Let the memory of Esther be with us forever
  • 68 years old
  • Born on December 29, 1947 in Ghana.
  • Passed away on October 8, 2016 in United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Esther Monu, 68, born on December 29, 1947 and passed away on October 8, 2016. We will remember her forever.

Esther Monu Orbituary

Thursday Oct, 28, 2016

* 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Visitation at James Funeral Home.

10520 Arahova Drive
HuntersvilleNC 28078
(704) 584-9004

* 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Reception
13314 Rebecca Run Dr
Charlotte, NC 28269

* 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Service of Songs & prayers.

Friday Oct, 28, 2016

* 11:00 AM -Funeral mass  at St. Mark Catholic Church

14740 Stumptown Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
 (704) 948-0231

* The burial following the funeral mass will be at Northlake Memorial.

11001 Alexanderana Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 584-9004

* 2:00 PM Lunch
19000 Jetton Rd, Cornelius, NC 28031

Hotels for visitation and burial

Comfort Suites Lake Norman - Huntersville
14510 Boulder Park Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-6220
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Posted by Richard Monu on 29th December 2017
Today would have marked your seventieth birthday, but it was not meant to be. Our second holiday season without you is almost over, but the memory of you endures long after your departure. We all miss you everyday, but we are reassured that you are patiently preparing for when we meet again. Happy Birthday Mum!!!!
Posted by Richard Monu on 12th October 2017
We had the one year anniversary of your recall to the lord. As painful as your passing has been to all of us. We are all comforted in that you are with God your creator, and it is giving us the courage to carry on with life. I try to do a decent job of looking after Uche everyday. I miss you everyday, but I will see you again.
Posted by Roselyne Van-Ess Sherman on 12th October 2017
Aunty Esther, It's a year already since you left your beautiful family. You are the light that always shines; you are the flower that is always in bloom and the rainbow in the sky. Your memory is forever with us. May you rest peacefully in God's Bosom! Roselyne & Family
Posted by Austin Monu on 11th October 2017
I cannot believe it is already one year since your recall to heaven. You are always with me in everything I do. How can I forget you after you made my life so pleasant and worthwhile. My conviction that you are in heaven with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ has sustained me and given me courage to move on. I know you are watching over us and interceding with God the father, for us your children and your husband. I still need your calm encouragement and support to continue my journey here on earth and to complete the mission assigned to me by our creator. I keenly look forward to that day when we will meet again in heaven and there will be no more separation. Rest in perfect peace my dear Esther while you wait for that glorious day when we will meet again in God's kingdom to be together for eternity. On this first anniversary of your recall to heaven, with total submission to the will of God, we glorify God and thank him for the wonderful gift you were to us.We were resolved to shed no tears, but it was just too difficult to keep our eyes dry. Glory and thanks be to God for the blessings you brought to our lives.
Posted by Brian Ojibe on 9th October 2017
Esther Lives! She was a very kind, compassionate, funny and fine lady. We thank God for her fruitful life and the opportunity of this anniversary, to honor her life. May God continue to bless and protect her soul in Jesus name, Amen! Brian Ojibe Atlanta.
Posted by Angela A. Okolo on 9th October 2017
Gone too soon Your memory will remain evergreen, it was just like yesterday but it is now one year.you will be fondly remembered by all the good deeds you did. The God of all consolation is certainly with Chike and the children. Chike take consolation and keep up your faith because you know that God is with you and has not left you to weather it all by yourself. He is your great provider and is always there for you. With love from Anene
Posted by Charles A Doubane on 8th October 2017
L'An 1 de la disparition de votre épouse m'offre l'occasion d'être plus proche de vous en ce moment de douloureux souvenir. Vous n'êtes pas seul.Pieuse pensée. Charles Armel Doubane, Bangui RCA
Posted by Konan Bienvenu Franck on 8th October 2017
Posted by Angela A. Okolo on 8th October 2017
Though it is one year since you are gone, You are missed!You are fondly remembered by all the good deeds you have done! You will be forever missed but our hope, faith and believe is in God the giver of all good things, the God of consolation will always provide the strength to Chike and the children. Chike be of good courage for God is with you and will never abandon you. Love from Anene
Posted by Beda ANGUI on 23rd January 2017
C'est avec grande peine que j'apprends le décès de Mme MONU. Que son âme repose en paix et qu'elle soit dans le paradis. Enfin mes condoléances à mon ami Austin et sa famille. Que Dieu les garde.
Posted by Busulwa Kayongo on 3rd January 2017
It is quite a surprise to me to learn of the passing of our beloved sister Esther. May the Lord keep her soul in eternal peace. We pray that the family remains strong in the coming months and years. Joseph
Posted by Letty Sery on 30th December 2016
Aunty Esther, continue to rest in peace. You are greatly missed on your birthday today.
Posted by Austin Monu on 29th December 2016
My dear Esther, we would have been celebrating your earthly birthday today together. We, your husband and your children do celebrate here on earth as you celebrate there in heaven, an earthly life well lived. You were just too good to continue staying here on earth with us. You just had to go to where you belong. You left saintly footprints of your passage here on earth. As you celebrate with your fellow saints and the angels of the most high, I am singing for you a happy birthday song. Happy birthday to you my blessing. I miss you dearly, but I am comforted by the knowledge that you are in a better place from where you continue to be our maama always.
Posted by Alexander Omene on 29th December 2016
Aunty Esther is remembered today as ever. It would have been great to hear her gentle calm voice on the phone on this special day of her birth but it wasn't to be. Our God is however, all knowing and we believe His word that where she is, is more glorious than words can describe. That is our consolation and should be for our dear Brother Chike and children. We love you. Shalom! Alex & Pat Omene.
Posted by Amabel Ndiaye on 29th December 2016
My dear Sister, May today be particularly peaceful as you rest eternally in the bossom of our Lord. We miss you much.
Posted by Richard Monu on 29th December 2016
Happy Birthday Mum, your departure still feels raw.
Posted by Michael Monu on 29th December 2016
Happy birthday mum! Missing you everyday.
Posted by Edith Walson on 29th December 2016
May you gentle soul continue to Rest In Peace as you celebrate you Birthday with the Angels in Heaven
Posted by L M on 15th November 2016
My heart felt condolences to the family and friends of Esther Monu.know that God close to those who are broken-hearted,(psalms 34:18)and may your all find peace and comfort in his promises at (John 5:2829) which says "all those in the memorial tomb will here his voice and come out " and Rev 21:3,4)" He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore the former things have passed away ".May these scriptures help to strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ ransom sacrifice which is our guarantee that our dear loved ones are held in gods memory and very soon we will see them again.
Posted by Sandrine KOUAME-AMANI on 1st November 2016
Very dear Auntie Esther, Thank you for having hosted me in Tunis, in Charlotte, NC and especially during your last visit in Abidjan in December 2015. Being unaware that you had already departed to the Lord, on Saturday, October 8th, I first left you a voice message and later called Dr. Monu to talk and send you my regards… Though you are going to be missed, I will do my best to remember your kindness and high level of discretion. Very dear Dr. Monu, Uche, Emeka, Obi, Chike and Brice, Her presence was undoubtedly unique in your lives. Knowing that the Lord does know each one of you, I trust He will sustain each one of you accordingly. My kindest regards, Sandrine.
Posted by Aminata Thiam Niang on 27th October 2016
Dear Austin, children and family members, Through these words, We (Mamadou, Aminata, Papi and Momo) express our deepest sympathy for the loss of our dearest and beloved Esther. We might never be able to fill the gap and feeling of emptiness she leaves behind however, be sure our hearts and prayers are always with you. We believe that her beautiful soul is forever guiding and watching over us. With love, your Senegalese family.
Posted by Kouekado Dopeu on 26th October 2016
Dear Maman Ester, Today you are deeply missed by those you cared for all your life: your family, your friends, and those ones like me and my family you spontaneously adopted without even knowing us the day before. Now that you are a Star in the sky, may the Lord who adopted you care for you and your loved ones. Rest In Peace Tata.
Posted by Priscilla Monu on 26th October 2016
Esther you are a gentle giant, peaceful and full of love. I thank God for haven met you Gone too soon!!!! but God knows the best. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace Love Always Priscilla
Posted by Justine Coffi on 26th October 2016
Maman Monu , tu étais une femme remarquable par Ta simplicité , ton humilitè ton amour spontané pour Autrui. Dieu te le rendra au centuple . Les mots me manquent tout simplement repose en Paix et que la terre te soit légère Condoléances à toute la famille Monu.
Posted by Justine Coffi on 26th October 2016
Maman Monu , tu étais une femme remarquable par Ta simplicité , ton humilitè ton amour spontané pour Autrui. Dieu te le rendra au centuple . Les mots me manquent tout simplement repose en Paix et que la terre te soit légère Condoléances à toute la famille Monu.
Posted by Bernadette Anukem on 26th October 2016
To my darling wife, The value of a woman should be seen in what she gives and not what she receives. Esther gave so much love to everybody, we never expected you will go so soon but God has a reason. We love you Esther but God loves you the most. May you continue to sleep in heavenly peace......Amen
Posted by Jeannette Kouassi on 25th October 2016
You are remembered as the embodiment of peace, kindness and selfless generosity.You imparted lives around you and brought out the best in them regardless of who they were. Tata Esther, my biggest regret is to have postponed visiting you earlier, not knowing that you would embark on such a sudden journey... In your memory,I will keep the flame uncle Monu and you ignited in me burning, until we meet again. Until then Tata, may your beautiful soul rest in perfect peace in The Lord..
Posted by Konjit Wossenu on 25th October 2016
"To Dr. Monu and Family, Sorry for the loss of Esther Monu. My deepest condolences to all. May she rest in peace. Konjit
Posted by Alexander Omene on 24th October 2016
TRIBUTE TO AUNTY ESTHER BY PAT(SISTER-IN-LAW) & ALEX OMENE Aunty Esther, we would have loved you to live much much longer so we could continue to enjoy your warm, friendly, loving and peaceful companionship but God in His infinite wisdom and understanding, knew better. We can only accept His will without questioning. Our consolation is that you left very profound loving memories in our hearts and indeed in those of all who had the privilege of meeting and/or knowing you. Much more, we are comforted by the assurance of your eternal rest in our Lord's bosom. We pray especially for God to comfort brother Chike and the children and fill the vacuum you left in a way He alone can. Adieu Aunty Esther even as we look forward to the Marriage Supper of The Lamb by His grace, when we all meet to part no more.
Posted by Clementine Iweh on 22nd October 2016
A poem for a dear friend If the illness had any idea what beauty laid within your soul I can promise it would have seen the glow I saw it the moment we became friend You will always remain same in my heart till the time ends Silence began a moment ago
Posted by Maggy Blain on 21st October 2016
Tantie Esther, Je n’ai malheureusement pas eu l’occasion de te rencontrer au cours de ta maladie, mais Ange et le Docteur Monu me tenaient au courant des traitements, des progrès, de leur espoir pour ton rétablissement. Ils étaient réconfortés par ton courage. Malgré ta souffrance, tu avais le souci de ne pas trop déranger. Tu as maintenu jusqu’à la fin tes qualités d’épouse, de mère, d’amie et d’humble servante du Seigneur qui demeureront dans la mémoire de tous ceux qui t’ont connue. Dieu a décidé qu’il était temps de te récompenser pour l’amour, le dévouement que tu avais toujours à l’égard des autres, qu’il était temps que tu viennes réclamer la couronne de gloire qu’il avait préparée à ton intention et que tu as méritée jusqu’au bout. Nous sommes tristes de ton départ, mais nous savons que le Christ t’a accueillie avec ces mots « Venez, vous qui êtes bénie de mon père ; prenez possession du royaume qui vous a été préparé dès la fondation du monde » (Mathieu 25, 34). Nous garderons ces paroles en mémoire, pour nous consoler de ton absence. Ce n’est qu’un au revoir. Maggy
Posted by Mary Willis on 21st October 2016
Although I had the pleasure of only meeting Esther once at her son's wedding in TN, her genuine kindness and warmth permeated throughout. I am very sorry to learn of her passing and my condolence to Austin and all the family. I pray that GOD continue to strengthen the family. Esther's love for each of you will remain in your hearts forever. GOD BLESS
Posted by Brian Ojibe on 21st October 2016
Ole Boy, Na waa! Am confused!! After attending the beautiful surprise birthday party for you at Charlotte, NC, which Esther had organized and kept secret from you, i would spend some more time again with her at our airport in ATL during her connecting flight to Rochester,NY. Little did I know that that was the last time i would see her again. It was disheartening to learn about her struggles with her illness and rather shocking to hear the news of her passing. Esther will be missed greatly because she was one of a kind, but i thank God for the privilege of knowing her and being one of her numerous friends. May her gentle soul have eternal peace as she returns to her creator, And may God give us she has left behind, the fortitude to bear her absence. God bless and guide you Austin, Brian Ojibe
Posted by Bernice Attimu on 20th October 2016
Esther, we loved you but the good Lord loves you more. you have only gone ahead and we shall surely meet you with the Lord whom we trust with all our hearts. Mrs Bernice, Rev Attimu and family
Posted by Fiagbe Bodza-Lumor on 20th October 2016
You are such a big hearted, caring and loving sister. How can it be that I have missed you forever so soon. I am reassured that you are resting in the Lord's bosom. Courage! Austin, Uche, Emeka, Obi, Chike Fiagbe Bodza-Lumor
Posted by EUGENE ATTOUBE on 20th October 2016
You've touched so many lives with your great personality( Loving, kind, nurtured, above all meek and selfless). Our hearts are saddened by your unexpected departure to our LORD. However we are comforted knowing that you are in Heaven preparing the way for us as PAPA keep saying. You will always be remembered. May your soul rest in peace Maman!
Posted by Louis Toh on 19th October 2016
I have known the Monu family for almost 8 years but it has been one of the best family I have ever met. Maman Esther was such a loving, caring and truthful person in every sense. My family and like many other s people who had the privilege of encountering will miss your dearly. Rest in Peace. Toh Family.
Posted by Angela A. Okolo on 19th October 2016
This tribute was added by Professor Angela Anene Okolo Little did I know that seeing you in Rochester last May was for the last. I Never believed because I still expected to see you in Charlotte when I visit this October! It was like a Bad dream to receive the news from Chike’s message. I still have memories of the gentle, calm and smiling Esther that you were; you were charitable and generous, “Nnee’s” “Eester” who would answer my grand ma in her soft voice and smile as she would call out to her “Eester”! “yes Nnee”. You related with all, accepted them and touched them by your gentle ways. You are gone and your memory will remain ever green but Gods knows best, he answers prayers and has prepared the strength for Chike and the children to cope. You are missed but fondly remembered. May your gentle soul rest in peace. Eternal rest grant unto her O lord and let perpetual light shine upon her, may the soul of Esther and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace Amen
Posted by Angela A. Okolo on 19th October 2016
This tribute was added by Professor Angela Anene Okolo Little did I know that seeing you in Rochester last May was for the last. I Never believed because I still expected to see you in Charlotte when I visit this October! It was like a Bad dream to receive the news from Chike’s message. I still have memories of the gentle, calm and smiling Esther that you were; you were charitable and generous, “Nnee’s” “Eester” who would answer my grand ma in her soft voice and smile as she would call out to her “Eester”! “yes Nnee”. You related with all, accepted them and touched them by your gentle ways. You are gone and your memory will remain ever green but Gods knows best, he answers prayers and has prepared the strength for Chike and the children to cope. You are missed but fondly remembered. May your gentle soul rest in peace. Eternal rest grant unto her O lord and let perpetual light shine upon her, may the soul of Esther and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace Amen
Posted by Laverne Powell on 19th October 2016
May your family find comfort in Rev 21:3,4 doing this time of bereavement
Posted by Nanette Kadi-Edodo on 18th October 2016
Dear Mrs. Monu We never met but your kindness was felt thousands of miles away. The hospitality and warmth you showed to my family will never be forgotten. Your gentle spirit lives on in the memories you have left with us. I pray that your wonderful husband and family will be comforted by the Spirit of God. Love and Peace be with you all.
Posted by Alejandra Sookraj on 18th October 2016
Dear Dr. Monu, Our deepest condolences on the passing of your loved one. May you and your family be guided by the wonderful memories shared with this beautiful soul. She may be gone but her legacy may never be forgotten. Be strong. Rabin and Alejandra Sookraj.
Posted by Ange Konan on 18th October 2016
A tantie Esther, Epouse bien aimée de mon papa Austin Monu, Femme simple, femme au coeur plein d'amour pour les autres, Femme d'une grande connaissance, car tu étais dévoreuse de livres à tel point que je disais aux gens que tu pouvais vivre seule sur une île, à condition qu'on te donne des livres! Tu as contribué, avec papa Austin Monu, à mon éducation et à ce que je suis aujourd'hui. Merci d'avoir accepté Eugène (Asso) pour qui tu fus une mère... Pour ceux qui ne le savent pas, nous avons été très proches, voire complices, ces dernières années; Je n'oublierai pas nos conversations, tes encouragements pour mes études, tes anecdotes relatives à la galanterie de papa au début de votre mariage Tu me conseillais de profiter de celle de Emmanuel lorsque je te racontais sa galanterie; Nous en rions lorsque tu me racontais tes faits et gestes de papa qui t'accompagnait au marché... Merci de tes sages conseils pour réussir mon mariage quand je me confiais à toi. Tu étais toujours en admiration de ce que je t'envoyais, parce que je savais choisir la carte appropriée ou les mots qui correspondaient à ton goût! Tu admirais ma plume, en me disant que j'écrivais bien, comme papa Konan Henri... Mais là, tantie, je suis à court de mots, d'inspiration pour cet hommage! Peut être parce que tu ne pourras pas le lire sur terre, pour me dire que c'est beau ce que je t'ai envoyé... Les mots se mélangent et se bousculent dans mon esprit, pour dire combien je me sens privilégiée d'avoir partagé avec toi tes derniers instants sur terre! Du voyage que j'ai effectué à Rochester, chez tonton John et tantie Rose, pour te rendre visite au début de ta maladie, à ton séjour chez nous, à New York, pour tes dernier traitements... Je me souviendrai toujours de ton courage et de ton stoïcisme face au cancer, ce qui, parfois, nous faisait oublier la souffrance que tu endurais certainement. Malgré ton état, tu avais toujours la pensée et le souci pour les autres! Tes mots étaient désolée de Tu ne cessais de dire merci et surtout de me demander de dire merci à papa qui se fatiguait beaucoup (pour utiliser tes mots) pour toi! Et moi qui te disais qu'il ne faisait que jouer son rôle. Mais, en bon mari attentionné, il a joué plus que son rôle, et je peux en témoigner! Je le revois faire les magasins pour te chercher l'aliment approprié; aller dans toutes les églises pour prier pour un miracle! Si cela était possible, il aurait donner sa propre vie pour te voir en vie... Mais hélas, le Seigneur en a décidé autrement. Tantie, la belle image que nous gardons, Emmanuel et moi, de tes derniers instants est l'honneur que tu nous a fait en portant la robe africaine que nous t'avons choisie! Tu nous as dit que tu l'as portée spécialement pour nous puisque tu quittais NY le lendemain! Ce lendemain de ton départ de chez mon amie Mimi a été une scène douloureuse, et tes mots "mille, mille, mille mercis" à Mimi résonnent encore à mes oreilles! A l'aéroport, je t'avais promis que nous viendrons Mimi et moi te voir pour passer la Thanksgiving... Ta réponse n'était pas très convaincante! Comme si tu savais que tu ne serais pas au RDV! Tantie, le cancer a eu raison de toi, mais la victoire est tienne, car nous te savons dans les cieux auprès de notre Seigneur d'où tu continueras de veiller sur papa et nous tous tes enfants. Que ton âme repose en paix! #eternelgratitude Ange Konan-Ngoran
Posted by Brice Kra on 18th October 2016
Bonjour Tonton Monu, C'est avec une profonde douleur qui m'anime à l'annonce du décès de votre chère épouse, par Ange Konan. Devant cette tragique disparition, nous prions Dieu Tout-Puissant pour qu'il l'accueille auprès de lui et qu'il te réconforte ainsi que toute la famille. Brice Kra, depuis Abidjan
Posted by Gifty Avorkliyah on 18th October 2016
I am deeply saddened by this awful news. Let's take heed of the words of Job 1:21 " The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." May her soul rest in perfect peace. My prayers are with the Monu family.
Posted by Erica Hatcher on 18th October 2016
Dear Austin Monu Jr. & family, I am at a loss for adequate words to express my sadness for you and your family. I had the blessed opportunity of meeting your mom and I know heaven just received one of the most special angels. You are a reflection of your mom in the way your treat people with respect and empathy. Not to mention the way you make each person feel loved. I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you and your family in prayer. Sincerely, Erica
Posted by Isioma Ubosi on 17th October 2016
Aunty Esther, Aunty, when I got to know you were ill … truth, I just couldn’t get myself round to calling. What was I going to say, ask? I thought it best to stay in a false world of temporal unreality, preferring to stay with memories of the last time we spoke which was earlier on in the year. Your ever bubbling voice, the laughter, joy and peace you always radiated. I remember my first holiday to the Ivory Coast, your genuine warmth, counsel, cooking and total demeanour. Indeed you were a true example of a good wife & Mother, you remained that throughout the years. Faithful, steadfast, reliable, loving you were to the boys and my Uncle. It’s hard … I tear up as I write. Ps 116: 15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Yes, in my eyes that was what you were. I take consolation in the fact that the good Lord giveth and he has taken his own, after all this earth is His and its fullness thereof. May He grant Uncle Chike, Uche, Emeka, Obi & Chike Jr the fortitude to bear this loss. Rest in Peace, Aunty. All my love. Always. Isioma Ubosi.
Posted by Rosemary Anku on 17th October 2016
Auntie Esther, ... I still remember our conversation as I drove you home after church when you were in Abidjan the last time ... Thank you for being there for us! We love you; we will forever miss your warm hospitality and smiles. Auntie, may your soul rest in perfect peace !!! Tonton Austin, Obi et les gars -- mes sincères condolences et bon courage! Que Dieu vous garde. Rosemary & Sika
Posted by Samuel Monu on 17th October 2016
''Tribute to our late dear wife, Mrs. Esther Evakpom Monu, by the Obi Monu (4th Asagba of Asaba) family. Life on earth is ephemeral, one day we are here, the next we are not - gone to answer the irresistible call of the 'distant drum'. Esther you were indeed a candle in the wind. In life, you were a woman of immense virtue, a loving wife and mother - kind, gentle and accomodating. Alas, like the candle in the wind must surely go out, so have you departed from this mortal realm to another, where peace, love and harmony reign. You have left a vacuum no one can replace and indeed, we are sored from the pain of your departure. We are however consoled by the fact that someday we will all be re-united, never to part again. Till then, Esther,sleep on in the bosom of our Lord as we pray for strenght and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Adieu Esther. H.C. Monu - Diokpa''
Posted by Oby Monu on 17th October 2016
Aunty, It’s hard writing this in past tense….you embodied patience, kindness, gentleness, humility and strength ever so effortlessly, in your soft spoken, ever caring way. You remained the same from the first time I met you as a little 9-10 year old in Ivory Coast till here in the US in my adult age. Your patience and humility in ALL you did never ceased to amaze me. No situation ever ruffled your feathers….I am honored and blessed to have had the privilege to know you. Till we meet again…. Love Always, Oby

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