ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Eugenia De Guzman (Switie). We will remember her forever.
Posted by Naomi Njuno on April 9, 2021
My deepest condolences to Eugenia's family, may peace and comfort surround you.

Rest in perfect peace Switie - you will be truly missed.
Posted by Roselyne Kiarie on April 8, 2021
Remember Me

Remember me when flowers bloom
Early in the spring
Remember me on sunny days
In the fun that summer brings

Remember me in the fall
As you walk through the leaves of gold
And in the wintertime - remember me
in the stories that are told

But most of all remember
Each day - right from the start
I will be forever near
For i live within your hearts

Posted by Patrick Mukhalason on April 7, 2021
A wonderful lady without borders who said what she said,did what she said and meant what she said in the fewest words possible. May the mighty Lord rest her soul in eternal peace and grant the family the strength to over come=Amen.
Posted by Lorna Kilimu on April 6, 2021
You always said hi to me with a cheerful heart and a great smile. The laughter we shared and interactions over the years will forever be missed and cherished. May your candle keep burning as you watch over your loved ones from above...rest in eternal peace Eugenia...
Posted by Pamela Okalo on April 6, 2021
My heart aches at the thought of saying goodbye to such a special person. Eugenia loved unconditionally. Sweetie as you called me and I know most of those you loved, may you forever rest with the Angels. You supported me many times in my campaigns and always took it like it was yours and delivered. May your Children experience abundant love from all they come across because you loved. Rest in Peace dear friend and colleague.
Posted by Regina Gitau on April 5, 2021
I knew Eugenia in the early 90's when she was manning the UN gift shop. They had some quality tees that I loved buying for my kids, among other items , and she would help me make best choices. Even when I had no purchases to make I had a force that would pull me to pass by the gift shop over lunch hour ...Eugenia. I would leave the shop refreshed. Eugenia was a very special woman. . ..very pleasant, outgoing, caring and easily made friends. My hearty condolences to her entire family. May God rest her soul in perfect peace.
Posted by Mercy Oke on April 5, 2021
A tribute to my senior Lady Eugenia. I interacted with Eugenia closely since 2016 at the Union Office when she cleared and signed our benevolent loans. She followed Financial Rules to the point and observing timely disbursements. I joined her in the Union after a whole. She was a hard working, straightforward, firm, courageous, confident, alert, loving and with contagious laughter. 
I will miss senior Eugenia – quiet advises whenever requested for and she also used strong word like stop finishing with Swahili word wacha! wacha! as a sign of warning. 

6th March 2020, a surprise birthday song moved towards her dinner table, drumming the Kenyan way with dancers with a white Forest Cake written “happy birthday Eugenia” to celebrate a life well lived.  Little did I know that was her last dance with her Council colleagues. 

Eugenia, far away you are gone yet too close to our hearts.  May the road rise up to meet you, may the rains fall softly upon your field and may God hold you in the palm of His hands.

For De Guzman family, you were blessed with a hard working and loving Mama cherish the life she gave and every moment you shared together.

Posted by Geno Sher on April 5, 2021
You lived, loved and raised your family and the people around you as if your sole purpose on earth was to give.

Thank you for letting the light of life express itself through you. You gave all the love you had inside your heart, may your eternal light transition with the lightness of a feather.

The gesture you left in people’s hearts will be mimicked to keep you alive. You literally made and continue to make the world a better place...

Fly with the angels Eugenia.
Posted by Martha Maghanga on April 5, 2021
Rest in everlasting peace Eugenia. You were a beautiful soul, I will miss you. May family, friends and colleagues be comforted.
Posted by Ann Njuguna on April 5, 2021
I first met Eugenia as I was trying to have my commissary access set up. As everyone has written, she was ever-smiling and always ready to help.

We had the same morning routine - we would meet on the breakfast queue or at the kiosk. Come evening, I knew traffic was bad if I found her waiting for her husband Gil. He was always so punctual.

My last chat with her was in October, 2019. She had been admiring my brand new leather bag which I had just got after I got mugged. She too had one from the same company; she had also been mugged in Westlands many years back. From this chat, I learnt just how much she cherished her family.

I pray that her family has the the strength and grace to make the rest of their journey without this much loved family matriarch. To Christine, you made such an amazing team @ COU...you will be ok.

RIP Eugenia. 
Posted by Wilfrida Omenda on April 4, 2021
I can remember, meeting Eugenia for the first time at the Gift shop - it was right opposite KCB. She was very engaging , very friendly and larger than life. Sometimes I'd just pass by to say hallo. She loved everyone. May she rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Akinyi Ogada on April 3, 2021
What I remember about Eugenia is a kind, nurturing, classy lady with a smile for everyone. May the Almighty Lord grant you eternal rest.

To the De Guzman family, thank you for sharing Eugenia with us. It is my prayer that the Lord will grant you peace, strength and provide comfort as only He can.
Posted by Anthony Mosaremo on April 3, 2021
On our knees we keep Eugenia's family in prayers . Times are hard however with the Almighty God on the Throne, the family shall not be shaken.

Rest in Eternal Peace Eugenia.
Posted by Eunice Gichuhi on April 3, 2021
Its very hard to say goodbye to such a beautiful soul.Your sweet smile and generous heart will always linger in our minds and thoughts forever.Rest in eternal peace Eugenia.
Posted by Hesborn Nyabuto on April 2, 2021
It breaks my heart to write my tribute to you Eugenia. When I heard your passing on, I quickly recalled few days earlier when I told you I will call you soon. That did not happen. It won't happen. It is such a sad feeling. As a prospective intern at the UN, you were the first person to usher me to the interviews, it was your space that I sat in the very first day as a new intern. You were such a beautiful human being and I will personally dearly miss you. Rest in Peace Eugenia
Posted by Kevin Stork on April 2, 2021
Eugenia was a special person and soul, without doubt, and her passing has left a gaping void in all of our lives. Few people of the thousands who are a part of the international community in Nairobi, and beyond, would not have known her, and of those that did all appreciated her and the effort she put into all she did. I did not know her as well as many, particularly long term COU colleagues, but in the 2 plus years since I joined the team it was clear she was an important ingredient to keep things moving and in order and as a team we will miss her so much. We all know she was devoted to and loved by her family and our hearts go out to husband Gil and all her family, their loss is immeasurable. Farewell sweet Eugenia, our precious colleague and friend, we hope you are now at peace.
Posted by Davis Stokipa on April 2, 2021
It's so sad that you left us. Your friendship, respect to all and the determination to the service will forever be remembered by many, I will dearly miss you. 'Innah lilah wa Ina ilahi raj'iun'.
Posted by Selyne Wanyonyi on April 2, 2021
A beautiful happy soul gone too soon. Always ready to help. Rest in peace Eugenia. My condolences to your family and COU team.
Posted by Angeline Djampou on April 1, 2021
Dear Eugenia,

I knew your smile before I knew your name. You personified kind-heartedness and grace.
Farewell, Ever smiling Sweetie. Rest in peace with the angels.
Posted by That Gardener on April 1, 2021
Most competent and sweetest lady I knew in the team who helped me a lot in past on many issues like commissary access. Will miss you. RIP.
Posted by Mia Turner on April 1, 2021
Your smile was unforgettable. And I shall remember that you never turned anyone away. You were always there to help. Thank you.

My deepest condolences to your family. We shall miss you.
Posted by Emily Ooko on April 1, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family. Rest In Peace my friend!!!!
Posted by caroline murihia on April 1, 2021
Your beautiful radiant smile was clearly that of an angel walking the earth. May you rest with the angels Eugenia, we will never forget your kindness.
Posted by Paul Kamau on April 1, 2021
I remember like yesterday the year 2001 when l was seconded to work in COU-UNON on a special assignment. This is when l first met Eugene and we struck it off right away. My stay in COU ended up being prolonged and it ended in 2007 when l headed back to BFMS-UNON. My best memories are built around getting to know Eugene and her family so well. Her 3 girls and the boy became personal friends. Brilliant kids, to say the least. It was about the same time that l started my family and Eugene become a mentor in many ways. She got me great books to read on how to raise a good family. She visited our house and shared great recipes with my wife. Eugene could not stop giving. No wonder, she and her good husband and kids were so blessed. I kept reminding her that the good book says "lt is more blessed to give than to receive". Finally, l remember Eugene's big heart for people. While working with her at the UN Gift Shop, she knew all our supplier (100s of them) by their first names and treated them very well. Rarely would she get into unnecessary arguments. I could go on and on, but l will stop here and pray that the family will have the Grace to bear this lose and may the good Lord give them peace that surpasses all understanding during this time of mouning. AMEN.  Paul Kamau Ngurimu(UNON _ 1999 - 2018).
Posted by Daniela Foot on April 1, 2021
Dear Eugenia,

you are now with the angels, gone far too soon. Thank you for being the helping angel you were here on earth, though your time was cut short. Rest well my dear.

Dear Gil and family, my deepest condolences for your loss. When you can't see God's hand, trust his heart. He will carry you through this immense ocean of grief.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

By Mary Elizabeth Frye
Posted by Monica Otemba on April 1, 2021
Gone too soon. Deepest sympathies and condolences to the family. Eugenia was such a sweet soul, friendly and very helpful. Praying for comfort and fortitude for the family. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Mela Shah on April 1, 2021
Eugenia gosh i have known you for so many years when Ethel was here back in 1982. Will miss you for sure - remember the talks we had about retiring, and when we will be retiring. Anyway you rest in peace - will miss you
Posted by Kennedy Okongo on April 1, 2021
Fare thee well Colleague. Till we meet at Jesus feet.
Posted by evans kiduyu on April 1, 2021
Our condolences  from Motorpool team at the USA Embassy .
Rest in Peace Eugenia gone too soon
Posted by Remy Sietchiping on April 1, 2021
Eugenia was one of the genuine colleagues I had know in the UN Complex. Her cheerful and ever readiness to assist was legendary. Going extra mile to assist was her trademark. Why Good People are taken away so soon and abruptly! Rest Well Eugenia!
Posted by cecilia wainaina on April 1, 2021
Fare thee well my dear Eugenia, i will remember your beautiful smile while working at the fuel station. Every time i came with a problem you had a solution for me. Thank you for your wonderful and big heart. Rest with the angles where there is no sorrow.  i mourn for losing a friend.
Posted by Tonny Otieno on April 1, 2021
Always in our hearts
Posted by Shivona Tavares on April 1, 2021
To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die. I remember you when you joined the UN in 1992, you never changed - always smiling, helpful, thoughtful and caring. We will all miss you so much. May your soul rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Francine Staple on April 1, 2021
My dear Eugenia,

You left me in total shock, this is your Jamaican friend, you welcomed me when I just joined UNON and you are always made me feel so loved. You are an angel and the Lord was ready for you to brighten his other angels in heaven like you did to the staff on the compound. I will miss you dearly. I wish your entire family comfort at this time and may the Lord wrap his arms around them and allow them to find comfort knowing that you are at peace. I lmiss you my dear Eugenia. One love from your Jamaican sister. I dedicate the song 'No woman Nuh Cry' by Bob Marley. May your beautiful soul rest in peace.
Posted by Alice Ochanda on April 1, 2021
"Alice, how are you sweetie'! that is how you always greet me Eugenie! My heart is torn with grief! I cannot refer to you in the past because to me you are still alive. That smile is so vivid in my memory! I cry with your family and pray for God to give them strength to bear this loss. Seeing you in the complex was always a pleasure and I enjoyed talking and genuinely laughing with you! I cannot imagine that you are gone with the wind just like that! I don't wan to believe it but it looks like it is the reality! That I will miss you is an understatement, you are already missed in a big way! Rest in Peace my sister, as you sing and dance with the angels!!
Posted by Alex Owusu-Biney on April 1, 2021
Rest in Peace Eugenia. We will miss you for your sweet and calming spirit, always ready and willing to help and give guidance.  May the good Lord strengthen your family.
Posted by Silvia Serrano on April 1, 2021
Dearest Eugenia, we just talked the other day not too long ago about retirement. When I received the sms news I could not believe it. I will always be thankful to you, you always help me with anything I need, your presence in the compound in the Staff Union was not unnoticed, you help not only me but for anybody who asked you. I will never forget you. Thank you and rest in peace. My condolence to your family.
Posted by Christine Genevier on April 1, 2021
Rest in peace dear Eugenia.
Last time I passed by your office you had the music on and you were signing to the tune, we almost danced! You were so gifted at caring for our stuff while making us smile. Today we cry. You will be sorely missed.

Condolences to COU team and Eugenia family.
Posted by Josephine Achola on April 1, 2021
I'll miss your boundless energy, your kindness, your cheerfulness and your ability to leave me feeling the same after every interaction. Thank you Eugenia for what you taught me about living life to the fullest, getting along with people, and getting things done. <3
Posted by Azmaira A on April 1, 2021
Rest in Peace

Our prayers and thoughts are with Eugenia's family.
She was a great neighbour- kindly offering me a ride to the Complex back in 2019. On the way, she spoke lovingly about her children, grandchildren, and offered good advice. She always spoke her mind and carried herself with grace. I am appreciative of her kindness, and pray that the people she left behind go on to make her proud.
Posted by Lilian Ndegwa on April 1, 2021
Condolences to Family and Friends.

Was always cheerful and helpful especially when issuing bar codes and other services. 

May she Rest in Peace.



Posted by Michael Ng'ethe on April 1, 2021
Eternal rest, grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

May the Almighty God grant the entire family and colleagues the fortitude to bear this great loss.
Posted by Kathra Wawenka on April 1, 2021
Ooh my God I couldn't believe when I had you are gone dear, we were at the lobby with you and you told me this has been to much only God can save us and you said let's keep on praying, REST WELL DEAR, My condolences to the family and friends
Posted by Winnie Macharia on April 1, 2021
I am heart broken to know that I will not be seeing you in our office with you usual stories and laughter. I will really miss seeing you. May your soul rest in eternal peace. Let our interactions with you be a lesson to all of us that you can remain strong, happy, fashionable, motivated and achieve all.
So sorry for your family may God give them strength to carry on.
Posted by Leon Ricco on April 1, 2021
May The Almighty God rest your soul in Eternal Peace and provide comfort to your family.

We know you'd be with us today if Heaven wasn't so far away.

Rest In Peace Eugenia.
Posted by Zahra Hassan on April 1, 2021
May Almighty God rest your gentle soul in perfect peace. You were so genuine in your friendship and care.
Posted by Rajinder Sian on April 1, 2021
Dearest Eugene,

Rest in peace my dearest friend. Will miss that smile terrribly.
Posted by Wilson Wahome on April 1, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Eugenia de Guzman.

May her soul rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Melissa Permezel on April 1, 2021
Dear Family of Eugenia. I was so sad to hear the news of Eugenia's passing. I did not know her well- however, would meet her often at the UN petrol station and in her office on the main UNON campus. We would often just have a very pleasant chat and she knew I was from Australia. I think one of you kids was studying or living in Australia so we would talk about that. She was always so cheerful, helpful, kind with a lovely energy around her. I always felt good after our interactions. In the small way I knew Eugenia, she was wonderful and warm. My heart and prayers goes out to you all.
Posted by Betty Kamanga on April 1, 2021
Rest in Peace Mama!!!
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Posted by Naomi Njuno on April 9, 2021
My deepest condolences to Eugenia's family, may peace and comfort surround you.

Rest in perfect peace Switie - you will be truly missed.
Posted by Roselyne Kiarie on April 8, 2021
Remember Me

Remember me when flowers bloom
Early in the spring
Remember me on sunny days
In the fun that summer brings

Remember me in the fall
As you walk through the leaves of gold
And in the wintertime - remember me
in the stories that are told

But most of all remember
Each day - right from the start
I will be forever near
For i live within your hearts

Posted by Patrick Mukhalason on April 7, 2021
A wonderful lady without borders who said what she said,did what she said and meant what she said in the fewest words possible. May the mighty Lord rest her soul in eternal peace and grant the family the strength to over come=Amen.
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Shared by Teddy Gianopulos on March 30, 2021
Not as a former Chief of COU but as someone who had a very special connection with my 'little one' as I always called Eugene - I pay tribute to a very special lady. 

It was an instant locking of hearts when Josie Villamin first introduced us In 1992. I took Eugene under my protective wing to run the UN Gift Shop. It took Eugene's energetic and creative gifts  to transform a small area with only T-shirt to eventually moving to a large and very attractive Gift Shop!  It's success was mainly due to Eugene's open and friendly character that enticed Diplomats and Representatives  to do all their shopping under one roof!!  This included former UN Secretary General and Mrs. Kofi Annan.

Eugene was an example of peace, tranquility, good humour and laughter.  Fly high, dearest little one and you will be received with all the love and joy that you spread when you were with us!  We will always remember and never forget!!  

Beautiful Flower Plucked Too Soon

Shared by Teddy Gianopulos on March 30, 2021
Not as a former Chief of COU but as someone who had a very special connection with my 'little one' as I always called Eugene - I pay tribute to a very special lady. 

It was an instant locking of hearts when Josie Villamin first introduced us In 1992. I took Eugene under my protective wing to run the UN Gift Shop. It took Eugene's energetic and creative gifts  to transform a small area with only T-shirt to eventually moving to a large and very attractive Gift Shop!  It's success was mainly due to Eugene's open and friendly character that enticed Diplomats and Representatives  to do all their shopping under one roof!!  This included former UN Secretary General and Mrs. Kofi Annan.

Eugene was an example of peace, tranquility, good humour and laughter.  Fly high, dearest little one and you will be received with all the love and joy that you spread when you were with us!  We will always remember and never forget!!