- 60 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 26, 1953
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Jan 27, 2014
- Place of passing:
|Let the memory of Victoria be with us forever|
Mrs. Victoria Oby Ikele (1953 - 2014)
With heavy hearts and a deep sense of loss, the Ikele family at home and abroad announces the death of their mother Mrs. Victoria Obiageli Ikele whose sad event occurred in Nigeria on Monday, January 27, 2014 after a protracted illness.
Mrs. Victoria Ikele a.k.a "Ejiamatu" was born a true "Anaedo" daughter on Dec. 26, 1953 to late Chief and Mrs. Nathan Ubachukwu of Ichi (Nnewi North Local Government Area) in Anambra State, Nigeria. Chief Ubachukwu ("Odu" of Ichi) of blessed memory was a community leader and business magnate in the old Onitsha province, as well as a pioneer parishioner at St. James Anglican Church Ichi.
Growing up, the young Victoria Ubachukwu was a precocious child with a passion for music who would go on to obtain a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Masters Degree in Music at Daystar University College, Nairobi, Kenya. She was married to Archdeacon, Dr. Isaac I. Ikele from Amawbia who is currently the resident venerable of the Anglican Archdeaconry of Nando. Their missionary work took them to various places including St. Paul's Anglican Church districts of Oba, St. Andrew's Onitsha, Christ Anglican Church Onitsha, St. Philips Anglican Church Ogidi, St Andrew's Anglican Church Obosi etc.
One of the most significant accomplishments for God was the establishment of Bishop Onyemelukwe Secondary School on 14th September, 1998 through the visionary effort of Mrs Victoria O. Ikele & Venerable Dr I.I Ikele -Husband, as a mission outreach of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Odoakpu, Onitsha. The school was named after his grace, The Late Most Reverend Dr. J.O Onyemelukwe, Archbishop of Province II. (http://bomss.com/index.php)
As we give thanks to God for the life she lived, her health struggles over the past decade bears reflection. Mrs. Ikele was diagnosed with STAGE IV advanced colon cancer in September 2003 and given just six months to live but by the grace of God, she defied the odds and went on to live for 10 more years!!!. As aptly stated by Rev. Canon Ubadinobi during her thanksgiving service sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Houston on Sunday, October 2, 2011, "If Mrs Ikele were to die today, let no one say that cancer killed her for she had already dealt cancer a fatal blow."
What was remarkable about Mrs. Ikele's grave struggles with cancer was not just that she defied gravity by beating doctors' predictions on numerous occasions, but that she remained stoic and unflappable through the thick and thin of the debilitating disease! The courage she showed in the face of adversity, will forever remain a source of encouragement and inspiration to many who unfortunately are facing, or may face the challenges of terminal medical conditions.
An accomplished music educator and mentor, she remained dedicated to her calling making time to play the organ and lead the music ministry in Anglican Church worships in Houston, Texas,particularly her home church- Holy Trinity Anglican Church Houston, even as she was battling cancer. On the Sundays that she was too frail to play the instrument, she would still attend services at the local church which was only a walking distance to her home near the Houston Medical Center.
She maintained her integrity and never blamed anyone, nor God for the painful cross she bore. She was instead, the epitome of faith and her fidelity in God ran contrary to that of the Biblical Job's wife who at one point in her husband's sufferings (Job 2:9), asked him to "curse God and die". We will never understand why "bad things happen to good people" and some of us in our personal life struggles have also asked the rhetorical question: "Where is God in my pains".
Mrs. Ikele's decision in early November 2013 to return to Nigeria from the United States, provoked a sense of foreboding and ominous silence in many people who despite their ambivalence about the decision, were inclined to support it.
Mrs. Ikele was fiercely independent and always sensitive to the feelings of others. As her health condition grew dimmer by the day, she was appreciative and mindful of the potential burden of her illness on others especially the faith communities in the Anglican Churches in Houston who on several occasions rallied around her with material and moral support.
Today we must contend with the stark reality that she is in no more pain, and has been called home to be with the Lord.
The entire Ikele family are grateful to all for their prayers and support, and requests continued prayers in the days ahead. To the Nigeria diaspora in Houston - a community in mourning as a result of this sad event, the Ikele family sends a special "Thank You" to everyone who had directly or indirectly contributed to the good life lived by Mrs Ikele.
Mrs. Ikele is survived by her loving & caring husband Ven. Dr I.I. Ikele, and Six children: Mr Andrew Ikele - Head of the Music Ministry at All Saint's Anglican Church Houston, Rev Obinna Ikele- Ordained Anglican Priest, Dr Ikenna Ikele - a Nigerian based medical Doctor, Mr Chika Ikele – Zoologist/Lecturer UNN, Mrs Chinenye Ikele-Obi - a Nigerian based Pharmacist, Onyeka Ikele – Microbiologist/ Scientific Officer Anambra State Government, and Chiazom Nwannedi Ikele -1st daughter in law,Anuri Ikele-2nd daughter inlaw, Chioma Ikele-3rd Daughter inlaw, Chioma Faith Ikele 4th Daughter In law, Mr Amazu Obi – Son in law, and 7 grand Children. She is also survived by many loving brothers, sisters and cousins all of whom are mourning the loss of a dear sister.
To our mom....,"Mom, God be with you till we meet again."
The Ikele's Family
"I don't know what to say but Miss and I go way back. She was my big sister, teacher, mentor and counselor. It pains me that she was so close, yet so far because I did not know that she was in the states. She is the first person that loved me for no reason. I have tried to live my life by the examples she showed me as a young woman. Care for others and expect nothing in return. Miss, may your loving soul rest in peace."
"Mama, on this the 62nd anniversary of your birth, though you are no longer with us, your light still shines."
"Mom, this is your 1st son again...Yesterday was very difficult for me because I know what it was about...Your 1 year anniversary with the lord....Still missing you dearly but I know that you are resting eternally in the bosom of your maker. We will meet again and would experience your laughter and unending love you have for us. Just know that my Dad and my siblings are all missing you....Am still not emotionally poised to watch the videos, but will do so in no distant time. Every time i pick it up to slot in, I would drop it off and walk away. Part of me tells me you just got ready to be taken to church ..so you're still here...another part tells me, "she's with the lord." May be, being with you all these years together for over 10 years is striking me like an illusion. I love you mom. ANGEL my daughter hugs your picture in my living everyday, kisses it and asks,"Where is grandma?" Sometimes she starts telling me stories of how you walk her to the fountains to feed the ducks, and stir at a neighbor's dogs and cats.. It has dawned to her your whereabouts..It only makes deeper sense to her anytime she adds a year to her age. SEE YOU IN HEAVEN MOM!"
"It is already a year you left. We know that you are sleeping in the Lord's bosom. We miss you so much. Sleep on Mom. Till we meet to part no more."
"Mama, On this day day the 1st anniversary of your passing, may your soul continue to rest in peace. I truly miss you and your wise counsel but your memory lives on.
"Adieu Mama.......... You are forever missed."
"Jesus reigns beyond the grave. We know that you have stayed a year on the bosom of him whom you love so well that you did not fear to say the truth no matter whose ox is gored. Tribulation could not make you to love him less, how much more now that you are free from the world and its burden. You have left a legacy of standing with the truth wherever it lies. We strive to remain in the same truth till we meet to part no more. Amen!"
"A great mother, loving wife and precious grandmother in-deed, you'll be greatly missed. May your gentle soul rest in peace.
Thank you for giving us a wonderful and excellent lady in chi-loving"
"I waited till the service of songs session last night to write this tribute.
The caption of my tribute last night was "Her feet on the sands of time" to drive the point home that late Mrs. Victoria Ikele made deep and lasting impression with everyone she came across. I narrated six such episodes with our family here in Houston, Texas that will forever resonate with the life and times of late Mrs. Victoria Ikele in our minds.
We salute a woman of great courage and strong faith in God. You received a unique gift from God-stay long enough on earth to make peace with all men, and then reconcile with God. You used that gift effectively and to His glory. Good night"
"In loving memory of our most cherished Sister, Co-laborer and Prayer Partner Mrs. Victoria Ikele. You are indeed one of the Lord’s rarest Jewels. Thank you for enriching our spiritual lives through your life of strong faith and sincere love for the Lord. You will be greatly missed; but thank God that this parting is only for a short while. Thank God also for the rich reward and consolation you are now enjoying in the very presence of our good and great God. Fondly remembered by your dear friends in Christ, Ven Dr. Ben and Mrs. Olive Nworie, (LA, California)."
""Ora biko kenebelunum Chukwu na ife olulum" (Ora please thank God for all He did for me). That was a most uncommon plea by someone whose already protracted challenges with cancer had just taken a turn for the worse. Mrs. Ikele uttered these words in November, 2013 just weeks before she got her final call from this earth. That was a statement of faith and obedience to the will of God, and one we could only begin to fathom or comprehend if we focus on the big picture - life eternal rather than myopically, on the trappings of this transient world.
I believe that Mrs. Ikele made such a plea too to many people she was in close touch with just before she left the United States. When we thank God for our painful memories, we do so not because we are necessarily thankful, but because we have been commanded to do so. In Thessalonians 5:18, St. Paul commands us to "Give thanks in all circumstances ....." and in 2 Corinthians 12: 7 - 9, he said of his thorn, 'Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
As unfathomable still as these statements may seem to many, it is my fervent hope that those words may bring some comfort to the Ikele family in this their time of grief and and to those of us who were privileged to have met such a remarkable lady (Mrs. Victoria Ikele), "May her soul rest in perfect peace."
"Victoria was a humble, God-fearing woman. She attended Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston while having treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She came to Bible Study on Friday mornings and sometimes brought her granddaughter. We prayed for her and with her. Little did I know that when she left in December she would have so few days left. I am honored to have known her."
"Mama, God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered, "Come to Me." With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Andrew and Chi, as you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.
With deepest sympathy and love from Chuma/Ify/Beluchi/Ifunanya and Lotanna."
"Stealing you away from those who love you dearly is the worse death can do. But the joy that you pulled through your toughest moments, saw your son's wedding, carried your grandkids, and touched souls with your testimonies will console all that mourn you today.
Adieu mother to my able choir leader."
"Tribute to Ms Victoria Ikele
Death is an inevitable end, but should not have come in this way. But however, Isaiah 57: 1b says ...that the righteous is taken away from evil. Therefore, it's precious in the sight of God when the righteous dies.
In sincerity , Mummy Ikele, who was full of motherly care, kindness, encourager, motivator, energetic, hardworking, did not deserve this at the time we needed her most in our Christendom.
As far back as early 90's, you have won the heart of my late parents, Chief Dr., Sir & Lady Isaac Asomugha as a result of your zeal for The Lord in the Anglican communion especially former Saint Andrew's Ang., Church Odakpu Onitsha. Mummy, you are a woman of strong faith who never for any moments question the infinite why this but you held unto Him faithfully until your death.
Though we all missed you, but I pray for your loved ones you left behind especially your husband to be of good cheer for thy Lord will never leave you nor forsake you . May the families of Ikele be strengthened in the inner mind with peace & joy, Amen!!!
Minister Obinna Asomugha
Winners Chapel Houston Texas. "
"Antie, the little time I spent with you last year was quite memorable and am glad I met someone like you. But it hurts so much knowing that you prayed that I give you a baby but you didn't stay to touch her.......
. Rest in peace Antie."
"Andrew and Chichi, you both are very dear to my heart and I was opportuned to know your Mom through you Andrew. She was such a sweet lady and I know she is resting peacefully in the Lord's arms. She has finished her race, so take heart knowing that she is a much better place."
"A Brave woman born in my Village in Nigeria, the Great ‘Anaedo” of Anambra state, surprised the World; constantly and consistently in our eyes, defied what we all learnt in Medical school about surviving end stage cancer. To put up a courageous fight this long against this ravaging illness, and doing it with ease, strength, joy and faith, will be one for the history books to study and report, and for all of us to ponder for years to come.
But this is a testament to your unique inner strength and spirit, the one only the Almighty God can give a unique daughter. Even as we mourn your loss, and bleed inside our hearts that an icon has fallen, knowing that you now smile in the bosom of the Almighty God, resting; no more forever in pain or suffering, looking down on us all, gives us a reason to smile and thank the Almighty God for giving us the little time we had with you.
We now celebrate your life; one lived with great Joy,strength, faith, smiles, resilience and optimism. You left a legacy for us all on earth, a legacy of raising a strong, vibrant Child Andrew and a great family; they will constantly remind us what a great spirit you were, and remain a testament to your strong blood and faith. Andrew and the rest of your children will keep your memories and legacy alive for years to come.
Rest in Peace brave one, your victory lap to the gates of Heaven gives us hope and strength and will keep all of us smiling until we meet again.
From Kaykay and the Entire ILochonwu Family."
"My heart bleeds. Auntie you will forever be in my heart. Knowing that you are resting in the bosom of the lord, where there is no pain or sorrow gives me joy. On behalf of uwakwe's family and okpara's family we say may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen and Amen. Good night Auntie."
"To God be the glory for the life of our mum as we call her. Ochiora you are an amazing mother, not only to your kids but to all that came across you. Thank God for the life you lived. You will be missed.
"May her gentle soul rest in peace".
To the entire Ikele family, may Father God fill your hearts with peace in this sad time and His grace to sustain you all."
"Victoria Obiageli Ikele, A Strong Woman Of Faith. To Andrew Ikele's Family. I Know For Certain That We Never Lose The People We Love, Even To Death. They Continue To Participate In Every Act, Thought And Decision We Take. Their Love Leaves An Indelible Imprint In Our Memories. We Find Comfort In Knowing That Our Lives Have Been Enriched By Having Shared Their Love. Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies. Andrew Endeavor To Hold Tight To Those Memories For comfort. May The Soul Of Your Mother Rest In Perfect Peace. Victoria Ezeani"
"TRIBUTE TO MY OUTRAGEOUSLY GREAT MUM IN-LAW
Mummy, the time we spent together was short but the great lifelong lessons and wisdom I learnt from you, that will continue to give me a competitive edge over difficult situations was innumerable. Haven known you and the great things I heard about you especially from my lovely dear wife who always talked about your handwork, discipline and courageous nature and that which you continually said to me while alive had been a great source of inspiration to me.
Whenever we talked you always reminded my wife and I never to forget putting God first in everything and making God our chief corner stone, both in our marriage and daily dealings. You were a very Godly mother that never discriminated.
Mummy, you were a very sweet and great mummy to all. Your memories will forever live with us and we will deeply miss you greatly but we are consoled by the fact that you are resting in our lord’s bosom, smiling down at us all. We pray that as it pleased God to take you away from us now, that the good lord, by his infinite mercy grant us the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss in Jesus mighty name Amen!
May your soul keep resting eternally in the lord, amen.
Your son in-law,
"Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen"
"To God be the glory for the life of my sister in-law. Indeed she was a great and a respectful woman of God. Right from my childhood, I respected her for who she was a loving and caring person. I am so happy and proud of her because, she completed her race, accomplished her desirers and exited gracefully. She left a legacy for all of us to emulate.
May her gentle, caring and God fearing soul continue to rest in peace.
May God console the husband and children with his grace and mercy that more of sister/mummy Victoria will be reproduced from her children and grandchildren in Jesus name AMEN."
"Ochiora Mrs. Ikele,
You came to us like a shining star, illuminating the house with your talent and motherhood. Your words of encouragement will never be forgotten. You did not divide. You were always telling me, "kpokotaba fa." Even when it seemed very difficult, you would always say "Odirokwa izzi' but God is with you." The Anglican churches in Houston will miss you. My eyes are filled with tears of sorrow as I write this. "Rest in peace.""
"What else can i write?Sister good night."
"A DIRGE AND AN ACCOLADE TO MY PRIDE, MY HEROESS, MY RARE GEM, MY MENTOR AND MY DARLING MUM VICTORIA!
Mum, you didn’t just bring us forth to life, you really ensured you saw us through life. You invested your all in us, poured yourself into us, lit and showered us with special indelible life time of generational love, with God’s blessings on each one, which made the whole difference.
Although the years we spent been together was quite short, yet you ensured all your tasks fufiled and accomplished. You empowered us all with survival kits and tools we needed to face life and its circumstances within those short time before we all dispersed. Even in your sick bed, you encouraged and made us constantly aware of your persistent and relentless prayers for us, and the promise you had with God for each child before conception, all which preserved and guided us through all these years, as well ensured our closer walk with God. God in his infinite mercies paneled all your affairs, that of your husband, six children and your seven grandchildren the way you would have loved to have them done, if present physically with us in Nigeria.
Am so convinced your departure from this earth was never untimely, because you left fufiled and you fufiled your destiny, which is why we are here on earth. Really it’s not about the number of years, it’s all about fufiling purpose and destiny. Just like apostle Paul, you finished your fight, finished your race, and kept the faith with a sure crown from heaven. While alive you said always that a child of God should never be scared of death while walking with Holy Spirit along the path of destiny, that for you, to live is Christ and to die is gain. God took away the breath of life from you at your covenantal appointed time with him, because you told one of us you would leave earth that faithful night and as well God confirmed the agreement I had with him at your 2004 death date given by your doctors, I cried to heaven that your loss would be greater than me as at then, just like Hezekiah God should add more years to you and cause you see at least two of my kids. To the glory of God, the very day you saw my second baby, you blessed her, blessed me, few hours later you departed to be with your maker, this time God dropped his peace that passed all human understanding in our hearts and took you from us to himself to take your rest from all earthly pains and turmoil you had experienced.
Mum, the happiness in my heart, it’s because you helped put it there. The gentleness and greatness in my beliefs, it’s because you showed me how to give and care. The rainbow over my shoulder, it’s because of your outlook and vision you made me see. The knowledge that I can reach out and I really can make some dreams come true, it’s because I learned from the best teacher of all…I learnt from you mum! Thanks for sharing your reflections that had shone so greatly upon my life and many.
Mum was a sacrificial, a passionate and an extreme Giver, such that she gave her all to God and humanity. She derived fulfillments from putting smiles on faces through giving not minding if that was the last she had. If giving could be categorized as Talent, then “my mum was a born and talented Giver” because she touched millions of lives through her giving, hence the conception, inception and accomplishment of the mind blowing Caring and Sharing ministry while in active service which had much more to it before she took ill and left the shores of the country. Yet she never relented in giving!
Mum was so Selflessly Devoted to the Service and work of God. As a growing child I remembered different episodes when mum came back home at night prayer times, haven worked tirelessly in Gods vineyard, looking worn out without food but then she would smile at us, bow her head on the ground to God in thanksgiving and told us she felt so fufiled and happy. The passion for Gods work in her was so unique, outstanding and intense, such that even in sickness, she engaged in Hospital ministry, where she encouraged and prayed with the sick. She was so knitted and curled up into her service to God that her being was all about doing the work of him that called her. She truely moved with God, lived in God and had her being in God.
While alive mum always said “Ada m, you see this God, I and my generation must continually and forever praise and serve him, till the end of my life, even in my grave, I will continue to serve him”. Like biblical Samson, Mum had the spirit of Might and strength divinely embedded into her by God. Mum was a mighty woman of God, who served God with & till her last breath. No wonder mum’s exit from this earth was so glorious and amazing, that anyone that heard the story was so astonished with goose bumps!
My mum and her life had been the greatest teachers to me and us all, even her death practically taught me how the righteous exits life, because she was so prepared, body, mind, soul and spirit, she sent for& waited for the arrival of her only daughter with her new granddaughter, put everything so much in order like she’d done while full of life, prayed for us all, told us she was tired and ready to go and rest, encouraged us then bid us all farewell, not long afterwards she went to rest in his bosom, with multiple songs of angelic birds.
Mum always led the way, lived by her own rules, multi-talented, super-loaded intellectually, lived an exemplary life in all spheres of life, she was such a nice and wonderful person to reckon with and beckon on, she had a very unique blend of temperaments, she was so full of inspirations, aspirations and accomplishments. She encouraged minds, inspired souls, so goal –oriented such that as a growing kid of 8yrs, she made me cook my first soup, taught me how to set and achieve goals, manage a home, and made me responsible for handling the finances for the family upkeep. I received a big spanking whenever I was idle, because my mum believed in ‘gifted hands”, even when all the chores were done then reading my bible was mum’s next option for me. Yes just like any child been made to be responsible on time, it was burdensome I taught, but today am forever grateful and proud of my mum and her tough drillings. Million Thanks mum!
Mum was a great unique disciplinarian such that parents brought any of their child or children that proved difficult to her for training and taming because She was so gifted with that (i.e raising great Children for God right from when she was a spinster).She took all as her own children not minding who you were or where you came from. She loved to bring out the best in people and made one believe in oneself. She was so Talented in spotting out talents and helping one harness that talent, as well as helping one bring out that talent to lime light.
Mum was a great woman bestowed with a strong and outstanding spirit of faith. Through these years of illness she termed ” my wilderness journey”, her strong faith in God made the whole difference, sustained her and disproved all medical verdict concerning her all these while until her body grew weak. But then God never allowed the devil to touch her soul, her voice and sight like she asked of God, to enable her serve him even at death. Mum fought a good fight of faith, she made us draw strength from her faith in God. She taught us faith and still lived by the faith she taught. Despite the fact mum needed to be encouraged, consciously she never entertained that rather reverse was the case, she instead commenced what she termed “my phone ministry”, which she used to encourage her family and many others. Mum taught me always to look at life with the eyes of faith, No matter the mountain or valley life may bring my way, that I should toughen up, face the challenges and never to let life defeat me, because they were simply mirage, the more you faced it, the more you don’t find them, that until I give up then it is not over, and above all to keep up the good fight of faith. Mum’s faith in God was so strong undiluted and unfathomable, she kept strong for herself and us all. Her day to day steps to her been victorious is worth commending and emulating because she was a faith model and a heroes!
Mum was so vitreous, a homemaker, a great chef and so domesticated, such that she raised all her kids and many that lived with her with same attributes. She raised them such that there was no difference between masculine and feminine chores, which was part of her “life’s survival skill training kits” for us all.
Mum was an ‘ideal” wife and mother. She was so balanced and she knew where to draw the line. She was a jack of ALL trade and master of ALL. She was a perfect example of proverbs 31 woman and an epitome of virtuousness which was rare to find! Dad was highly favored to haven had you perfectly complimented&completed him till death parted you both.
This day, I can boldly and proudly say my mum lived a very fufiled life, because she fufiled her destiny, enriched millions of people through her love and care, reaped the fruit of her labor, saw her children’s children in perfect number 7, died fufiled on a perfect day 27, and now rested in the bosom of her perfect creator who perfected all that had concerned her.
Yes mum, your loving presence with us will be greatly missed, but we are consoled by the fact that you were translated and your voice will continually be heard through your golden legacies and we will ever feel your constant presence with us. Am so sure you will never relent to watch over us and pray for us to make heaven like you’d done and ever desired for us all above all.
Mum instructed we shouldn’t cry at her demise rather we should continually praise God for her. Now I praise our God almighty for the life you lived, for his hands that was made visible with an undeniable proofs, for his grace and mercies all these years ,for all he had done and his doing and is yet to do ,be all the praise,honour,power ,adoration and glory forever in Jesus name amen!
Odogwu nnem! Nnem E Ji Amatu! Ada Jesus! My Rare Gem! My Heroes! My Pride! My beauty! Your life will ever remain my mirror, an inspiration and a challenge to me and us all because you proved it in all ramifications beyond reasons…
Sleep on my sweet darling mum, sleep on and take thy rest, we love thee well but Jesus loves you best and your creator needs you home, back to himself.
You will be greatly and forever missed, celebrated, cherished and appreciated by me, us all and your generations unborn.
I love you too beyond words my darling mum. Thank You for “EVERYTHING” my rare jewel.
GOODNIGHT VICTORIA! GOODNIGHT NNEM EJIAMATU! GOODNIGHT MY DARLING MUMMY AND MOTHER! KEEP RESTING PEACEFULLY IN HIS BOSSOM TILL WE MEET AGAIN TO PART NO MORE!
IT’S ME YOUR ONLY DEAREST DAUGHTER!
ADA MUMMY! ADA NNE ! NNE NNE! CHI NNE! ADA ADA! NWAM! LOVE! (MUM FONDLY CALLED)
PHARM(MRS)LOVELYN.C OBI (NEE- IKELE)"
"Mum,we love you but God loves you more.Am sure that you are already resting in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.Good night Ejiamatu."
"TRIBUTE TO MY BELOVED MUM “EJIAMATU”
Mum it was a shock to me on that faithful night you passed on to be with our lord Jesus Christ, when I received the news of your departure. I screamed and wept because I have already scheduled to come back the following day to see you, only for me to receive news of your death on Monday night.
My indefatigable mum, you beard discomfort without grumbling and pains without complaints. You beard uncertainty with hope and long delays with patience especially when you were diagnosed of stage IV cancer in 2003. God gave you the courage to endure pains until your demise.
You never gave up loving God. You despised depravity but applauded savior faire in all situations. Your positive ideas in the ministry was so enormous that I will never forget the word you said to me some time ago that “Negativity and bad thought freezes personality”
Mummy “Ejaimatu” I hear people saying that sickness, pains and diseases are never the will of God. But you made us to understand that God allows us to have trials and test so as to
1. To draw you closer to God. Psalm 107:12-13
2. To see what is in your heart and if you will remain true. Exo 20:20, Deut 8: 2, Jere 12:3a
3. To draw you closer to his word. Psalm 94:12, psalm 119:71
4. To prepare you for future blessings and exalted ministries. Deut 8:16
5. To teach you patience. Rom 5:3b and compassion towards others . Heb 4: 15
6. To purify you as precious metal is purified Psalm 66: 10, proverb, 17:3
7. To make you a better and a more useful vessel. Jer 18:4, 1 Corinthians 5:7
Mum your mental prowess and dedication to charity work can never be forgotten both in church of Nigeria and Anglican community in Houston, Texas, USA. You are indeed a great disciple of God.
You have kept your faith as the psalmist said; I kept my faith, even when I said, I am greatly afflicted Psalm 116:10.
I will forever miss you my sweet, loving, admirable, caring MUM.
May your soul rest in the bossom of the almighty God. AMEN!!
You are a great Christian LEGEND!
ADIEU MUM!! ADIEU EJIAMATU!!!!!"
"The women of H.T.C altogether mourn the transition into glory by our miracle Mummy Ikele. Life is a stage and she played her part excellently. Her life was full of achievements, dedicated honest and selfless service to God and humanity. She made numerous contributions and positive changes to all the Anglican churches in Houston.She was loving and dependable. A woman of extra-ordinary strength and dogged trust and faith in God.
Despite her sickness, she participated in the activities of the church.
That made her play the organ most of the times in Sunday early morning services, women annual conferences and retreats.The bible quiz she moderated in the last women conference was still fresh in our memories. During the last harvest and thanksgiving service, she danced to the glory of God and the congregation highly commended and rejoiced with her.
Gallant daughter of Zion, the strife is over, the battle is done. Now the victor's triumph is won . Let the song of praise be sung because she is dressed for the marriage super with a crown of glory, resting in the bosom of the Lord. Adieu beloved Mummy..
By Love Nzeadu on behalf of women of Holy Trinity Anglican Church Houston Texas."
"Indefatigable, indomitable and courageous can only begin to describe some of the ineffable qualities of Mrs Victoria Ikele.
It is with humility, deep sense of loss and surrender to the will of God that I accept your passing from this world.
I will always cherish your kindness, encouragement and wise counsel.
Farewell, Lionheart and may your journey be safe.
Ben Egwuonwu and Family."
"Andrew, I received with shock the passing of your beloved mother. Your mother was a pleasant and a vibrant woman. I always looked forward to hear her wise counsel any time I visited you, her struggle with Colon Cancer has come to an end and she is in a better place now. We give God the glory for the exemplary life she lived.
I know that she would not want us to be sad for her.
May her soul rest in perfect peace.
"Madame Victoria Ikele, I got a glimpse of your zest for life when barely two years ago in Houston, Texas, you welcomed my niece to your family with celebrated dance moves during her wedding to your son. We did not have time, long enough, to enjoy your friendship. Our mortal hearts may grieve over your departure at this time. But our ever-loving God knows what’s best for you. May you find rest in His Bosom – Amen!"
"Mrs. Ikele was a mother and inspiration to all of us, Our shared family at Holy Trinity Anglican Church will forever love and cherish her contribution to our lives. May her soul rest in perfect peace...Amen.
"The way i feel in my heart is something i may not be able to completely express. All i can say is, 'I love you mum' and i'll make u proud. your teachings are engraved in my heart and your way of christian life is one that i intend to meet up with and add more to it. u live forever in my heart and i will never let u down. Rest in God's bossom sweet mum. Goodnight ma. Your last son, Onyeka. I am glad to be ur child."
"Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade
because a loved one's gone. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day,
unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. Gone yet not forgotten,
although we are apart, mummy your memories will forever be in our hearts.
Mummy, as I refer to her was and still a special lady. So much love and strength she shared and never held back. Her "white light" kept many of us going we felt the warmth of it. I had the awesome privilege of talking and knowing her personally and all I know is that at any point I call to offer her some of my strength, I only get off the phone feeling her strength in me. Mummy shearing with my mom whom I lost a year ago due to the same cancer was a big part and symbol of strength to me and my siblings, mummy words will be “ifenka esikakwanu” but my joy is that today she is no longer in pain and indeed beat cancer, remembering the last discussion I had with her, just like my mom said she also said “cancer will never see anyone she knows” mummy in agreement we all your children say AMEN.
We will miss her, but Know we will always feel her around us especially when we need it,
Andy, my brother talking to you I know you have a lot of your mom's strength she will forever be with you, you will feel her in many aspects of your life.. Believe me.
Mummy, rest in peace and in white light. To mummy’s family may her love forever surround you.
Reginald & Becky Anyiam family
"The Holy Trinity Anglican Church mourn your absence, You are a gallant spiritual warrior who refused to deny your savior despite suffering. Rather you encouraged those who came to encourage you. You were a great giver in the face of apparent needs. Your whole life was a gift to the world because you didn't keep quiet when there is need for you to talk and challenge the status--quo. You have joined the celestial church where you will make full use of your musical talent. Good bye till we see over the river!"
"Beloved sister and mother, It is like a dream, a tale that is told--that you are gone and never to be seen again. You are a woman of faith, you fought your battle with the enemy persistently until you told us "I want to go" for like Paul you have fought the good fight and ran the race. Your unshakable faith in the face of danger and serious illness is educative. Your coming to America is not only for treatment but it was a missionary work challenging eccentricisms and aberration in odysseys of our faith. Adieu an--elder in the Lord, receive the heavenly welcome that awaits you, having served obediently without complaint, adieu Sister."
"Nnukwu ochiora,when I received the sad news of your demise, I told myself that the Lord has finally decided to call you home to a better place, devoid of pains and suffering, a place of eternal rest. It is true that I have not known you a long time but stories of lives you touched for good are written on the stone. We are consoled with the fact that the lord bestowed wisdom, knowledge, understanding and even courage unto you to work in His vineyard.You fought the good fight of faith and finished the course The scripture assures us that to die in Christ is gain. I pray that almighty God will grant your family especially your husband, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Jee ga zuo ike na ndo onye new anyi ebe ita ikikere eze adighi. Adieu ochiora"
"Adieu Fearless Name sake!
You boldly confronted your situation and at the appointed time, You prepared your self and bravely accepted to join the lord. May we be courageous to accept the challenges of life like You did.
Adieu Great Woman!
Adieu Mama Andrew!!
Adieu Daughter of Zion!!!
May your Bold Soul Forever Rest In Peace Forever in Jesus name. Amen!"
"Mom, I may not be able to describe enough the miraculous victory you had by defeating terminal stage cancer for more than 10 years!! I remembered seeing you and my dad at George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston Texas August 2003. I remembered being moved to tears when I saw you. I could not believe who I saw! Little did I know that God was preserving your life to prolong it by coming to USA. I remembered you being diagnosed with terminal stage cancer stage IV at Memorial Hermann Hospital in 2003. I remembered my Dad and I standing by your bedside and yelling," You will not die!! but will live to testify the goodness of the Lord". I remembered Doctor Woods agreeing with us in faith. I remembered my Dad saying," my son you have tried for us. Let me take my wife home". I remembered my Dad, cutting your nails, singing to you, and praying fervently everyday by your bedside.I remembered when I told my Dad," Dad, I will take over now". My Dad, heeded to my request and we saw him off at George Bush Airport.
I remembered your stitches being healed within 2 weeks after the surgery! I remembered when you took off on your feet and walked more than 3 miles ..... 3 days after being discharged!!!!
This space may not contain describing my long Journey with you in USA, battling this dreadful disease for over 10 years. I remembered how this tedious journey transcended throughout the tumultuous turbulence but God saw us through. Mom, you lived to see me get married; you lived to see your children's children; you lived to see your children achieve their self actualization.
Your life is indeed a miraculous testimony!! My daughter Angel, will miss you till eternity! My Dad will forever miss you!
On behalf of my Dad, my siblings, friends, and well-wishers - Mom, WE LOVE YOU!!! YOU KNOW THAT!!
from your 1st son:
Andrew, chichi & Angel.
Houston Texas. USA."
"When I saw the post that Mrs Victoria Obiageli Ikele (Ejiamatu- Ochiora) had passed away, my heart was grieved knowing fully well the pain she went through all these years but we thank God for her courage, faith and dedication to service in Houston even in sickness.. We cannot question God nor cry as those without hope but we know that your 60years on earth was full of impact.. You affected so many lives and your memories still lingers on..
A virtous woman indeed, an epitome of motherhood and a lover of music, sleep on till we meet to part no more. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
"Singing Nunc Dimitis and Dead March for you.. "
To Ven I.I. Ikele, Onyeka and siblings, Mrs Amaka Ikwueme and siblings, accept my heartfelt sympathy.. It is well with your soul."
"Madam, as I always called you, endeared yourself to my entire family when you began teaching my children music at your son's apartment. Your gentle ways provided them unusual comfort, and particular spark would glitter on your face whenever and wherever we met. Your first words would be "Kedu maka Kri-kri Star", your unique reference to Obinna, our third son and your favorite. The children were very young during those music lessons, but they never forgot. Particular chill enveloped each of their faces when news of your passing broke Monday evening.
Madam, your strength and resilience was legendary, as evidenced by your long protracted battle with cancer. Difficult as it was, the pain and horror never robbed you of your calm gentleness. You always managed a smile! We are relieved that your suffering is over.
Andy your son braved like few men could. You did your job well bringing up such courageous, talented young man. We thank God for the time He allowed us to share with you. May your spirit find comfort in the bosom of the Lord.
Okorie family (Ken, Linda, Ikemefule, Ugonna, Obinna, Uchenna & Uzonna)"
"Recently, we got one of those dreaded phone calls. For those of you with aging parents or sick parents, you probably know exactly what I'm talking about...that call that comes in on your cell at 4:45 a.m...that ring tone that just makes your heart sink.
On Monday, around 7pm cst, we received word that mama had passed away and had gone to be with the Lord. We shouldn't have been surprised because Mom had faced some really tough times for years with cancer. In fact, we often referred to her as "the miracle woman of God" because she had survived against all odds. So, maybe what was going on was that the expectation was there that she would continue to be the miracle woman of God for quite a while. But, her time had come and God decided that she needed to come home and rest.
Mama! you were indeed a valiant and charming woman. I was hurt that someone so good couldn’t keep living, I was hurt that a beloved principal was taken from her students. I was hurt that an amazing friend was taken from those who adored her. But most of all, I was hurt that my best friend in the world and love of my life lost the woman who shaped him into who he is today. She was and is my mother-in-law, the amazing woman who gave me a husband far better than anyone deserves.
You made this trip so soon mama! I will surely miss you.
From 1st your daughter-in-law
"May her gentle soul rest in the celestial realm of the heavens.
Thank you for giving us the musical genius called Andrew.
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