- 57 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 14, 1956
- Date of passing: Apr 27, 2014
|Let the memory of Adebanke be with us forever|
4 days before your passing, you spoke to me about your plan for this day. Your wish was to visit a motherless baby home with the intention to go with food and gifts. I thought it was such a good idea and so thoughtful of you. Little did we both know that you won't be in this world to celebrate that special day.
I trust you are celebrating in heaven with your contagious smile.
Keep on resting Aunty B. We love you, but God loves you more."
"Humm!! Were do I begin from, Glorious 60 which you Wld 'Ve turned this day. But the author & finisher of our faith, knows the end & beginning of each an everyone of us. Continue to sleep on Mrs J. Sweet is the memory of the righteous. Today on earth Wld 'Ve been an awesome day if God had permitted. Happy posthumous 60th bday. Continue to sleep on my beloved."
"You would have been 60years today ma but it pleased God to take you before now continue to rest in the bosom of Jesus Christ."
"maami! you would have been 60 today! The party would have been...miss you terribly! memory of you burns bright! sun re o..."
"Humm!! Another year passed bye without you. 2 whopping yrs already. May the name of the lord, be glorified for ever. Continue to sleep on Mrs J. Mrs Adebanke Adedunmola Johnson. God loves u more."
"Sis mi. Sleep on in the blossom of the Lord,look back and always remember your children and husband."
"Continue to rest on ma, till we meet to part no more."
"Missing you @ this time. Wish u were here to witness your first fruits Union. It is well. Continue to sleep on my beloved."
"Thinking of u. Can't get over ur demise. Hummm!"
"My darling Aunty, I still find it difficult to believe you are gone. However, I take heart knowing that you are with the Lord.
I can confidently say that you are missed by many, because you didn't just pass by on earth, you impacted lives."
"Happy posthumous 59th bday. Even as u take thy holy rest, u are always remembered now till eternity. Continue to sleep on beloved. We love u but God almighty which you served deligently loved u most. Love from us all."
"Its a year already and we miss you dearly ,may your gentle soul continue to rest in the blossom of our Lord Jesus Christ."
It’s been a year since your sudden demise. It’s been an exceptionally difficult and painful year for me. I lost two precious and dear sisters around the same time. I couldn’t bring myself to write a tribute until now. I thank God for comforting me with this Scripture.
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Put this in writing. From now on, the Lord will bless everyone who has faith in him when they die.” The Spirit answered, “Yes, they will rest from their hard work, and they will be rewarded for what they have done.”
I know that you are resting in the arms of our Heavenly Father. You are resting from all your hard work, labor and Service to God. You were a faithful Servant. You have received your reward for all you have done. This is very comforting.
Today we held a Thanksgiving Service in church in remembrance of your beautiful selfless life. It was well attended by all your family and friends here in LA.
You were my BIG Sister that I looked up too. Very caring. You were fond of calling me “Adenrele the Princess” Always there for me and my family. Any time we spoke over the phone I always leave the call feeling very encouraged.
I never knew you would leave us so soon. Your journey on earth was so short but meaningful. Your personality was so transparent. What you see is what you get. You were always very happy, joyful and full of life. Never a dull moment with you.
I always looked forward to spending time with you, anytime you came to LA. I enjoyed your jokes and humor. Your laughter was very contagious.
You were the ‘go to’ person in the family. You brought all the family together on New Years Day. We always had a wonderful family re union. You enjoyed sorting every one out. Including all your brothers and their families, your in-laws, your children, members of your church, your friends, your cousins, even people you don’t know. You were always willing to give a helping hand. You put others needs above your personal needs.
You even went as far as adopting one of your home help (a young adult) who had been leaving with you in Nigeria for decades. You sponsored her to the US sent her to nursing school. A few years ago you were in Atlanta planning her wedding. You played the role of Mother of the bride. You have since been blessed with several grand children from the marriage.
Everyone you employed as domestic staff have had their life impacted in a positive away. You have a passion for orphans, you always had your home full of children you were taking care of, nurturing them with motherly love.
Sister Bee thank you for standing by me, encouraging me with your daily phone calls and text messages while I was in Germany taking care for our younger sister last year. Your sisterly prayers, advice and counsel were very uplifting, they kept me going.
Little did I know that your demise would be just over a month after Moji’s. You were both very close. You had a great relationship together.
I know that you are both in heaven keeping each other company and resting in the bossom of our Heavenly Father.
Sister Bee you are an epitome of the Virtuous Woman described in Proverbs 31:10-31. You are a Rare Gem, a Precious Jewel. Very energetic and spiritually strong Woman.
You always had the best interest of your household. Unc K, Tunde, Yosola, Supo and Bidola are blessed by your diligence and hard work.
I remember when you brought Bidola (who you refer to as the child of your old age) to US about 5 years ago, you didn’t want to let go even though we assured you that we will keep an eye on him. You kept calling him every day from Nigeria to wake him up, You knew his movement, his school schedule inside out. So you would always call to ensure he wasn’t late for his class or for work. You called to ensure he was eating well, sleeping well…
During your last trip to LA, you went to Bakersfield to spend time with Bidola, you ended up making friends with his landlady and her daughter. You cooked our African food for them, spent time with them, counseled them and when it was time for you to leave they were very emotional. They didn’t want you to leave. They felt like you were there guardian angel.
You are very prayerful. I have no doubt that you covered every aspect of your children’s life in prayers. Your heart desire was for Tunde to be healed completely and for your children to get married and settle down.
I know that The Almighty God that you served here on earth has heard your heart cry. He will grant all your heart desire in due season. He will keep watch over your husband and children. They will not lack any good or beneficial thing. Your Children will all get married, become good parents, have good careers, business, do very well in life and continue in the good legacy you left behind.
My sweet Sister, I promise to always be there for your children. I promise not to stop praying to God concerning their welfare. They will all get married and do well in life. They will not depart from knowing God and serving Him.
Sister Bee Continue to rest under the bossom of our Heavenly Father. Where you are safe in his arm now and forever. You will forever be missed, loved and remembered for all your good deeds.
Sleep well my dear BIG Sister.
Ps 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Faithful Servant."
"Its been a year already since your departure from this world. The memories of our friendship and all you stood for can never be forgotten.Continue to abide in the presence of God.Love always."
""Yes, we’ll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God."
Keep on resting my Aunty Banke. AKA Grandma Abuja."
"Exactly a year ago, I received the news of your demise. Amazing how time flies so fast. There is no day that passes by, that I don't think of you. Am happy our paths crossed but it is so unfortunate, you had to leave us so soon. My prayer, is that may the almighty lord continue to comfort, the families you left behind. Continue to sleep on Mrs J. Miss you so much my beloved as you continue to take thy holy rest. Na wa o. O death, were is thy sting, or death were is thy victory. Adebanke Adedunmola Johnson.(1956-2014)."
"one year today heaven gained another angel, there was rejoicing in heaven and so much pain here...we are yet to accept you not with us but God is faithful to comfort our hearts...continue to rest in eternal peace! you remain in our hearts and your memory is indeed blessed!"
"You are remembered on this special day and always! The memory of who you were burns bright...sun re o maami"
"Wishing you a Happy Birthday Aunty Banke. May your soul rest. We miss you."
"Happy posthumous bday Mrs J. Today wld ve been ur 58th bday but God knows best. The heavens are celebrating you right now & we on earth, are celebrating you too. Continue to sleep on our beloved till we meet on the resurrection morning . It is well, it is well, it is well. Love from Tosin, Christopher & Adeoye. Missing you now & always."
"Wish you are here. May God bless your soul"
"Missing you so much Mrs J. I wake up every morning & keep thinking of you. Sometimes when I remember things you say or ur voice comes to me I just giggle & laugh to myself. May you continue to rest in eternal glory. I still can't believe you have left us so soon. You off all. Na wa o. It is well."
"Ma, though I only met you once, I still remember the day vividly as if it was yesterday. I am blessed and lucky to have met you face to face not knowing that it was going to be the last time. May you rest in peace; may God watch over those you have left behind and comfort them."
"Aunty it's so sad leaving a note when i think about the sad nature of the contents... It's my prayers that you continue to Rest in Peace and God gives the family the Strength to carry-on with the Joy of your Well-Lived Life. Continue to Rest in Peace ma"
I still cannot believe you are gone and buried.In my heart,you would leave on as a great mother,a loving sister,confidant,best friend,neighbor,colleague,wife, tolerant sister in law and listening ears anyone would pray for.You lived a short live but it was so meaningful and fulfilled.If I knew 2012 was the last time I would see you,I would have took my time to meddle with you.Good night and rest in peace omo owa.I pray that God will give the family the strength to be consoled and comforted."
"Today 14th May in the year of our Lord 2014, you finally returned to your maker, The King of Kings & the Lords of Lord that you served wholeheartedly. Mrs J I miss you so dearly. So you have finally been laid to rest? Unbelievable !!!!. I still can't get over your passing. No one to send Christopher's funny pictures & video recordings to again. No texting back & forth again. So this is all what life entails. You came, You saw, You conquered. An Army Warrior has taken a bow. Adieu ! Adieu ! Mrs J. Continue to take thy holy rest as we would meet on the resurrection morning. Sleep on my beloved , sleep on."
I said I will not cry again due to your loss, but I must say that it has been difficult. Your plan was to stop in Atlanta for about a week so we can talk about everything that is going on. Instead, I heard about your passing 3 days after our long conversation. Aunty, I strongly believe you are with our Father in heaven and that has been my consolation. You will be missed Aunty."
"Adebanke today your body was finally put to its resting place, your spirit back with the Lord, our Heavenly Father. The light and legacy you left with us will live forever.
Our last conversation and prayers were towards the well-being and perfect God ordained life partners for our children. I will continue to stand in faith that the prayers are answered and settled in His word.
You were very good to me Adebanke, and you allowed God to use you in many ways in the family and community where you were planted. I never knew it could be this soon for you to leave us, but we are holding on strong in the Lord and His word. We continue in the blessing of having and knowing you, till we meet again at the feet of Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Olakunle & Adebukola Sonuga"
"May your gently soul rest in Peace."
"My dearest Aunty Banke, words cannot describe the pain I feel in my heart. This is all soo hard to take in. I just keep wishing you were still here. I will forever cherish the moments we shared together deep in my heart. I find consolation that you are in a better place resting in the cradle of the Lord. You were an incredible wife, mother and aunt who will dearly be missed. Your memory will live on in my heart forever. Rest in Perfect Peace."
"To our wonderful, charming and loving Aunty". You were like a mother to everyone. Thank you for the love you showed us. I was stunned to learn about your death. I still cannot believe you died so unexpectedly. You went too soon but God knows best. However, as they say, the one who is adored the most by God is the one who achieves eternal life. We will miss you and cherish all the happy memories we had with you. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. We extend our most sincere condolences to Uncle Kenny, Tunde,Yosola, Supo and Bidola. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. Our hearts goes out to you in your time of sorrow. Aunty Banke will remain in our hearts forever. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Rest in peace Aunty Banke."
"It was a rude shock when i received the news of you demise ;the couple of times i met with you ,you radiated with God's love ,you were always optimistic about life,always had a word of prayer to say ,my consolation is you are in a better place where there is no pain or worry.Rest on ma till we meet at the master's feet."
"I love u so much mum.Thanks for being there for me and raising me from birth.It hurts to see you go but i know you are in a better place.I will never forget the kindness you have shown to me all my life,you will remain forever in my heart and memories..Even if your not here, i will still strive to make you proud and try not to let you down.From your son, b-boy."
"Kofo and Fikayo Olu-Ayeni
Aunty I miss you. When I heard you were no longer with us, I was devastated. You were like a Mom to me. Growing up, whatever you did for Supo, you also did for me. You loved and cared for Wale, Tinu and I. Though it hurts to see u gone I know you are in a better place. I look back to the wedding and all that you did. You were too much Aunty. I miss and love you so much.
She was a woman with love to spare, always able to light up the dreariest of airs with her upbeat attitude. Her positive disposition continues to be an inspiration, influencing many lives. We find our consolation as we wait for that great day, when before the Lord we shall together be; never to be apart again, always in fellowship sweet; free from all parting pains, together for always and eternity.
Kofo and Fikayo Olu-Ayeni"
"It's still challenging to come to terms with your passing Auntie mi. You played an enormous role in the man I am today. When people said "you can't" you always said "how can I" you always figured out a way when others said it was impossible. Your tenacity and perseverance was unmatched. Your positive energy lit up rooms globally and your smile was contagious. You thought me the importance of putting others interest first and for this, favour followed you. I'm so Blessed to have grown up under your love and care. You will forever be missed, loved and remembered. Love you so much!!!"
"Goodbye Auntie, you will truly be missed, I am so grateful I was able to chat briefly with you before your passing. You were always cheerful and had an energy that lifted others around you. The love you had for the family was eminent and appreciated. From Timbamba, rest in peace Auntie."
"The news of the untimely death of our loving wife, mother, and sister came as a shock and with great sadness to us. No one expected her to go so soon. We can talk endlessly about how amazing she was.
Where can we start from?
We had the privilege of knowing her well, when we lived together at the family house. She was a loving mother who took the interest of her children at heart and brought other children that needs helping hand to the family.
She was strong, vibrant, charismatic, optimistic and highly intelligent individual, who gets involved in most family activities all over the world. We remembered the role she played in the planning of our daughter’s wedding in Canada. She had the honour to introduce the entire Johnson family at the occasion.
Mama Tunde loved The Lord, a giver who travelled around the world to offer help and assistance to families and friends. It’s so sad that we have lost another good soul again. Though you are gone, your legacy lives on.
Mama Tunde you will be missed but we know you’re now in a better place with the Lord.
Good night Adebanke, till we meet again to part no more."
Mama, thanks for being my mum. Thank you for raising me and trying to make me the best person I can possible be. I thank you for the sacrifices you have made for Tunde, Yosola, Bidola and me. I thank you for the sacrifices you have made for us as a family. I thank you for the persistent phone calls and the voice mails when I did not pick up. I thank you for always knowing when to console, motivate or chastise. I thank you because you always believe in me, even when I do not believe in myself. I am thankful for putting me on the right track. Mama, I thank you.
I thank you for being an example of how to strive to be a better person every day. I thank you for being an example about how to help others. I thank you for being an example of how life is about always rising up after failure. I thank you because I have watched you in action in all areas, and I want you to know that you are my inspiration.
Mama, I most thankful for the conversations I had with you about your plans and dreams for your future, the future of your family; and for your country. Well mum, I have heard your dreams.
• I may not have your leadership skills: But I would try and learn to lead
• I may not have your eloquence or speaking ability: But I am currently working on it
• I may not have your self-confidence: But I promise you I would get better day by day
• I may not have your ability rise up to any occasion: But I pray to God to reach your level
I thank you because I see your hand in the way I think, the way I talk and the way I act. I thank you because you have had a hand in shaping the way I see the world. I am really thankful because I have inherited your dreams.
I don’t like making promises; but I promise you that I would really try to cut my hair at least once every month. However, if forget to cut it, I would at least line it up.
Thanks for teaching me about everything."
"It’s hard to start a goodbye letter when you never fully got to say hello… My sweet auntie forever you’ll be missed. From a young age a genuine smile and a heartfelt hug. My life and others will forever be left with what if’s, but knowing your strength and dedication to your faith I know you will be watching down on us with warmth, praying for our wellbeing as we pray for your safe passage into eternal life. From Papa you will be missed Auntie Banke"
"I'm lucky enough to be amongst those who calls you mum. You along with others made me the man I'm today. I'll forever cherish your advice, guidance and for everything you've done for me and my siblings. I'll miss our trips to the airport together and countless times you've stayed up late for me to come back from work just to watch James Bond movies together. I don't even know why I'm here writing a tribute because you're not dead to me. And as George Elliot said "Our dead are never dead to us, until we've forgotten them"."
"Sisi Mi. When I heard the news I was distraught, for someone I’ve known since my youth to be gone especially someone who I consider a sister was devastating. I wish I could call you once last time to discuss life and hear your laugh or your views cause they were truly appreciated and I will cherish the moments we spent together and pray for your family but I know they will be alright due to the strength of character and endless love you instilled into them. Always in my thoughts and prayers. Idowu Johnson Oshun"
"My dear Sister B. What a shock!
If I knew Thursday April 24th will be the last time I will hear you call me Aya Owa, I would have insisted you say it over and over so I can record it. And I would have stayed on the telephone longer. Anytime the thought of your passing comes to my mind there is this pain and the feeling of helplessness.
I have lost a friend, a sister and a confident. You are always available with your listening ears, your caring, support, advise and prayers. I will miss you greatly!
After much agony, I have solace in the fact that God loves you more than I do. He gave you life to bless others. This you did very well with your love and support. He feels it is time to call you home, so be it. But I will forever, cherish the life you lived and the memories we created.
You always make people around you laugh. Your last visit to Los Angeles in December was filled with laughter. I remember you rolling with laughter at our annual family gathering in Tunde's apartment when watching 'The Adebanjos'. What a great time we all had together. You will forever live in my heart. As you always say,' It is well'.
Thanks Sister B, for not just being my sister in law but my sister."
"Auntie you will be dearly missed! Will never forget the impact you had on my life. All the times we shared laughs, how you used to do my hair. Your lovely personality, your laugh. The fact you always had extra luggage(lol).
I am really sad you won't get to see me graduate as planned. I will hold on to the all the conversations we had.
I just take solace in the fact that God is sovereign, though we may not understand He does.
You will be greatly missed.
Love you forever and always."
"It's so hard to believe and accept that my dear sister and friend is no more with us. I will always remember your kindness to me and my family. You are truely a blessing, I pray to God to give your family the fortitude to bear this great loss. You will be missed and remembered fondly forever, continue to rest in peace my dear Adebanke"
""Hello Mom" I always said anytime we saw...
Thursday night preceding Sunday night you passed you said "Tolulope mi" (you always called my name in full)..."pele my dear, kaabo" (i had just returned from work and it was quite late) "it is well" you said (the concern in your voice apparent) you complimented my dress and gave me a hug as usual. i did not know it would be the last (i should have held on more tightly and reveled in that compliment, i just trudged to bed tired).
i can't believe i am writing this... a huge lump is in my throat as i fight the tears threatening to fall anyway...sigh
my only consolation is that you are resting in the bosom of our Lord and i can't help but smile at this point- because i imagine the party going on up there- with aunt Moji and now you. We... i will definitely miss your humorous jokes and tales...you all were strong women of faith and big laughter too! thank you for leaving us with that legacy. it will live on!
i will cherish your memory forever in my heart.
sun re o maami!!!"
"Hi Mum, I love you and miss you a lot. I still remember the last conversation we had about me finding a wife. I want to tell you that I am working on it. I miss your smile, encouraging words, and your caring personality. You were more than a mother to me and more like a best friend. I always have you in my heart and I thank God for you being my mother. Love you always."
"Dear Aunty Banke, the news is still shocking. Anytime the thought of your passing flashes through my mind, it feels like a bad dream that will soon pass. God knows best and only he knows why he allowed this happen. We have spoken to the kids and your spirit lives on strong in them. Tunde is very composed and strong and your impact and imprint on their lives howbeit short will forever be with them.
Rest on in the Lord and keep on smiling....you will be forever missed.
Olakunle & Adebukola Sonuga"
"Mummy wa as I fondly called you, you were a mother, a friend, and the best sister in law on this side of the world.
You were a rallying point. The burden bearer.
The voice of reason.
I will forever miss you. Your kind heart, your ever cheerful soul.
Your thoughtful deeds.
Your glowing image.
Your radiant person.
I could go on and on.
Auntie Banke, you lived on forever in my heart. I hope I will find the courage to tell your nieces that you had gone to be with The Lord one day very soon.
Thank you for being you
Thank you for your kind heart.
Thank you for standing by me, with me, and for me.
Thank you Auntie Banke mi!!!!
The space no one can fill....., no one to call me aya owa again?
Sleep on and sleep well, my beloved."
"I keep calling for you hoping you so near.
I keep longing for you hoping to touch you once again
I await the ringing of the phone hoping you would call so we can continue our discussions where we stopped.
But alas, you were gone. Blown away like a candle in the wind. Your passing is like a dream I so wish I could wake up from to discover it was all a lie. I spoke to you the previous day of your demise, we had plans; you said you will come soon to the States. But alas you were gone.
You looked so immortal that I thought you will be here forever!"
"When death comes we weep with sorrow,
when death comes we mourn the loss of our love ones.
When death comes we grieve over the memories we shared with our loved ones.
We struggle to go on, we pray for strength in hope of tomorrow will be a better day. When death comes I ponder over why these things must be how do we accept these things we can not change In our hearts our loved ones live on; we cherish envisioning their faces as it soothes the pain of that empty space left here on earth where their bodies were once housed.
The Light of Hope
Visiting familiar places in hope of feeling the spirit of their presence lingering in the air to comfort our wounded soul.
When death comes, it's bitter, it's cold, and unwelcome, but the reality is when it comes hurt comes along with it, no words can soften the blow of a sudden plight of your un-invited coming.
When death comes without warning or notice the pain is piercing such as that of a high pitch whistle continue to rest in perfect peace Mrs Adebanke Johnson we love you but GOD loves you most. GOOD-NIGHT......"
"ADEBANKE!!! I carry a lump in my throat since I heard of your passing. It is still like a nightmare and that I will wake up and it will be gone. You made a mark everywhere you went as if you knew you were not going to be around for long. Thank you for those memories because we will forever hold onto them. My darling friend, you will be greatly missed but you will remain forever in my heart. To Babatunde, Adeyosola, Olasupo and Adebidola, you now have an angel watching over you from above. Even in death, her LOVE will remain with all of you forever. To Mr. Johnson, The Lord will give you the strength to bear the loss and the guidance to carryon. Ore mi owon sun re o......"
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