ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mrs Grace David, 77 years old, born on February 17, 1943, and passed away on February 3, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by yinka abiodun on February 23, 2021
Aunty,
I recall our last conversation quite easily as the contents are always with me, hmmn.
As I think of you today all I see is grace.
You were always so graceful and pleasant. My mother's friend from school "Mrs David" you were always there for her and with her, no matter what else was going on. You weathered the storms, shared difficult times, celebrated the joys and triumphs of life together. It is through the lens of that friendship that I gained true understanding of what it is to be a friend, your patience, kindness and generous spirit will never be forgotten. You leave a hole which we will fill with memories of your graceful and gentle humour, you were indeed truly her friend!
As you return to your maker, we ask that you rest peacefully in the bosom of the Lord.
May the Lord comfort and strengthen all who grieve for you, even as we celebrate your life.
May our memories of you and all the good deeds you did never fade from our hearts. Amen.

E sun re ma

Yinka Abiodun
Posted by yinka abiodun on February 23, 2021
Ranti,
Your sudden death has been a shock to me, this is still unbelievable! I had called you about three times without any response a few days before I got news of your passing.
Ranti, we have been friends since childhood, we met in January 1959.
we shared the same bunk bed in boarding school and have lived like sisters of the same family ever since.
Ranti, we will miss you seriously. You were an incredible mother, kind with a deep seated love and passionate care for those around you. We will miss you seriously as I said. May your gentle soul rest in peace. Amen.

Mrs Iyabode Abiodun and family.
Posted by Abi Ayanlowo on February 22, 2021
Rest in the bosom of the Lord Ma & may God comfort the entire family at this difficult time.
Posted by Clement Ojebuoboh on February 22, 2021
Aunty Ranti, always rang a Bell when i was growing up, because my elder brother spoke profoundly of her. I finally met her some two years ago at a family gathering, Behold, she was a very pleasant personality, receptive and accommodating.
You will be missed, but God loves you more. Rest in Peace my beautiful Aunty till we meet to part no more.
Posted by Funmi David on February 22, 2021
Still in shock but in total submission to God and his will. Mummy the news of your death came to me as a blow and am still 8n shock but consoled by the thought that you lived a good life. I feel so bad that I wasn't able to talk to you before you departed here I was making plans on how to surprise you ,on your birthday, who are we to question God, his ways are not our ways and I know you are resting 8n his bossom now. Thank you mummy for your words of advice whenever I needed to talk and call you, you were ever ready to give them, you never hide your feelings, you say things the way they are, you were strong, beautiful. Will definitely miss you but God loves you more and needed you now. Continue to rest with the Lord. You will be forever missed and remain in our hearts. Love you.
Posted by Hakeem Koleoso on February 22, 2021
One friday in 1983,a light complexioned lady I had never seen before came to our house.My mum introduced her as Mrs David,a childhood friend who went to same primary school with her (St Judes Ebute Metta).She brought an entry examination form for Air Force Secondary School Ikeja for me to apply to enrol in the school urgently as the closing date was that same day.I did and took it away to submit.I passed and got in.Such was her selflessness.We later became neighbours in Ajao Estate and I was always welcome to hitch a ride home with her,Ronke (my classmate) and Bolanle,her youngest.Uncle Gbade was our driver who would always entertain us with some 'Gbade's Funk' music.I will forever treasure my golden years in Secondary School,made moreso by the ever pleasant,ever smiling Mama Ronke.She contributed in no small way to who I am today.May your soul rest in peace Ma.
Posted by Amenze Giwa-Osagie on February 21, 2021
Aunty,
It was once said to me that you were so beautiful that all the other wives of the officers that lived around you when you were a newly wed would eagerly wait around their windows to watch you as you left home everytime because they marveled at your beauty!

Yes Aunty, you were so beautiful inside out even till the end of your days.
I remember a few lessons from you. Ever so sweet. A beautiful soul, our Grandma, Aunty and Mum. It is painful to think that you are gone, just like that!
Rest in God's sweet peace.
Posted by Amenze Giwa-Osagie on February 21, 2021
Dearest grandma GRA, as we fondly called her. An awesome mum to my family and a doting grandma to our twins. It was really shocking to hear of her death especially when it was not long ago that granpa GRA was called to glory.
I always appreciate her for her unwavering love and care for us and the entire family. I will forever be grateful because all she did was preach love and wished me and my family well. NO IN-LAW DRAMA AT ALL! She loved us so much and I am grateful for all my experiences with her.
This is the time that all your grand children should be gathering around your table to bless and honor you for you sowed deeply into their lives.
However, the Bible days"in all things, give thanks to God" so, I want to thank God for allowing you to pass through our lives. I want to appreciate Him for being God despite your very painful exit.
Grandma, may God grant your soul rest. May Light perpetual shine upon you.
As you have joined the Saints Triumphant May you be a Guardian angel to all you have left behind. May your soul find sweet peace with your maker.
May God give the entire family the fortitude to bear your loss.....a GREAT loss indeed! God loves you more.
E SUN RE MA.
Posted by Dupe Solanke on February 21, 2021
I was so shocked when Tobi called to inform me that my former neighbour , my dear Mrs Ranti David had gone to be with the Lord. Moreover this was so soon after she lost her dear husband whom she loved so much.
I will really miss her. She was such a wonderful lady , a true confidant , a caring neighbour , a trust worthy friend , a doting mother and most importantly a child of God. She was beautiful in and out and loved her family and friends so much .
I never knew that her brief illness would result in death.. ...... However God knows best.
May her kind soul rest in peace with the Lord, and may God comfort her entire family and fill the vacuum her passing has created.
Mrs Dupe Solanke. 
Posted by Toki Mabogunje on February 21, 2021
Dear Aunty Ranti David will surely be missed. I certainly will miss meeting you at the annual family meeting on boxing day. Not to speak of all the Mabogunje Family events through the year, at which we would meet. Though you left unexpectedly, only God knows why he called you home. Rest in Peace Aunty Ranti. I pray that the Lord comforts your children and grandchildren and the entire family. Amen.
Posted by Tanidabioluwa Osinowo on February 19, 2021
The END has come!

The apparent end of Life is death but inherent in death is Life. Life forever more!

Big Mummy David as we fondly called her was an amiable,vabriant, kind hearted mother to me and many.
As a mis- guided teenager, she opened-up her home to me and showed me love in ways neither space nor time will allow me say here.

You were a star in my dark night; I'm truly grateful that you were my family.

We will miss your dearly, till we meet again at Jesus feet.

I love you Grandma.

Rest in His bossoms

It's your BEGINNING!❤
Posted by Ronx Byron on February 18, 2021
You were an incredible mother, caring and compassionate. May your beautiful soul continue to rest in perfect peace.

- Funke
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 18, 2021
I am Foluke Adeogun I will always remember my wonderful friend Morounrati like the air that we breathe, she was kind-hearted, effervescent spirit and a giving soul, most of all I will forever miss that lovely voice screaming "ORE MI" on the other end of the phone calls. A friend for forty years is a friend indeed. Sun re o ORE MI. Love forever.

- Mrs Foluke Adeogun
Posted by Tunde David on February 16, 2021
Aunty was a fashionable lady. Very loving and careing to everyone in the family.
We wiill always remember her warmth at all the family occassions held at Uncle Bolajis different residences over the years as he moved along in his career and at which Aunties hosting skills were always top notch makeing everyone feel at home and included..We always looked at her and Uncle as a great Gentleman and Lady couple and they were a rallying point for the David David family.
With Auntys passing indeed another era in the David David Family has very very sadly come to an end

1. Now the day is over;
  Night is drawing nigh;
  Shadows of the evening
   Steal across the sky.

2. Jesus, give the weary
  Calm and sweet repose;
 With thy tend’rest blessing
  May our eyelids close..

With God on our side It is now left for us to to take up the mantle and continue.

She will be greatly missed

Good night Aunty rest in perfect peace.

Tunde David for Yemisi, Tunde, Shola and Dupe the Children of the late Solomon Olajide David
Posted by Ronx Byron on February 16, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR ELDER SISTER

I never expected this, not now. it came as a shock. My lovely & loving sister is gone. My good adviser is gone too soon. We always disagreed to agree. She was a brave woman who believed that all things were possible, always wanting to cover up anybody's nakedness.

She lived an exemplary life. I will forever miss her. I can not express my mind, I am really short of words. My joy is that she knew the lord before she passed on. may her gentle soul rest in peace.

Morounranti Ajike Okin Omo Oba.
Sun re o.

-Mrs Jumoke Damelda
Posted by Toyin Odulate on February 16, 2021
Tribute to my friend Grace Morounranti David.

My late mother marveled at the way we had to be in each other's company all the time, the proverbial "snail and shell ". Our spouses were puzzled but were wise enough to run for cover when we started to fight, because they would not be told when or how we settled.

I remember many things now. How you would finish sewing our dresses ten minutes before we had to leave for the party. How we would crack up in the taxi if the hem comes undone, or if the zipper gives way. Many times we were held together by safety pins and spit my friend and nobody was any wiser. Just ebony and ivory out having fun. I remember flying into Kaduna for Tinuke's naming ceremony and having to leave the next morning to report for work at twelve noon. We did not sleep all night as you were frying the twenty four chickens you bought for me to take back to Lagos.

I remember when you had to sit in the bucket seat of an Airforce bomber from Kano to Calabar before getting to Lagos for my wedding. You were the extrovert to my introvert, and I the ebony to your ivory. I will miss your soft spoken, gentle and elegant nature.

I was with you on Monday for some hours trying to encourage you to fight ennui, not realizing you were transitioning as we spoke, and slipping away on Wednesday morning.

Goodbye my dear friend/sister. My no holds barred jist partner and fellow criminal. My children loved their auntie Ranti, so also my siblings and cousins. I will miss my friend of over fifty years. My G M as I called her. We loved a lot and fought a lot. I know, however, that because we both love Jesus, we shall definitely meet again. 

Rest now my beautiful gentle friend. Love you. Bimpe (Odulate)
Posted by Ronx Byron on February 16, 2021
Our dearest Aunty Ranti was my mom’s best friend. She was a constant in our lives for my entire life, there at every significant milestone. She was our “second mommy” in GRA. Aunty was beautiful and fashionable, and lit up every room she was in. It was always a joy to see her or speak to her. I remember trips home from America, and Aunty would always make it a point to see me and check in on me. She always prayed for me. I will miss you Aunty. I was looking forward to my son getting to spend more time with you once this pandemic was over. But I will be sure to show him your pictures and tell him all about you. You will be missed, but never forgotten. Please know that you were loved.

-Dayo Ademola
Posted by Ronx Byron on February 16, 2021
My dear grandma, it is hard knowing that I won’t be able to see you every time I go to Lagos. I know you are watching all of us from above. I also know you are resting in a better place. I will miss you so much because you meant so much for me. I love you and rest in perfect paradise.

Tumi Shodipo
Posted by Toyin Odulate on February 16, 2021
My dearest Aunty Ranti,

I knew you my WHOLE life! I don’t remember a day or an important event that you were not in it or present in it! Not a single one! I feel like I took your presence for granted because you were just either always with us or never far away.

One of my fondest ever memories of you – it was my mom’s 60th birthday party. For the evening party, I was standing by our front gate when I just noticed this slinky beautiful woman walking in like a diva – in tight black jeans, platform heels, a dark floral silky top, beautiful wavy hair and red lipstick! Only for me to take a closer look at the person and it turned out to be you! I couldn’t believe it! You looked so glamourous and youthful! We had such a good laugh about it for many years after.

Aunty thank you for your support, for your constant encouragement and prayers and for always being the quiet but solid rock for us and all those that you loved. Thank you for being there for all our milestone events – you were there when I was first sent off to boarding school in Offa, when going away to France for my masters, Dayo’s wedding, most of our birthdays and I could go on and on.

Most of all, I will never forget your friendship and sisterhood with my mom. Both of you were like typical siblings – fight today, back in love tomorrow. I remember you both always in the sitting room upstairs gisting at all times of the day. I know she misses you dearly and has not yet reconciled the reality of your departure.

I will remember your bright and beautiful laugh and smile always. Rest well with the angels, Aunty. You’re forever in my heart always and always and always.

May God bless you in heaven my dearest Aunty Ranti.
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 14, 2021
Grandma,

I miss you now and I always will. I'm saddened by your passing, but I am grateful to have been surrounded by your warmth throughout my life. You were always available for me, and you're positive outlook on life is something that I will always remember and will strive in to embed in my life. Your presence in my childhood and early adulthood is something that I will always be grateful for. Seeing you less frequently made my visits to you even more precious and our discussions more enthusiastic, and I wish I had made these more frequent.

I won't forget your little ear twists when I was naughty. Your smile. I can't forget your smile. It lit up a whole room.

The memories I have from Adekunle Fajuyi way will never leave me and I am grateful for all you have done for me. You continue to live through us all, and may your soul Rest In Peace.

Tomi Akin-Sodipo.
Posted by Folashade Olukanni on February 14, 2021
My pretty Auntie, Your passing was a rude shock to me and my siblings.
O death where is thy stings... Sleep peacefully in the Bossom of The Lord until the resurrection morning.
May God Almighty continue to protect and bless the family you left. Ha! You left knowing God Almighty will take care of you and us. Your warmth and love will be greatly missed.
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 13, 2021
Mum,
I still can’t believe you are no longer here, don’t know why God took you so soon, but I do thank him you lived a good life. I still have flashes of moments we had together, missing your voice, your gist and plenty advice. You have us your children and grandchildren to carry on your legacy, you will always be remembered, You are going to be greatly missed.

Love
Tosin David
Posted by Oluwole Phillips on February 13, 2021
I remember meeting you for the first time! Beautiful, elegant, warm-natured with the loveliest smile.
Your calm, cool demeanor added to your beauty, which also shone through your words.

It was a huge shock to learn of your passing....too soon...way too soon, I thought. Why? But we can only ask questions; we will not question God Almighty who decided it was time you rested.
So rest on in the bosom of the Lord, Ma!
Goodnight!

And as You do Lord, wrap Your loving arms around Tinuke, Ronke and everyone you have left behind, and give them all comfort.

By DeTola Phillips (nee Fagbenro-Byron)
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 12, 2021
Darling Tinu & Ronke , I just wanted you to know that I’m thinking of you and praying for you and all your loved ones as you make plans to lay your beautiful, elegant, strong, gentle, kind, caring, Mum to rest. I see so much of her in you both.

May the Lord comfort you all and strengthen you as he wraps his arms of love around you as only he can.

Praying for that mysterious oil of joy and peace that passeth all understanding which defies human emotions to come from the Holy Spirit and envelope you all.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest in Jesus name.

-Bernadine Okpere
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 12, 2021
My loving Mother,

I never knew you are going to leave us so soon.

I love you with everything I am. When you slept in the Lord on that faithful day, I not only lost my mother, I lost my Friend, my Ally, my Supporter, my Advisor, my Light at the end of the tunnel when my days always seemed dark.

My Mum was such a devoted wife, a caring mum, a loving grandmother, a fantastic sister and the best friend anyone could wish for.

You were precious, a gift from God, so much beauty, Grace (just like your name), love and patience you possessed. You touched my heart in so many ways, your strength and smile even on dark days made me realize I have an angel beside me.

I went back on the memory lane since you brought me into this world. What a beautiful gift you gave me by giving me life, since I was born until present time, you gave me so much love that no words can be enough to describe or express my feelings.

You taught me love, patience and endurance. You praised me whenever I did good and pointed out my mistakes with that gentle voice, to enable me to live a better life.

The same thing you did with my siblings and you carry on the same good work with my first 2 children also, your grandchildren, all together with Daddy and you both showed them so much love and cares until you made them been successful, just like you both did to us all your children.

You and Daddy, you were both mine and our blessed angels sent by God.

I remember as a young man when I used to go out a lot, I come home very late at night and you will never sleep until I’m back regardless of the time, and you will also make sure that I have my dinner before going to bed, with my meal already prepared and awaiting me in the oven.

Despite the presence of the drivers at home, you prefer sometimes dropping me off at my friends for a get-together and you always come back to pick me up on your own, just to make sure that I’m fine. You are my confidant and everything to me.

There was nothing I’ve ever asked which was never given to me. I also remember my campus days when I do send my friends coming to Lagos to come home to pick up some money for me, and you and Daddy always sent me more than I ever requested up to the point that my friends always tell me that I’m so really blessed having such a loving and caring parents as you both.

You did so much for us, me and my siblings, your grandchildren, your siblings, families, loved ones and even strangers. Your gentleness and your kindness knew no boundaries. You were really too gentle to a fault and a very kind-hearted person that none will ever forget your existence. 

I’ve got a lot of plans of things to do for you, you know them all because we always share thoughts constantly.

I will really miss our daily telephone conversations, we talk about everything, we make jokes, we laugh and we always pray together often and also read the Bible.

I was looking forward to your coming to stay with us in France later in the year, but God decided otherwise and who am I to question God?
He is the Almighty, The Alpha and Omega, The first and The last, The Beginning and the End. He chose to call you home to him at his appointed time and I thank God for a life well spent and that your soul is now resting in peace in the Lord and have also joined the love of your life our Dad.

I am so grateful to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Father in Heaven, who gave me the opportunity to share your last moment on earth with you on a video call made by my dearest Daughter, your lovely granddaughter. When I asked you to open your eyes, you did, and you gave me your lovely smile as always, I never knew it was your last smile you gave me but, Glory to God Almighty for the way you passed on to meet the Lord, with prayers and songs of praise, what a marvellous way to join the Lord, Hallelujah.

I will forever salute you Mother because you’ve been all I ever needed in my life. God gave me the best Mum in the world. You taught me to never give up on my dreams but to persevere no matter how hard the storm may be. 

I will always love you and miss you, Mum... Continue to Rest In Perfect Peace Mum. Adieu !!

-Your Loving Son
Pastor Bode
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 12, 2021
Mummy Tinuke as we fondly called her was a second Mummy to us (Soji Abatan's family). When we were kids, we enjoyed spending holidays with Mummy Tinuke & Uncle Bolaji David’s family and she always made us feel welcomed, I still cherish the wonderful memories.
What always stood out for me about Mummy Tinuke was her genuine love & care, great hospitality, subtle radiance and elegance – her fashion choices were always on point. Stylish and always in order. There was no major event in our household that Mummy Tinuke & Daddy Bolaji David did not play a major role in. I remember my wedding just like my other siblings, where Mummy Tinuke was always by my parents' side supporting and guiding them.

The news of your passing is still saddening to me. I still discussed with my dad about visiting you just a few days before you passed.

We take solace in the fact that you are in a better place and pray that God will comfort your children and grandchildren.

May your beautiful soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord.

-Tubosun Abatan
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 12, 2021

Tribute to Mrs Morounranti Mobolaji David "Mama Tinuke" as we always call each other - "Mama Yetunde", "Mama Banke", the three of us. 
Since your husband's departure to glory, you couldn't bear it. God knows best. Infact I am short of words. Nobody can question God. We miss you. Remain in the bosom of the Lord

-Mama Yetunde
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 12, 2021
In the blessed Memory of Mrs Morounranti "Mama Tinuke" David , Your passing just 4 months after your husband, my best friend's was a shock to me.We love you but Almighty God loves you most.
Rest in perfect peace and greet my best friend and brother for me.
Sun re o.

-Soji Abatan (Baba Yetunde)  
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 12, 2021
Aunty Ranti’s departure to be with the Lord was a very rude shock to us but we cannot question God. She was really very kind, pleasant and generous to me and my family. She stood by us through thick and thin. She had my back. I know she’s with the Lord. She will be sorely missed. May her soul continue to rest in perpetual peace. May God strengthen and comfort her family, friends and loved ones, Amen. 

- Gbemi Akinsola and family.
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 12, 2021
Dear Mum,
It’s hard to believe that you have been called to glory so soon. Although we mourn your passing, we thank God for the time spent with you. We celebrate your life well spent.
Thank you for your wisdom, encouragement, prayers, kindness and love.
I will miss you, our timely chats, our reflections on life and your surprise calls to check on me and the family, where you would always bless us with prayers. Thank you for your love and care mum. I am truly grateful.
You were a role model, a woman of great worth, a living sacrifice so selfless and compassionate; a virtuous woman! An incredibly amazing wife, mother and grandmother. Your legacy lives on in us all, and in the lives that you have touched and inspired immensely.
You will be sadly missed, but never forgotten. Rest in peace and may God be with you till we meet again. Love you, mum!

-Aisha Datubo
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 12, 2021
TRIBUTE TO OUR DEAREST MOTHER & SISTER-IN-LOVE

The news of your passing that fateful morning came as a rude shock to us. It is so hard to believe, Mummy Ikeja is gone?!
Just last Saturday we were together, you were full of life, we talked, laughed, and even planned to celebrate your birthday this February, but the Lord knows best.
It's so hard to fill the vacuum your demise has created. You were an exceptional woman, sister and mother to us.
Mummy Ikeja, as we fondly call you, we take solace in the fact that your good legacies will continue to outlive you as we await the resurrection morning when we shall meet to part no more.

Sun re o Morounranti

-Bolaji and Deborah Osikoya
Posted by Ronx Byron on February 12, 2021

We had chatted only about 2 weeks before her passing, both laughing and cracking jokes together. So it was extremely shocking to hear that 'Mama Ronke' as I fondly called her, had passed into glory.

It is greatly comforting that she is a believer in Christ and her passing was amidst prayers and I believe she is now in a better place at the bosom of Christ. Mama Ronke will always be remembered for her elegance, pleasant disposition with smiling face even during crises. 

I pray that God by His Holy Spirit will comfort the children, grandchildren and entire families. God will fill the vacuum and watch over them in Jesus name Amen.

We love you but God loves you more. Sleep on Mama Ronke until the Resurrection day! May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace!

By Mrs Nike Fagbenro-Byron
Posted by Toby Byron on February 12, 2021
Grandma I love you so much I can’t believe you’ve been taken away from us. It hurts me that I haven’t been able to be with you in years but I will forever cherish the times that I was in your presence. I’m so happy you were able to see me grow up and I thank God for the wonderful life you lived. Heaven has gained a strong, loving and caring women. I love you Grandma, you will always be in my heart.
Toby Byron
Posted by Tobi David on February 12, 2021
Ranti was a dear cousin. During our early years, we spent time together at my uncle and aunt who were her grandparents. We lived at Ebutemeta.

Whenever Ranti came to England where I am resident, we enjoyed talking about the old days, the family events in Nigeria. Very often we are on the phone chatting. A few days before she passed away, she said "Sister, I will phone you again " The memories of our time together choke me.
Dear Ranti, May God's eternal peace rest on.

From Mrs Ebun Akanni
Posted by Oluwakemi Oladeinde on February 12, 2021
I never did find time to say these things. Perhaps because I thought you will stay much longer. I want to appreciate you for standing with and by us, when Dad- your brother passed. You went everywhere with us. Prayed with us and became parent to us all. Still trying to process the fact that you are gone. I recall we came to see you recently. And now, it is a tribute. Rest on Beautiful Aunty Ranti. Greet your brother for me.
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 12, 2021
Mummy the honest truth is that I cannot put my thoughts together and I don’t want to believe I am writing a tribute about you. 

You were my rock, source of strength, my inspiration, the one I always looked up to for strength. Because of who you were and how you dealt with the challenges of life, with such ease and contentment, despite what you faced, I always said to myself, if my mum can go through what she has been through, what was it that life could throw me that I couldn’t cope with.

You are what I call, my love beyond measure.

To believe I won’t see your face again and talk to you on the phone is unimaginable mummy.

My mummy, Grace Morounranti David you were a wife of noble character. You were worth far more than rubies.

My dad was full of confidence in you and lacked nothing of value. You brought him good, not harm, all the days of your life.

Mummy you selected wool and flax and worked with eager hands. You were like the merchant ship, bringing food from afar.

You got up while it was still night; and provided food for your family and portions for the rest of your household. Mummy you considered the field and bought it and out of your earnings your planted a vineyard.

Mummy you set about your work vigorously; your arms were strong for your tasks. You saw that your trading was profitable, and your lamp never went out at night.

Mummy you always opened your arms to the poor and extended your hands to the needy.

When it was cold, mummy had no fear for her household; for all her household were clothed in scarlet. She made coverings for her bed; you were clothed in fine linen and purple.

Mummy you made linen garments and sold them, and supplied the merchants with sashes.

Mummy you were definitely clothed with strength and dignity; you could laugh at the days to come. You spoke with wisdom, and faithful instruction was on your tongue.

You watched over the affairs of your household and did not eat the bread of idleness.

Now I can confidently arise and call you blessed. “Many women have done noble things, but my mother, Grace Morounranti David surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who feared the Lord is to be praised.

I honour you my mummy for all that your hands have done, and your offsprings and grandchildren shall bring you praise always.

I know you are now resting in the mighty hand of our Lord with your one and only beloved husband.

Thank you mummy and I say thank you again mummy.

Rest in perfect peace my sweet mummy.

Your daughter 

Morounke Byron ❤️
Posted by Gbade AkinSodipo on February 11, 2021
Sista mi, I rejoice knowing that you are with our creator. Rest in Peace Sista mi.
Posted by Tara Ben on February 12, 2021
Grandma, I actually can’t believe I’m writing this so soon. Goodbyes are indeed hard!
But I’m delighted with the memories I had with you. I miss you, and I miss our long conversations and how you always had a creative solution to any challenge.
I miss taking you pictures, making videos with you, you singing to me at 12 am on my birthday as you dance and pray. I miss you telling me all the many things I hadn't done in the house; I miss you telling me about your family history and asking me to remember the names you mentioned.
You meant soo much to me that words can't describe, I know you loved me in your own way, and I genuinely appreciate that.

Thank you for teaching me; the importance of marriage, caring for a home, being healthy, assertive and resilient.                                                                                                              
I know it might seem like your passing is overwhelming for me. But deep down, I'm grateful that I was opportune to have taken care of you and grandpa till the very end the way you both took care of Adeola and me.                I am most grateful that you are resting in heaven and watching over us.
Before I forget, thank you for giving me your mother’s names Omotara and Abike, because you sometimes said I behaved like your mother, lool.                                                                          I will never forget you grandma or stop loving you until we meet again. Goodbye and rest well.
Posted by Yinka Byron on February 11, 2021
Mrs David - Grandma to my children.
You selflessly, tirelessly helped to raise my sons when they were born.
Your untimely passing has been a shock to all but we are thankful for a well lived and fulfilled - albeit short, life.
Your memory lives on in our hearts.
My sincere condolences to the entire  David family at this time.
Rest in Peace Ma.
Yinka Byron
Posted by Tinu David on February 11, 2021
Below are some words extracted from the song - "Sweet Mother" by Prince Nico Mbarga

If you want to listen to the song, I have added it onto the video section.

"Sweet mother
I no go forget this suffer wey you suffer for me
Sweet mother, éé sweet mother oo
You fit get another wife, you fit get another husband
But you fit get another mother? No, at all"...

I don't even know where to begin.

I don't have the physical presence anymore of the gracious woman my mother who brought me into this beautiful world, words fail me but I'll try.

Her names says it all.

I'm sorry Mum, I wasn't there with you at your last moment and last breathe on earth.

I'm sorry I wasn't there with you after the loss of your husband my father.

I'm sorry you had to feel all that leg pain you went through and I wasn't there to comfort you or ease you of your pain.

But, God, Almighty and Creator of All that IS, was in control and my sorrys I take back.

The Almighty has always been with you, through all your trials and tribulations, AMEN and GRATITUDE 

I didn't know about the strong bond you had with your husband my father, you must have missed his presence you wanted to join him and be with him, hallelujah for that.

However, I will without a doubt MISS the physical presence of YOU Mum, my dearest loving, vibrant, very beautiful, caring and gracious mother forever and ever...

Why?
When WE laugh, we laugh so much and so deep our stomachs ache with joy in our hearts, love love that.

Why?
I'll miss you calling me in the late night with you saying you just want to hear my voice.

Why?
Speaking to YOU, even with just a "hello" will satisfy me for days.

Why?
When YOU cook, I know that every tiny ingredient you put in has had a lot of thought and care put into it and also with how you cook, delicious.

Why?
When YOU tell me off, I know is because you want the best for me and I love you for that.

Why?
When YOU dress up Mum, well I'm sure everyone knows this, you look so so radiantly graciously beautiful like a QUEEN and without too much of an effort put into.

Why?
Seeing your beauty inside out.

Why?
YOU express your emotions subtly, you can feel the intensity of it and I love you so much for that.

Why?
I will miss saying to you "I love YOU".

Why?
I'll miss talking to YOU.

Why?
I'll miss telling YOU how beautiful you look.

Why?
I'll miss telling YOU how strong and full of power and LIGHT that you have after your long list of hurtful experiences you've had in your life time and you carried on.

Why?
I'll miss singing the song "Sweet Mother" to YOU whilst I watch you dancing to it.

Why?
Most of all, how YOU care so much about your family and even to those who are not.

I will continue using your worldly wisdom I have got from you and thank you for bringing me into the world, thank you thank you 

Mum, you are at PEACE with God Almighty Creator and Source of ALL that IS, it is a gigantic GRATITUDE for that and AMEN!!!

I WILL ALWAYS CARRY ON LOVING YOU ❤️ MUM

Your Daughter
Atinuke Florence David
Posted by Babafemi Ogunbiyi on February 11, 2021
My Dear Aunty,

What can I say? Giver of great cheer. At once charitable, caring, kind and sophisticated. The embodiment of elegance. Nigerian Royalty!

I reminisce with gratitude and joy. With gratitude for the generous hospitality you showed me and my family whenever we visited Nigeria. And with joy when I remember your beautiful smile and laughs you provided about 'fake' Super Malt which will never leave me.

And yet I'm sad that I'll never see you again in the flesh. I am at least pleased that I got to hear your voice last Christmas and I take comfort that the Lord has you safely in his grasp and is watching over you.

Your legacy lives on, long and strong. As the only Aunty who was able, despite the elements, to attend my naming ceremony in the middle the snowy 1991 British Winter, you will forever retain a special place in my heart.

Rest In Peace, Aunty. I love you and I miss you.
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 11, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A MOTHER OF ALL

Mummy, as I usually call her, is a mother I have known for the past 35 years, during this period, I have known her to be a disciplinarian, per excellent and a no-nonsense woman, she always stands for her right, she is a mother that hates gossips.

I never got once throughout the period I know her saw her with conflict with anyone, she is ever ready to let go than have a confrontation with anyone.

This I believe is one of the attributes she inherited from her late husband.

She is always there to assist anybody that comes for her help, if only you know how to approach her and she's convinced that her helping you will go a long way to uplift you.

Some people thought she is an iron lady but that for those that don't understand her and her principles.

She was a mother to all and an obedient wife to the late husband though, like any human being on Earth, she has her shortcoming which is minus compared to her good deeds.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

-Eyo Edet Eyo
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 11, 2021
To a beloved step mum,

With the deepest regret on your departure. As nature had you leave so early, apparently its your better half you missed.

You were a great and strong woman. We do not pray for the dead as their deeds speak volume for them.
May the good Lord accept you into his bosom

Continue to rest in the Lord. SUN RE Ooo. ADIEU.
-ABIMBOLA DAVID
Posted by Olusola Ajayi on February 11, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY AUNT

“O wun ni ka je eran pe lenu sugbon ounfa onofun o je”
When I heard you were strong and I called you, I never knew that it will be the last time I will speak to you. You were so positive.
When the news came that you were gone, I couldn't believe it. I thought it must be a mistake, up till now it still seems unreal.

You were a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a devoted and true christian. I pray that the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit be real to your children and grandchildren now and in the years ahead. While your passing is great gain for you, it is a huge loss for the family and those that knew you. There will be a gaping hole in our hearts, but God will use the instrument of time to heal those holes.
Our consolation is in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 and Revelations 14:13.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints" - Ps. 116:15
E SUN RE O!

- Pastor Sola Ajayi.
Posted by Adedoyin and Sophie Ogunb... on February 11, 2021
Dearest Auntie.

What a blessing you were to us all. A wonderful and devoted Auntie who loved and cared so much for us all. You had an inner strength and graceful beauty that was so evident to all who knew you.

Thank you for caring for us always and looking after us when we came to visit in recent years. Thank you for embracing and loving your great-nieces - Naomi and Jemima who we are so glad you got to enjoy cuddles with - but we are so sorry that our own little Grace missed you.

You had a regal and unrivalled elegance and serene beauty that shone from within.
We will remember so fondly you always and we take comfort in knowing that you are at peace enjoying the perfect joy and beauty of the everlasting light in Heaven above.

With love from Adedoyin, Sophie, Naomi, Jemima and Grace. X
Posted by Ojeifo Ojebuovboh on February 11, 2021
Aunty Ranti, was a beautiful and well endowed mother. Full of Godly wisdom and very caring. That was how we used to know her aunty Ranti. Being the wife of a professional military officer in those days of military rule in Nigeria she was often on several postings. This caused her to travel all over the globe. Yet that warmth and love we feel around her never waned. She will be greatly missed for her words of wisdom and knowledge.

On behalf of the late MB Ojebuovboh family.
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 11, 2021
Mummy the honest truth is that I cannot put my thoughts together and I don’t want to believe I am writing a tribute about you. 

You were my rock, source of strength, my inspiration, the one I always looked up to for strength. Because of who you were and how you dealt with the challenges of life, with such ease and contentment, despite what you faced, I always said to myself, if my mum can go through what she has been through, what was it that life could throw me that I couldn’t cope with.

You are what I call, my love beyond measure.

To believe I won’t see your face again and talk to you on the phone is unimaginable mummy.

My mummy, Grace Morounranti David was a wife of noble character. She was worth far more than rubies.

My dad was full of confidence in her and lacked nothing of value. She brought him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

My mum selected wool and flax and worked with eager hands. She was like the merchant ship, bringing food from afar.

She got up while it was still night; and provided food for your family and portions for the rest of your household. My mum considered the field and bought it; out of your earnings, she planted a vineyard.

Mummy, you set about your work vigorously; your arms were strong for her tasks. You saw that your trading was profitable, and your lamp never went out at night.

Mummy, you always opened your arms to the poor and extended your hands to the needy.

When it was cold, mummy had no fear for her household; for all her household were clothed in scarlet. She made coverings for her bed; you were clothed in fine linen and purple.

Mummy, you made linen garments and sold them, and supplied the merchants with sashes.

Mummy, you were definitely clothed with strength and dignity; you could laugh at the days to come. You spoke with wisdom, and faithful instruction was on your tongue.

You watched over the affairs of your household and did not eat the bread of idleness.

Now I can confidently arise and call you blessed. “Many women have done noble things, but my mother, Grace Morounranti David surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who feared the Lord is to be praised.

I honour you, my mummy, for all that your hands have done, and your offsprings and grandchildren shall bring you praise always.

I know you are now resting in the mighty hand of our Lord with your one and only beloved husband.

Thank you, mummy and I say thank you again, mummy.

Rest in perfect peace, my sweet mummy.

Morounke
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 11, 2021
Still, I can’t believe our lovely Grandma was taken away from us. We will miss our Grandmother, but her spirit and strength will live on in each of her children and Grandchildren. I'm very glad that you were able to be a part of my childhood. You may have passed on, but my memories of you caring for us as kids will not be forgotten and I will be forever grateful and thankful that you are my Grandmother.

Ayomide Byron
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 11, 2021
Sister Ranti as I use to call you.
You're a kind-hearted woman, an aunt, a sister, a mother etc. I don't know which one I should use because You're all put together depending on where our discussions are coming from and going to. You relate to me like a big sister without anyone knowing that we're neither of the same father nor mother. You took everyone like yours.
You literally gave me my first car in 1984 for next to nothing ( LA 9035 WD Peugeot 505 SR. ) of which I remain grateful.
You call me regularly even when I don't return your calls. You'll always say aburo mo ni ki nwo alaafia ę ni o.
You're just a simple example of a loving soul.
I remembered your last message to me " Aburo I can't walk since 2 weeks ago but I know that my God who art in heaven will heal me" and I called and said sister you'll be fine and you said just pray for me o. I wouldn't have imagined in my wildest dream that you're saying goodbye to me.
A flaming candle has been blown out.
Adieu sister Ranti and good night.

May the good Lord accept and bless your soul.
We love you but God loves you more.

Akinwale and Ajolola Sodipo
Posted by Ronke Byron on February 11, 2021
It feels too soon to be writing this for you, Grandma. We still had many more celebrations, holiday visits, birthdays and delightful surprises to go. But life, what can you do?

Nevertheless, I write this with a spirit of thanksgiving because I know that's what you would want. I am thankful to God for having you as my Grandmother. I am thankful that I got to witness your strength, kindness and wisdom, in all its glory. I am thankful I didn't only get to hear stories of the bright light that you were but got to experience it for myself, and now have many stories of my own to tell. And oh, tell them I shall!

I learnt more than I probably realise from growing up with you, down to even my taste in food. You had an immense impact on the person that I am and I will continue to carry your light and loving memories with me.

I will always love you dearly, Grandma.
I pray that you continue to rest in His power.

- Your "Officer", Adeola
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Posted by yinka abiodun on February 23, 2021
Aunty,
I recall our last conversation quite easily as the contents are always with me, hmmn.
As I think of you today all I see is grace.
You were always so graceful and pleasant. My mother's friend from school "Mrs David" you were always there for her and with her, no matter what else was going on. You weathered the storms, shared difficult times, celebrated the joys and triumphs of life together. It is through the lens of that friendship that I gained true understanding of what it is to be a friend, your patience, kindness and generous spirit will never be forgotten. You leave a hole which we will fill with memories of your graceful and gentle humour, you were indeed truly her friend!
As you return to your maker, we ask that you rest peacefully in the bosom of the Lord.
May the Lord comfort and strengthen all who grieve for you, even as we celebrate your life.
May our memories of you and all the good deeds you did never fade from our hearts. Amen.

E sun re ma

Yinka Abiodun
Posted by yinka abiodun on February 23, 2021
Ranti,
Your sudden death has been a shock to me, this is still unbelievable! I had called you about three times without any response a few days before I got news of your passing.
Ranti, we have been friends since childhood, we met in January 1959.
we shared the same bunk bed in boarding school and have lived like sisters of the same family ever since.
Ranti, we will miss you seriously. You were an incredible mother, kind with a deep seated love and passionate care for those around you. We will miss you seriously as I said. May your gentle soul rest in peace. Amen.

Mrs Iyabode Abiodun and family.
Posted by Abi Ayanlowo on February 22, 2021
Rest in the bosom of the Lord Ma & may God comfort the entire family at this difficult time.
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