ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bernadina Lawson, 97 years old, born on August 16, 1923, and passed away on February 26, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Olufemi Ogundero on March 18, 2021
Mummie!!! you came fought and conquered with unwavering faith in God. The herald of your inevitable demise came to us of Chief Folarin Solarin family with mixed feeling. A great loss on one hand but a mission well accomplished on the other. You are an epitome of Christ beauty, full of impactful love, discipline, teaching, counseling and caring. Even at your old age, (when the strength was no longer there) you still entertained us with well roasted and preserved crunchy Groundnuts whenever we came visiting. Meaning that you followed the scriptures to the letter. (Hebrew 13 : 2). What an enviable legacy of hospitality. You also left a legacy of Godliness without compromise in the lives of the children. The Solarins and Ogunderos will forever remember you for the privilege of having one of them (Mrs Olabisi Solarin) as our Wife, Mother and Sister who is keeping the flag flying.
Mummie !!! I will personally miss your soft, innocent-like voice and tone that sounds like my ORIKI whenever you called my name.
To all family members without exception, I say Congratulations for it is a Glorious Exit.
Mummie, Adieu till we meet at the bosom of the saviour to part no more.
From:-
Pastor Olufemi Ogundero (a.k.a UNCLE NOS)
For: the Solarins and Ogunderos
Posted by Agbaje Adediji on March 18, 2021
Mama was a good person. Her son and I are childhood friends. I admire mama's way of handling family matters and her business. This made me hand my children to her at her daycare. She was good at taking care of children, giving all to the care and what it takes to the center. That gave me greater assurance that my children care were in berst of hands. More so I was part of the physical development of the building that house the day care center.
Mama was very pleasant to relate with.
May her gentle soul rest is peace.
Posted by Alade Tokuta on March 16, 2021
Chief Mrs. B. O. Lawson

Madam Bernadina Olawunmi, Ever so loving; motherly.

Mummie you are a great inspiration to others you shared your life so willingly, the joy you brought your family remain engrained. Your home was open to everyone and your hospitality made all feel important. You were most loving, humble, compassionate, understanding, family-oriented woman.

For this loving mother and all the other mothers who loved their children selflessly, and with all their heart, thank you. We call Heaven so beautiful - because it has you.

Though we miss you we know you are with Jesus and those who have gone on before. Thank you for being a great Mum!! Your memories remain the life's only solace.

Prof. Alade Tokuta
on behalf of the
Tokuta Family
Posted by Oluyemi Samson on March 15, 2021
Having worked with Mrs. Patricia Solarin of Patrice Top Trio Nigeria Limited as the ISO Consultant to Lasaco Assurance Plc for almost a decade, I have learnt many things from her that has greatly improved me and my family. I refer to her as my Mom and she in turn have accepted my wife and me as part of her children.

Although I never had the opportunity of meeting Grandma in person, I have heard many fond details of her good deeds. Her discipline is very reflective in our Mummy, Mrs. Patricia Solarin. She is very strong, organized, generous and loving. I am very certain of Grandma’s legacies that they are very sustainable indeed and God will protect them all in Jesus name.

Adieu, Grandma!
Continue to enjoy your peaceful rest in the bosom of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Posted by Adewale Adeyemi on March 13, 2021
Madam Bernadina Olawunmi Lawson was a wonderful n a mother of All, met with her many years ago in her Mokola mountain residence tru my Texaco gas manager Mr Sola Lawson (her Son)....mama is fluent,bold n funny with principles. Rest on mama,we miss you lot for ur love. Love n tribute from Adewale Adeyemi from United States
Posted by Koko Solarin on March 12, 2021
Tribute to our dear granny:

Thank you for your care, love and exemplary lifestyle. One thing we can never forget is the value of prayer you taught us.....
Grandma, you have taught us to always pray, irrespective of the situations we find ourselves.
We know you are in a better place, granny.

Rest on ma

Deborah & Victoria (Your carers)
Divine Senior Citizen Palace Foundation
Posted by Elliot Chukutu on March 12, 2021
The Managing Director
Patrice Top Trio Nig. Ltd (QMS Consultants)
73 Olurin Street, Off Ilogbo Road,
Otta, Ogun State.

Attention: Mrs. Patricia Solarin

CONDOLENCE LETTER

The Executive Management and Staff of Frazimex Engineering Limited wish to commiserate with you on the demise of your beloved mother, Bernadina Olawunmi Lawson (Nee Wilson-Adegbesan) at the age of 97 years.

Mama in her lifetime was an Icon and a role model whose life was worthy of emulation. She has fulfilled her part on earth and has gone to find rest in the bosom of our maker.

We therefore, express our heartfelt sympathy and pray that the Almighty God in His infinite mercies will grant you and your entire family the fortitude to bear the loss, and grant mama eternal rest.

Yours Sincerely,

C.E
Engr. Chuka Eze
General Manager





Posted by Adekunle Adio on March 11, 2021
My dearest Mumi,

I can still smell the gunpowder from the Christmas nights' knockouts. No Christmas like a Mokola Christmas.

So many beautiful childhood memories of spending time in Mokola with our family. Of course I am also frequently reminded of my “who bikin” days at your nursery.

Thank you Mumi for your love and care. I love you and we’ll miss you. Rest in the bosom of our Lord.

-who'bikin
Posted by Omotunde Lawson on March 11, 2021
The glorious departure on Our Matriarch, Chief (Mrs) Bernadina Olawunmi Lawson

I probably wouldn’t be writing this tribute as Mrs Omotunde Lawson (Boevi’s wife) but for mummy’s total acceptance of me right from the time I was introduced to her. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, great grandmother to us and several others.
She was an epitome of beauty, her photographs as a lady and young woman are clear attestation to this.
There are just too many fond stories to be told about ‘mummie’. As soon as I got married, her first assignment was to ensure that I got integrated into the Catholic faith, she ensured I enrolled for catechism classes to enable me to become a catholic and receive holy communion.
Just a month after our wedding, Boevi was transferred unexpectedly from Ibadan to Lagos. I lived with her with our two kids Olaolu and Banke for a little above two years and enjoyed all the care one could hardly imagine. Laolu happened to be the first of the babies she started her Pius X Day Care Centre with in 1979.
She was indeed a mother in Israel. The manner she respected everyone was too amazing.
Most times, she would rather call you by the name of your child rather than your first name, papa Kunle, Mama Keke, papa Laolu, daddy Emike etc. She extended this same courtesies to all my family members who equally share in this great loss. That was a virtue that I learnt from her, making everyone feel respected and important.
How can I forget the annual December 31st cross over ritual at Mokola when she brought the families in the entire neighbourhood together to a feast and exchange of new year wishes in an atmosphere of love and jubilation?
Boevi and I are grateful for giving us the foundation and material resources to start off our own school in Lagos which has now grown in leaps and bounds.
‘Mummie’ should not hear that any of us was sick or hospitalized, as she would be the first person to see by your side so early the next morning even if she had to travel by public transportation. A silent but generous giver. More willing to give than to receive and ever so appreciative of every little thing.
Our children, Laolu, Banke and Akin who had opportunity of knowing you very closely or had lived with you at one time or the other have a lot to reminisce over and are feeling deep sense of loss despite your ripe old age. Your departure still seems so unbelievable to them.
I give God the glory for a very peaceful transition without stressing all your dearly beloved children. Your life was indeed well spent and you have finally gone to be with your creator for a well-deserved rest.

Adieu dearly beloved ‘mummie’.

Mrs Omotunde Lawson (daughter-in-law)
Posted by Segun Tokuta on March 11, 2021
By Sola Adio

A tribute to Chief Mrs B.O. Lawson (fondly known as Mommie)

I join everyone to celebrate your life and thank God for giving you long life. You showed strength when your husband passed away and threw yourself into a cause that made so much impact in the community when you established Pius X Day Care Centre in 1978.

You were an extremely helpful mother to all your children and grandchildren; I always encouraged my children to visit their grandmother whenever they came to lbadan and I am happy that they all got to know you well. Indeed, you have left a good legacy behind.

EYIN MAMA YIO DARA!
Amin
Posted by Her Family on March 11, 2021
By Otunba Folarin Solarin

Mummy,
Meeting and getting to know you have always been a very remarkable point in my life. Coming across the wonderful darling of Pius Lawson, the PAPA LIMA of the Ikeja Airport has always been full of fondest memories. From our very first meeting to the very end, you radiated so much love and warmth. You were such a nice woman, good housekeeper and a fantastic mother. You lived a life very worthy of the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even in your final days, you never stopped calling "Baba Folake". I will surely miss your love and warmth.

(Baba Folake)

Posted by Lekan Otesile on March 11, 2021
Mama Lawson, mother for all, you're blessed among women, I hate talking about you in the past. Your support to your family and all around you before and indeed after the demise of Papa Lima was legendary. Your sharp intellect at recollecting and even picking people's voices till you departed at a very ripe old age was uncommon.
You were indeed a gem and great gift to humanity. No one lives forever, but you will continue to live in our hearts till eternity. Good night mummy, for that's what you were to all of us. Your sharp voice and soothing sense of humour will be eternally missed. Remain cherished mama. Adieu!
Posted by Solarin Olayemi on March 11, 2021
Grandma
I saw you as a very strong woman and I am glad you spent your last few years surrounded with love and peace.
We do and we will miss you granny.
You have gone to rest now.
Gone but will never be forgotten
Posted by Joseph olusola Lawson on March 11, 2021
I am writing this with tears in my eyes as your last granddaughter. I lived the better part of my live with you. I wish it will never come to pass but I know there will always be a time to say goodbye. You gave me your time and attention. I will forever remember you grandma for what you truly represent. Rest well as a fulfilled grandmother.
Your baby granddaughter
Dunmininu Lawson.
Posted by Joseph olusola Lawson on March 11, 2021
Momie, you never treated me like a daughter in-law but like a biological mother. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to play my part to you. You taught me how to run a successful home. In time of challenges, you were there for me. Nothing can be compared to your genuine tender love. Tears in my eyes as I say goodbye. I will miss you for all you truely represent.
Good night mum.
Olayemi Lawson
Posted by Joseph olusola Lawson on March 11, 2021
Darling momie,
The mother of mothers. You carried me on your wings until you taught me how to fly. You were always taking my battles on your knees until I overcame. You believed so much in me and you saw me to the mountain top.
Haaa, you didn't tell me you were swimming away forever. My gold, your last kiss to me to say goodbye will remain with me forever.
So difficult to believe that the iroko has fallen. How I wish I could keep you forever but I will run with the legacy you left behind. I wish I can hug you one more time for the last time and give you a goodbye kiss.
However, you parted with an everlasting smile of fulfillment on your face and a gentle tears in my eyes that tells me that I can move on. You will forever remain in my heart.
Goodbye darling loving momie.
Your baby son.
Koe Lawson (double k)
Posted by Emike Ikhanoba on March 11, 2021
Our Mum...

Truly one in a million. We are still getting to know more how invaluable you were.

We all called her, family and friends, "Mummy" with the Re Mi music notes that if we heard it anywhere else, we turned to see who spoke.

No more, no more...

Whenever you got a phone call that any of us or your Grandchildren was ill in Lagos, you would visit the very next day from Ibadan and make the return journey same day.

You abstained from meat every Friday for as long as I can remember.

And you loved to eat Ikokore.

You avoided putting manufactured seasonings when preparing food for you didn't like the 'perfume' they left behind in the meals.

You tried as much as possible to give reasons in defense of people especially when they were not present to defend themselves.

I believe these and so much more gave you 'Length of days' from The Lord.

We will surely miss you. However, we are truly grateful for the beautiful, enviable, worth- emulating legacy you have left behind.

May The Almighty enfold you in His arms, pleased that you have come home.

Your daughter
Olufunmilayo Ikhanoba
Posted by Emike Ikhanoba on March 11, 2021
The glorious departure on Our Matriarch, Chief (Mrs) Bernadina Olawunmi Lawson

I probably wouldn’t be writing this tribute as Mrs Omotunde Lawson (Boevi’s wife) but for mummy’s total acceptance of me right from the time I was introduced to her. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, great grandmother to us and several others.

She was an epitome of beauty, her photographs as a lady and young woman are clear attestation to this. 

There are just too many fond stories to be told about ‘mummie’. As soon as I got married, her first assignment was to ensure that I got integrated into the Catholic faith, she ensured I enrolled for catechism classes to enable me to become a catholic and receive holy communion.

Just a month after our wedding, Boevi was transferred unexpectedly from Ibadan to Lagos. I lived with her with our two kids Olaolu and Banke for a little above two years and enjoyed all the care one could hardly imagine. Laolu happened to be the first of the babies she started her Pius X Day Care Centre with in 1979.

She was indeed a mother in Israel. The manner she respected everyone was too amazing. Most times, she would rather call you by the name of your child rather than your first name, papa Kunle, Mama Keke, papa Laolu, daddy Emike etc. She extended this same courtesies to all my family members who equally share in this great loss. That was a virtue that I learnt from her, making everyone feel respected and important.

How can I forget the annual December 31st cross over ritual at Mokola when she brought the families in the entire neighborhood together to a feast and exchange of new year wishes in an atmosphere of love and jubilation?

Boevi and I are grateful for giving us the foundation and material resources to start off our own school in Lagos which has now grown in leaps and bounds.
‘Mummie’ should not hear that any of us was sick or hospitalized, as she would be the first person to see by your side so early the next morning even if she had to travel by public transportation. A silent but generous giver. More willing to give than to receive and ever so appreciative of every little thing.

Our children, Laolu, Banke and Akin who had opportunity of knowing you very closely or had lived with you at one time or the other have a lot to reminisce over and are feeling deep sense of loss despite your ripe old age. Your departure still seems so unbelievable to them. I give God the glory for a very peaceful transition without stressing all your dearly loved children. Your life was indeed well spent and you have finally gone to be with your creator for a well-deserved rest.

Adieu dearly beloved ‘mummie’.

Mrs Omotunde Lawson (daughter-in-law)
Posted by Jumoke Adio on March 11, 2021
My grandma, you may have passed, but your memories would always live on within us. Thank you for carrying me on your lap. You said whoever sits on your laps tie the knot with your grandson. Young then, I obeyed. You had the strength, you are prophetic. Anytime, Tosin came visiting in Ibadan, I knew we had to come to grandma’s, you welcomed me and showed me love.
I bless God for letting me know you, experience your love, humility and understanding.
Family oriented woman and one of the most beautiful souls one could ever meet. Beautiful stories all around you!

Rest in peace, you truly were special. Love you grandma, love you great grandma,

Jumoke and children
Posted by Tosin Adio on March 11, 2021
My grandmother was an inspiring soul, always there for all who came to her with their troubles. Her home was open to everyone and her hospitality made all feel important. Growing up Christmas was always a time to look forward to, spend this in Ibadan; Mokola. A time to feel important, a time to feel special. Time with my only grandparent. And church, never a miss with her. I enjoy hearing “Omo mama ti dey” everywhere we good as she was a symbol of mother to all.
A child of God, strong with Christ in her. Thank you for gracing my wedding with your presence even in challenge. Love you are grandma.
Although we cannot hear or see your smile anymore, we know your prayers continue to walk with us. My soul knows you are at peace. I’ll miss you forever Mummie❤️.
Posted by Adefemi Afolabi on March 10, 2021
Chief (Mrs) Lawson was my mother and good friend. She was a devoted Catholic who lived a purposeful and impactful life. She was generous and kind to all. Visiting mama at 3pm was delightful because it was Divine Mercy Prayer time. You will always be in my heart. Rest in the bosom of the Lord. Good night mama. Prof. Ibi Ajayi.
Posted by Emike Ikhanoba on March 10, 2021
The doors of your earthly residence have closed to open up those of your heavenly Jerusalem. Alleluia!

Thank you, mum, for all you have done in our lives. You abandoned the prestige of Lagos in the Late 70s to embrace the humility of those who were far below the social standard you were used to. We thought you would snub us. How wrong we were! You became our mother and led by example. Pius X Day-care became a hub of learning, where uncountable number of children found warm embrace and qualified staff earned stipends. Thank you mummy for this.

I can remember the day you opted to accompany me and your daughter, Maryanne, and a cousin of mine to Federal Government College, Ilorin to seek placement for our Higher School Certificate (H. S. C) studies. You didn't mind the discomfort of public transport and the attendant risks on the roads because you wanted quality education for us. God bless you mummy for being part of my educational achievement.

My religious growth also witnessed your presence. In those few times that I would come to your cosy home, we would say the Rosary, the Angelus and whatever novena prayer that was on. All these have impacted my spiritual growth and I am grateful mummy.

Before you came to live in Mokola and became an active member of our parish, St. Gabriel Catholic Church, we did things the way we knew. Your arrival brought some Christian renewal. Mummy, do you remember that you were the one who introduced the use of Flower Girls during the procession of Corpus Christi in the archdiocese of Ibadan? Not only did this new practice bring colour to the existing modus operandi, it also brought converts to the faith of the church of Christ. Every child who you chose to be a flower girl felt she was a saint. My late sister who was one of your girls would always say she was a saint and by the special grace of God, you have united with her in paradise now.

Nothing stood in your way in practicing your faith. Not even age, distance, weather phenomena, health problems etc and this is a legacy you have laid down for us. Travelling to Jos on a rickety uncomfortable train is not a child's play, but you challenged all associated rigours and physically took part in the Eucharistic Congress in Jos in 1980 in company of my parents and other diocesan faithful’s. Thank you mummy for leading by doing.

How we would have loved to have you forever, but since the world is a market place we must all return from, we bid you goodbye, not with grieving hearts but with the belief in Christ Jesus that you are now with your creator where we shall all come to join you to part no more.

Farewell mummy Lawson, mummy adugbo, epitome of Christian elegance, mummy flower girls. Thank God who gave you to us.

Requiescat in Pace.

Ebele Felicia for the Atuokwu Family
Posted by Emike Ikhanoba on March 10, 2021
Mummy,

Meeting and getting to know you have always been a very remarkable point in my life. Coming across the wonderful darling of Pius Lawson, the PAPA LIMA of the Ikeja Airport has always been full of fondest memories. From our very first meeting to the very end, you radiated so much love and warmth. You were such a nice woman, good housekeeper and a fantastic mother.

You lived a life very worthy of the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even in your final days, you never stopped calling "Baba Folake". I will surely miss your love and warmth.

- Otunba Folarin Solarin (Baba Folake)
Posted by Emike Ikhanoba on March 10, 2021
Tribute From Francis Lawson

Maamii, Mummy!!! Are you really gone?? It never dawned on me that we can be separated so soon even at the relatively young age of 97 years (younger than Methuselah).

Right from my primary school days up to secondary school you were always a pillar of support whenever I had problems as a Heavenly ordained mother will support her infant child. You always reminded me of Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ, you being her passionate Devotee.

When you became visually challenged all your numerous prayer books ended up in the prayer room in my home and it would have made you happy to note that I use them constantly.

I recall the numerous times you would tell me to bring from the table your tablets for ulcer but it took me time to realize that a maybe cause of your ulcer was that you starved yourself so that we your children would eat. I did not see this in you growing up since you radiated so much beauty, elegance, cheerfulness and you endured so much pain and environmental challenges with so much flourish.

You guided me right from my infancy to a full-grown married man despite my restlessness. You presented to me Omotunde as my wife which I accepted with no regrets whatsoever.

My only regret is that I did not tell you point blank that I realize and appreciate the rigor you went through in raising me up to become what I am today. I may not have compensated you enough, but I know the Good Lord will compensate you ma. 

Your son,
Francis Boevi Lawson
Posted by Olaolu Ajibola on March 10, 2021
Tribute to an amazing Granny.

Granny Lawson was a beautiful and loving soul with a genuine heart of love for God and people. Such a devoted Catholic she was, daily masses, daily prayers, never forgot the feast of the saints and took days of obligation seriously. She was an examplary of good Christian values and virtues.
She was an epitome of beauty and joy.
Everywhere she went she brought so much laughter and shared so many jokes which was always to uplift those around her.
Oh granny! You were a special gift to us. A rare gem! Knowing you was a great blessing. I will miss and always cherish those memories that I shared with her while growing up and also were involved in my life as an adult.
“You feel good?”she would ask... to answer ‘i feel good’
The word of God says’To everything there is a season’
Rest in the bosom of the most high God, Granny Bernadina Lawson. We love you but God loves you more and we know he has taken you home.
Rest on Mommii!!! ❤️

Posted by Lawson Pius Akinkorede on March 10, 2021
You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on within me. Thank you for your sacrifices, your care and concern, your love and everything that you have done for me. Wherever you are, I know you are in a much better place. I will be forever grateful and thankful that you are my 'grandma'
These are a few of the memories that I have of my grandma, Mrs lawson, who impacted my life in so many ways. I count myself extremely blessed to have had my grandma for so many years. She had no fear. I never saw her with any fear at any time that I had been with her, ever in the heat of problems, she was always a rock, never showing fear.

My grandma prepared me to be ready for danger. She told me many times to always keep a clear path to the door, this was deeply instilled in me. She told me to be careful about friends, words and periods of anger.

My grandma taught me not to waste. She was conservative with her food, money and everything else. She made things last a long time. She was the ultimate recycler. She never threw away anything and found ways to re-purpose things.
She warned me about times of lack and that we should always be prepared. She said to store up food while you can for the raining days.
She gave me tips when she recalled memories growing up.
My life story is not completed without your words. Grandma..
Posted by Anuoluwapo Lawson on March 10, 2021
You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on within me and in my father's house.
Thank you for the love and prayers i will surely miss them. I belive you are in a much better place, i will be forever grateful and thankfull that you are my grandmother.
Adeus Grannie
Posted by Susan Bodunrin on March 10, 2021
“Mummie was very fashionable, sophisticated and soft spoken. I remember her saying “Common sense is not very common”.That made me giggle each time I heard it. I also remember she makes a very delicious beans and corn dish that my dad (of blessed memory) loves so much. Good night mummie. You have finished your race and left a Godly heritage. Rest In Peace in God’s presence.
By Yinka Bodunrin
Posted by Lawson Akingbade on March 10, 2021
Words will fail me the right expression of how much I am going to miss you(Lawson mommie),I love you grandma, mother of my father,my first church teacher(you never go to mass late,saint gabriel catholic church),my first choir mistress(she taught me a lot of christian songs),my prayer partner (she taught me angelus and divine mercy prayers),she taught me to be strong inspite of what life throws at you and many more,words can't say it all.you live forever in my ❤️,love u grandma, and great Grandma(best love u).
Posted by Lawson Gregory on March 10, 2021
My Grandmother!!
Mommie, as our parents call you!!
Grandma Mokola as my siblings and I fondly refer to you!!!

So many things to talk about and so many memories that you shared with us. So many memories to pick from.

Is it your strength and grace.
Your ability to tell funny stories just like that.
Or the love I feel, when you see me and say 'Akin yaaa'..my own personal pet name:)
Or the joy that you show when we ask you, "how do you feel, grandma?" and you reply with a big smile "I feel good, I feel good:)"

I would always cherish the few months I lived with you right when I got out of secondary school, where I got to really appreciate your courage and your strength. The time you and I spent together, my admiration for how you navigated several challenges with grace and poise. How you protected us with your prayers. your devotion to the Holy Family.

"its 12 o'clock- time for the Angelus"

So many memories of you and so many to share.

I can still hear your voice as we recite the Guardian Angel Prayer- Angel of God, our guardian dear...

I wish I had called you more than I did, and visited more than I did. so many things I wish for now.

You are now also an Angel, Grandma.

I love you, I miss you and rest well.

Dr Gregory Akinbowale Lawson.



Posted by Folakemi Brown-Emodi on March 10, 2021
Dear Grannie,
your amazing poise and incredible quiet strength will forever fill my heart. You gave me a glimpse of the type of woman I want to be - full of love for God and her family, beautiful inside and outside, so poised and elegant but with a heart filled with love and strength.

You always reminded me of my Oriki - Ajike. I'm glad you embodied this name as you woke up everyday to "ke" me.

I remember getting £1, £5, £10 and £20 in the post while I was at Cardiff Uni. The joy those envelops brought can not be quantified.

You once taught me to pray - "God, help me to love You and do Your most holy will". It has always stayed with me.

I'm glad you saw me marry my "Omo Ibo" (wink) and met our kids. I'm glad they remember you fondly.

You will be missed.

Folakemi Brown-Emodi (Keke)
Posted by Olumide Lawson on March 10, 2021
Good Night Grannie

“Grannie Ibadan” (as we fondly call you right from our days in Palm Avenue), I thank the lord that we can celebrate your life. The life of an exemplary matriarch. The good fruitful and long life of a grandmother like no other. You have been my pride and joy even from my young age. I remember when my friends are talking about their (mostly illiterate) grandmothers in the villages, I am proudly sharing how my grandmother helped me to revise social studies for Common Entrance.

Thank you for your love, thank you for your care and thank you for your spirit of bringing togetherness to the family. One can’t speak enough of those holidays at Mokola. The rest of us are just having fun and re-connecting. You literally don’t have a moment rest. You are making sleeping arrangements, feeding arrangements, bathing arrangements and of course arrangements for angelus and church and all the wonderful things that make our Mokola holiday memorable for a lifetime. Grannie, you will never be forgotten for all that you are and all that you do.

The Lord says He will satisfy us with Lord life and you have fulfilled that promise. You have shown us the pathway. I pray that we your children and grandchildren will also fulfill that promise- not only in the length of years but also in the number of lives impacted like you did.

Good Night, Grannie. We thank God for a life well spent. Please see hello to Daddy for us

‘Mide Lawson
Posted by adetola oni on March 10, 2021
Mommie Lawson, mama
Mokola, may your gentle soul rest in peace. I remember you for being always so caring and at a point in time, I used to see you almost every week.
Growing up for me was fun spending time with you and my cousins who though were older, always made me feel much love and showed me kindness which I saw as an extension of mommies love.
I remember your house in Lagos as probably being the only place my mum released me to spend vacation.
Now that you have gone, Rest in peace dear mommie.
Posted by Koko Solarin on March 10, 2021
My mother, Mommmmie! I love you so, so, sooo much.

I have always prayed that you will not suffer one day extra, but be taken to God's bosom by God's special angels, at the time in your old age, when you are happiest, with joy in your heart and a smile on your face.

I DID NOT process your posthumous at all. I did not think of the hours, the days, the months, the years after your passing. Passing at 97, I was and I am still in shock!

Feeling like a child, I always needed to go home to 'my village' to see my mom! Whether landing from Abuja, Port Harcourt, or from abroad, within hours, I was always off, home to mom. I thank my brothers, particularly Koe, with whom you lived out your evening years, for tolerating my so frequent show-ups.
Even now, I am refusing to think of the days after! Whao! My village seemed to have just disappeared from the map.

A strong woman of virtue, strict disciplinarian and selflessly loving all her children equally, I learned hard work from you. In those days, in the middle of the nights, you would write your teacher's notes of lessons, bake cakes and even do some sewing. I now also do most of my technical, computer-based work in the middle of the nights when there is hardly any distraction.

I learned to pray from you, especially as you showed me many instances of the efficacy of prayers.

I learned from you, to find excuses for people who might say or do hurtful things. You always gave all to keep the peace in all circumstances and situations.

You took direct care of each and every one of us and even as we advanced in age, you always had good counsel for us. You took direct care of many of our own children (mine was Sade) as you made it convenient for us to drop them off in your care when we needed to. Even as early as when my first born, Folake, was born, you used to leave your Lagos Airport home at 4:00 am, to come to Ijora, only to help me give the child a bath before going to your teaching job in Yaba. Papa Folake used to wonder how you managed it. Mommie, you touched many lives that love you for it. Eulogizing your qualities as a mother, will fill many volumes of a book

Mommie, 97 years on earth, you have gone to rest from your labors which were indeed daunting, but which you pursued gallantly.

Your prayers over us, your children, both biological and non-biological (you had many) have been efficacious. They will continue to be. I miss you, Mommie. I guess I will for a vęęęrrry long time. Adieu dear mother. Rest in Perfect Peace, Mommie.

Your daughter
Patricia Kokovi Solarin.
Posted by Emike Ikhanoba on March 9, 2021
As one of the younger generations, I didn’t have the same experiences as most of my older cousins but the memories I have are still ring true. Almost every holiday was spend in Grandma’s house in Ibadan. Angelus at noon everyday. Going out an playing on the slide outside because TV inside was beyond me .

Grandma taught us the importance of Family, forgiveness and most importantly faith and trust in God. One can not remember her, without her love for the church and she made sure to share that love with everyone around her. She lives on in me and in all those who have been touched by the love, strength, conviction, wisdom, and beauty of her soul.

Love you grandma – You truly were a special, special woman! You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on within us. Thank you for your sacrifices, your care and concern, your love and everything that you have done for me.

Love always
Emike Ikhanoba
Posted by Kemi Adekoya on March 9, 2021
*MUMMY MOKOLA AN EPITOME OF BEAUTY, LOVE & PEACE*

Glory be to Almighty God for a life well spent & the scripture being fulfilled in the life of our loving, peaceful, amiable , precious Aunt & mother that says in
." GEN 15'15 
you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. Also the book of Job 5:26 confirms it
You shall come to your grave in ripe old age, like a sheaf gathered up in its season "

MUMMY MOKOLA you will be greatly missed in so many ways. I can never forget your jokes & your ever peaceful and meek spirit. I never saw you got angry nor lost your cool. The memories of your house at Ikeja Airport where I use to spend holidays, when you made Funmi & I flower girls/ Omo iyawo sister Nadu to Mokola & Christmas celebrations will forever remain. I will genuinely miss my precious oyinbo mummy (black in skin but white in character & behaviour) . 
*GOODNIGHT*
*MAMA RERE SUN RE TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET* &
CONGRATULATIONS TO SIS NADU SIS KOKO , BROS BOEVI, KWE & FUNMI E SE E KU ITOJU MOMI . EHIN WON A TUN BO DARA. OMO RERE A GBEYIN GBOGBO WA LORUKO JESUS 

*DEKEMI ONI- ADEKOYA ( MOMI"S
NIECE)*
Posted by Oshio Ikhanoba on March 9, 2021
When I think of my grandma, the first thing that comes to mind is Family. 
I remember the Christmas holidays, birthday celebrations that we would throw at her place. Those moments were always filled with laughter and joy with my grandma being at the centre of it all, making it all possible.

She was a kind, pious, generous person with a caring nature who looked out for others.

I will always carry these moments with me, Rest in peace ma.
Posted by Olufunso Lawson on March 9, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER IN LAW
I will like to start my tribute by quoting from the book of Ecclestiastes chapter 3 v 1-2.
It reads,"To everything there is a season.
A time for every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to pluck what is planted
Mummy lived well. She was God fearing and very prayerful.

No one likes loosing a loved one no matter how old.
No matter how clear the sky is or better said how bright., there must be some gray. This is reflected when she lost her grown up first son who was my husband. You can imagine the sorrow. She took solace in the word of God as said in Job, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Glory be to His Holy name..I will like to end this tribute by quoting again from the Holy Bible, 11Timothy 4 v 7-8.
"" I have fought the good fight,I have finished the race,I have kept the faith.
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the righteous Judge will give to me on that Day,and not to me only but also to all who has loved His appearing.
Reston Mummy in the bosom of your creator.
Say me well to grandpa and Kunmi too.
Posted by Femi Adio on March 9, 2021
A tribute to Mommie!

Where do I start from?

In my line of work, I have certainly met a lot of strong and accomplished elderly women, and I’ve come to realise that growing old can be so difficult for some people who have been very strong and independent matriarchs.

Mommie, It’s amazing how you embraced old age with pride and contentment and faith. It’s a reassurance for us all that growing old is a blessing and nothing less. You remained strong and thankful to God independent despite your failing sight. When it was the right time, you accepted full time Care. As a dementia specialist, I know it took a toll on you and the family but even in that, your story has made me much more compassionate. I talk about you at work and it always brought comfort to patients and colleagues. Despite your cognitive impairment, you always remembered me as Dr Femi. 

Rewind!
I was too young to remember when I first came to live with you. Apparently you took me with you to Ibadan when I was 3 month to give my mum a breather and stayed with you for several months. My mum told me how you developed a rash on your arm due to constantly carrying me regardless of any house chores or cooking. I don’t know how many grandmothers will do that that’s days.

I remember all the many trips to Ibadan to visit you and at Christmas to meet our cousins. We were always looking forward to it, sleeping late, enjoying the company of uncles and aunties and cousins, there was so much laughter, the delicious dishes; Moi Moi elewe on Saturday mornings, agege bread and ata dindin with fish fillet, pressure cooker beans, some sumptuous yam, I could go on and on. You created a meeting point for us all and memories we will never forget.

Fast forward to1995, I came to university in Ibadan. O what a jo y! Again always looked forward to visiting you at the weekends, being spoilt silly by you and Uncle Koe who always dropped by to see you. I enjoyed just talking with you. You always had a diary or memorabilia of picture or story to share. I enjoyed tidying up for you when I visited and I always got excess transport money back to school.
I was always so proud to tell friends about my very elegant grandma. One of my doctor colleagues was an ex-pupil of Pius the 10th Day care centre. You can’t imagine how proud I was when I discovered that! All my close friends knew you. One even reminded me recently about how she attended your 70th birthday bash! I also recall when you loaned me your 70th birthday lace Iro and Buba to wear to my friends wedding. You didn't mind that it was such an expensive lace for a young girl like me.

When I graduated from med. school you were so proud! We talked honestly and openly about your health which is an inevitable part of growing up.
I remember being so emotional when I came to visit in Apata in 2014.

I’m so happy that My darling husband, Mr Oluwasemowo, met you. We will cherish the picture we took together forever! That was the last time I saw you but you were always in our heart and prayers.

Rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus

From
Dr Mrs Femi OLUWASEMOWO ( nee Adio) 
Posted by Segun Tokuta on March 9, 2021
Iya Nadu Agba, your legacies will live forever in our hearts for those who passed through your tutelage irrespective of whose sons and daughters we were. We are better for it today. May the Angels of God welcome you into the bossom of the Lord. Rest in peace Iya Nadu Agba and God grant the family left behind the fortitude to hear the loss Amen

From: Ayodeji Amusu
Abuja
Posted by Segun Tokuta on March 9, 2021
TRIBUTE TO OUR LOVING GRANDMA. "Indeed for your Faithful, Lord, Life is changed NOT ended.... as an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in Heaven" (Preface for the Dead). We thank God for your beautiful and fulfilled life in Christ. All of us who have the opportunity of relating with you cherish your memories.
The things you did are too numerous to recount. You identified with people in their problems. You were very generous as well as liberal. You always asked of people's welfare.
You were a woman of strong faith and lover of the Church. You used your Treasure, Talent and Time for the glory of God.   Many people benefited from your wealth of experience. You were very good at keeping records.
Grandma, you were not afraid of death, you prepared for this day long ago. You came to the Chancery in 1998 (when I was the Archdiocesan Secretary) to secure a vault for your final resting place.
Mama Lawson, you have fought a good fight and have won the race. My prayer is that God, the Merciful Father, Whom you served here on earth will reward you with His Heavenly Kingdom. Rest in peace grandma!

From:Rev. Fr. Gregory Olusanmi Oyelami, Vicar General, Ibadan Archdiocese.
Posted by Segun Tokuta on March 9, 2021
Tribute to the Beere of Adegbesan dynasty.

It's a beautiful goodbye as the biggest fish in Adegbesan dynasty swims away. Mommi, as she was fondly called by all was a loving & dotting mother to all; nuclear & extended families especially her siblings, my father, late Abiodun Wilson-Adegbesan inclusive who happens to be her only brother. She so loved her brother that she also transferred the love to us, his children. She had fought the good fight & she had finished her race. May Christ grant her the crown which she so desired to get. She will be greatly missed by us all. Sleep on my sweet & loving aunty & mother. Omo onitasin oputubuja, omo agbele pa'se oko mo.

From: Mrs. Ayokunmi Adegbesan Falade.
Your niece.
Posted by Funke Obasa-Soyibo on March 9, 2021
It has become a cliche for people to write ' with gratitude to God for a life well spent ' when a loved one passes.

However for Our Darling Mommiie, It is indeed with gratitude to God for a life well spent !!

Mommie, you lived long and yoi lived well....
You saw not only us your grandchildren but also your great grandchildren.

You were so very soft spoken, and I still have the beautiful memories of the times we visited you back then in Mokola with my lovely Mum.

And I could remember how you would fondly call her 'Bukola' and the 2 of you will go on and on chatting .......

How we used to look forward to the Good Fridays to come for the special freon at yours......

Thank you for all that you did for us......

Continue to rest on in the Bossom of our Lord Jesus christ....

And pls give my Mum all my love....

With love
Funke Obasa Soyibo
Posted by Segun Tokuta on March 9, 2021
“Mummie”

I couldn’t write my life’s story without featuring you in significant portions of it. At the news of your passing, I travelled down memory lane and remembered when I was little, how you would drop-off and pick me up from the day care Center in Yaba when you went to work. I also remember the many years after, when I lived with you in Ibadan whilst I went to school in Government College - all the things that you have taught me to become a better, loving, and humble person. My fondest memory was the day we encountered a snake in the backyard; I was 10yrs old frightened and nervous. You said a prayer, you showed courage, and you overcame the reptile. Such was your power and prominence in my life. You didn’t know this at the time, but you were my heroine!

I've always adored how much you love your family, the Christmases when we all gathered in Mokola. To be honest that has resonated and inspired me to this day.
I wish that I saw you one last time, and I wish I got to say a proper goodbye, but I'm just glad that I got to tell you that I love you the last time I saw you.
I promise to keep your memory in my heart because of how much you've impacted my life. 

Segun Tokuta
Posted by Folarin Solarin on March 6, 2021
Granny...
Mommii

Bernadina Lawson

Undoubtedly the most beautifully elegant name to me, ...
You were so gentle yet so strong. From raising your kids to your grandkids and great grand kids.
They say Christianity is being “Christ like” and I do not know any one more Christ like than you. I’m almost certain you are an angel sent to the world to do good. Perhaps your work here is done and are retired to rest with all the angels or maybe you were so special and have a promotion and have a higher calling with God ... regardless .. I know you are in a better place so all I would say is ........I do love you and I do miss you
Posted by Olumide Adegbesan on March 6, 2021
                                                            Saturday, March 6, 2021
       
Mommii: A Tribute
By Olumide Adegbesan

Death is the inevitable end of all mortals, but when it came calling on our dear Mommii, I knew it must have come fortified. Mommii, you would rather stay under “monastic vows” praying for your family and loved ones.

Mommii, your departure to me marks the end of the “Golden age of the Wilson-Adegbesans”. The import of your statement, “the only son that my only brother has”, however, challenged me to see things from the lens of opportunity rather than a threat.

Thank you for your spoken and unspoken words Mommii. It was a “long goodbye”.

Omo Onitasin oputubuja,
Omo agbenle pase oko mo,
Omo olulu paso boro boro,
Sun re o.
Posted by Sade Solarin on March 5, 2021
'Say your Hail Mary every morning - before you do anything, before you go anywhere, before you eat anything, before you see anyone'. That is what granny said every time she had the chance. She was true to herself and loved us all, the glue holding us all together.

You are truly loved and will be sorely missed.
Rest in Power, Mommie.
Posted by Omolara Akeem-Adesina on March 5, 2021
I admired my grandma for her strengths - very organized, very meticulous, she dated down everything ( pictures , books and even repair works at her house lol) , very determined to overcome any curved ball life threw at her, outstanding clarity of thoughts and hardly ever perturbed.

My well educated and articulate grandma who made me very proud of my heritage and taught me to be strong , independent and hardworking.

I love and admired my grandma very much. Rest in peace ma.

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Olufemi Ogundero on March 18, 2021
Mummie!!! you came fought and conquered with unwavering faith in God. The herald of your inevitable demise came to us of Chief Folarin Solarin family with mixed feeling. A great loss on one hand but a mission well accomplished on the other. You are an epitome of Christ beauty, full of impactful love, discipline, teaching, counseling and caring. Even at your old age, (when the strength was no longer there) you still entertained us with well roasted and preserved crunchy Groundnuts whenever we came visiting. Meaning that you followed the scriptures to the letter. (Hebrew 13 : 2). What an enviable legacy of hospitality. You also left a legacy of Godliness without compromise in the lives of the children. The Solarins and Ogunderos will forever remember you for the privilege of having one of them (Mrs Olabisi Solarin) as our Wife, Mother and Sister who is keeping the flag flying.
Mummie !!! I will personally miss your soft, innocent-like voice and tone that sounds like my ORIKI whenever you called my name.
To all family members without exception, I say Congratulations for it is a Glorious Exit.
Mummie, Adieu till we meet at the bosom of the saviour to part no more.
From:-
Pastor Olufemi Ogundero (a.k.a UNCLE NOS)
For: the Solarins and Ogunderos
Posted by Agbaje Adediji on March 18, 2021
Mama was a good person. Her son and I are childhood friends. I admire mama's way of handling family matters and her business. This made me hand my children to her at her daycare. She was good at taking care of children, giving all to the care and what it takes to the center. That gave me greater assurance that my children care were in berst of hands. More so I was part of the physical development of the building that house the day care center.
Mama was very pleasant to relate with.
May her gentle soul rest is peace.
Posted by Alade Tokuta on March 16, 2021
Chief Mrs. B. O. Lawson

Madam Bernadina Olawunmi, Ever so loving; motherly.

Mummie you are a great inspiration to others you shared your life so willingly, the joy you brought your family remain engrained. Your home was open to everyone and your hospitality made all feel important. You were most loving, humble, compassionate, understanding, family-oriented woman.

For this loving mother and all the other mothers who loved their children selflessly, and with all their heart, thank you. We call Heaven so beautiful - because it has you.

Though we miss you we know you are with Jesus and those who have gone on before. Thank you for being a great Mum!! Your memories remain the life's only solace.

Prof. Alade Tokuta
on behalf of the
Tokuta Family
her Life

A Star is Born

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.( Ephesians 2:10 ).

Chief (Mrs) Bernadina Olawunmi Lawson was born on Thursday, 16th August 1923 in Itasin and was the eldest child to Sir Anthony Bolaji Wilson Adegbesan and Lady Elizabeth Wilson Adegbesan of Itasin Mobi in Ijebu East Local Government. Bernadina Olawunmi Lawson had three siblings, Mrs Cyprian Oni, Otunba Abiodun Adegbesan and Mrs Bukola Obasa.Her father was an accomplished Entomologist and Agriculturist he became one of the first Knights of Saint Gregory (KSG) in West Africa. Bernadina was honoured in her hometown with the chieftaincy title of ‘Iyalode Yeye Oba of Itasin Mobi’.

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within” – Maya Angelou.


EARLY LIFE

Bernadina Olawunmi spent her early life with her parents in Itasin before the family settled in Ibadan where she would spend the greater part of her formative years and primary education. She was regarded as a clever and articulate child who would grow up to serve her responsibilities as first-born child and was adorably loved by both parents. A close confidant of her farther, she was known to have experienced many adventures with him.
Bernadina Olawunmi excelled in her academics and proceeded to the St Agnes Teacher’s Training College, Yaba, Lagos where she was educated between 1st January 1939 and 31 December 1941 and subsequently, successfully completed and obtained the Teachers Training Certificate to become a teacher at the young age of 18.

MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE

Bernadina Olawunmi met and fell in love with, and married a dashing, handsome young man, Mr. Pius Akibowale Latte Lawson of Lagos ancestry on the 4th of April 1945 and they went on to have six children.

Mr Anthony Akinkunmi (son, Deceased) and Mrs Funsho Lawson

Mrs Benedicta Adeola Nadu (daughter) and Mr. Sola Adio

Mrs Patricia Olabisi Koko (daughter) and Otunba Folarin Solarin.

Mr. Francis Akingbade Boevi (son) and Mrs Motunde Lawson

Mr. Joseph Olusola Latte-Koe (son) and Mrs Olayemi Lawson and

Mrs. Mary-Anne Olufunmilayo (daughter) and Mr John Ikhanoba.
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Shared by Toyin Tokuta on March 9, 2021
Mummi as she was fondly called was a very pleasant, peaceful and beautiful woman in and out. She was love personified.. My memories of her was when I was was younger in the early 70's and i used to spend Xmas and part of my summer vacation at the Lawson's Airport quaters home in Ikeja. That was one place I loved visiting and felt comfortable and happy. Mummy live long and lived well! I pray God to grant her eternal rest. May her memory be a blessing. Amen!