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Leyinde Rosa Baana Hannah Susan Pabs-Garnon SRN; SCM


Previous to that, she was a nursing sister at the Out-Patient Department of Connaught Hospital, Freetown for several years [1954-1967] after her return home from studying in the United Kingdom.

Mrs. Pabs-Garnon received her professional training in the UK from 1947 - 1953.  She became a State Registered Nurse-SRN- in 1951; a State Certified Midwife-SCM- in 1952, and completed her training as a Theatre Nurse in 1953.

At 8 years old, she entered the Annie Walsh Memorial School and left in December 1944 after completing 5th form. She then worked at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital [PCMH] as a trainee nurse until her departure to the UK for professional training.

Born on Sunday, February 28, 1926 to Rev. Benjamin Layard Thomas and Mrs. Mary Rosa Thomas, Leyinde Pabs-Garnon had an elder sister, Mrs. Ayodele Joko Coker, and an elder brother, Mr. Benjamin Layard Thomas [former Chief Fire Force Officer] both of whom have predeceased her. Her husband, Thomas Jonathan Pabs-Garnon, and son, Eamon Pabs-Garnon also predeceased her. She is survived by her children Vera, Layard & Juliette; grandson Reynold; great-grand daughter Susan; several nieces, nephews and friends together with the Pabs-Garnon, Coker and Thomas families in Freetown and abroad.

She was a member of various voluntary organizations including Founder Member of the Sierra Leone Children’s Home at Wilberforce, the Mother’s Union Cathedral Branch II, Annie Walsh Old Girls Association [AWOGA], Krio Descendants Union [KDU] and the Nursery Schools Association of Sierra Leone.

In 2012 she was named Mother of the Year at the 4th Annual Sweet Mother Dinner & Awards Cruise; in 2013, the Mothers Union in the USA honored her for her longevity of membership and dedicated service to the organization; in 2014 she was presented with the National Entrepreneurial Award by the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America [NOSLINA].


Leyinde Pabs-Garnon [nee Thomas] has an extensive work history in the field of health and early childhood education. Her areas of expertise include the healthy well-being and developmental learning of young children ranging in age from birth to 5 years of age, and on-the-job training of early-childhood educators.

 For close to five decades, Mrs. Pabs-Garnon has been the Founder and Proprietress of Baana Nursery and Preparatory School, situated at 20, Campbell Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone. For a short period of time before that she worked for The Planned Parenthood Association as a nurse supervising and monitoring patient visits to the clinic at Pultney Street, Freetown.

Sunrise - February 28, 1926 
Sunset - December 14, 2016

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