Even so, her death came as a complete shock, he said. Moran said he plans to fill in on the committees Amponsah served on for now. At some point, he said, an elec- tion to replace her will have to be held. Editor's note: Mama Ama had a profound impact on me from the day I first met her more than a decade ago and later visited her home to write a story on her proud Ghanaian holiday traditions. Her home was filled with laughter and love. She would ask me about my family every time she saw me. Not in just that polite sort of way, but waiting to hear the latest tidbits on each of my children. When I called her for interviews during last year's campaign, she wanted to know about me first. Ama won last year's election by two votes, but her demeanor probably would have been exactly the same if she'd lost by two. They say everyone has their critics, but one would be hard-pressed to find someone who had a bad word to say about Ama, who rarely spoke of her own good work but instead chose to put her life of faith into the daily action of helping others. My sincerest condolences to her entire fam- ily and her many friends. AMPONSAH From Page 4

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