Vida Cradle


Vida Adjeley Sowah was born on April 16, 1946, in La Accra Region Ghana to Albert Sowah of Koney Adu WE and Charlotte Otto of Nii Amoah WE all of whom preceded her to eternity. Vida is also known as Nii Nye was the fourth of 16 children. She was a fun, loving, and selfless child who grew up to be a God-fearing woman, who loved and served faithfully in the church. In 1952, Nii Nye was baptized at La Presbyterian Church. Vida attended La Girls School in 1952 where she successfully completed standard seven in 1962 where she obtained the skill to become successful in life. She furthered her education in catering. She had the greatest sense of humor and loved to help young ladies in the community. She was so jovial she had special names for her favorite people.

In 1964, Vida was employed by the Ministries of Census as a civil servant where she climbed up the ladder to become the Manageress to her department. She continued to work there till she was retired. While working at Census, she met her husband, Francis Sowah, with whom she had 5 children with. With her 5 children, Vida took in her nieces, nephews, and stepchildren. She was the disciplinarian in the family, and she treated all children equal to the point where you couldn’t tell which child was her own biological or not, but she strongly disliked cheating and dishonesty. Later, she started trading from Accra, Lagos, Benin, Togo, and the Gambia until she migrated to London leaving her family behind. Shortly after she resettled in London, she and Francis separated. Vida set out to work hard and created a pathway for her family to one day join her in the UK. In London, Vida laid a foundation where she worked diligently at PAO, a factory that produces beans and onions, full time. She was faithful to her employer and never missed a day of work.

Vida was passionate about education and was devoted to ensuring that she provided the best education for her children. Vida was a woman who cared about her children. She frequently visited them in the U.S and Ghana. She was determined to provide every opportunity necessary for her children to be successful and therefore managed to bring her older son Nii Odoi to London and the rest of the children came to the U.S. Vida fell ill in London, during that time she met her late husband, William Cradle. They got married on April 25, 1996, and Bill remained a loving husband until death parted them. Sadly, Bill became ill in September, and on March 1st, 2015 Bill passed away peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife. After her husband passed, she spent most of her time in the U.S and Ghana. She fell sick in 2018 while she was in Ghana. Her loving daughter, Sheillah Sowah, had rushed to Ghana to bring her over to the States to continue her treatment.

For thirty years she battled various illnesses and her health continued to decline. On November 25th, 2020, Vida Adjeley Cradle was called from labor to rest. Vida was greatly loved by many. Vida lived to cherish her children, Franklin Nii Adjei Sowah, Nii-Odoi Sowah, Sharon Naa Dzamah Sowah, Prince Nii Sowah, Sheillah Naa Dzamah Sowah, Princess Naa Dzamah Sowah, Michael Nii Mensah Sowah, Evelyn Naa Ayokor Sowah, and seven siblings of Accra Ghana. Not forgetting the host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews as well as other family members and friends.

Mum, we love you and we will forever cherish your memory in our hearts. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Till we meet again. Yawo Ojogbann.

Visitation 9:00am and Funeral 10:00am Saturday, February 27, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Entombment at Blendon Central Cemetery.

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  1. We are deeply saddened by the loss of your love one.
    May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of sorrow. Truly sorry for your loss.

  2. As we mourn your departure from the temporary “tent” your creator provided you, we know that you are safe in His eternal arms. You lived a life that is worthy of emulation and attested by all. For me, your constant concern about the well-being of my family, especially my dad is very much appreciated. It spoke to the kind of heart you possessed. I am eternally grateful to God for gifting you to us. Within this rather short period, I have learnt a lot from the life you lived, which I will ensure to practice myself and teach my children. Integrity, honesty, hardworking, loving, fairness and modesty were all that embodied your life’s principles.

    I pray that God will continue to preserve and protect the family you left behind, especially you seed. May they be established in Him, and above all may the peace of God that passeth all understanding be their portion, in Christ Jesus name! So shall it be!

    Be comforted family! May our mum’s demise be a constant reminder to continue her legacy and the principles she stood for.

    It is more than well!

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