Grandma2
Maria Nwabuogo Azoba
  • 83 years old
  • Date of birth: May 4, 1929
  • Place of birth:
    Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Feb 16, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    United Kingdom
Let the memory of Maria be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, MRS MARIA NWABUOGO AZOBA (nee AGWAI), 83, born on 4 May 1929 and passed away on 16 February 2013. We will remember her forever. 

The Azoba Family regretfully announces the transition and memorial service program for their late mother, grandmother, great grandmother and wife; 

Mama Maria passed on to the great beyond on February 16, 2013 in Essex, UK, after a brief illness. She is survived by the following who mourn her deeply:
Mr Christopher Nwabufo Azoba (beloved husband), 
Children
-Rev. Sister Lucia Benedict Azoba (AGM), Mrs Monica Osemeka (Dominic), Mrs Anthonia Nduka (Ifeanyi), Mrs Francesca Onukwuba (Osi).

Grand and Great Grand Children 
-Rose Molokwu, John Molokwu, Ejiofor Molokwu, Frank Anyaji, Okey Molokwu, John Bosco Nduka, Ngozi Osemeka, Uju Nduka, Anthony Onukwuba, Chidi Nduka, Chiedu Valentine Molokwu, Tobechukwu Chukwukadibia Daniel Wilson, Lucy Isioma Gold Molokwu, Basil Chukwukadibia Molokwu, Mikel Olisamedua Molokwu;

Memorial and Thanksgiving Service
You are cordially invited to join our family in praying for the repose of the soul of our mother to eternal glory. Memorial Services have been scheduled as follows:
USA
Date:    Saturday, 2 March 2013 beginning at 5.00 p.m. 

Venue: Holy Name Catholic Church, 2901 Fontenelle Blvd, Omaha, NE 68104
            followed by refreshment and remembrances.
UK
Date:    Saturday, 9 March 2013 beginning at 1:00 p.m. 

Venue: Holy Cross Catholic Church, Easington Way, South Ockendon, Essex,
            RM15 5EJ, including viewing, followedby refreshment at the Parish Centre.

According to tradition Mum's remains will be conveyed to Nigeria from the United Kingdom for interment. 
Nigeria
Full funeral mass service: 
Date: 11 April 2013,    Venue: St Mary's Catholic Church, Awka Road, Onitsha.

Cortege itinerary:
- 5C Wilkinson Street, Onitsha, full funeral service until 5pm. 
- Transfer from Onitsha to Umuyagbo village, for burial.
 
May Mama's gentle soul through the mercy of God, rest in Peace. Amen. 

For and on behalf of the family:
-Sister Lucia Benedict Azoba -  (402) 201 8758, srazobafn@yahoo.com)
-Ify / Osi Onukwuba - (+44 7956 539 434, adazobajnr@yhoo.co.uk) /  
                                 
(+44 7903 117 963).

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 22nd April 2014

"Mum, One year ago 16th feb 2013 you left this world.
Not long after your passing, dad followed. Both buried in April 2013.
On 13th April 2014 you were both remembered at St Mary's Onitsha.
Memorial request placed for you too at the Obelagu site. I know you would have approved.
May you both rest in Gods' perfect peace. Amen. I miss you both greatly."

This tribute was added by NGOZI AZOBA on 19th February 2014

"Nnem Maria, so much have happened since you left me. I know you are interceding for us. The Ad Gentes Brothers finally got their approval. I miss you so much. I cannot believe it is one year since we commended you to Mother Earth. Go in peace and do not forget to commend me, my siblings, and Ad Gentes Missionaries to God. I Love You So Much. My father, Mama Mary Rozic have joined you nu. Adaeze"

This tribute was added by Francis Anyaji on 17th February 2014

"I still feel as if when i get to Wilkinson i will see you. Guess i'm still having those 'shock' moments where everything seems so unreal. No more tears for I know where you are, but there are still those moments that i get so heavy and miss you more than ever. Love you grandma"

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 16th February 2014

"Gone but not forgotten. I love and miss you loads.
One year anniversary. Goodbye mummy.
In loving memory of my dear mother, grand and great grandmother.
Late Mrs Maria Nwabuogo Azoba. (Nee Agwai).
Kindly join us in prayer as we say, !
O God, glory of believers and life of the just, by the death and resurrection of your Son, we are redeemed. Have mercy on your servant Maria, and make her worthy to share the joys of paradise for she  believed in the resurrection of the dead.
May her soul Rest In Perfect Peace Amen."

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 5th April 2013

"I arrived few nights ago in Nigeria to make arrangement for your funeral in Nigeria. I'm overwhelmed with good wishes and condolences from people. The whether is HOT.
I'm really tired and I feel exhausted.
Hope you are praying with daddy and all the angel to give us your children the strength to carry on."

This tribute was added by Patricia Turmel on 4th April 2013

"MUMMY MARIA JUST DREW ME TO HER.  I LOVED HER VERY MUCH.  EACH MORNING I WOULD WAIT FOR HER TO COME INTO CHURCH SO THAT WE COULD SAY THE ROSARY TOGETHER (THIS WAS VERY SPECIAL TO ME ) AND THEN HEAR MASS.  WHEN SHE USED TO COME BACK FROM NIGERIA AFTER HER HOLIDAYS I CRIED BECAUSE SHE WAS SO SPECIAL TO ME.  I MISS YOU BUT YOU ARE NOW RECEIVING YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN. ALWAYS REMEMBERED"

This tribute was added by mabel ndiwe on 24th March 2013

"To a Great Mum who was so wonderful, kind, supportive and most importantly very humble. Your death has left a very huge vacuum in my life which can never be replaced. Your humility and approach to human needs will always be treasured. Your commitment to God was admirable and will never be forgotten. Your love for your lovely daughters was no doubt unconditional. I miss you so much. R.I.P"

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 18th March 2013

"I gave them keys today with tear in my eyes. (It's over.) You can never have imagined how difficult that was. Mum you truly believed I'm POWER strong enough to shoulder all this responsibility. I tried & I'm glad I had the chance to tell u how much I loved u & wanted to take care of u & dad. I'm ur last born but u made me strong with the love & trust u bestowed on me. I love u mum."

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 16th March 2013

"Today 16/03/2013 four weeks ago at 2020hrs, u gracefully left this world. Ur departure have caused a lot of heartache yet we've submitted all in Gods hand. We know u would have done the same. Thank you for directing us to love, care, and pray and most of all believe in the Trinity. Mummy, a woman of patience, faith and love.  Ur work here is done. ADIUS. Ezinne- Nne Okwukwe. Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 15th March 2013

"I've got things to say mum, then I looked at the time and thought., its too late I have to wait till morning. Then I remembered, when I wake I will not have the privilege that I've enjoyed since Anthony was born - of having you here in London a stone throw away, all to my self.
God pls give me strength. I find tears at every corner."

This tribute was added by NGOZI AZOBA on 15th March 2013

"Mama I still could not believe you are gone. Your voice was so sweet that 02/16/13 that I did not know it was the last time I'll hear your voice. My heart is so heavy. Who do I turn to now to listen to my stories? My only hope is that you left a legacy for us. I promise you that my sisters and I will always stick together and pray always. My love for you shall never die. Go in peace of God"

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 12th March 2013

"Just got in from seeing dad off. He's off to prepare for your home coming. End of an era. It feels so empty. Tidying mums things. Cancelling services. Sky- EWTN, gas, phone, electric, gas. All brought tears to my eyes.
Looking at your smiling photo and realising that you will never ever be there in human form for me. . Oh mum how could you leave me so soon. I need you."

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 12th March 2013

"Everyday since your passing I feel really lucky and privileged to have been your daughter. I know you were really loved. Visitors are still trouping in to pay their respect.10th March 2013, I couldn't bring myself to celebrate Mother's Day. Maybe next year. But for now, I'll simply wish all mums a happy Mother's Day. Hope that all children will appreciate their mum as much as I did you."

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 12th March 2013

"Saturday 9th March your grandson's birthday, we remembered and had a full funeral Mass for you mum. Mum you were loved. The turn out was Hugh. You would have said so yourself. The support, love, grief and condolences were tremendous. You Are An Angel Mum.! Everyday since your passing I find myself feeling really lucky and privileged to have been you daughter. I know you were really loved."

This tribute was added by Chioma Ahanihu on 11th March 2013

"Mama, I felt so sad when the news of your passing reached us. Each time I spoke with you on the phone, you always encouraged me and assured me that you are praying for me. Now you are no longer with us here physically, we cry because we miss you, but we are hopeful that we shall meet again. Adieu mama, Nne Okwukwe!"

This tribute was added by Princess Nky Ofodile on 8th March 2013

"Dearest Mummy, when i spoke with you on the phone a few weeks ago, you sounded sooooo strong on the phone.  The plan was that I would come visiting you and uncle Nwafo the following two weeks.  I have never seen such a proactive elderly mummy like yourself. You were a God fearing lady who taught me how to pray the Rosary. ADIOS the world's most active, caring, loving and friendly Mummy."

This tribute was added by Patty NWANOSIKE on 8th March 2013

"Dear Mummy,we are all sadden for your sodden departure but only God knows why. We treasured all the time we shared with you,  your smile and happy face will be missed.
Mama, ije oma.
R.I.P."

This tribute was added by Okey Ononye on 6th March 2013

"News of mummy's demise was shocking to us because, despite her age and fulfillment, it was least expected at the time it happened.
I would be consloed by the fond memories of a very genorous lady who shared the pains of others at all times.
May God rest your kind soul peacefully, Amen"

This tribute was added by Chris Onilo Azoba on 6th March 2013

"Mummy, it’s your son KISOFA as she used to fondly call me. I promised myself not to cry anymore. A woman who took me like her biological son while a teenager not knowing what I would grow up to be. You always remind me of ’Mother Theresa’ - a selfless woman who gave the world everything and asked for nothing in return. God will surely reward you. ‘KA OMESIA EZIGBO NNE’."

This tribute was added by Frank Osemeka on 5th March 2013

"You lived an examplary life. Your memories will ever remain with us. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace...in the mighty name of JESUS...Amen."

This tribute was added by Emeka Azoba on 5th March 2013

"Thank you for being so kind to all your grandchildren. Whenever you had the opportunity to be by my side you always were, and you never ever forgot me, even when you were in hospital. The thing that made me happy when I was around you was when you always said “Ewee, Ewoo!!” I am certainly going to miss that, for it always made me laugh and most importantly made me happy.  You were a great lady but"

This tribute was added by Beverley Azoba on 5th March 2013

"‘A   Special    Poem   For   a   Special    grandma’:
The journey of my life is like a golden key, my first giant stride you started with me.  The love you shared like no other, because you were the best grandmother. I remember you in springtime, how you loved the fragrant breeze. I remember you in summer, as the sunshine kissed your cheeks. I remember you in autumn, how you loved the turning leav"

This tribute was added by deborah ilechukwu on 2nd March 2013

"mother you were an invaluable and precious jewel to your kids, an inspiration to all that knows you your gentleness, peaceful nature and lovely smiles we shall miss. yes it is sad that you are no more, but God loves you more.  l have consolation in the word of God, "to die is to live forever" Sleep on mother until we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Loveth Susan Kokori-Herbert on 2nd March 2013

"Mama, I miss you so much, I will gladly give up all the diamonds, gold and silver in my possession to have one more chat with you. I miss you greatly and cannot find the strength to stop the tears from flowing within my private walls. I know that it  is not the tear that I will shed in a day. Peace perfect peace mummy as you rest under the wings of our Lord. Will always love you!!!!"

This tribute was added by nwakaego nduka on 2nd March 2013

"MARIYA, ONOYI-OKWO, MOTHER OF FAITH. GOD HAS CROWNED YOU IN HEAVEN, FOR SURE. YOU TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLE POSITIVELY,HIGH AND LOW, BIG AND SMALL.THAT IS WHY GOD GAVE YOU THE BEAUTIFUL REWARD HE HAS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE IMPRESSIVELY RUN THE RACE. ADIEU MUM, TAKE CARE OF YOUR GRANDCHILDREN IN HEAVEN."

This tribute was added by Trisha Destiny on 1st March 2013

"Mama, Its such a pity that I never met you when you were with us on this earth. but tonight I heard that you were no more with us. I was told about all your goodness and contribution you made to the lives of people you came in contact with.  YOU ARE NOW IN A PLACE WERE SICKNESS OR PAIN CANNOT TOUCH YOU ANYMORE. PEACE PEACE PEACE,  IJMN AMEN. love ONUWA ESENWAH"

This tribute was added by Loveth Susan Kokori-Herbert on 1st March 2013

""Mama you were my appointed angel, protecting me when in danger, directing me through the right path when I was lost, providing for me when I was hungry. The most wonderful thing about you is that you do not mind getting up at mid night to feed me when I return from work.  I will miss my bowls of bitter leave soup, most importantly I will miss you so much and cheerish your memory""

This tribute was added by mary osemeka on 28th February 2013

"Thank you Grandma for taking care of me and protecting me from those that meant harm to me. I am very greatful for all. that you have done for me. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen."

This tribute was added by Aloy Nduka on 28th February 2013

"Mummy, just like a candle in the wind. Gone.Just like that. Even as I write this, I still fight back tears. Your were a mother, a mentor, a pillar and comfort to all of us. No distinction between your immediate children, inlaws, families, friends. You treated all of us equally and lovinly. It is too painful to lose you mum. We loved you but God loves you more. Good night mummy."

This tribute was added by hannah Johnson on 27th February 2013

"Mama, you were such an inspiration to me,the way you always knelt down to pray for hours not withstanding your age.You are indeed a mother of faith.May the Lord grant you enternal rest and may He let his Perpetual Light shine upon ,may your gentle soul rest in Perfect Peace.AMEN.Though you have gone but your memory will ever be treasured.."

This tribute was added by Pamela ORABUCHE on 27th February 2013

"Mummy Azoba, "Grand Ma"( as you are fondly called) you were so dedicated to the lord, and was incredibly strong. Your courage and tenacity is that of legends. You were full of spirit Grand Ma! My heart is aching and puzzled, I just wish we had more time!! It arches my heart you are not here anymore just like you were always there especially to call me "Mama Ejima". I am assured that you are restin"

This tribute was added by Francis Anyaji on 27th February 2013

"Are WE going to miss you, grandma? The answer is a BIG YES. Your kindness, love, humility, caring spirit and personality are but a few of your traits that would make your departure even more "painful". Your peaceful nature and gentleness imprints on us all (family and friends) and for that we say "Thank you". You are LOVED and will forever live in our memories. Adieu Grandma"

This tribute was added by mary osemeka on 26th February 2013

"My dearest grandmother, what a great woman of courage, strength and faith. I have always known you as a strong woman that is able to endure great pain, even through all of these you had God in mind  and always believed that he will always lead you through your pain. Grandma, I miss you a lot and also love you a lot."

This tribute was added by Toyin Edeki on 25th February 2013

"When Father Jim announced your departure, d reflect in me was to look at ur normal sitting area and I had a tear drop. It's sad to know u r gone as u'be been part of us for so long and just thinking about having future African mass without u. We love u but we know God's will has come n u r in a safer, peaceful place, till we meet to depart no more, do rest in peace always ma."

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 25th February 2013

"Mum, it was so cold today and I was busy. I felt that I must call your phone to make sure you were keeping warm and to say you mustn't go outside. Also to say if you needed anything that I'll be home soon to get it for you. I found myself reaching for my cell phone to call you, then I remembered that the reason I was so busy today is to buy your special dress for a befitting farewell. ***."

This tribute was added by ify onukwuba on 25th February 2013

"Mother of Faith -
So much love you planted around the world with each little seed you came across. But just like flowers, you were part of God's plan.That's why when God looked at your tired face, He knew it was your time to rest. It's hard for those who love you, but God has a needs for your gentle soul. I miss you mummy, but I know  it's God's will and Mummy you were READY. Bye-Mum & I love you."

This tribute was added by stacy kelly on 25th February 2013

"I don't know Ms. Maria, but from the pics and kind words expressed, i can tell she was a delightful person. I'd like to express some encouraging words from the bible. Jehovah God promises mankind to eliminate death forever and to also resurrect those loved ones back to a paradise earth, in which we can live together in peace. You can find that promise in your bible at Revelation 21:3 & 4."

This tribute was added by osi onukwuba on 25th February 2013

"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.  I missed your lovely smiles a lot, the smiles that bring happiness , encouragement and reassurance to every one around you. Mummy you never gave me time to say goodbye and to thank you for being their always for me, you were gone minutes before I came in and only God knows WHY.My heart still aches in sadness & tears."

This tribute was added by NGOZI AZOBA on 25th February 2013

"MY MOTHER ALWAYS HAVE LOVE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES AS CONSECRATED WOMEN. TO SISTER MARY FRANCIS CHINYERE A DOMINICAN NUN SHE SAID TO HER "YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE BETTER PART, DO NOT ALLOW THE LURE OF THE DEVIL PULL YOU AWAY FOR SERVING GOD WITH YOUR ENTIRE LIFE." SHE SAID TO ME, I WANTED TO BECOME A NUN BUT IT IS NOW TOO LATE. YOU DO IT FOR ME."


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