Tita Timothy Ashasim (1903 – 2018)
My earliest memories of you were in Tamiya, Takum. Spending Christmas here was always special, because of the love that radiated from you to all your children and grandchildren. You told us stories that always cheered us up, as we ran around your compound. Indeed your love spread through the entire village, as you were their beloved doctor.
As a health worker, you served the community with love and dedication, and took charge of not only the community clinic, but also the leprosarium. You showed love to those suffering from leprosy, at a time when stigma for the disease was high. You provided healing not just with medication, but also with kind words and love. May we your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the world you have left behind, learn from your example; that we may heal one another and the world with love, for the Holy Bible says love is the greatest!
Gerhard Armauer Hansen (Wikipedia) – Discovered Mycobacterium leprae
Love for humanity, is love for God, and that explains why you lived for one hundred and fifteen years! For the Holy Bible says this about he who loves God:
“With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” Psalm 91 vs 16 (New King James Version)
“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.” Proverbs 16 vs 31 (New Living Translation)
Tita, as you are laid to rest with your crown of glory, may Jesus Christ whom you loved and served, welcome you into His kingdom with an everlasting crown of glory. Rest in Peace.
The Queen and King of Mardi Gras in 1998 at the Louisiana Leper Home. At that time, the facility had been renamed the Gillis W. Long Hansen’s Disease Center. Photo: Jeffrey Braverman. Source: M. Gaudet. (2004) Carville: Remembering Leprosy In America. University Press of Mississippi.
Dr Andebutop Elisha Ashasim