Emily Oladunni Abiodun
  • 62 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 1, 1951
  • Place of birth:
    Ilesa, Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Sep 25, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Bristol, United Kingdom
The memory of the righteous is a blessing ... Proverbs 10:7

This memorial website was created in memory of Emily Oladunni Abiodun, to honour and to celebrate her inspiring life and legacy and to provide a platform for family and friends to reflect on her life, share thoughts and memories as well as inspire and support each other. We deeply love, miss and remember her always.

“Then, when our mortal bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, the Scripture will be fulfilled: death is swallowed up in victory” - 1 Corinthians 15:54

And this is the promise ... the life everlasting - 1 John 2:25


We use this medium to express our appreciation of the various support from our relatives, our church family at C.C.C. Bristol, UK, friends at home and abroad, all colleagues from OAUTHC Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Cossham Gardens Bristol, RCCG Overcomers' House Bristol, and the support network from all over, who with unsurpassed affection and sympathies rallied round the family before and after our beloved's passing and at our times of profound grief.

We acknowledge the unquantifiable parting farewell from everyone present at the service of songs in Bristol and the interment at the family residence in Ilesa, Nigeria.

Ki Oluwa Je k'ojo jina si 'ra, Ese O.
Ven. M.S.E Akinfenwa Abiodun - for the family     

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Olukemi Fashoranti on 25th September 2016

"3years on mummy Abiodun we will fovever  miss u. The Fashorantis"

This tribute was added by Ruth Layade on 25th September 2016

"May your soul continue to find perfect rest. You are , and will forever remain in our heart. We missed you dearly."

This tribute was added by Gbenga Abiodun on 25th September 2016

"You are always on my mind Mummy. Your memories and legacies are cherished. I look forward to seeing and rejoicing with you at Jesus' feet, and may your memory be richly blessed."

This tribute was added by Tinuke Ola on 25th September 2016

"❤Continue to rest in the bossom of our Lord my 'star in heaven'. Still can't but wish you were here though I know you are in a great place. David and Mabel will be 10 next month and they still talk about and pray for you. So proud to be your daughter. Forever you will fondly remain in my heart❤."

This tribute was added by Olufemi Laiyemo on 25th September 2016

"A poem for the Abioduns'

Memories Of Mom

© Melissa M. Robinson

Published on February 2006

Though it's been years now
since you were taken away,
the memories are still strong
and I wish you were here today.
I can't see nor touch you
so I know you're not here
but I've still got the past
and in my heart you're still near.
I used to wake up at night
screaming aloud and calling your name,
I must of needed someone
'cause of all my hurt and fear.
If I could see you one last time
you know what I would do-
Release all my emotions
and say mom, I LOVE YOU!!!

You linger still in my memories.....
Continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ......X"

This tribute was added by Debbie Ojo on 25th September 2016

"Wow i can't belief is been 3 years already. We miss you so much aunty. Folakemi and everyone are doing very well. Folakemi got engaged few weeks ago. I wish you were here to plan the wedding with us, but sister Feyi, sis Tinuke and sis Aanu are here and they will make you proud on her wedding day. We miss your smile and your beautiful heart of gold. Your memory will forever be in our heart. And I promise to keep looking out for Folakemi for you."

This tribute was added by lekan Oladoke on 25th September 2016

"Continue to rest in the bosom of Almighty ma"

This tribute was added by Anu Abiodun Omoniwa on 7th July 2016

"Been thinking about you today mummy, as I have done every day since your passing and just imagining how wonderful life would have been with you around. I miss you, miss you, miss you!
Continue to rest in perfect peace. xx"

This tribute was added by Lookman Adebiyi on 26th September 2015

"May your gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace. Amin"

This tribute was added by Imoleayo Adeyemo on 25th September 2015

"Mummy sunday school as we all call you.....You lived an exemplary life and a life worthy of emulation, you loved everybody around you. The lessons you thought us and the life you lived will forever be remembered. Although it saddens our heart but we have this consolation that you were called home to reign with Jesus....Isaiah 57:1.
We love you but Jesus loves you most...Rest on mummy"

This tribute was added by Ruth Layade on 25th September 2015

"Aunts, you were really and truly missed. May your loving gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace. We love you but God loves you most. We thank God for His love and care over your children . Your memory remain evergreen in the lives you touched."

This tribute was added by lekan Oladoke on 25th September 2015

"Your memories lives on."

This tribute was added by Anu Abiodun Omoniwa on 25th September 2015

"Two years on and it feels like you were gone yesterday. Your absence in our lives is greatly felt.
The Lord blessed you with another grandson (Olufela) a few months ago. It has not been easy without you, but the great Comforter has been faithful.
He will grow up knowing he has an amazing grandmother in heaven. You are sorely missed Mum. May God continue to bless your memory."

This tribute was added by Debbie Ojo on 25th September 2015

"Morning to a beautiful, generous, caring and loving Aunty. Can't belief is two years already. Time has passed. But you are always in our thoughts. You are greatly missed. Love you Aunty Emily. Keep resting in God's blossom."

This tribute was added by Gbenga Abiodun on 25th September 2015

"Abiyamo boja gborogboro!!! You are sorely missed Mummy. Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord."

This tribute was added by Oladeji Omotola on 9th June 2015

"Mummy "IFE" as i used to call you,you came, you saw,you fought & you conquered. You lived as a role model to everyone around you, you stretched your hands of generosity far & wide, You ensured i gained admission into nursing school & u stood by me all thru'. As am writing this tribute, i still shed tears as if i just hear of ur demise, continue to rest in ur creator's bosom,Your good legacies will forever be remembered."

This tribute was added by Anu Abiodun Omoniwa on 1st April 2015

"You would have been 64 years old today.
I miss you very much and desperately wish I could have more of you than just the photographs and memories. But I believe you are in that tranquil, happy place and I hope you are smiling knowing that we your children will take you with us whatever we do, wherever we go.

Happy heavenly birthday Mum. x"

This tribute was added by Olawole Asoro on 8th October 2014

"Here the dearest of ties we must sever
Tears of sorrow are seen everyday
But no weeping, no sighing forever
When I've gone the last mile of the way

Mummy, it's painful accepting the reality that you're gone forever.
But it's comforting to know that you've gone to be with The Lord.
In life, you were courageous. In death, you were victorious.
Rest on Mama; you'll forever be in our hearts.
We'll continue to love you.

This tribute was added by Dennis Adeniyi Ola on 3rd October 2014

"Dearest mum,

So hard to find my voice to ever speak
So hard to find the lines to ever use
So let me mumble and whisper my thoughts
As I pay a tribute to your resting soul
To the dearest mother the world could hold
I've spent the whole year thinking of you
And the past seven days celebrating your life
Your bravery, your strength, your courage
Your cherished smile, your heart of gold
Happy memories, fond and true

Never will I forget the day I first met you
You accepted me as a son wholeheartedly
If there ever exist a true, inexhaustible love
Yours to me was exemplary
Loving, caring, giving the whole of the way
Oh! how dearly I wish you have lived on
But your passing on is a constant reminder
That tomorrow is a gift, today is what we own
So I thought I should use your remembrance to say this
Not to you dear mother 'cause you're safe and free now
But to us the living, friends and acquaintances alike..................
                   ''gather ye rosebuds while ye may
                     old time is still a-flying
                     cause this same flower that smiles today
                     tomorrow will wither and die''""

This tribute was added by Tinuke Ola on 2nd October 2014

"Mummy , I can't begin to describe how deeply it hurts to come to terms with the realisation that you are no longer within reach. All you wanted was for us all to do well and I'm thankful when I think about the sacrifices you made for us all, my husband and children inclusive.
You built a happier life for everyone of us, we are all who we are and where we are today because God helped you to do the best you could by us.
So much still for you to see, so much joy still to share, i cannot but wish you are here. Ooh! the pain of wanting to call you and remembering that's only a wish.
But I take solace and comfort in the knowledge that we shall meet at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ where we shall be together forever. Continue to rest from all your good works.
You will forever be loved, missed and celebrated 'cause you completed your assignment and you did an excellent job of it."

This tribute was added by Olufemi Laiyemo on 27th September 2014

We love but God loves you more.
Continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord till we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Michael D on 27th September 2014

"I didn't know Emily but I know the pain that many of you feel. Charlotte mentioned Isa. 57:1,2. Verse 15 went on further to say that the lord resides with those crushed and lowly in spirit. Thank goodness he is there to comfort you. He also made a promise to us at Isa. 25:8. What a joy it will be when that is fulfilled and then you will experience John 5:28,29. Sorry for your loss. But the god of comfort is there for you."

This tribute was added by Folake Abiodun on 26th September 2014

"We thought of you today
But that is nothing new
We thought of you yesterday
And will tomorrow too
We think of you in silence
And make no outward show
For what it meant to lose you
Only those who love you know
Remembering you is easy
We do it everyday
Its the heartache of losing you
That will never go away"

This tribute was added by Folake Abiodun on 26th September 2014

"It's been a year since your passing and it's heartbreaking just like every other day that you are no longer with us and life is definitely not the same. Life can change in an instant and that's exactly what has happened, the pain is unbearable thinking of those last moments with you but in Christ alone I push on. We remember the shining light and a true source of strength you were to your family. As a mother where do I start, you were simply the best anyone could ask for and I will continue to hold on tight to the good memories we shared. Forever missed, Forever loved!"

This tribute was added by Gbenga Abiodun on 26th September 2014

It's a year now that you went to be with the Lord. I am reminded constantly of your love, devotion, sacrifice, smile, humour, charisma, industry, generosity, determination, strength of character, wisdom, courage and fortitude. You are sorely missed. Continue to rest in Jesus and may your memory continue to be blessed."

This tribute was added by Debbie Ojo on 26th September 2014

"I remember those days when myself, folakemi and Bayo were younger, you looked after us like we were yours. We never missed our Sunday lunch after church at the house. And you use to make sure sis Anu and sis Tinuke cut our nails before meal. And myself and folakemi's use to hide in the room but u always know our spots and fish us out. You are a caring, loving, devoted mother and wife. you were not only blessing to your family but to everyone around you. And I am happy and grateful to God that you played a part in my childhood. We love you and miss you lots. Keep on resting in God's blossom."

This tribute was added by Abe Abayomi on 26th September 2014

"The best life one can live is to serve God, be a blessing to others, put smiles on others faces and then reproduce after one's kind. Mum as done just that. She is not dead but very alife in all the lives she touched. Sleep on mum."

This tribute was added by Temitope Oduwole on 25th September 2014

"Mummy, I am still in shock about your passing, even though it's a year but it's still very fresh to me. More like I am in denial, I wish it never happened but I know you are in a better place and that is the only thing that gives me a little relief. You were indeed a mum, always happy to have us around. Always concerned about us(the whole Esho family). I remember how happy you were when I brought my son Foluwa to Bristol, you made sure we had the best of time. You were always loving and kind and generous towards us. You are a great rare gem and I love you so much. We all miss you mum, continue rest with The Lord until we meet again at the feet of Jesus."

This tribute was added by Asimolowo Ayomide on 25th September 2014

"Big mumm, u left us, wen we least excepted, I just can't stop telling my friends abt u, cos of d wonderful life u lived, I waswaiting for d day I will call u n tell u dat am a graduate,I am one nw,but I am unable to tell u,I remember ur lovely greeting on fone" helo my dear" tho, am unable to tell u,I will still dedicate my school  project work to u and to God. May ur gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace,miss u plenty"

This tribute was added by Ruth Layade on 25th September 2014

"Aunty- I still find it difficult that you are gone. That you departed this sinful world a year ago, its still very difficult and unimaginable. We console our-self in the fact that we believe you have entered into the bosom of the Almighty God.

Since your  watch word has always been to make Heaven.You did live an exceptional live worthy of emulation. We all call you Aunty because you were loving, caring, accommodating & always supportive.

Your memories will forever be evergreen.

We Love You but God Love you most"

This tribute was added by Ifunanya Orji on 25th September 2014

"Aunty, your death came to me as a surprise, Its still unbelievable but I know you have entered Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have entered his gates with singing, and everlasting joy crowns your head. Gladness and joy have overtaken you, and sorrow and sighing have fled away. May your gentle soul continue to rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Ilesanmi Olamide on 25th September 2014

"Today makes it a year that you left us all to the world beyond. You will forever be in our hearts, continue to rest on in the bossom of your maker. We will always luv you MUM"

This tribute was added by Ayoola Awojolu on 25th September 2014

"Mother Hen!
I call you Mother Hen because you were like a Hen that protects her chicks from danger with her feathers. My first encounter with you should be 1992 at SPUSSA, I remember you gave me N5.00 when you came to visit Feyikemi, my darling friend on visiting day. Indefatigable you were, highly spirited and energetic. Hospitality personified! Rest on dear mum."

This tribute was added by Payme Elujoba on 25th September 2014

"You raised such strong children. I was so shocked at the news of your passing because even after visiting you in the hospital, Folake spoke with such strong conviction that you'd be fine and I believed her. They never gave up on you and even though it was a very stressful period, they carried themselves gracefully. I was in awe of how they stood during this period and it's only a testament to your own strength. You were always kind and welcoming and I wish this never happened but God knows best. We all miss you. May God continue to keep the beautiful family you left behind. Till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Okunade Layade on 25th September 2014

"I close my eyes as I wipe a tear.
I just keep wishing you were still here.
I will hold all the memories deep in my heart.
Through these memories will never part.

I close my eyes as I wipe a tear.
I just keep wishing this pain would disappear.
I didn't get the chance to say my last good-bye.
I just didn't think you could ever die.

I close my eyes as I wipe a tear.
All of your love I will always hold near.
In my heart and my mind I will never be alone.
When my time comes......
I will meet you in heaven!


This tribute was added by Modupe Abe-Ojo on 25th September 2014

"Continue to rest in peace darling mummy. I never had the chance to see you face to face, but through our phone conversation, you were indeed a great mother to your children and loving wife to your darling husband. Continue to rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Funke Ilesanmi on 25th September 2014

"Is a year today Big Mummy, your memory lingers on. I remember you  calling me "Funke mi" anytime we talked on phone. My solace is that you have gone to rest with our Lord Jesus Christ. Sleep on Dearest mom till we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by feyikemi Oyewole on 25th September 2014

"Its been so..... so hard MUM
The road to this one year has not been easy
But I thank the Holy Spirit for the reassurance He has given
That we will meet again on resurrection day
Sleep on Dearest Mother, till we meet again to sing Hallelujah together
May your soul continue to Rest In Peace."

This tribute was added by feyikemi Oyewole on 25th September 2014

"I hear your voice Mum saying to us:

As I sit in heaven
And watch you all everyday
I try to let you know with signs
I never went away
I hear you when you are all laughing
And watch you when you sleep
I even place my arms around you
To calm you as you weep
I see you wish the days away
Begging to have me home
So I try to send you signs
So you know you are not alone
Don't feel guilty that you have
Life that was denied to me
Heaven is truly beautiful
Just you wait and see
So live your life, laugh again
Enjoy yourself, be free
Then I know with every breath you take
You will be taking one for me."

This tribute was added by Anu Abiodun Omoniwa on 25th September 2014

"Today marks exactly one year since the Lord called you home. Life has not been the same without you Mummy. Every single day, I think about you, dream about you and long to speak to you. I love you and I miss you so very much.
Sleep on my Mother, keep on rejoicing with the Angels, till I see you on ressurection day."

This tribute was added by Akinfenwa Abiodun on 25th September 2014

It's been one year without you by our side. We cannot begin to describe life without you this past year and we grieve for you each passing day but we take solace in the resurrection, when we shall together join the church triumphant. We greatly love and very much miss you."

This tribute was added by Fadare Olusegun on 25th September 2014

"Rest on ma"

This tribute was added by charlotte fasubaa on 24th September 2014

"Isaiah 57:1-2
Good people pass away, the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wander why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.
I remember those days in phase 3 quarters OAUTHC, You were a real sister, a confidant and a good mentor. We love you sister but God loves you more. May your soul rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Yinka Elubode on 24th September 2014

"I remember the first time we met like it was yesterday. I was a bit nervous meeting you for the first time, but within 5 minutes I already felt  quite relaxed. You were a lovely person, warm and hospitable, caring and pleasant. From the other times we met, I also remember you having quite a sense of humour. We knew each other for a short time, I wish it could have been longer. Only God knows why the good die young, you'll be forever missed and loved. Continue to rest in the Lord..."

This tribute was added by Tosin Abiodun on 24th September 2014

"I met mummy for the first time when I followed sister Feyi home from Akure to Ilesha for mid term break. Mum took me in like I was her biological daughter. She accepted and loved me. She shared her delicious meals and took time to mentor me. I miss you mummy.
You remain a rare gem and you have a special place in my heart"

This tribute was added by David & Mabel Ola on 22nd September 2014

"A Poem for Grandma

Feel no guilt in laughter; she'd know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that she is not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever; she would not want you to.
She'd hope that you could carry on the way you always do.
So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, a word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day,
That brings her back as clearly as though she were still here,
And fills you with the feeling that she is always near
For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart
And she will live forever locked safely within your heart."

This tribute was added by Akinfenwa Abiodun on 22nd September 2014

"The wise King Solomon did ask: who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Prov 31:10.

You were a God-given wife to me. I remember telling you the vision I had the night before we met. Your portrait as an impending visitor, as well as the time of your visit was clearly revealed. Indeed you showed up on the dot of the time. When I got to church that evening, I got a message from the LORD through one of the prophetesses that I should offer a thanks offering to the LORD for making good on the promise he made a couple of years before then. I immediately made the offering with great enchantment and anxiety, having not said more than polite greetings.

God’s promise however became realised.

A few years ago, following a recurrent ill health, I showed you where I would love to be laid to rest in the event of my demise. Little did I know I would be surviving you!

You pleasantly surprised me when one Sunday morning about two years ago you brought a ring you called ‘eternity ring’ for me to bless and put on your finger. I did so but questioned the rationality in you paying for it and not I. You would not tell me the cost neither would you have me refund the cost. Eternity indeed!!

I was eagerly looking forward to your 70th birthday for me to pay you this tribute while you were still in the land of the living. I did not know that it would not be so!

You were indeed a divine gift to me and I will not forget your trustworthiness, faithfulness, godliness, simplicity and firmness. We all appreciate you, but your passage has been a great shock just in the same way our union was that marvellous.

The only way to reciprocate your gesture of eternity ring is to have us sleep together in this physical realm while assuredly; we will together be with Christ in his eternal kingdom.

‘But a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.’ Prov 31:30.
Adieu, Emily, a virtuous wife and caring mother!"

This tribute was added by Gbenga Abiodun on 22nd September 2014

"Mamoo, I bless the Lord that you lived an impactful and inspiring life. You were a mentor and pillar of support. Though your exit hurts, I am consoled by your triumphant entry to heaven. I look forward to meeting you on resurrection morning."

This tribute was added by The Oyewoles on 22nd September 2014

"There are mothers & there are mothers. Like the iroko tree stands out among the trees of the forest, the peacock among birds, the whale among the fishes of the ocean, so you stood out.
How can I (Feyikemi) recount my journey of over a score and a decade with you? From cradle to teens, you watched me grow into a woman. You embraced the love of my life-Olukayode and made him your own son. My first experience of motherhood would not be complete without you. You stood by me like a rock when Jordan arrived. You shared the pain of motherhood with me and you nurtured Jaden.  

I remember you telling me on two different occasions that you can now entrust my sisters in my hands when I dealt with situations that were difficult, successfully. Little did I know that you were telling me, it’s almost time.

How can I (Kayode), recount how you embraced me praying ceaselessly that I prosper. I spent a few years knowing you but I got to know you were simply `indefatigable, vivacious, hardworking and above all VIRTOUS.

Adieu omo Victoria, aya Akinfenwa. Sleep on in the bosom of the Most High!"

This tribute was added by Niyi, Tinuke, David, Mabel & Deborah on 22nd September 2014

"Dear Mum,
Who are we to question God? For he saw it when you were getting weak and tired, the fear in our hearts, so we cried to Him to save our Mum, while with tearful eyes we hoped and prayed, and clung to hope even the slimmest of hope, until that painful moment when your beautiful heart stopped, and your tender soul found its rest.

We never gave up on you Mum you know, even when everyone else had given up, and that was because you never taught us to give up, and you never, ever gave up on us. You fought so hard mum but it was not meant to be, and though we love you dearly, we couldn’t make you stay, but we shall take pride in the legacy you left behind, and succumb to fate knowing you can now rest forever safe in your Creator’s bosom.

Your motherly love for us was unparallel. The care you gave, the life you led, the home you built. If saints are ranked in heaven Mum, we know you’ll have the highest rank. If mothers are welcomed with flowers, yours will be a garden full, and if life on earth is measured by good deeds, then the one you lived was eternity.

So sleep on dearest Mum and rest from your works, till that glorious morn when we shall meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Anu & Lekan Omoniwa on 22nd September 2014

"Mummy, you loved us, sacrificed so much for us, gave us all the stepping stones in life to become the people we are today. You’ve gone above and beyond for us, you gave us your all and ask nothing in return and through it I know you stood proud of us all.

You have inspired me in so many ways; full of strength, courage, thoughtfulness, generosity, patience and endurance; a remarkable woman with a big heart, witty, full of fun, laughter and never a dull moment in your company. I am still in a state of shock as to how we got here and how/why this has happened and it is heartbreaking that you were gone just when a new chapter of my life was unfolding; when I was looking forward to sharing so many new experiences with you.

I am so sorry about what you had to go through & how helpless I was that I could do nothing to make you feel better, I am sorry I didn’t tell you the things I wanted to say, I am sorry I didn’t get the chance to repay you for all that you have done, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry!

We don’t know what we are going to do without you but we trust God to see us through. We love you so very much with all our hearts and words cannot describe how much we will miss you, your youthful smile and your zest for life. It is hard to let you go physically, but we will carry you with us each and every day in our hearts and our thoughts.

Mummy, I am eternally grateful for the life you have given me, for the person you have raised and for the mother that you were.
You have fought a good fight, ran a great race, kept the faith and I am comforted that you are free and at peace with the heavenly hosts where the crown of glory awaits you and I shall see you again at the resurrection.
Farewell my mummy, my friend; the Lord bless your memory."

This tribute was added by Folake Abiodun on 22nd September 2014

"I sit here and I can’t imagine not having you around anymore, giving me words of wisdom, advising me at every turning point in my life.

You have always been the voice of reason, my best friend and my mummy. Your sacrifice for our family shows what a virtuous woman you were, working tirelessly for everyone. You were a true fighter, loving mother, courageous and very much full of life. My heart is heavy and I will miss and cherish all our fond memories together.

You truly are my role model; you were a great wife and one in a million mother. Words cannot express how much I will miss you, I love now and forever."

This tribute was added by Gbanjubola Ayeni on 22nd September 2014

"That ‘Egbon mi’, is no more is as unimaginable as unbelievable but we take solace in the fact that God has the final say over our lives.
Thank God she did not lose focus. Her faith indeed sang in tribulation, songs of praise and songs of victory over death and those around her in her last days could testify to this. She has triumphed over death and I have no doubt in my mind that she already has a place with her Creator.

She was indeed a rare gem. A very strong and smart woman. A selfless woman, who would go to any length to help others even at the expense of her own comfort. She encouraged me to do things I never would have dabbled into. She gave all the support needed to see me through. Unfortunately, she did not live to reap the dividend. She planted vineyards but never waited to eat the fruit thereof.

We had always enjoyed so much intimacy right from the time I was a child, I followed her everywhere and hardly did we have secrets we wouldn’t share as we grew up. As the first born of the family, she played her leadership role exceptionally well such that none of us could step into her big shoes. She had so much confidence in the ability of her siblings to represent her well anytime, anywhere and in any circumstance. Her love for all of us and her generosity could not be matched by any in the family.

Her insistence on my coming to Bristol for the wedding gave me the opportunity to share some of her last days with her. Those days will forever remain very memorable to me as I will always thank God for giving me that unique opportunity.
Life is not all about how long but how well. She has left an indelible mark on the sand of time. We are very proud of all her achievements and all that people are saying about her. She has left a deep vacuum in all our lives.

Though the music has stopped, the melody lingers on. Even in death, she is much loved.
Sleep on my beloved Sister until we meet on the resurrection morning. It is therefore not good bye but good night."

This tribute was added by Olaoye Ogbara on 22nd September 2014

"Sister, I am at a loss and very sad that you have passed on. Whilst you were with us, you were loving, caring, comforting, supportive, God fearing and above all heart warming. You lived a good life which has now become a source of inspiration to those of us you left behind.

Your aged mother ’Basola is saying good night. Your husband and your lovely children are saying good night and your siblings are saying fare thee well.

Continue to sleep with the Lord Sister mi."

This tribute was added by Dupe Ogbara on 22nd September 2014

"‘MY SISTER, MY FRIEND.’ ‘Sister mi’, you were a gem, the pillar of strength and beauty. The strength of O’Beauty, a role which you played very well. Your leadership role was played without favouritism. You were able to put the family together right from our childhood days until the day you were called home.

I have fond memories of those days we spent together when we were growing up, ‘the Lantoro days’ in Abeokuta, the ‘Yemetu Adeoyo days’ in Ibadan. The ‘gistings’ during family functions which continued with telephone conference when you left the shores of this land. You were indeed an epitome of love and unity.

I thank God for the role you have played in all our lives. I surely miss our Sunday-Sunday telephone conversation and your words of encouragement all the time. I am glad that God gave me the opportunity to see you in the month of August ’13. I will never forget your courage and faith with which you fought your sickness, your songs of praise to God even while you were in pains.

The ‘OGBARA CLAN’ will surely miss you but we know that you are in a better place and I do thank God that it is a ‘goodnight’ and not ‘goodbye’ ‘for death has been swallowed up in victory’ (1 Cor. 15:35). You have joined the ‘host of heaven’ in doing that, which you love most; praising God. We join our voices with the Heavenly Choir in singing;
‘Ija dopin, ogun sitan, Olugbala jagun molu,
                         Orin ayo lao mako, Alleluyah!’

Sleep on, beloved Sister till the resurrection morning when we shall part no more."

This tribute was added by Grace Bolanle Abereoje on 22nd September 2014

"It does not seem real, it's even not clear, it's hard to understand, I cannot fathom it. Its dimension, I cannot measure, its height, I cannot reach, its depth, so deep; yet its pain so profound, but a memory so evergreen.

This is my thought on the passing of my dear aunty whom my uncle fondly called "Emilie......Emilie". She was a nurse who cared, a mother who loved and a wife so affectionate. I cannot even begin to speak of her goodness, kindness, maturity and tenacity. She was down to earth and frank; she would encourage you to pursue your goals and support your vision.

Mama Gbenga (as I always called her) will be remembered for her love for education, progressive ideas, her strong personality and her godly character. These are the things that she and her husband gave to their children. As we see these things in your children, you really will remain forever in our hearts. "Iyawo mi" will remain to me a beautiful and reverent wife, an indefatigable woman, a Christian so devoted, a mother so caring, a friend so dependable and a truly trustworthy individual.

You shall be missed, but never be forgotten; though you passed on, you're still in our midst. You left evidenced examples that will remind us of you and cause us to ask each day
"Is she really gone?""

This tribute was added by Ola Awogbami on 22nd September 2014

"There are many qualities that attracted me to her. She genuinely had an interest in people from all walks of life and culture. Someone in whom my admiration was built around; known for her womanhood, being a wonderful wife, dear friend and grandmother.

It feels like years but it has only been weeks. I still love you the same as if you were still here. You stayed strong and fought for months in a row; if you were suffering nobody would know, and months passed and minutes flew; your time was getting shorter as your love for life grew. A woman of extreme strength, courage and love; who was beautiful, soft and now peaceful and free as a dove.

Adieu my darling sister and friend! As you enter your new heavenly home, may you rest in peace for which you truly deserve; for you will be truly missed and remembered for your love and honour."

This tribute was added by Funmilola & Oluranti Ilesanmi on 22nd September 2014

"The news of your death came to us as a shock. We could hardly believe it, and we can never comprehend how your death has come so soon. We cannot but shed tears when we remember your kind of person; you are one in a million, so loving, so caring, so peaceful and meek, you are always set at making peace in every situation. We wish you were still around, losing you so soon moves us to tears always, but we know that God knows best, as we believe He alone gives life and He alone can demand for a man's life.
You will forever be remembered, continue to rest on in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ till we meet to part no more. Adieu! Adieu!! Adieu!!! to our beloved Sister."

This tribute was added by The Wumi-Adefayes on 22nd September 2014

"A rare gem has gone! It is unbelievable that death could take you at this time when you just started reaping the fruits of your good work and labour over your children and the younger relations.
People testified that you sang praises to God throughout your illness unto your death. Therefore I take solace knowing that you are with our Maker.
“Aunty” as she was fondly called was very pleasant, friendly and motherly, very supportive and a giver. I can re-call all foreign currencies in our possession; clothing, and several gifts were given by her. She voluntarily and singlehandedly paid for my “adaptation course” in the UK. She made me marry my wife. Always a peacemaker and a good counsellor, she was ever so grateful and kind any time assistance was offered to her.
“Aunty” how could I forget your frequent phone calls asking about everybody at home. I cannot forget our chats on facebook. The last time I spoke to you was during Aanu’s wedding introduction when you expressed your appreciation and prayed for all those that were present.

You loved everyone that came in contact with you and helped so many. The nurses at OAUTHC will never forget you.
“Aunty” how I wish you were here, Adieu O. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Good Night Ma."

This tribute was added by Funke Owa on 22nd September 2014

"Sister ’Ladun, you have fought a good fight, you touched several lives positively, your toil is over. May your great soul find peace with your Maker. Sleep on beloved till the resurrection day when we shall meet at Jesus’ feet and part no more."

This tribute was added by The Ashimolowos on 22nd September 2014

"The News of your death came as a big shock; we never expected it to be. We remember the motherly/sisterly role you played in our lives as an outstanding, loving, and caring mother/sister. The Memory of the just is blessed - the Lord will prosper all the works you’ve left behind. Goodnight!!! Until we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Tinuade Adewale on 22nd September 2014

"Auntie Emily was my elder sister from another mother. My husband Demola, my mum, siblings and children are so fond of you in appreciation of your encouragement, advice, prayers, and for always being there for us. You were an embodiment of love, humility and courage. Your commitment to God, your husband, children and siblings made you my mentor.
We love you sister Ladun but God loves you more. Goodnight."

This tribute was added by Eunice Akinbami on 22nd September 2014

"Adieu, Adieu, Adieu my Friend!
The bible says in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time to be born and time to die. But what matters is how we live our lives. You have made an indelible mark in our hearts. It grieves our heart to gather together without you; you have been a very good friend, sister and colleague for several years, a strong supporter and encourager of many.
Several moons ago when we first met, you created a formidable impact in my life as well as many others. Subsequent years, you have been established as a dependable sister and friend not only to me but to several others in different walks of life.

Adieu Emily, the wind blows us in many directions; we sprout, grow and die. However you have planted something that can never die, your love, kindness and friendliness will be our legacy that can never be taken away. I will miss you greatly. Good night."

This tribute was added by Clara Akinsola on 22nd September 2014

"Mummy Emily Oladunni Abiodun was a disciplined, hardworking, and a devoted Christian. She was a smart, quiet and easy going woman; fondly loved by everyone who had contact with her because of her amiable character. She was a very humble, articulate and a very intelligent nurse who would carry out her duties very professionally and to detail. Mummy cherished being neat and good looking in her very best. She was gond of saying and I quote “ko se mi ki mi ni wo bata o da ati aso o da re bise, ohun lohun mowo wole”.

She was a peace-loving woman who demonstrated this attribute by mending so many homes that had challenges which would have otherwise led to a break-up; through her wealth of wisdom and experience. She was very frank, honest and straightforward. She would never hide her feelings; she would tell you the plain truth if you made a mistake without any fear or favouritism.

Mummy was a mother who loved her children, brothers and sisters. She was very fond and proud of them all as she talk about them with every sense of cordiality and love. Undoubtedly, Mummy was from a very united family that care for one another. She was also a generous woman who would gladly contribute responsibly towards any doings (such as marriages, birthdays, house-warmings, naming ceremonies etc) that colleagues and friends might be involved in. She would equally offer both moral and physical support with good and comforting advice through challenging times. Indeed she would be greatly missed.

What can I say more about you Mummy! You deserved to live longer and reap the fruits of your good works but death snatched you away from us suddenly when we did not expect. Little wonder an agade says “igi to tọ, kii pe nigbo”.
We love you but Jesus loves you most but we are glad that you knew Jesus and you feared God. Mummy, sleep well in the bossom of our Lord until we meet again in Paradise. Good night Mummy."

This tribute was added by Muyiwa Ayeni on 22nd September 2014

"I remember you taking and accepting me into your home,
I remember you treating me like one of your own
I remember the family bond we all shared at ‘111’
I remember your concerns about my welfare & future
I remember you telling me to go out and have fun when you felt I was home sick
I remember you insisted I had a proper graduation party
I remember how we all had a laugh whenever you said or did something out of the ordinary
I remember us having a laugh whenever you brought Ijesha into British words
I remember we talked about everything possible...
I remember all the football matches we watched together on TV at ‘111’
I remember you eating out of my ‘musco sauce’
I remember you became my mother for three good years
So many things to remember but still very hard to believe you are gone."

This tribute was added by Joke Komolafe on 22nd September 2014

"Aunty you left at the time you were needed most. Your mode of life is worthy of emulation. You took good care of my mother till you died. Your good works will remain a legacy for us all. May your soul find perfect rest."

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