ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Catherine Njoka, 58 years old, born on March 2, 1963, and passed away on March 30, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Imma Ochieng on March 30, 2021
Dear Catherine, I was amazed by your deep spirituality, faith and trust in Jesus. You always shared your breakthroughs in your Christian life. I believe you are home at last in eternal bliss. Pray for conversion of souls this Holy Week. Rest in the Peace of the Lord.
Posted by Vicki Mwangi on March 30, 2021
Catherine, there are no words to express what I feel right now. No words to describe you and what you were to many people. Your love, infectious laughter, warm hugs, words of wisdom and encouragement are just a few of the beautiful things I remember about you. Thank you my prayer partner for reminding me always that nothing was too trivial or too large to take to God. May the Lord comfort your Husband, Children and Grandchildren. It is well mum. Rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Stephanie Njuguna on March 30, 2021
Forever grateful to God for having blessed me with the gift of Aunty Timmy and all the years I got to experience her joyous, loving spirit. You were God's child- known to Him even before you were in your mother's womb-and the Lord has now taken His child back home, to a paradise much more peaceful than we could ever imagine. Love now and always
Posted by Bernice Njoki on March 30, 2021
My mwiru, it's so hard for me to tell bye, to me you are more than a sister. You welcomed me in the family and held my hand all through. I know I have an angel in heaven now and I believe that you will continue praying for us. I loved you so much and will love you more forever. Shine on your way darling.
Posted by Kelvin Muigai on March 30, 2021
Sad indeed rest easy Timmy till we meet again
Posted by Mary Kagwanja on March 30, 2021
Mrs Njoka.I can't believe you are no more. Rip my dear friend and cousin. Forever will miss you mum.
Posted by Lawrence Karoki on March 30, 2021
Rest well Auntie Timmy,

A beautiful soul, full of love and faith, ascended to heaven, away from us, but closer to God, leaving loneliness and sadness. Still sounds like a dream to many of us but we have to accept what the Lord has done.

Rest in eternal peace .
Posted by Gladys Nyambura on March 30, 2021
Auntie you had the kindest heart. God has picked the best. Rest in peace dear one. We will forever miss you.
Posted by Eric Warui on March 30, 2021
Rest well Auntie. I still can't believe you're gone, we just spoke on the phone a few days ago. Little did I know we wouldn't speak again. When we spoke, despite your ailment, you were not afraid or dismayed, your faith was unshaken. That is the strong & Godly woman I shall remember as.

You were like a second Mother to me. You were a great listener. You were patient & understanding & listened without judgment. You consoled & advised me during my troubled moments. Your warm & jovial disposition shall be dearly missed by your grand child Nathan, his mother Mercy & I. You have fought the fight & finished the race. May God grant you rest.
Posted by erica mwololo on March 30, 2021
How can I call her'late'? Late for what? But that's the truth, now. Catherine is no more. Catherine was in charge of the secretariat to the panel that interviewed me for a job at Ku, 1994! From her hyphenated name, Lubembe - Njoka, I knew she had roots in Kakamega. She was all but kind, pleasant and as she escorted me out of the room, she told me, 'the job is yours, go and wait for your appointment letter.
The letter came after 2yrs and when I reported for duty on some date in January 1996,she received me well.
We struck a friendship, worked well and switched over in offices like parts of a jig saw puzzle. We enrolled for our masters and graduated together. We have crossed rivers and climbed hills. She has walked me through tough times. I have lost a sister and friend. An anchor. RIP Catherine.
Posted by alice muhandick on March 30, 2021
Madam, you mean you were to go ?It is very unbelievable.I remember trying to call you and your phone went unanswered little did i know that was the last time i was calling your phone. We've worked together for many years and you kept reffering me as your "P.A" and whenever anyone came to your office you would tell the visitor this is my " P.A" Alice Muhandick. I remember during your birthday i was not remembering the date then i remembered a day later and i called you and you told me "haisemangwi siku hizi tumekuwa wazee ", and we laughed about it oh no !Madam till we meet again rest well.
Posted by Joyce Karanja on March 30, 2021
Catherine,
You were more than a boss to me . You have mentored me to whom i am today. Often colleagues have nick named me" Njoka Jr.". You have loved me as your own, given me all without reservation. And as you would tell me, you have finished your work. Truly , you have fought a good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. We will always miss you. RIP MUM.
Posted by Kamau Charles Wairuri on March 30, 2021
Mum, you are the best human I have known.. Its still a shock to no you are no longer with us and resting well.. I just remember the video call we had few days ago.. I didn't know it was the last one. Your warmth, care and the beautiful smile and kind words lives on. Always greatful for always been there for all of us... Till we meet again, rest well Aunt Timmie..

Cheers Cucu nice as Malaika fondly refers to you. Till we meet again

Regards Zuri, Malaika, Jeremy, Rhoda and Charuthi...
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Posted by Wambui Njoroge on April 6, 2021
TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MRS. CATHERINE T LUBEMBE-NJOKA FROM THE EXAMINATION ADMINISTRATION SECTION
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30th March 2021 was a dark, dark day for the team in Exams Admin as it must have been for all those who knew and loved Mrs Njoka, or as we fondly called her ‘Madam.”
With every day since then, God has eased the pain, confusion and emptiness that came with her passing.
Today, we join hands with all who mourn her - to celebrate a life truly well lived. We were privileged to know her, work under her and alongside her, 5 days a week for many years.
She forged deep and rich relationships with us, even as she touched each life differently. When we met to remember her, this is part of all what the team members had to say:
‘We will forever cherish the beautiful moments we shared. Mrs. Njoka appreciated hard work and ensured that we celebrated our success as a team. Who can forget the sweet cakes she brought to celebrate at the end of every exam period, and- sometimes for no reason at all – if only just to get us together for fellowship and prayer and not to forget – laughter?
We remember her firmness and her desire for excellence – how she made us repeat a task until it was well done. She demanded the best of us as individuals and as a team. She saw potential and pushed each of us to grow in our areas of gifting. We did not always measure up to her expectations of us…and when we failed to, she was quick to correct, never shying away from controversy, but steering us back in the right direction with so much love.
We will miss her easy way with us, and how she made a bad day better by listening to our venting and our varied problems. She noticed if some one was sad and out of sorts and would gently call them out for some time alone with her. After listening, she would say ‘God will make a way.’ And then she made sure that she followed up after some time, just to know we were doing better. No problem was too big or small, no person more important than others. Everyone mattered to her. When alone with her, she made you feel like you were the most important person in the world.
She had little nick names for most of us – There was some one she called ‘Director’, another ‘Governor…yet another ’Operations Manager. She knew what each one was about and what made us unique. It is this uniqueness that she gave a name, and in many ways, that name defined the path down which she steered each one….
In our Section, sometimes work overwhelms, stress sets in and relationships are strained. Tempers flare and people are short with each other. In moments like this in the years gone by, Madam would walk into a room and within seconds, everyone was laughing. Oh how she knew how to ease tension and encourage the team to focus on results!
Oh how she knew how to make us laugh at ourselves when we made silly mistakes, forgive ourselves and then move on!
Oh how she made each one of us feel special and loved – weaknesses, warts and all not withstanding!
Oh how she emptied herself and passed on everything she knew to us – she has left us well equipped as a team and individually to carry on and build on the firm foundation she laid!
Oh how she delegated with ease, trusting us to make decisions and backing us up when we did – and how confident she has left us to make firm decisions without fear!
Oh how she fought for her team whenever she needed to, without apology – and how we celebrate the doors she opened for us that will forever stay open!
This we will miss most of all…..
At the end of the day, she would gather her bags and stand at the office entrance and ask, “My people….permission to fall out?”
And we would say ‘Permission Granted!”
Had she asked to fall out as she did on 30th March 2021, our answer would have been a resounding ‘Permission Not Granted.’
But we acknowledge that God is Sovereign and His will always comes to pass. He willed to call her home and so we accept her passing with pain and hope, because we know we will see her again.
To her family and friends, we grieve with you. Thank you for lending her to us 9 hours every working day for that last few decades. Our prayer is that when we sent her back to you every evening, that she was encouraged, built up and filled with expectation for the next day!
We share the words of a Poem by Linda Ellis
“I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on the tombstone, from the beginning...to the end

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars...the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard: are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real
And always try to understand the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,
Remembering this special dash might only last a little while,
So, when your eulogy is being read with your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash?”

For our beloved Madam, we know without a doubt that she would be proud of what all those who knew and loved her have been sharing about how she spent her dash – those 58 years between her birth and death.

May God grant her soul eternal peace and may she shine, sing and dance with the angels.
She has fought the good fight and finished her race! Glory be to God!
Posted by Peter Karogi on April 6, 2021
Timmie though physically gone forever you remain in our hearts. You made our stay in chandigarh worthy living. You were a strong member of our theatre group (Kenya Theatre Group 83). Death is a bad reaper it quite often reaps the unripe fruits. Timmie you were not ripe for death. Rest in Peace
Posted by Rufus Kanyuira on April 5, 2021
Aunty Timmy,
You helped me fasttrack my clearance at KU. You helped me with missing marks. We spent time in your office. I will never forget you.

Thank you for your warm hugs. Thank you for lighting our family events. It will never be the same.

I am glad to learn you were a mother to many. You were truly a gift to humanity. You loved so genuinely and truly you were loved back.

I don't know how to say goodbye. I will miss you. I will miss you. Rest in peace. I love you.
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Shared by Cheryl Ayuma on March 30, 2021
I’m speechless I have no words whatsoever why did you have to leave so soon ? Just  the other day I was at your office and we laughed so hard because you were telling me how big I have become little did I know it was my last day with you .My curriculum vitae will have to change since you were one of my referees who will replace you? It’s  so hard for me thank  you for the advices you gave me for all the good times we spent together I’ll miss having lunch with you like we always did whenever we wanted to catch up you were a friend to me and more so my mentor. Rest In Peace I’ll forever miss you.