ForeverMissed
On March 29, 2021, Janet Nthamba Silla was taken up to be with the Lord, whom she loved dearly. Her legacy is firmly established in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband, David Mutunga Silla; her parents Rhodah Mwelu and Mutisya Ngao; her step mothers Dorcas and Mutheu; and several siblings .

Janet is survived by her children Margaret Owino (Godfrey), Josephine Ndirangu (Maj. Rtd. Wahome), Ruth Kassauer (Gunter), and Tony Silla (Katheke). She was a doting grandmother to Brian, Annete, Jane, Mueni, Chichi, Wanjiku, Mutanu, Mutheu and Stephanie; and great-grandmother to Sonia, Mutunga and Destiny.

Janet's siblings were Samuel Nzyuko, Matthew Mutisya, Joyce Koki Pius, Priscilla Kising'u, Deborah Ndolonga, Elizabeth Ndumi, Esther Mutia, Grace Julius, Peter Mutisya, Peninah Michael, Emma Maina, Mutheu Katiku, Ngomali Mutisya, Sophia Mutala, Noah Mutisya, Mbula Mulwa and George Mutisya.

Janet, who was born in 1938,  was an alumna of Kamagambo Teachers College from where she graduated in 1958. After college, she taught at Karura SDA Primary School. Janet was later employed by the Postal Corporation of Kenya as a telephone operator and posted to Kajiado in 1967. She left that job in 1971, and for many years worked in the tourism industry for Flamingo Tours and Travel. She later founded her own company--Joyride Tours and Travel, which she operated until semi-retirement in her late 70s. Even at such an advanced age, Janet could not stop giving herself to good causes. At the time of her passing, she was the financial director of The Mutunga Foundation.

Janet was deeply involved in her church and county leadership, and was an ever-present pillar of strength in her extended family.

In her old age, Janet went back to school and graduated with a degree in Social Work and Counselling from Bugema University, Uganda, in 2012. She then enrolled in graduate school, earning a master’s degree in Development Studies at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kiambu County, Kenya in 2017.

Janet showed us, through example, how to love one another and how to live a life devoted to love of family and service to humanity. The memories of her kindness will forever remain entrenched in the hearts of those whom she touched. 

Even as the family is weighed down by the pain of her passing, we are comforted in the knowledge that she is with the Lord whom she loved exceedingly.

Janet was laid to rest at her home at Ndolo Village, Makueni County, Kenya, on Wednesday, March 7, 2021.
Posted by WAMBUA MUSYOKA on April 8, 2021
It is very sad to be separated from you Shush. We met only twice, first in 2012 on your way to Kibwezi and for the second time, recently, when we discussed family and church. Know that I still hold on to your words of wisdom. Thank you for taking in my mum and caring for her back then. She sent me to say that she is thankful but sorrowful. We thank you for your boundless love, great wisdom, and compassion. We miss you dearly. Forever loved.

Go in Peace and Rest well, Shush.
Posted by Jeanne Mwinzi on April 7, 2021
Aunt Janet, rest with the angels. You lived your purpose on earth, and beautifully so. Your reputation and good deeds preceded you long before i even met you. God indeed takes the best. It is well. You will be dearly missed.
Posted by Jemimah Mbola-muting'a on April 6, 2021
A great lady has slept, mamas dearest closest friend, we will miss her energy, zeal and beautiful smile. Her love for everyone , her commitment and sacrifice to God's cause will be missed by many. May God comfort the family in a special way. It is well.
Posted by Mercy Chieni on April 6, 2021
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord . They will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them . He giveth and taketh at his own time Rest in perfect peace Mama .
Your infectious laughter will always be missed.
Posted by James Muriithi on April 6, 2021
I am really sorry to hear this sudden news of demise of my dear friend,BU student colleague and family friend.
I wish and pray that God gives you the strength to overcome this darkness in your lives,
Stay strong, you will always be in my prayers! May God comfort and shower you with His Peace.
Posted by Rose Owiti on April 6, 2021
Forever we will miss you SHOSHO. I got an opportunity to interact with you in so many occasions. May you go well. It is well. Till that bright morning when all will be caught up with Christ to everlasting life.
Posted by Askah Atieno on April 6, 2021
A matriarch has slept. A comrade and a collegue has rested, leaving behind a beautiful legacy and inspiration.
In a little while we are going home, and I hope to meet Janet on that beautiful morning.
May God comfort all of us
Posted by Nicholas Mutheke Nzioka on April 6, 2021
You were a Matriarch that held so many people together. You have left behind a legacy of achievements to inspire us. We all loved you so much. RIP until we meet again on the second advent.
Posted by Boniface Muting'a on April 5, 2021
Let tear flow freely
let the gloom of the day be felt
let the people talk in low tones
let each morn in their choice way.

It is a sad time for Itetani, Tulimani, Mbooni, Makueni and Kenya.

Janet you have left to rest the rwst of the dead. To the painless state for you but to us left behind, we are pained.

We cry our hearts out, we are at a loss for your sudden departure.

Your smile was a charm, your generosity in bounties.
Your characteristic white hair, a glow of life well lived.
You challenged humanity that live can be true and happy, that we can achieve anything we set out to do; we miss you.

Your Christian values shall remain forever with us. Your respect to to all was evident. Aki Janet you did not tell us you are going the long journey.....

I can't tell you farewell because I will remain with you in my heart.
You and Tata are .My great hero's that have gone away from me physically but eternally embedded in my heart.

I want to be like both of you.
Loving, kind, honest, pure and true.

Our church is crying so is the location, the Ward and the country even other nations; you are truly international.

I love you mama.
Boniface Muting'a
Posted by Bantuboy Alexis on April 5, 2021
Grandma, we’ll always remember that special smile,
that caring heart, that warm, embrace, you always gave us.
You being there for all of us through good and bad times, no matter what.
We’ll always remember you, Grandma,
because there will never be another one to replace you in our hearts…
and the the love we will always have for you....rest in peace.
Posted by MUTUKU GEORGE NZIOKA on April 5, 2021
You may have passed on but your memories would always live on within us. Thank you for your sacrifices your care and concern, your love and everything that you have done for us. Wherever you are I know you are in a much better place. I will be forever grateful and thankful that you are my 'grandmother'
Posted by Martha Nzyuko on April 5, 2021
Tribute from Tabitha Mbeke Nzyuko.

Nyie ninaasya mwendwa wakwa.Janet niwatueie syana syitu muno ovamwe naitu,anai na wendo mwingi kwitu.Nyie na nyumba yakwa tuina unda wa kwasya eka Ngai amuie vandu vaseo vala wemanthaiie.

I have lost a great friend.Janet was always a part of the upbringing of our children.Her support and love was always immense to my household.Words can never be enough ,may she rest in eternal peace.
Posted by CHRISTOPHER OWAMBLA on April 5, 2021
We thank God for the time and opportunity He gave us to work and fellowship my dear sister. May the warmth and courage we got while working with her energise us in this joirney and serve to the Lord as demonstrated in the life of my sister. Waiting for the great funeral when we shall bury death and there will be no more crying. Amen
Posted by Donna Kerubo on April 5, 2021
Such a role model your were to me. You never retire in the Lord's work,NEVER! I shall dearly miss your firm leadership skills with a generous touch of motherly care.
Rest now, till that glorious morning when the trump shall blow and we meet each other in the air as we welcome our Saviour in His second advent.
Posted by Martha Nzyuko on April 5, 2021
We can never forget how to us you were more than an aunt..how we always felt your love and support. We shall dearly miss you..Shine on your way aunt Janet.
Posted by Sam Kithika on April 4, 2021
Rest in Peace. You touched our hearts and have left a long and eduring legacy.
Posted by Melody Kandwara on April 4, 2021
You are the true definition of a grandma .you will be dearly missed till we meet again on that bright morning fare thee well magokoro
Posted by Brenda Mwende on April 4, 2021
Keep smiling with the angels ..♥️forever in our hearts and memories
Posted by Evans Otwoma Mokua on April 4, 2021
Ecclesiastes:3.1
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven
She was a Family friend and a Church member of our Kaloleni New Life we wish to meet you one morning you had been a good friend that we will be remembering.
Posted by JACK MATHEW on April 4, 2021
My tribute: This is a post that is difficult to write… Recently, my beloved grandmother passed away on 29 th March 2021 of a short illness and we will miss her terribly. She was one unique and special lady and the loss of her is felt deeply by many, even though she lived a full life.

The love of Shosh was unique. God must have given grandmothers to us to liven up our lives, to make our lives more complete, to make us well rounded and better human beings. She played a big part in my childhood and youth and I can remember so many places I have had wilderness camping experience with her as PATHFINDERS and at times I could find myself sitting beside her as she prepare the dishes for the young campers, she prepare with special love. She taught me a lot about love and the meaning of family. She has never been just ‘my grandmother’, but my inspiration, my friend, my companion, my guide and my guardian.

Still, we can’t believe our lovely Grandma is gone. We will miss our Grandmother, but her spirit and strength, lives on in each of us and in the lives that she touched; all those who have been touched by the love, strength, conviction, wisdom, and beauty of her soul.

Shosh! – You truly were a unique, special woman! You may have passed on, but our only blessed hope is that, in that beautiful morning, when Jesus raises up the righteous, you'll be amongst the number and we shall forever rejoice. Amen! Fare thee well.....
Posted by Mbola Mathew on April 4, 2021
Auntie Janet none will ever fit your shoes. Your wish was to unite people irrespective of their social status. You had a big heart to everyone and we have testimonies that many are what we are today because you. You helped many direct or indirect. Each one will eulogize you differently on how you touched him or her. Let's all accept the will of the Lord that you've rested the labour of this world. You will be an icon in the family and friends who knew you. The challenge is who will take over the manton of your good deeds. May your soul rest in peace.
Posted by Carol Mathew on April 4, 2021
Auntie Janet was a real role model in my life, a staunch Christian, fully dedicated to the service of the Lord. Your memories will forever linger in my mind. Your love, kindness, laughter and sweet words. Always ready to help where need be, ready to listen and encourage everyone without favour, that was you dear Aunt. You loved us as your own, to the larger Mutisya family you stand out as an icon. I will dearly miss you. Till that Resurrection morning, sleep well. We shall meet again in our heavenly home, never to part again.
Posted by Charles Mathew on April 4, 2021
Sometimes life presents us with very sad moments. Like the death of our beloved ones. We mourn for each one of those who leave us. This particular loss of Aunt is very painful one to me.. She brought me up as part of her children, indeed I called her “mathe”. She has done so much that I can’t describe here, but most importantly she led me to know God. She taught me virtues of life, I proudly say I am what I am because of her. Forever I will cherish what you taught me. Till we meet again at the trumpet call….. Amen
Posted by Joyce Mathew on April 4, 2021
A selfless soul, A legend full of wisdom, love and charisma with an everlasting smile
A role model, A mentor, A counsellor, a consultant and an icon in the entire Mutisya family
With time for everyone, young and old, rich and poor
Ready to reach out to anyone in any situation as need arises
That was auntie Janet we all cherished.

Always with an answer and solution to every difficult situation
The term 'impossible' never existed in your mind map
Your spiritual zeal and commitment was really a challenge to most of us
You put God above everything else and indeed He blessed you to bless others
You showed us the importance of family values, left by our forefathers
Aunt Janet, indeed you have left a void in our hearts but your legacy will forever live!

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I personally will dearly miss you. Three years ago when you spent a night in my house, you challenged me with your 'Early waking up skills'........"early to sleep and early to rise"..........Makes someone Healthy, Wealthy and Wise!

Shine all the way and dance with the Angels. R.I.P Auntie Janet.




Posted by Kelly Mumo on April 4, 2021
I remember her for being real and a sush who had full of wisdom, advise, compassion and so welcoming.
Sometimes back my family and I went to visit her and we were not in good terms with my wife then I spelled the beans on the table to tell her what I was going through in my marriage after finishing by saying my marriage was under "sieke".....
Susu laughed and said using is soft and calmness voice and I qoute"Kelly ndoa Ni kuvumiliana and every marriage has got its own weakness learn to forgive each other"then she called a lady who was in the kitchen "maetee muselle maye!!!
I wish I could be near you to give you my testimony of my family......and finish by saying Sabina my wife" etea Susu muselle aye"
Lala salama Susu.....Koma nesa say hi to Dad mumo Bita.
Posted by David Maundu Mathew on April 3, 2021
Aunt Janet had this calm and soft voice accompanied by a sweet welcoming smile (never saw her angry or raise her voice ever). I have had the opportunity to know her, talk to her, listen to her, and just simply admire her determination and hard work even in her old age. As a child growing up we knew her as "aunt wa mikate" coz she always brought us something upcountry whenever she visited and as for all kids growing up upcountry, bread was a real deal and good start so every time we saw her car we knew there was bread (one would just think a bread).... yes Sir/Ma'am a bread.... All i can say is that aunt live her life with purpose and i can only reminisce her presence in her well lived life. Good ones will go to even.. and SHE went to heaven where good ones belong (say hello to Daddy Mathew).
Let's all celebrate her life and try to mirror what we saw or learned from Aunt Janet .
Fare thee well aunt and may your soul rest in perfect peace
Maundu (Dallas Texas)
Posted by ruth silla on April 4, 2021
Glory to God that i was one of your children. A mother who never gave up caring and empowering. Ooh mum ❤️
Thanks mum for being my mother and for not giving up on me.
Endless care and love.❤️❤️
Posted by Rabecca Ngila on April 3, 2021
Auntie Janet..you were the favorite auntie for every home.your smile showed love to everyone.you lead us to know God more and modelled many of us.you were just like Dorocus of the bible. We will miss you.Hoping to meet again ...Rabecca Ngila
Posted by Rhodah Kithika on April 3, 2021
Aunt Janet was more than an auntie to me and my siblings. She lovingly raised me after high school, in her house alongside her children and my older late brother, David.

She was a mother to us.

I raise the Lord's name on high... because we were truly touched by an angel, who has now returned home to Heaven.

The world has lost one angel, and Heaven has gained one.
Posted by Muthama Kennedy on April 1, 2021
God calls the Best to His Kingdom
RIP

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Posted by WAMBUA MUSYOKA on April 8, 2021
It is very sad to be separated from you Shush. We met only twice, first in 2012 on your way to Kibwezi and for the second time, recently, when we discussed family and church. Know that I still hold on to your words of wisdom. Thank you for taking in my mum and caring for her back then. She sent me to say that she is thankful but sorrowful. We thank you for your boundless love, great wisdom, and compassion. We miss you dearly. Forever loved.

Go in Peace and Rest well, Shush.
Posted by Jeanne Mwinzi on April 7, 2021
Aunt Janet, rest with the angels. You lived your purpose on earth, and beautifully so. Your reputation and good deeds preceded you long before i even met you. God indeed takes the best. It is well. You will be dearly missed.
Posted by Jemimah Mbola-muting'a on April 6, 2021
A great lady has slept, mamas dearest closest friend, we will miss her energy, zeal and beautiful smile. Her love for everyone , her commitment and sacrifice to God's cause will be missed by many. May God comfort the family in a special way. It is well.
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Shared by JACK MATHEW on April 4, 2021
My tribute: This is a post that is difficult to write… Recently, my beloved grandmother passed away on 29 th March 2021 of a short illness and we will miss her terribly. She was one unique and special lady and the loss of her is felt deeply by many, even though she lived a full life. 

The love of Shosh was unique. God must have given grandmothers to us to liven up our lives, to make our lives more complete, to make us well rounded and better human beings. She played a big part in my childhood and youth and I can remember so many places I have had wilderness camping experience with her as PATHFINDERS and at times I could find myself sitting beside her as she prepare the dishes for the young campers, she prepare with special love. She taught me a lot about love and the meaning of family. She has never been just ‘my grandmother’, but my inspiration, my friend, my companion, my guide and my guardian.

Still, we can’t believe our lovely Grandma is gone. We will miss our Grandmother, but her spirit and strength, lives on in each of us and in the lives that she touched; all those who have been touched by the love, strength, conviction, wisdom, and beauty of her soul.

Shosh! – You truly were a unique, special woman! You may have passed on, but our only blessed hope is that, in that beautiful morning, when Jesus raises up the righteous, you'll be amongst the number and we shall forever rejoice. Amen! Fare thee well.....


Shared by Charles Mathew on April 4, 2021
Sometimes life presents us with very sad moments. Like the death of our beloved ones. We mourn for each one of those who leave us. This particular loss of Aunt is very painful one to me.. She brought me up as part of her children, indeed I called her “mathe”. She has done so much that I can’t describe here, but most importantly she led me to know God. She taught me virtues of life, I proudly say I am what I am because of her. Forever I will cherish what you taught me. Till we meet again at the trumpet call….. Sincere condolences to my cousins, Margaret, Josephine, Ruth and Tony.