- 71 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 5, 1944
- Date of passing: Dec 30, 2015
|I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith...
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rev. (Mrs) Beatrice Deborah Nweke Onyegbula, 71, born on June 5, 1944 and passed away on December 30, 2015. Betty, Nweke or Mumsy as she was fondly called by friends and family was a beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grand-mother, sister, aunt, and mentor to many in her church and community.
She will be remembered as an icon and amazon because of the genuine and unconditional love she had for people, the innate wisdom that she so freely shared, the dexterity of her vocations, and the immense strength she displayed in times of adversity even till her very last breath.
She was and will always be a mother to many leaving an amazing legacy that will continue as a source of inspiration and in posterity for loved ones and those that really knew her.
Mama... we will always remember you, your prayers and blessings will always be with us, your wishes will always be our command, your light will continue to shine through us, and your love will never be forgotten.
She was blessed in a wonderful marriage to late Elder John C. Onyegbula. He preceded her, along with her lovely daughter Ogonnaya, to Heaven. She is now survived by six children (Obinna, Uche, Okey, Nnenna, Nkem, and Chinedu), fifteen grandchildren, numerous siblings, in-laws and relations.
Rest well in His bosom... till we meet again.
"Dear mummy, I've been thinking about you all through December as I spent Christmas alone in Lagos. So yesterday my boyfriend told me he wants me to meet his family, then asked, "so who do I need to see in your family?" Of course I said my paternal uncle, but I wish I could have been able to say "and my Aunty in Lagos who has been like a mum to me" I know you really prayed and waited for this day and I would have really loved to give you that joy. It is well, nothing lost. We shall surely meet in heaven. Rest well Ma."
"Dearest mum, a year ago today it is unbelievable how an angel was taken away. I was going through my photos this week and yours came up where you and I took pics. I still have your number. Still very hard to let go.... miss you so much mum. Love you mama and keep smilimg"
"Always Sweet, the memories of you. I am still missing you."
"Happy birthday in heaven, I know the angels are celebrating you and you are enjoying yourself in the presence of the Lord and all your loved ones who went ahead of you. Sweet mummy, hugs and kisses as I write this with a wide smile in remembrance of all the love and laughter we shared, I still miss you no doubt. You will never be forgotten. Love you till we meet again......"
"Mama de mama!!!! Happy birthday! We love you and miss you so much! We know you are having a great time with the Host of Heaven. #keeprockingwiththeangels"
"I woke up today with a heavy heart.
It's 5th of June, your birthday. I'll usually be the 1st to call and wish you a happy birthday and the kids follow with birthday songs to you, then your laughter will fill the air and then you'll pray for us in return and release heavenly blessings.
I miss you so very much.
Life will never be thesame without you.
Have a happy birthday celebrating with the host of angels.
Continue to Rest In Peace mum until the resurrection day."
"Yes your befitting burial is over and we thank God for everything but we shall never forget you. Time and again the sweet memories of you keep rolling by, how can one forget, you were such a motivator and ardent believer in the good in your fellow human being. Your legacy lives on and your children are holding their own - you groomed them well. Rest on dear one until we meet to part no more. We miss you so much. Thank you Jesus."
"When i heard that mama the mama ( that's what i call her) was in Portharcout, i was so excited because i knew i will be flying into Nigeria through Portharcout and wanted to spend time with her.
I called her number to notify her that i will be around and wanted to see her but was unable to speak with her. I never knew that i will never see mama again, i mean never see her again.
I got the news of her demise on the 30th of Dec 2015, while i was preparing to go see her, cos i got into Portharcout on the 29th of Dec 2015. I was destabilized, all my expectations and enthusiasm cut short. i could not believe, it came to me as a shock. i never knew mama was in the hospital all this while.
My eyes filled with tears, my heart in sadness, what it means to loss you mama. No one will ever understand, no farewell word were ever spoken, no time to say goodbye.
I am glad to have had the pleasure of knowing you mama. i will forever remember the fun times we had together and many laughs that we shared, your generous loving spirit continues to inspire me.
I remember in April 2014 when i traveled to Nigeria to bring my Dad who was at that point critical and needed urgent medical attention, I stayed with Mama in Ikeja, on the day of our departure back to the US. My dad took ill again and almost died. Mama took us to the hospital that night, stayed with me all through this trial period until my dad was strong enough to fly back to the US.
Thank you for the kind words you always share.
Thank you for your selfless character.
Thank you for taking time to pray with me.
Thank you for caring.
I promise you mama you will never be forgotten,for you memories will always be a source of joy for those of us whose lives you touched.
I refuse to say goodbye but would prefer to say till we meet again
Rest in peace mama, you will be greatly missed."
"She was a baker, a maker, a good all round person. I got to meet her around 1994 when Okey and I were doing our youth service. Her home was always open to me. You are missed mommy...your gentle unassuming smile is etched in my memory.May your soul rest in peace. Stay strong family...it is well!!!"
""FAREWELL TO MY BELOVED AUNTY - Da NWEKE"
Aunty: I'm still in shock as I write this tribute - not wanting to believe the news of your demise. What a wicked world we live in! Dada, you left us too soon. My heart aches. You cared for everyone you met - including me - who came to Lagos as a young man after high school education; and not knowing where to turn. You welcomed me to your house; and gave me wings to fly.
As a distinguished lady and a rare gem that you were, when I reminded you of your hospitality to me then in Lagos, at a convention in Atlanta, Georgia, your retort was " I don't remember that". Well, Aunty, I remember; and I will never forget.
You lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation. I grieve with those you left behind. May your soul rest in perfect peace with the Lord.
Adieu, aunty till we meet again.
Words cannot describe the shock I had when I learnt about your passing.. What a great loss to humanity.
Big auntie,you personified everything about love, understanding, Godly wisdom, and family support. In fact, your light is still shining as a becon of hope to all. You will surely be missed. But we are all celebrating your life here on earth even as we know that you are resting now in perfect peace with the Lord--Amen!
On behalf of my family,and all Obialor family members, I wish you and yours eternal rest and peace of God--that passeth all understanding.
"Tribute to Late (Mummy) Nweke B. Onyegbula
The news of your departure to eternal abode came as a sudden shock to me, that faithful morning on 31st Dec, the last day of the year 2015, in Nkwerre. In fact I could not believe it. It was a sad and painful news indeed, even to my husband.
Mummy was a very caring mother; easy-going, humane and a charismatic leader during her lifetime. A true woman of GOD who devoted her life to spirituality with Christ being her focus. She was ready to assist anyone who came across her at anytime, both spiritually and otherwise. A real mother, to the core, and she touched the lives of many.
Her death is no doubt a monumental loss to the family, relations, and friends. She would be remembered for her forthrightness and patriotism. I pray to GOD Almighty, in His infinite mercy, to continue to grant the children, grandchildren, in-laws, relations, and friends, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Mummy, as I fondly call you, rest in the bosom of the Lord. Amen
Mrs Amaechi Nwakanma & Family"
"Tribute to My Darling Best Friend Betty aka Amakiri
Betty aka Amakiri Amadi Corporation of Onyegbula, as we usually called ourselves, so you have gone never to see you again!
We were so friendly that through our friendship our husbands became friends. We worked together in the Ministry of Labour and our co-workers called us twins because we were always together and sometimes wore the same clothes. Our wedding rings were the same and bought from the same shop before we were even employed with the Ministry. It was God’s handiwork. To crown it all, we go on maternity leave at the same time. When I was looking for a baby girl she was looking for a baby boy and that was exactly how it happened. She was so hardworking and she taught me how to bake cakes, meat pies, sausage rolls etc.
Before I travelled home to Egbu for Xmas I called her but I could not get through to her number. I was worried and complained to my daughter that I was unable to reach her. A week after we came back to Lagos I had a phone call from her second son Uche telling me that his mother had passed. I started shouting and crying telling him ‘don’t tell me, don’t tell me’. I was shocked. I am still shocked and cannot believe that my darling friend is no more and gone forever, at the bossom of her Lord. She has answered the glorious call of heavenly bliss.
Death is wicked, awful. Betty, you really played a very good role in bringing up your children. You are now in a much better place where joy overflows, a place of tranquillity and a place where love reigns supreme.
Amakiri, I will never never forget you. Your memory remains indelible in my heart unto eternity.
Adieu my darling best friend till we meet again.
Mrs. Dora Amadi (aka Amakiri)"
"Mummy, you left so suddenly. You were such an inspiration - in love, in wisdom, dedication and virtue to us all. So caring, so loving !!! You loved God and never missed an opportunity to share that love to us. You ran your race and finished strongly. As you rest in the bosom of the almighty I am grateful for the years we spent running around your home with Nkem and Chinedu, a home you made so welcoming, those memories will stay with me till we meet again. At this time I remember Phil 1:21 - "To live is christ, to die is gain", your life was the embodiment of how our walk in christ should be!
Rest in perfect and everlasting peace of the arms of our lord and saviour till we all meet again.
"Dear Mummy, although I did not know you well, your undeniable LOVE and gracious ways were a regular anthem among your family and friends. Thank you for shinning your light bright for others to emulate and thank you for leaving your positive mark and impact on the world around you. Rest in peace Mama. Till we all meet to part no more.
God bless you all and give you the fortitude to bear this unfathomable loss. Amen"
"Tribute to a wonderful mother. It came like a bolt in the blue the news of your sudden demise . Mummy i wish to use this opportunity to tell the world how wonderful and a great mummy you are. It all started when I finish from university 2006 I came to Lagos to live with you it was so much fun living with you, you took me as your own daughter and cared for me, you taught me how to be a mother and wife, you taught me so many things in life; is it how to cook, bake, to pray and so on. I can ever forget how we use to go to Mr bigs when heat is too much, I always remember how you used to ask me to dance nkwere song and you will be throwing money at me. Anytime you are travelling to US and Canada I always cry in the airport knowing it's for few months and now you are not here again how do i stop these uncontrollable tears!!!!. You volunteered to signed the document on my court wedding day. Is it helping other people? you never stop your children from helping others, I cherished every moment we had together and everything you gave me including my first rapper which I use for my traditional wedding. I remember vividly all your advice when I was getting married, it was from your house I got married and came back after wedding. I remember the day I told you I was pregnant you were very happy and danced all day. In all the pains I was passing through you comforted me and kept telling me after delivery all the pains will disappear and then comes joy. When I had that you are no more I didn't believe it, because when will spoke in December I told you we will come home soon for my children to see you and you said in your next visit to Canada that you will pass through Italy to see us, I had taught of how happy and thankfully I will be when I will see you, but I never know that I will not see u again. I always tell my daughter which you cared for during the pregnancy that we will go to Nigeria to see grandma in Lagos, she is always happy any time you bless her on phone she will say amen. Mummy you're indeed a great woman, a wonderful, a very good hearted woman, nne ora, nwayioma, nne Obioma, nne di nso, you touched so many people that came in contact with you positively, you accept everyone big or small what a memorable life you lived , you will always live in our heart. Your daughter Ogechi...."
"DA NWEKE: WE SPOKE A LOT WHILE YOU WERE ALIVE. NOW IN YOUR PASSING I CAN ONLY WRITE SO MUCH. I STILL REMEMBER THE MAKE-UP OF OUR FONDEST MEMORIES. THEY ARE GOOD AND VERY SWEET. I STILL SEE YOU AS LOVING , CARING, ACCESSIBLE, SUPPORTIVE, AND FAITHFUL BIG SISTER. VICTORIA AND I, AND OUR CHILDREN; THE ENTIRE ONWUZURUOHA FAMILY WISH YOU BLISS IN ETERNITY. SHALOM PRETTY SIS."
"Ms.Onyegbula seemed to be a loving woman. Not just only to her family, but to everyone she met. She was a spiritual woman, and it's hard alone to lose someone who is an emotional light, let alone a spiritual one. As the Bible says at John 5:28,29, "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tumbs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good to a resurrection of life..." Soon we will all see dear Ms.Onyegbula again - alive and well. What a glorious day that will be for all those who loved her. Please let this warm and touching scripture bring you the comfort that it has brought me in the past."
"TRIBUTE TO AUNTY ME (as I used to call you)
(A great Gem is Gone)
When I got the news of your sudden pass away; my ears could not believe it. I never believed that you will leave this sinful world so soon. When it’s the time your children will have taken care of you, no one can question God for calling you so early. Anyway God knows the best; it’s the will of God and not the will of any man.
I will never forget the important things you taught me; you were a great adviser to me spiritually and in material issues of life.
If I was told that as at the last time I saw you at late Comfort Asuagha’s burial will be the last time, I will see you again, I would not believe it. You were a great leader that affected the lives of so many people especially in Nkwerre Aborigine Union Lagos and Nkwerre Daughter’s Association Lagos branch you affected our lives in so many ways.
Reverend Mrs Beatrice Onyegbula you were an Icon, woman of substance, a virtuous woman, a Godly woman, a woman of integrity, peace and love.
We will miss you so much but God loves you more, you were a soldier of Christ.
Daa Nweke you are not dead; you are just sleeping in the Lord. We pray that God in His infinite mercy grant you eternal rest in His bosom, Amen.
Farewell till we meet to part no more (Rev21:4)
Adieu Aunty mee!!! Good Night
From Elder Mrs Joyce Odinigweh and the Family."
"TRIBUTE TO A LOVING MOTHER
Shared by: Nkechi Ogbonna (nee Onyegbula)
My beloved mother, you were a mother to all, a mother to reckon with, a great woman has gone….
Death! I know is inevitable, but you left too soon. I cannot hold back the tears whenever I think of the wonderful moments we shared, but who am I to question God? I have the confidence that you are sleeping in His bosom and resting from all the pains and cares of this world.
Mummy no doubt, you were a legend, a wonderful woman, prayer warrior, understanding, loving, a good listener, caring and selfless.
Your gentle heart of love can never be forgotten; your words of encouragement and advice to us will always be remembered.
You were outspoken, courageous, disciplined and very hardworking.
We will sorely miss you.
Rest In Peace Great woman until the resurrection morning.
Nkechi Ogbonna (nee Onyegbula)"
"A TRIBUTE TO DA NWEKE, A PROFILE IN FORTITUDE.
Shared by: Agu & Ego Onwuzuruoha
Beatrice Nweke Onyegbula (nee Onwuzuruoha) was a sister and mother par excellence. Her devotion to her husband and children was legendary. She was and will remain a towering figure in our hearts and minds. A very brilliant scholar, her beautiful handwriting and neat school notes were sources of inspiration to me as we were coming of age. She touched many people's lives even in the extended Onwuzuruoha household. We got very close in the last few years and she morphed from being a big sister to my wife and I to being a mother and confidant. I watched as she bore with calm surrender the loss of her beloved husband and daughter. Peter (not Peter the apostle ), the hero of Hugh Walpole's novel, FORTITUDE, said "It is not life that matters but the courage you bring to it". Da Nweke passed through this life with so much courage and fortitude. We have lost a friend, sister and mother. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. ....Agu & Ego Onwuzuruoha"
"The loss of a mother is an opportunity for us all to reflect on what true sacrifice looks like. Only a mother can take you into herself, hold and cuddle you for nearly a year at the risk of her own life and still do it with pure joy and selflessness. She never asks for repayment and reparation. All her life, she worries and truly cares for you unceasingly till God calls her back to a higher responsibility.
To the Onyegbulas, you are the lights this Mother has left for the world. Keep it burning with faith and with hope till you are united again in His reign. May her sweet spirit fly home in peace! Amen."
""TRIBUTE TO AN UNFORGETTABLE SISTER
I received with deep sense of loss,the news of the demise of a sister Mrs.Nweke Onyegbula nee Onwuzuruoha (Eke Ngwo Ngwo as I fondly call her).
She was a woman of many parts.A wonderful mother,sister and a good wife.She was kind to a fault.She was a very hard working woman,a leader and philanthropist.Above all she was a virtuous woman of God who served the Lord unconditionally.she played the role of a sponsor together with her late husband during my wedding.Her contribution will ever remain green in my memory.It was during our outing that she met and married her wonderful husband they had a good and happy marriage that was blessed with wonderful children.
Its difficult to narrate Nweke's good relationship with me and my family. My advise to her children is to except her death with resignation and equanimity.Words are not enough to describe this daughter of Zion but our consolation is that she is resting in the bosom of the Almighty Father in heaven,where there are no more worries,tears and pains .
Adieu Eke Ngwo Ngwo la n'udo
Tears are prayers too.They travel to God when we can't speak.
"To my mamalinor I miss you and I was totally devastated when my dad told me that you where no more. You where indeed more than a mother to me, I would never forget all the jokes and funny tales you told me when I came around for my service year, it made me see life in a different way, always thought me never to give up, always push hard for a better life and share everything with people, that it's more joy & happiness when you give and indeed that's who you are.
Mum I know that you have gone to be with the lord and I know you would be watching us from above and blessing our every turns.....with a heavy heart I write your tribute.
May your soul rest in perfect peace amen."
"Nkem, although no words can really help to ease the loss you and your family all bear, just know that you're very close in thought and prayer in this time of grief. May Mama's soul rest in perfect peace!"
"My dear God mother. I still can't believe you have gone to be with the Lord. You've left a big void in our hearts. You were an inspiration and a God fearing woman worthy of emulation. You will forever be missed. Thank you for all you did. Continue to rest in perfect peace. Amen!"
"TRIBUTE TO OUR DEPARTED AMIABLE MOTHER-INLAW:
MRS BEATRICE DEBORAH NWEKE ONYEGBULA
The ugly and dark news of your demise, after a brief illness, reached us like a devastating earthquake shock because it was least expected. Our family has known this lovely and amiable women for about eight years. During this brief sojourn with us on planet earth we found her to be a very likeable, sociable, peaceful, truthful, honest, sincere, loving, caring and very highly religious woman. She was endowed with great wisdom, creativity and an enviable imaginative mental strength and a good big heart.
Based on her world of experience she encouraged her last son, CHINEDU ONYEGBULA, and made it possible for him to marry our first daughter, OKWUDIRICHUKWU ONYEGBULA (nee OKWY AMAJOR and late) in November 2010.
We will never forget how this kind lady, at a short notice, provided us with packets of coated groundnuts and other things each time we travelled to the American continent. Her leadership charisma is a very powerful binding force. She successfully used it to keep her family intact and united even after she lost her dear husband many years back.
This Hebrew woman was extremely very strong in sickness. She criss-crossed the Atlantic Ocean several times, like me, to keep the family intact and together and to ensure good health.
She has finally obediently bowed to her CREATOR AND SUSTAINER.
MAY HER GENTLE AND HUMBLE SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE.
Her memories will live with us for ever.
ADIEU ADIEU ADIEU REV. MRS. B.D.N. ONYEGBULA
PROF. L.C. AMAJOR
For and onbehalf of
The Amajor/Okebugwu families of
Olokoro, Umuahia. Abia State."
"You Have Run Your Race ... You Have Fought the Good Fight
Shared by Obinna Onyegbula on 02/21/2016
Great Mama ...!
When I think of you, I think of the various challenges in which you excelled - fending for your family, supporting your husband, giving the best of your service to GOD, working diligently for the government, supporting others in need, and serving your community - and I remember the great passion, poise, and joy that you displayed.
You battled like an Amazon; you gave your everything for the cause; you had a kind word and advice for every occasion; you always desired to put a smile on the face of others; and you sacrificed your own needs and desires, even when it was not always appreciated.
Your Faith kept you close to GOD, your constant companion, even when it seemed you were all alone. He finally gave you victory over the struggles of life.
I won't forget your last words of prayer over my life, even when you were in excruciating pain. You always thought of others first; never yourself.
I know you are in a good place, confidently echoing Paul's words and saying 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7)'.
Remain blessed in eternity ... Amen!
"De Nweke, you were the epitome of goodness and you will be forever missed. We will not question God for inviting you home at this time. We wish you a hitch-free travel. We pray God almighty to preserve your soul among the saints. Adieu our dear mother. Ejike and Adaoha Mbaruguru"
"TRIBUTE TO A WONDERFUL & UNFORGETTABLE MOTHER IN-LAW
God fearing, generous, kind, loving, sweet, caring, honest, elegant, fastidious, brave, strong, energetic, hard-working, resilient, thoughtful, hopeful, selfless. Mama, those are the qualities I think of when I think of you.
Grandma Yo! Yo! as you were fondly called by your grand kids. You were more than a mom–in- law to me you were like my mom. You loved me like a mom would and you took care of me as if I was your daughter. You taught me so much about love. Your love was all encompassing and unconditional. You knew how to make everyone around you feel special.
You taught me what it meant for a woman to be the anchor of her home. You taught me that my duty and obligation as a wife and mother is to intercede for my family in prayer. You lead by example because you spent countless hours on your knees. I know that God is truly attentive to the prayers of a loving and caring mother because your children are so blessed. You stood for truth and justice and I admired that about you.
You were so generous mama. You gave all you had to the people you loved. You held my hand in the delivery room and prayed as my Kids were welcomed into this world. You were an excellent grandma and Sochi, Chidozie and Chidera will never forget you.
I miss you so much. where do I start....I miss watching Dr. Oz and Maury with you, I miss our long drives, our shopping trips, I miss listening to all your Igbo gospel songs, I miss all the stories you shared with me about our ancestors, I miss praying with you. And ooh all the laughs. Your sense of humor, you always knew how to make me laugh. I miss our cooking classes where you did all the work and I did all the eating.
Mummy I cannot believe you are gone. I will take solace in the fact that absence from the body is presence with the lord. I will remember the moments we shared and cherish them. I love you so much and I will never forget you. I promise to take care of your son and your grandkids and be there for them in every way for the rest of my life.
It is really hard for me to write this… I feel like my writing a tribute means that I am acknowledging that you are really no longer with us.
Your Loving Daughter Inlaw - Cynthia Onyegbula"
"MY SWEET MOTHER
Sweet mama de mama as I fondly call you, you were such a precious gift to me from God, so much beauty, grace, love and patience you possessed. You touched my heart in so many ways, your strength unimaginable and your smile even in dark days make me realize an angel you are to me.
I sit and reflect on the days we toiled all night baking in your kitchen; I sit and reflect on how you taught me to cook all the traditional dishes one can think of; I sit and reflect on your words of wisdom and caution knowing my personality; I sit and reflect on how you toiled to enroll me in the best schools in Nigeria and the U.S.A; I sit and reflect on how you laid hands on my head and blessed me, my wife and kids; I sit and reflect on those deep Igbo gospel songs you voiced out from your innermost spirit; I sit and reflect on how selfless you were in lending a helping hand to others and changing their destiny without expecting anything in return; I sit and reflect on how you loved your husband and us your children; I sit and reflect on how you served the Lord selflessly; I sit and reflect on how you showered love on my wife Cynthia and the kids; I sit and reflect on how you wrote your biography and handed to me during your last trip to visit me; I sit and reflect on how you put passion towards anything you laid your hands on; I sit and reflect on how we sat together watching those lovely Igbo gospel videos; I sit and reflect on the days and nights we prayed and sat together; I sit and reflect on how you raised 7 of your kids alone when Dad passed on 15 years ago….then I kneel down and THANK GOD for bringing me to this world through you.
Mum your legacies will never disappear and your passion in the things of the Lord will continue through your children. I will forever salute you mum, because you have been all I ever needed in this life. God assigned you to be my mum for a purpose and you have exceeded all expectations and surpassed it.
Even minutes before your last breathe all you did was praise your Lord and bless your children, in-laws and grand children. The heavenly angels salutes you as you march forward to be with the Lord. You have done exceedingly well to show forth the light to the world we live in.
It is well. I will forever love and miss you. Adieu Mum
Your loving Son - Nkem Onyegbula"
"My lovely Aunty Nweke, you will truly be missed as you touched countless lives. Your sheer selflessness stood you out as an icon. I remember in the company of my dad and mum, patiently listening to your advise and counsel on past experience whenever you visited Edmonton.
Aunty mi, la n'udo. May your soul rest in peace. Please do not worry as "we" your children will be taken care of by the Almighty God. You will be forever missed! We love you."
"I had the privilege of briefly meeting Mama during her visit to Edmonton, when she attended one of our Igbo Association meetings. Mama was glittering with joy and smiles; very humble woman.
We pray that Our Almighty God will grant her Eternal life and also give the loved ones she left the strength to bear her loss."
"Dearest Aunty Nweke, this tribute is kinda hard to give because I keep thinking I will see you soon. It's really hard to say goodbye. I will always remember your funny way of telling stories, your scrumptious cakes which made my childhood Christmas, your delicious cuisine which you used to welcome us each time we visited Lagos. I'm sure the extended Onyegbula family will testify of your generous hospitality to the numerous inlaws who crashed at your home during their stay in Lagos. You always welcomed everyone and never complained while feeding us to satisfaction. Yeah Lagos or Umueze will not be the same without you. I hope you know you were truly loved and cherished. The Good Lord in his infinite wisdom felt you will fare better with him. Who are we to question his ways? Keep resting then dear aunt. Your legacy will live on."
"The few years I have known Mama has been exemplary. I have come to know this unique and extraordinary woman, who spent most of her time ministering to the needs of others. One outstanding characteristic is the genuity with which she served God. I want to thank God for the opportunity to have known her. I saw in her a mother, sister and friend .
Though your demise was so sudden but knowing that you are resting in the bosom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ gives me console. You will truly be missed."
"Your daughter-in-law & Brother,
Nze Engr & Lolo (Engr) Mrs. Sammy Ikechukwu Akano
(Akuruoulo & Ugodiya)
I had once told you that though you are my “sister –in- law”, I will take you as my “mother-in-law” and call you such going forward. One does not need to go far to know the reason. You loved me and believed in me despite all odds. I will never forget and I remain eternally grateful.
You were simply a wonderful, loving, caring, firm, kind, compassionate and no-nonsense personality. You stood for truth and justice, no matter whose ox is gored! You cared too much to remain continually angry with anyone. You loved peace and pursued it with all those that crossed your path.
I don't want to ask why you had to leave us too soon because I am persuaded that you have gone to be with your saviour, to receive your various crowns awaiting you as you rest in his bossom.
Your brother, my husband Nze Akuruoulo is greatly devastated over your demise and so are we all - including our children. We are comforted that you showed us the part to follow which is to love and serve the Lord Jesus with our whole hearts and to love our neighbours as our selves. We pledge to continue on this part and to remain united as one family - in love, peace and understanding. I assure you that your charge to your brother and I not to leave your beloved children alone when you are gone we have taken seriously to heart. We intend to keep this promise!
Rest in peace Ada Okpiegbe, daughter of zion, our beloved mother! We miss you sorely but take solace in God's effectual love."
"A MOTHER TO ALL
A gentle caring soul that portrays the true spirit of Christianity and humility. Words are not enough to shower this icon with the acolade she deserves. Even in death you continue to exude that warmth that your presence always brought forth. May your gentle soul continue to rest in The bosom of your creator even. You will be greatly missed. We love you but God loves you more."
"A GENTLE INSPIRING SOUL!
Nwunye oma'm as I foundly call you, yours was a soul that was so gentle yet so inspiring. I remember how in 2000 when I got married newly, how my wife came back from her first ever August meeting which you chaired and was filled with glowing praises of your leadership and how inspiring you were not only to her; but to other young newly married ezedimagu women.
Dada, you become an epitome of gentility and in all your illustrious life, you inspired everyone that came across you through your kindness, intelligence and motherly advice.
As you transition to glory, we will sorely miss you but give glory to the Almighty for a life well lived.
Adieu and rest in the bosom of the Lord"
"The song is ended but the melody lingers on......... Irving Berlin
"Then I heard a word from heaven say " Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." " Yes," says the spirit, "they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them." Rev. 13:14
These powerful scriptures above describe you and where you are now which is most important for all mankind as we live and pass through this earthly journey.
Maama! for this was what I fondly called you and you would reply Paapa! I was short of words about the sad news of your transition. We hoped that you would be around for the next 20 years but man proposes and God disposes. Thank God for the opportunity I had to speak to you and pray with you while you were on the hospital bed. Thank God for the words you spoke into my life while in your severe pains.
When I set out in search of a wife, I prayed God to lead me to a family that serves him. I still remember the first day I was to meet you and wanted to know the kind of a woman to call my second mother. I just flew into the country and though the weather was hot, but deliberately decided to wear a sleeveless top that left my body bare and on getting to the gate, my fiancée told me it can never happen me appearing before you that way and you would not tolerate that instead that I should go back home and dress up. In my mind I said "O! God I bless your name.". Mum there are so many positive things to reflect about you.
You were a woman of strength and wisdom who knew how to persevere in times of adversity. You guarded your children jealously and held them together and guided them to reach great heights in life, even after your husband had transited into eternity; You showered them with deep seated love and care. You were very close to my wife and kids; it has been tough for them. My kids are sad about the fact that you would not be around to take them to the mall, to IKEA, and to TIM HURTONS. They are sad that grandma would not play with them again or accompany them to the Church. They are sad that grandma would not buy them gifts anymore. But in it all we have solace in the fact that in God's care you rest above and in our hearts you rest with love.
For the past 14 years of coming into your life, through marriage to your daughter, I observed you placed God first in all things. I still remember the time I had to take an important decision in my life- it was either to obey God and serve him or to continue with my earthly life pursuit. It was tough for me but you gave me some words of encouragement, asked me to kneel down and you laid hands on me in prayer and this aided my final decision. It was tough but you asked me to remain focus in it all and I have never regretted accepting your wise counsel. Throughout my 4 1/2 years in the Theological Seminary, you continued to give me words of encouragement and donated some books which I still hold dearly to till this day.
With open hands you welcomed me into your family as your son; you called me Emeka nwam! This meant a lot to me and though we might disagree over issues, that doesn’t take away the deep love I have for you over these years and the utmost regard I have for your husband who I never have the opportunity to meet. Thank you for accepting me and giving your daughter to me in marriage. Thank you for your love, kindness and good heart.
I observed you closely the years I was in Nigeria and got some insight about your personality. You cared for the people that came across you. You joined me in my ministry to the poor and destitute as you visited SO-SAID CHARITY HOME on many occasions and donated items and money. You cared for people in need, your pastors and the church with what you had because as money came into your hands, you gave to help the needy and became broke and my wife and I kept wondering. You kept an open door and welcomed people who came to feed from your table- even those on holidays from abroad. Maama!, you left an indelible good marks on earth for all to see and I thank God for knowing you and having you as my second mother. With difficulties and tears in my eyes I write this tribute to you and I speak rest unto your soul. Rest in perfect peace mum.
Earth lost one gentle soul, but heaven gained one more.
Your life is a beautiful memory but your absence remains a silent grief.
Though in grief we pay the price for love.
Times may pass and fade away, but your good memories stays.
For tenderly we will treasure the past .
Ecclesiastes 7:1a says " A good name is better than fine perfume......."
" In the end, its not the years in your life that count.
Its the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln
It is difficult to say a good bye but.....
May peace be unto your soul for we shall meet to part no more.
Evang. Mike Emeka Ibemesi.
Son in law"
"An Apt Tribute To A Virtuous Woman
Proverbs 31: 10-29 Adapted Verses
1. A Mother of noble character; who can find you? She is worth far more than rubies.
2. Her late husband had full confidence in her and lacked nothing of value.
3. She brought her family good, not harm, all the days of her life.
4. Da Nweke got up while it was still dark; she provided food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
5. She set about her work vigorously; her arms were strong for her tasks.
6. She saw that her work was profitable and her lamp did not go out at night.
7. She opened her arms to the poor and extended her hands to the needy
8. She made covering for her bed and was clothed with strength and dignity.
9. She could smile anytime you met her; she spoke with wisdom and faithful instructions on her tongue.
10. She watched over the affairs of her household and did not eat the bread of idleness.
11. Her household arise, praise, and call her blessed
12. Many women do noble things but you, 'ODI UKO NA MBA', surpass them all.
Testified by Mr Uzoma Emmanuel Ajomiwe"
"A Tribute to My Loving Mother, Friend, and Sister
Mummy ... for the past ten years that we have been together, there is no trace of regret knowing you. You are such a wonderful and peaceful mother, full of life and always ready to give advice that will profit people around you.
I always contact the Favour, Grace, Love, Kindness, and Passion of GOD's Gift bestowed upon you.
Mummy, you are really rare to find in the whole world (ODI UKO N'MBA NILE). I'm short of words. You are more than a mother to me.
Good night, Goodbye Mummmmyyyy
From Princess Ajomiwe (your daughter)"
"We will never forget the gentle personality, the loving smiles and the grace in all your dealings. We trust by faith that you will find rest in the welcoming arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will never forget you till we meet to part no more.
"We join your family in asking our Lord to welcome mama home and grant her eternal peace in Heaven. Thank you mama for the love to sowed and the smile that you spread among us."
"TRIBUTE TO A MORE THAN MOTHER IN LAW.
Mum, You were not just a mother in law to Blessing Obinna My Sister but a Mum and also to us.I remembered that week you were on life support most of your words were parting words. Why did you have to leave now that you are to reap your fruits. Oh mum! we love you and will miss you dearly. RIP"
"Where do I start, how do I start? Words cannot express the ultimate loss that I am still yet to believe. From the moment we met, you took me like your very own daughter and cared for me and my family like we were yours. You were radiant, REAL, accommodating, genuine, caring,and always reached out to make sure I was ok. Mummy I may not have known you that long but the length of time I knew you was a treasure and will be forever embedded in my heart. You will be forever be missed. Rest in peace dearest mother. Jj and I love you. Your dearest adopted daughter Shade"
"MY EVER SWEET AND LOVING MUMMY
Shared by Nnenna Ibemesi on 02/18/2016
sweet mother i miss you
My sweet mummy, i still can't believe you are gone and i would never see you, talk, jist, go shopping, cook, attend occassions ,pray, sleep together with you anymore. I haven't spoken to you over a month now which is so unbelievable because we speak to each other almost everday. Everyday i sit and think, think of all the times we spent together, we confided in each other, we helped each other. You are not only my mum, you are my sister, my best friend and everything i leaned and hoped for in my life. After we lost Ogo we became even much closer, no week passed by when i was in Nigeria that we dont see, i never had anywhere to go when im not at work except your house, my movement was that predictable. You taught me so many things, how to love, give, respect, endure, patience, hardwork which made me a strong woman. You never ever wanted to see me in pain and suffering and you ensured you gave me what i needed, you spoilt me silly.. You were ready to fight anyone who hurt me, you showed me you loved me even when you were down. I remember the day you slept in my house and in the morning i asked you how your night was and if you slept well, you said no you were thinking of me and how i would cope when you are gone,i only laughed and said you are funny thinking of what will happen in 20 plus years, i didn't know it would even be less than a year. You even worried about me when you felt you will not be there. You always asked me about my surgery date even in your pain, you consoled me in your pain beause you knew i was always crying. You never wanted to give me an impression you were not okay. Where do i begin and end, there is a lot to say that this website cannot even contain it. I weep as i type this even though you have told me in my dreams where i see you all the time happy and talking to me that i should cry no more, you are happy where you are. Mummy i wish you didn't have to go now, i don't know how i will cope without you.
I miss you so so much, i never ever imagined you would be gone now, i was expecting you to come over this january and started preparing especially when i saw that you visited me in my dream even before you were gone.I was confident you will be okay even though i had sleepless nights and worries. The kids miss you so much, i cry when i see oluchi wear the clothes and booths you gave her before you went to Nigeria because you wore the same size. We still call your room 'grandma's room' even till today. I just see you and feel you in that room, i slept there for one month plus after you left and i felt you beside me all the time and we really shared some moments because you kept on appearing and speaking to me in my dreams and i always wished it was not a dream. Mummy rest in peace and i promise i will not fail and dissappoint you. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU."
Farewell to you, one of the mothers i respect alot,i had the shocking news on the first day of January when almost everybody was happy celebrating new year, I only ask God why u, but i got response that u are at the right place. May i use this platform to encourage every family members, friends and well wishers to take heart. God knows the best. Adeiu daa nweke bye bye"
"TRIBUTE TO MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS' MOTHER, MOTHER IN-LAW AND GRANDMOTHER.
When I heard about your passing, I called and spoke to my friends Obinna and Blessing and their children; my lovely little friends Chisom, Amarachi, Koside and Kamsinyochukwu (your grandchildren), each of them telling me; 'I'm not happy and am not enjoying my holiday because of grandma, she has left us', I couldn't hold back tears although I posed strong over the phone.
I don't need to be told the impact you made in their lives and I don't need to be told how lovely and strong you were, I was with them during the burial of your husband (their father, father in-law and grandfather), I was with all of you when your lovely daughter Ogonna was buried, I have spent time with all of you in Obinna's house at some of your numerous visits and holidays. I watched over time the relationship you had with my friend Blessing, your daughter in-law which was much more than a mother and daughter relationship and friendship and I admired you, your beautiful heart, energy and strength.
Mummy, you built your home and made it strong, you united your family. Thank you for being a perfect mum to my sweet and wonderful friends. May God bless and receive your soul and may you rest in perfect peace, Amen.
GO IN PEACE!
Your children's friend,
Nma Phil Onuigbo"
"Mummy was a faithful companion and confidant to her family. Mummy dedicated her life to supporting her late husband to caring and providing for their children both physically and emotionally.
Though mummy's life is irreplaceable but let's rejoice that mummy is resting in the bosom of our Lord."
"So sorry that you have experienced the loss of a dear loved one. May memories help to carry you through and may you find comfort in the words found at Isaiah 41:10 "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.""
"TRIBUTE TO MY LOVELY SISTER (ECCL. 3:1-2)
Life is a mystery. Death took away my lovely sister, SHEPHERD, LATE BEATRICE N. ONYEGBULA without considering my fate, as an orphan. She was a mother to everybody, very social, caring. She was a woman of peace, full of kindness and love.
She gave us the best; she could afford and had her trust in God. She gave with impunity. A peace paradigm with ever radiant smiles.
Ada Nnem, was a very enterprising and hard working woman and these showed in the business of buying and selling, training people for catering services despite the fact that she was the deputy controller-general customs and excise.
Ada Nnem's attitudes, values, hopes and dreams are worth-emulating. She taught us how to respect people no matter the status in life and our elders. By her exemplary life, lovingly nurtured her children and people around, even those who were not her biological seed, also benefitted from her teachings. Being around her was synonymous to hearing the word of God.
She lived a life of sacrifice, distributor and a giver. She has a big heart for God and the less privileged. She believed that everything she had was given to her freely by God and therefore must be shared.
Our joy and confidence is that you are resting in the bosom of the Lord and had joined the cloud of witnesses who are encouraging believers to keep following Jesus Christ who paid for all the debts, we could not pay, on the cross of Calvary.
The legacies she left behind remain evergreen and would not be trifled with. TO GOD BE THE GLORY, you lived a fulfilled life.
Rest in peace Ada Nnem, till we meet on the glorious morning.
ADIEU THE EMBODIMENT OF PEACE
ADIEU EPITOME OF LOVE ADANNEM GAA NKE OMA.
Reggy. I. Akano"
"Farewell to a unique Woman.
Da Nweke, your life with us will always be remembered. You have made an impact to everyone you came across.
You will always be remembered for the different things you are to one and all.
To all of us here today, you are the woman who loved your family, loved your Community,Church and friends and most of all you loved God.
To the Church, you faithfully served and support in your caring way.
To your family, you were an influential mother, grandmother and Aunt. You gave them the very best you can give. Every single one of them got a share of you. Your role in their lives will be forever remembered.
To your Community, you were a leader, an Icon and the history of Women Leadership in Umueze Nkwerre cannot be fully told without the mention of your name!
I hope & pray that our generation can continue, develop and improve on the passion and legacies that you left behind.
Farewell Aunty and remain in peace.
"TRIBUTE TO MY DARLING SISTER NWEKE
It has always been said that “this world is not our home, we are all just passing by and our treasures are laid out somewhere beyond”……….
In the end, we shall make it back home to be with our maker.
As Christians, we believe and live by faith. And while death in life is inevitable, our belief in Life-After-Death remains unshakeable.
But Still, While Our Souls Remain Still, Your Moving Unto Glory Nonetheless Has Left All Those Who Know And Love You, Very Speechless.
In your last years on earth you fought the good fight just like a good soldier of Christ would, but the Alpha and Omega whose Will can neither be questioned nor challenged knows best.
Time they say is the healer of all wounds and while this healing phenomenon takes place in our hearts, the memories of your understanding and unquestionable loving kindness will forever be cherished by those you left behind.
Adieu sister Nweke, may the good Lord accept your gentle and humble soul in perfect peace as you rest in His bosom.
Good night sister.
ATUGOLD (IJEOMA ONUOHA)"
"TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR GRANDMA
Grandma is it true that I’ll not see you again? I looked for you grandma; I asked my mommy where you were and she told me you were gone to join the host of angels; I started crying but my mommy told me not to cry that you had gone to a better place where there was no pain or sickness; she told me that you were singing, dancing and dinning with Jesus Christ.
I was very happy to hear that you are not sick anymore.
Grandma I wish you had told me you were going so I could say goodbye.
I miss you grandma, I wish you goodluck in heaven; God will bless you in heaven, enjoy your life in heaven while blessing us.
"TRIBUTE TO MY BEST GRANNY
Oh Granny! I miss you so much! I wish you can come back and stay with us a little longer.
Grandma, you really taught me to be confident, responsible, God fearing and bold with the right moral values. You always reminded my siblings and me whose children we were, the blood that runs in us and how we should live exemplary lives. You helped me check my weight, watch how I ate, plan my menu, read bedtime stories and above all taught me about Christ and how to pray right. You promised to work on me and make me become as slim as my sisters before the end of your Christmas holidays with us, but sickness and eventually death did not allow you.
Sometimes I look into the sky, see the stars and imagine you as one of them along with Christ and the host of angels. What a happy family you have up there! You were my star and role model grandma.
You know God has plans for everyone. God rescued you from sickness and pain and took you to heaven to rest from the troubles of this sinful world. There is a saying “IT IS BETTER TO ASCEND TO HEAVEN THAN LIVE IN BONDAGE & SUFFERING”.
Grandma why did you leave us this soon? I thought you said you were my body guard and will always be there for me? You've created a huge vacuum no one can ever fill. I still can’t accept the fact that I’ll never see you again. Grandma can you hear me?
I’ll never forget you and will miss you all the days of my life.
May God accept your kind and beautiful soul in His kingdom as you continue to take your well deserved rest in Christ Jesus - Amen.
"TRIBUTE TO MY LOVELY GRANDMA
When I imagine that I’ll never see you again, I start crying. Grandma why did you have to leave us this early?
You've taught me a lot. You've taught me to do good things always according to God’s commands and to be a strong person. You always encouraged me and told me that God will always protect us.
Even when I had bad dreams that scared me, you prayed with me. I really wish I had spent more time with you because you are fun to be with. I remember you teaching us how to pray, bake, cook and do a lot of things. Now I cannot imagine it's the same you that has left us. It’s too painful to take it all in that I’ll not see you again.
Thank you for making a very good impact in my life. I love you so very much and will miss you sorely.
You will surely be loved and remembered, widely and deeply. May you Rest In Perfect Peace with God. Amen.
"TRIBUTE TO MY BEAUTIFUL ANGEL
When God created grandmothers, he saved the very best for me.
You were astonishing, spectacular role model; in fact you were my idol grandma.
I still can’t believe I’m never going to see your beautiful smile again.
It came as a rude shock; rather unpleasant Christmas surprise, but God knows best. I can still remember the wide smile you had on your face the very first time you tasted my food; I still remember how happy you were about my academics; I can still remember the soft feel of your face and hands, can I ever forget that? The times we baked together are still fresh in my memory; I still have all the lovely clothes, shoes, perfumes and jewelry you got me, they are so precious to me. Words can’t explain how much I really miss and would miss you. I can still remember the sound of your lovely voice through the phone. I miss your food, your smiles, your words of encouragement, your cooking lessons; everything about you is irreplaceable. If I could turn back the hands of time, I’ll kiss you every single day during your visits.
I remember how you always stood up for me when I was a little girl and how you corrected me in love when I was wrong. I remember how you told me to be hard working like my dad. You taught me a lot more about Christianity, respect, being a good child and of course catering! Your cookery books are still with me, as important to me as ever. I couldn’t have asked for a better grandmother; you were an all-round angel. I just wished you stayed longer. I really wanted you to meet your great grand children and watch me become a sports doctor. All the good times we shared and all the memories we built together as a family would forever remain in my heart. I promise to be a good girl, I promise to keep up your culinary skills and become an excellent caterer. I promise to be an outstanding and famous sports doctor, I promise to grow up to be a strong Christian woman; I promise to continue making you proud, the way you’ve always wanted.
Sleep on grandma, till we meet again!!!
Your first grandchild
"TRIBUTE TO A DOTING & UNFORGETTABLE MOTHER IN-LAW
My mommy of life, I'm yet to accept the fact that you're gone! Does it mean I’ll not see or talk to you again?
It’s over a month now with no word from you and it hurts badly. The giant shoes you left are too big for my tiny feet to fit in. You've been more than a mother / father to me especially after I lost my parents. Everyone thought I was your biological daughter and not a daughter in-law because for over 17yrs of knowing you, you showered me and the kids with love, you never raised your voice at me or a 3rd ear hearing us argue, not even your son, my loving husband.
Where do I start from? Is it the clothes, undies, food, toiletries, provisions, medication, up to my makeup? Some stuff you ordered for us for the yuletide arrived after your passing.
My mom spoiled and left me, you took over and now you are gone too, where do I start from? You made loving so easy; you were my prayer partner, my anchor at all times, my teacher and strong confidant, who do I turn to now? Someone should please wake me up from this unending nightmare.
I remember our good and bad times together; we laughed together and cried together. I remember you telling me that you lost a daughter in Ogonna and gained a daughter in me and me telling you I lost my mother and gained a mother in you. How could you break my heart so soon again? Your finger prints are everywhere, in my room, my kitchen, my living room even in my office where I have assorted teas, coffees and cups provided by you. No week passes without your signature appearing in my dressing. The burden is too heavy for me to carry oooooo.
How was I to know that all the while you kept telling, giving and showing me things, you were preparing me for your passing? I wish I had listened more and not place my finger on your lips to stop talking like that and believe with me that you’ll come out of it stronger.
I miss you like crazy, especially now.
I take solace in the fact that you were a radical for Christ and I know precious in His sight is the death of His saints (Psalm 116:15). I am glad my daughters took after you; I look at them and smile to myself, knowing I still have you here with me.
My pretty, elegant and glamorous mommy is sleeping peacefully in the bosom of Abraham. Sleep on Rev. Mrs. DBN Onyegbula, until the resurrection morning. I love you so very much, even in death.
Of a truth “THE MOURNING OF A MOTHER NEVER REALLY ENDS” – Dr Rita Bonchek.
I'll sorely miss you and just like your last words to me “I LOVE YOU & HAVE YOU WRITTEN IN THE DEEPEST PART OF MY HEART, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU, FOR EVER!".
For as long as there is memory you’ll always live in my heart.
REST IN PEACE MY RIGHT HAND PERSON.
Your daughter In-law
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