ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Marie Chumbow, 65 years old, born on March 5, 1956, and passed away on July 1, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 5, 2022
TRIBUTE FROM YOUR GRAND SON KENZIE

Grand ma Marie, We all wished you would have gotten better! We will meet one day! Will you like that?
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 5, 2022
Mum, we have been crying for one year now, not because you died but because we miss you daily! The sweet gentle voice, the caring mum that you were and all the good memories we shared in this life! Your grand Children keep asking questions about you, and Kenzie even wrote you a letter...
Mum, you were one in a million and my words are not enough to describe the sweetness in you. Mum, You did not deserve to go through such a pain in this life! We all love and miss you but you are now in a better place free from all the pain and suffering of this life. We are grateful to God for the promise hope in the resurrection.
(" 1 Peter 1:3: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead).

(" 1 Corinthians 15:21: "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man).

(1 Corinthians 15:46-54 "However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory.')

To god be the Glory.
Posted by Francisca Mutah on July 2, 2022
Mama, may you continue to rest in peace with the Lord. You will forever be missed.
Posted by Ngum Eliza on July 1, 2022
My beloved mom, life has been very different without you,words can't really express how empty my life has turn out to be. It seems like a dream .I go about the house, always having my phone with me hoping to receive a call from u or hear u call my name "mom/ Ngum". . May your gentle soul continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Francisca Mutah on March 6, 2022
06/03/2022
Today is your birthday mum.
There is no way we will ever forget you.
We know you are having everlasting happiness and peace.
Happy birthday mum

Forever in our hearts
Posted by Monique Chumbow on August 8, 2021
My beloved Aunt in_law , oooh! How amazing , how sweet , so loving you were . A woman of all integrety , I will miss you mother with all your good advices that makes me to strong were I am today , you taught me how forgive and learned how to let things go . I started crying when I lastly saw you in Yaounde , I said to my self this is not the mummy I new , I did not know that I will come to the hospital in Bamemda and you will not be able to recognise me and talked to me as usual .     Where are you mother to continue your wards teachings and advices , well , we love you but God loves you more .   May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace .your wife   Akwa Immaculate .
Posted by Rose Hombo on July 19, 2021
Dear Franka and Family,
On behalf of the Cameroon Nurses Association in the Uk, please accept our sincere condolences. Some of us did not get to meet your auntie but for those who knew her and from all the tributes and contributions from the many people around the world, she was truly loved and must have touched the lives of many. Eternal rest grant upon her and let perpetual light shine upon her soul. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
May the lord continue to comfort all of you and the families she has left behind.
Take courage
Rose Hombo
President Cameroon Nurses Association Uk
Posted by Sammy CHUMBOW on July 17, 2021
To Prof Chumbow
Dear Pa and Ma Chumbow,

Good morning.

Our thoughts are with both of you as you lay to eternal rest our sister Marie this weekend. May God give you and the family the fortitude to bear this loss.

My wife and I remember all the good times we had with her in Ngaoundere, Yaoundé and Bamenda. We thank God for having given us such a wonderful, loving and caring sister. May she Rest in Perfect Peace.

Kind regards
Dr Vincent Tanya and Prof Mrs Agatha Tanya
Posted by Francis Ndi on July 16, 2021
Oh Ngia Marie, it was a sad day indeed to hear that you are no longer with us. You lived a sacrificial life, bringing an uncommon gentleness and care to all that you touched. You ran a good race and surely all the seeds that you have planted will continue to flourish and bear witness to your amazing life. We will miss you but wish you rest in the bosom of the Lord.
Posted by Monica Koffi on July 15, 2021
Mama Marie.may u find everlasting peace in the LORD'S vineyard.were the pain and sorrow is no more.u were more than a mum to us than inlaw.we pray and hope u and our dad pa Koffi who passed away 3months ago have met and glorifying and inteceding for us.Adieu mum.we love u but God love u more.
Posted by Francisca Mutah on July 15, 2021
My beloved Auntie Marie, what can I say about you. You cared for me when I was a child. I can still remember the first time we went to town to sell firewood for 15frs. You took 5frs and bought me moi moi. What a good gesture from a caring mum. You always put people first in all you do. You fed and thought me how to walk but one week before your dead, i had to spoon feed you. You promised me on this day you were going to be fine and come back home but little did i know that the cold hands of death was just around the corner. It is the will of God.
Rest in piece aunty.
Your nephew
Che Emmanuel ( chairman as you always called me)
Posted by Francisca Mutah on July 15, 2021
Tribute to Aunty Maria
The love of an Aunty is unique.
God must have given my Aunty to us to lift up our lives and make us more complete and be better adults. My aunty Mary played a big part in my childhood and I can remember so many times sitting in her kitchen and tasting the dishes she prepares with special love. She taught me a lot about love and the meaning of family.. She has never been just ‘my Aunty’, but my guardian, my friend and my inspiration.

I can’t still believe my lovely mother was taken away from me.
I will miss you aunty but I believe that your spirit and strength, lives on in each and everyone of us. You will forever be remembered by thousands of people that you have  touched by your constant love, strength, conviction, wisdom, and beauty of your soul.
Love you Aunti Maria.
Truly you were a special woman! You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on within us. Thank you for your sacrifices, care, concern, love and everything that you have done for me.
I know you are in a much better place. I am forever grateful and thankful that you are my Aunty.
Rest in Peace aunty
  Your Nephew  
ANDREW YOUNG
Posted by Ebenezer Che on July 15, 2021
I still remember vividly the last time l met with ngiah Marie, that was about 6 years ago.
As usual she was full of smile, naturally she just has a gentle and smiling face.
We will miss her a lot but at the same believe that the Almighty God will grant her good rest.
The bible says we should give thanks in every situation. In this occasion we thank God for the life of ngiah Marie and while we are sorrowful and tearful, we will still celebrate her wonderful life.
Sister Marie your memories will forever remain with us.
Farewell
Posted by Musongong Ntse Luke on July 15, 2021
Oh Auntie Marie!
Just can't imagine that I'm eulogizing you at this material time. This tells me that I'll miss out on your very soft spoken approach to how you've always addressed issues. You were one of those my aunts who has always been critically concerned about every evolution about my life onfoldings. You even frowned for the first time when I last met you in Yaounde, that I didn't update you with evolutions. It's then that I saw how frail health challenges had drained you out. In my last updates you decided to spend sometime at Musang with your beloved sister Regina, my mum. Unfortunately, despite the warmth you all had together, the health challenges couldn't spare you to forge on with life. What else can one say. Your departure time came and you've gone. I pray Jehovah God takes you to his heavenly kingdom, untill we meet to part no more. Adieu Auntie.
Dr. Luke Musongong
Posted by Francis Chumbow on July 15, 2021
My dear Aunty,

The special soft-spoken, understanding, impartial, very supporting, and smiling aunt, mom, and grandma I have ever known. Despite all life's challenges, you were there for me.
Thank you!

May your soul rest in peace!
Posted by Fon Zancho on July 14, 2021
It is with a heavy heart for me as I write this tribute with a lot of questions in my heart like "why, why now" but as a Christian, who am I to question God. Aunty Marie, you were such an amazing, caring and loving "mother, sister and wife" to all of us and you will be greatly missed. You had a very admiring way of talking as you always talk with a very soft tone and a smile on your face. You thought us how to love and treat everyone with respect in a very early age and we listened. You were always ready for prayers and always on stand-by with your words of encouragement. It's very sad that you are gone so soon but I thank you and I thank God immensely for giving you to us and for the time we shared together on earth. I pray you continue to watch after us from above. Go well aunty Marie as our God almighty will be waiting for you and until we meet again.
Posted by Clarisse Mo-ajok on July 13, 2021
It's with deep sorry I do pay tribute to Mama Marie, since I heard you've gone I haven't had that courage to express myself because I can remember during your last days on earth i was privileged to see you, greet you and on the contrary you're the one encouraging me to stay blessed & I too, did promised you to make sure you stay strong until the time I'll be able to come and see you home & take care of you. In your deepest pains you could recognized me, I could see your beautiful smile of encouragement that night with Mami Susana. Kar thank you very much for making it possible for me to have such a beautiful time with mama Maria. Well, God has a very good plans for you, you really fought a big fight with your health.
May your Gentle Soul Rest in Peace.
Posted by Ake Elizabeth on July 12, 2021
Weeeeh, soft spoken and gentle yet very hardworking are some of the qualities that reminds me of my mother,ma marie, as i usually called u,the cool hands of death just come and take u away from us,u never said goodbye, u never said u are leaving , u were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why, i cried out loudly the day i heard of ur death because i will never see u again ,if love alone could have saved u, u never would have died in life because u are such a wonderful creature .Go well ma marie, greet my dad for me i know he will be there waiting for ur arrival .Rest from all the troubles in this world mum, till we meet not to separate again .Ma Eli, monique sister inlaw.
Posted by Ake Elizabeth on July 12, 2021
Weeeeh, soft spoken and gentle yet very hardworking are some of the qualities that reminds me of my mother,ma marie, as i usually called u,the cool hands of death just come and take u away from us,u never said goodbye, u never said u are leaving , u were gone before we knew
Posted by daniel ewome on July 11, 2021
Dear Grandma, we still haven't come to reality with the fact that you are no longer here with us. It seems like it was yesterday we paid a visit to your house and you fed treated us and treated us with so much love and care. Although you are not with us physically, we know that you'll always be in our hearts and the lessons you taught us to be kind, respectful, and loving to everyone we meet in life will always be engraved in our memories and will be passed on to generations to come. We pray that you rest in peace in the lord's bosom. Your legacy lives on through the life you lived here on earth and shall forever be remembered. Your loving grandsons Daniel and Desmond.
Posted by Kah Moma on July 11, 2021
Dear auntie Mary, I am short of words and speechless. I didn't see this coming. If tears could bring you back, we'll all cry you a river! If prayers could bring you back, then you will be write here with us. Only God knows best and can answer all the million questions going through my mind. You were such a loving, caring, humble and soft spoken woman. You will always advise me and correct me when I was wrong. you will always search your bag and give me the last 100frs for taxi fare no matter the situation.
Auntie, it is so sad to believe you are gone. Well, I am console because I know you're in a better place free from all the pains you were going through.
Romans 14:8
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Revelation 21:4
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Yes, you are free from all the pains.
sleep well auntie until we'll meet on that beautiful shore
Adieu auntie Mary
Kah Moma
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 11, 2021
Really l can not believe am writing to You Aunty Maria and you will not be able to read this Rip my sweet and loving auntie. I will miss you so much. I remember vividly spending summer holidays with you in Buea.

You were the only auntie who will always take off her time and go with me wherever I wanted to go when I visit home. You always made sure I was satisfied. My siblings always laugh at me calling me auntie Mary's handbag. All my friends from university of Buea knew you because you were so kind to them. You treated them well and gave them food at the cafeteria even when I was not with them. You were always by my side.

In 2017 when l visited Ngwe Monic in South Africa we spoke about you a lot. Even as you have been sick l kept my communication with her and so sad now we are talking of laying you to rest in eternity. She and her siblings still remain my young ones and l will be always be there for them as you were always there for me. l do promise you that Aunty Maria.

When I visited home in November 2020 you could barely make me out, you were not able to accompany me anywhere then I knew you were really sick. I prayed for you to get well but God knows it all. Greet your brothers for me Daddy Peter Fru and daddy Pius till we meet again. Adieu auntie Mary.

Your niece,
Sibang Chumbow-Che
Posted by Ntsang Ntinglet on July 11, 2021
Family: what a terrible loss for us. I have been so reluctant to write this message because each time I start….I cry. This was unexpected to me because when I spoke to Aunty ngia Maria on June 18th, she called to tell me she got my messages. I was telling her to hang in there. She promised me that she was getting better. I believed her. I hoped for the best. I prayed. But look where we are! Why are my parents leaving this earth so young? Oh death: leave us alonnnnnne
My auntie ngia Maria: that’s the way I always fondly addressed you. My most gentle Chumbow Aunty : When you read this message, you would have been awoken from this death by Jehovah God. His promise of a resurrection is real. Acts 24:15 spells it out plainly that there is going to be a resurrection of both righteous and unrighteous who will be Coming back to this earth after God would have transformed it into paradise again. Not in heaven…But this earth. That’s a wonderful promise ngia. Yes, The earth is made for people and created for us to live and enjoy life for ever. Since God never lies, we are waiting for you ngia. If we do leave this earth as well, we will rest in the grave until God calls us to come out - like Jesus did to Lazarus. So I’m confident that we will see you again on this earth, hopefully in the nearest future. So my dearest sweet Aunty : see you in paradise. SYIP.
Immaculate Ntinglet.
Posted by Joy Kah on July 10, 2021
Auntie Marie, you were such an amazing auntie, loving, caring, filled with a great heart. You fought a food fight and now you are resting. You will be greatly missed.
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 11, 2021
Dear grand ma Marie, I told you to get well because we have been praying for you and wanted you to come and visit us. Why didn't you come as promised! We will miss hearing your sweet voice. Hope you and grand pa Richard Koffi will be best friends in heaven. Good bye grand ma. We are proud to be your grand kid. We will forever love and miss you. Adieu grand mum.
(From Your grand son, Kenzie Koffi).
Posted by Chumbow Christian Tiji Fo... on July 10, 2021
Oh death, where is thy sting?
Oh grave, where is thy victory?

You have snatched away from us one of the very best.

‘Aunty Marie' as we fondly called her embodied 3 distinguishing qualities; hardwork, humility and the fear of the Lord.

She was very hard-working and loved farming /agriculture. She believed that there is no food for a lazy person and that you have to work hard to earn your daily bread.
She was very industrious and always found a way to transform every little space she had into a farm or garden wherever she found herself. She would wake up early and go to the farm before going to work and sometimes even when she returns from work.
She made us enjoy fresh vegetables, corn, plantains and other foodstuffs. Hardly was there a need to buy certain things from the market.

I remember one time I had typhoid fever and the drugs I got were not very effective. Aunty Marie took me to the farm and showed me all the herbs I could use like guava leaves, pawpaw leaves, ’fever grass''etc and after seeing how effective the combination was I realised the importance of herbal remedies, something which our forefathers had been using but now greatly neglected.

I admired her humility,very simple and down to earth. She was very calm, soft spoken, kind to a fault and always willing to help and resolve the issues of others even at her own detriment.

Aunty Marie will always make an effort to give you something ,be it when we are going to school or transport fare for every family member or friend who came visiting. Through out her life, she showed us the true meaning of sharing, which is giving not because you have excess but being able to give out of the little you have.

Above all she was very God fearing, prayerful and would always call us for prayers and sometimes wake you up from your sweet sleep for morning devotion. At the time we used to frown our faces but as we grew older and realized the importance of having a strong relationship with God, we tend to appreciate her more.

‘Fon boy' or ‘my docta' is what she used to call me. Aunty Marie,it’s so sad I didn’t even get a chance to treat you while you were sick ,but God who is the mighty healer saw your suffering and decided it’s time for you to come rest in his kingdom.

Fare thee well. You fought a good fight and won the race. You left a mark in our hearts, and nothing will ever erase.
Adieu Aunty Marie,we will miss you.
Your son,
Dr.Fon Chumbow.

Posted by Francisca Mutah on July 10, 2021
My awesome aunty Maria as we always call you. My heart bleeds .
I'll miss your kindness and your love. I'll miss your gentle advice that always softens my heart. I'll miss your happy smile (even when you were in pain).
I promise that every single day, I'll remember for a while.
We shared something truly special, something that can never be replaced. A bond that the years can never fade, moments that time can never erase.
Your loss brings sadness, but know that you live on in our hearts and in our memories.

Talking to you almost everyday and not being able to do so anymore, has made me to see life differently.
I watched you everyday battling with your health but staying positive.
I thank God almighty for keeping you alive for this long despite all your struggles.
I was truly blessed to have you as my aunty.
You have fought the good fight and the race is finished. You kept the faith... Now in store for you is the crown of righteousness,...

Your beloved Niece
Franka Mutah
(mama Nehkumah)
Posted by Aza Chumbow on July 9, 2021
Dear Aunty Marie,
          My heart is broken ...you have left a big void in my heart that cannot be filled. You loved us (I, Bisoh, Chi, Fon and Late Ndeh) with such a passion, Aunty.  Always gentle and patient with us. And always had a kind word to say. You were hardworking and dedicated to your cause.  You had such a big heart,  and shared all you had with those around.


From Nigeria to Cameroon,  I will never forget your excellent pastries. Your cakes, meat pies and twisted  gateaux were my snacks at  primary school on my lunch break growing up. You loved what you did, and were great at it; an excellent pastry chef with an unmatched work ethic. Ngwe definitely gets it from you.


  All these years, you never failed to send me food from back home (  ground egussi, dried bitterleaf, crayfish etc) , when anyone was coming this way with a letter to go along with it, and with a recent picture of you inside.  The last of such was in 2019 right before Covid, through Ngwe's sister-in- law in Dallas ( Sis. Monica).


In your letters, you always told me you loved me and were proud of me. And that I should keep trying my best. I'll call you and thank you and we'll talk.... I can still here you saying, " I love you, okay baby. You know you are our grandmother right? Be strong..." Chai! Aunty Marie...u don do we oh...see as tears are running down my eyes as I write this..how do you want us to live without you? Look at how Kah is crying everyday, Aunty?  How do you expect Ngwe, Ngum, Zi and Chi to survive without you? 


You were always such a positive person.  Even before you got sick, and even through your illness,  you took it like a trooper.  You were kind, and gentle at heart.  What an angel you were. ( Can't believe I'm saying "were", " was")...Hmmm, for some reason I kept on hoping you'll hang in there, till I see you one more time. But it was not to be.


My dear Aunty Marie,  I'm glad I told you  these things before now. Even though,  I would have loved to see you one more time before your passing.  Adieu, Aunty.  Rest in peace, our sweet angel. You  suffered long. We will miss you,  but we know you are at peace now. 


I love you, baby ❤






Posted by Sammy CHUMBOW on July 10, 2021
AUNTIE MARIA: " MISSION TERMINEE, MISSION ACCOMPLIE"

‘Auntie Maria’, the agony and pain of losing Daddy Pius Chumbow to eternity in December 2020 is yet to die down and you have taken off like a meteor to join the fraternity and sorority of the Chumbow dynasty that have made this journey…. except that, Marie, you are jumping the queue!
However, I am reminded that no child of God leaves this world too early or too late but always ‘in the fullness of time’ of God’s plan for our lives. All efforts on our part and the medical teams could not keep you here. So be it. You have completed and accomplished God’s mission for your life on earth.
You were the embodiment of the character traits of our maternal mother and grandmother, Maria Fembuh, whose name you bore with fortitude, dynamism with humility and love.
The outpouring of messages of love and testimonies of a sense of loss from all of us, your brothers and sisters and especially from all our children and grannies constitute a living testimony of the overwhelming positive impact of your life on several generations.
Your colleagues of the University of Yaounde 1 Catering Department have been sending messages by which they hold you and services rendered to the Students Restoration Services in great esteem.
Your Yaounde CWA group stormed the house last night in their number in official wear and held a powerful meeting with an outpouring of love and affection, evidenced in music,songs and testimonies of your exemplary leadership role in the group for which they had only superlative accolades of the virtues of a life of humility, genuine loving kindness, ‘sacrificial service’, selflessness , generosity etc.. They said you were an example worthy of emulation as you were the first to do, with a smile, work which others were reluctant to do. Some said you led them to see in your life of humility, candor and selfless service ,‘Holy Maria’ whose name you carry so well. They are ready to storm the Queen of Peace Parish Njimafor in their numbers to lay your mortal body to rest because they are convince you are gone straight to be with the Lord.
There upon, I shared with them two verses of scriptures that came to me when I received news of your departure in agony but I was cheered up by these verses:
Psalm 116:15 “ Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saint” The death of the saint is precious precisely because according to St Paul in 2nd Corinthians 5:8 , for the Christian (who has died in Christ) “ To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord…” (in Heaven).
Maria, your lifeless body is with us and our lively, loving, kind, dynamic, energetic, Auntie Maria is ‘absent in the body’ because ‘she is present with the Lord’. You have gone through the pearly gates of heavenly glory to be with the Lord God Almighty whom you loved and served with devotion and abnegation. To God be the glory for a life well-lived in His service, in the service of the church, the family and humanity. AMEN. Prof Chumbow
Posted by Sammy CHUMBOW on July 9, 2021
‘Auntie Marie’, You were my sister in-law when I came into the Chumbow family; but as we lived together in Nigeria, Buea and Yaounde, you gradually, by your patience, love  and faithful collaboration, became a sister to me and gradually took over the vacant position of mother (in- law) left by our beloved Mami Nkwentima. You were a permanent source of inspiration to the children and all those who came to know you closely. Thank God for the wonderful life you lived; the wonderful life lessons you are leaving behind as a legacy. We shall for ever remember your interaction with the family. ’ Love you forever.  Mummy Lucy Chumbow
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 9, 2021
Oohh no mummy Mary my sweetie, I am saddened by your departure but comforted by the fact that you are resting from all the pains and strain. You are in the hands of the Almighty. May you find comfort and peace there. We'll miss you. Adiue la belle.(Your friend and 'Mbannya' Njim Chrystyne).
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 9, 2021
My dr wife, we miss you so much, you were dear to us but God has taken you away. May God almighty grant you eternal rest in heaven. We love you.

From Pa Sunday and family.
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 9, 2021
My darling wife, some memories cannot fade away. We had good and bad times together. How I will miss those wonderful dishes you used to welcome me with, and that soft caring voice. Farewell dear one, we will miss you soo much.

From  your brother inlaw Njim Williams.
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 9, 2021
Auntie Marie what can I say about you. You carried me when I was a child. I rubbed my spit and cataar on your back. I can still remember the first time we went to town to sell firewood. We sold my ever first bundle of wood for 15frs , then you took 5frs and bought mine mine for me to eat. Oh Auntie you fed and thought me to walk but one week before your death, I instead saw myself feeding you In that Clinic at metah quarter.That day you promised me you were going to be fine soon and come back home but little did we know that the cold hands of death were at the corner. Jesus before going said he came to go but war on to him who will put hand in his going. So too auntie if it is the will of God that you go so soon go in peace but if it is a human of woman born who have put hand in your going then that one shall never see peace for God's vengance shall for ever follow him.  Rest in peace auntie. your nephew che Emmanuel.
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 9, 2021
Aunty Mary as we call (Ngia Maria) you were a roll model of a mother always calm in your conversations always counseling. You told me to always let certainties go and let me be myself. From childhood as we grew up you were calling me “BOY” even before your end-time, and Junior will ask why are you calling my father “BOY” you told him you have been calling me “BOY” since I was a baby. Always feeding people ohhhh. REST IN PEACE MAMA.
               PETER WHITE NAILS.
Posted by Francisca Mutah on July 9, 2021
My dearest sister Marie,
I thank God for the life you lived with us. You were a fighter. I watched you battle with sickness and together with the whole family we tried our best to save your life, but God loved you the most . Your death is heart breaking, but I know you are resting in the hands of the Lord.
I thank God almighty that made it possible for you to spend time with your children before your departure.
Rest in Peace sister. Greet our brothers and sisters who have gone ahead of us. I miss you so much.
Adieu !!! . 
Your Elder sister
Esther Bih Chumbow
Posted by Vickymindih Chongong on July 9, 2021
My sweetest Auntie Marie "Reme" infact I lack words. Is like a dream though I watched you battling with your health challenges but didn't know you are going to live us so soon. You even gave me hope that it's well. Oh death! Your departure is a shock and has creat a big vacuum in our lives. My heart is still bleeding. You were not only my aunt and friend but you were more than a mother to me. You were a precious, humble, kind, gentle, forgiving, cheerful, supportive and selfless. You thought me many things specifically giving. Thank you for your care, concern, advice and love. I know you are resting in the bossom of the Lord. Adieu sweet Mum!
Victorine Mindih Chongong
Posted by Ndenecho Catherine on July 9, 2021
My dearest mother, "Auntie Marie Cherie" , your Dead is a great lost for me , I watched you battling with your health challenges but didn't want you to die so soon ,my heart is still bleeding . Thank you so much for loving me indiscriminately, thank you for your advices, thank you for directing me to the right path. My life has been successful thanks to your endless advice. You were an epitome of love. What a caring mother you were!! I will miss your gentle voice.... Love you so much . I know you are resting in the bossom of the Lord .Aduie sweet mother! Till we meet again.

Your beloved daughter (niece) KAH NDENECHO.





My dearest little sister, you were such a blessing to me right from birth , it's a privilege to watch you grow as a child to the woman and a mother you became and to watch you taking your last breath in the hospital. What a pain!! I wish you could live longer. Go well sister and continue to rest in peace. I will miss you greatly.

SUSANNA FONGWE (Elder sister).



Posted by Comfort Forche on July 9, 2021
Ngia Maria I can't believe you are gone soo soon. I knew you through aunty Sarah who sent you to visit me during my mother's and brother's funeral at Bamenda Nkwe but your warmth and smiles were mind blowing and very comforting. That made me to immediately feel you as a mother and a family member. God knows why you left so soon but I know you are resting in the bossom of the Lord away from pain and suffering. Continue to rest in peace Ma.
Posted by Abingnwing Sese on July 9, 2021
To my dearest and elder sister Ngia Maria Phembuh. I, being the baby of the house and Ngia Marie the second to last. We were very close. Ngia Marie you have broken my heart . I can't believe since the first of July till today I'm still waiting for someone to tell me that it is all lie. Ngia Maria as I always call you. What have you done? You've left a deep hole in my heart, that nothing could ever cure this pain. Your wondrous compassion I cannot describe. I miss you but because I know who you are, I know that you are at the right hand of the Lord in heaven. The most admirable, warm-hearted and trustworthy person I know. Big sis although you've failed me, I would still have you as my sister, no matter how many times you go and come back. Even though we used to fight and qurell when we were kids, nobody could ever come between us. Ngia Marie, you have passed through temptations and trials but you still had faith in God and I know that God always shares his love with hardworking, caring, loving and gracious peacemakers.

Serah Abiengnwing/Akwah
London, UK
Posted by Chumbow Christian Tiji Fo... on July 9, 2021
Hello Aunty Marie, Mummy the pain is over and you can now rest at the bossom of the Lord in Peace. You have been a caring Mother to all the family members and anybody that comes your way. We will miss your soft spoken words and all our food you used to send from yaounde to Douala . When mami Anna Ateh left us , we were consoled that you were still there for us. You have gone so soon, not our wish but God Almighty's . Greetings to all that went ahead. We love you and will miss you Mum. Rest in Peace with the Lord.
Your son,
Priso Ndifor
Posted by Ngum Eliza on July 9, 2021
Death oh death,why did you have to snatch my grandma and godmother from me?who will teach me how to pray,who will give biscuits and savon to my mother to wash my dresses, grandma I love you but God loves you more.Gone too soon but never forgotten. Adieu grandma
Your Godchild Teddy Ngu Chumbow
Posted by Ndenecho Mira on July 9, 2021
Dear Mother,
You were not an auntie but a sweet loving mother and friend to me.You have always been so advicing and comforting.I still rememberall the times we sat together,conversed with one another and the unending were and advised you instilled me.You were someone who taught me how to share no matter how small it is.I have in much in me to say,but i will end hear for now. ADIEU my mother _ Till we meet AGAIN your daughter Ndenecho Mirabel
Posted by Ngum Eliza on July 9, 2021
My hero, my mum, my everything. It is a big loss but God know why you left us so soon. We mourn out our love but God take out of love. Let out faith not be shaken but hoping in the lord and keep trusting in him because he will always remainour refuge. I can't believe i won't  see you anymore, mother of all can't heart you less mummy Marie
Your daughter Bih Kellybright
Posted by Ngum Eliza on July 9, 2021
My wife,my sister
I love you but God loves you more. You may be my sister inlaw but more than a sister to me. May your soul rest in perfect peace with christ jesus my lovely and caring sister inlaw, until we meet to part no more.
Manwi Bih Emmaculate
Posted by Ngum Eliza on July 9, 2021
My dear, I love you but God loves you most. It's so sad knowing God has called you. I'm now left with the load we had. I will continue from where you stop to see that the work is completed. May the good Lord guide you through your journey till we meet again. May your soul rest in peace. Amen
Your husband Nde Lawrence Che
Posted by Ngum Eliza on July 9, 2021
My dear daughter in law, you are the best thing that happened to me, but as God has decided to take you now, may he grant you eternal rest. Amen 

Your mother in law
Mami Suzana Neh
Posted by Kien Mafor on July 9, 2021
Dear Auntie Marie I have known you for such a long time I would call you Mother. I recall when you married my God father and I will come sit with while you encouraged me to study and tell me stories of your studies in Nigeria. Then my days in UB at the school canteen even when I had no money for lunch there was always a plate waiting for me
Oh Auntie Marie I learned what the word endurance really meant from watching you go through live, facing it, s daily challenges and obstacles with a smile on your face. You and my mom taught me life long lessons that have stood the test of times and have sailed through life. Thank you. You ran the race and I am happy you finished strong and the evidence and testimonies are with the fruits of your womb. Our Great and Mighty Rewarded will surely fulfill all that you yearned for and request before going to rest. The God that you served will continue to guide and protect your children for you. A dieu Auntie.
Posted by Evelyn Chumbow on July 8, 2021
When I think of my Aunt, I think of light. I remember when I returned to Cameroon and you came and paid me a visit with such a beautiful smile. RIP Dear Aunty Maria
Posted by Ngum Eliza on July 8, 2021
You pushed me to be the best I could be even when life was heaving down on you. Where did you ever find this strength To not just keep fighting, but motivate me too?
Courage, happiness, smiles and hugs Are just a few things that you never had in short supply, Such an inspiring legacy you’ve left behind ma I’m smiling wide today, as I look to you up in the sky
You felt my anger, you heard me lie,
You watched me let you down,
You allowed me to go beyond your means even if you smiles disappeared into frowns Mom, I don’t deserve to be the one To give you the final goodbye Yet, here I am, regretting all these years That I made you sigh Not all is lost, I know you’ll be watching So picking up the pieces I am, starting today Going to live a life, worthy of a mom like you I’m gonna make you proud ma, in every way i should be sad and heartbroken but honestly, I’m not. Yes, you’ve been taken away but it’d be selfish if that was my thought, The things you’ve been through, You’ve endured suffering and pain. No matter what I feel, there’s no way I’d want you to go through that again, The heavens have spoken, The angels decided it was time to go I’m sad, I’m heartbroken but in a better place You are now, I know. I don’t know why but I just can’t stop crying I could fake it, to appear strong But then I’d just be lying Never, ever, have I gone through
a pain in my heart, so strong Is this fair, I ask myself Why me? this is so wrong but as the cacophony in my mind subsides Giving way, to realize that you are
In a better place now, away from the suffering
With me in spirit, close but yet so far You might be here, no more
But you’re listening, that, I know I’m trembling, as i reign in my thoughts
Never, have I ever felt this low
I love you ma, RIP
Your son Chi Clinton Nde
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Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 5, 2022
TRIBUTE FROM YOUR GRAND SON KENZIE

Grand ma Marie, We all wished you would have gotten better! We will meet one day! Will you like that?
Posted by Monique Chumbow on July 5, 2022
Mum, we have been crying for one year now, not because you died but because we miss you daily! The sweet gentle voice, the caring mum that you were and all the good memories we shared in this life! Your grand Children keep asking questions about you, and Kenzie even wrote you a letter...
Mum, you were one in a million and my words are not enough to describe the sweetness in you. Mum, You did not deserve to go through such a pain in this life! We all love and miss you but you are now in a better place free from all the pain and suffering of this life. We are grateful to God for the promise hope in the resurrection.
(" 1 Peter 1:3: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead).

(" 1 Corinthians 15:21: "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man).

(1 Corinthians 15:46-54 "However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory.')

To god be the Glory.
Posted by Francisca Mutah on July 2, 2022
Mama, may you continue to rest in peace with the Lord. You will forever be missed.
her Life

BIOGRAPHY OF CHUMBOW MARIE MBUH EPSE NDE

The passing away to eternity of Chumbow Marie Mbuh épouse Nde,  a  beloved family member, caring mother, devoted wife,   knowledgeable caterer and fervent catholic Christian has left many who knew her well touched and grieved. As we bid her farewell to the everlasting kingdom of the Lord whom she loved and served with devotion, it is appropriate to recall the life that she lived.

 EARLY LIFE

Maria Mbuh was born in May 1956 to Mama Elizabeth Ngum ( Mama Nkwentima) and Papa Alexander Chi Chumbow  and was given the names of her maternal grandmother “Maria Fembuh”  of Kejom Kekuh, one of the earliest Basel Mission Christians in the Northern Grassfield who had just rested in the Lord.  

 Maria was baptized in the Basel Mission Church Nitob, now Azire in  1956 as a baby. She did not go to school early as she accompanied her mother to the farms in ‘Afon-tebah’ (Na-Kaah) and learned to farm, plant, harvest and sell produce in the Bamenda town market, carrying head-loads of sugar cane, maize etc from the farm to the market. Accompanying her mother everywhere that early for many years, she learned by educational socialization from her mother the virtues of  hard work, genuine love and humility which were to accompany her throughout her adult life. She relocated to Kumba to live with big sister, Susana Fongwe Soh and take care of the children (her nephews).   

EDUCATION  

In the fullness of time, she returned to Bamenda and did primary school in the Presbyterian School Nkura and completed in the Catholic School Njimafor, obtaining the First School Leaving Certificate in 1975. She proceeded to the Cameroon College of Commerce, Mankon  for secondary education and transferred to Cameroon College of Commerce (CCC) Kumba to be with elder brother Peter Fru Chumbow  and Mrs. Beatrice Chumbow. She obtained the GCE Ordinary level in 1982.

In 1985, she decided for a career in ‘Catering and Hotel Management’ and joined brother Sam Chumbow in Nigeria. She studied in the prestigious “Davog Institute of Catering and Hotel Management, Ibadan from 1985 to 1987 earning the College Diploma but also distinguished herself in the External Examinations in the profession by earning the “Diploma of the Nigerian Institute of Catering, Hotel and Motel Management”  in 1988. Concomitantly, she registered for and passed “The West African Health Board examination in Food Hygiene Part I in 1987 and Part II in 1988 and was admitted as Associate Member  of the Institute of food and Hygiene. (The Institute is in Ghana and sets examinations for professionals in all of Anglophone West Africa). She did internship in the ‘Premier Hotel’ Ibadan, a five star Hotel.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Her post qualification career started with work in various catering institutions in Nigeria (Ibadan and Ilorin) before returning to Cameroon. On return to Cameroon she worked successively as Manager of Mondial Hotel in Bamenda in 1992, relocating to Parliamentary Flats Hotel, Buea from 1995 to 1999; the Cameroon Opportunity and Industrialization Center (OIC) from 1999 to 2004. She joined the University of Yaounde Catering Department from March 2004 until her passing on to eternity in 2021. Wherever she served, “Auntie Marie” or “Auntie Maria”  as she was fondly called, is said to have left an impact of commitment to hard work, to transparent management of resources and to candor in service; a character which,  according to some assessments, made her likeable and cherished by many but put her at loggerheads with those who would prefer to profit from opacity and duplicity.

FAMILY AND CHRISTIAN LIFE.

She was married to Mr. Lawrence Nde, a builder in the WAGA Construction company and was mother of four children :  
Ngwe Monique Koffi, BSc Accounting UB, MSc Accounting and Auditing, University of Johannesburg ; married to Mr Fon Koffi  of Johannesburg.

Ngum Elizabeth Nde, BSc Economics, Yaounde II, Accounting Cashier, Mbatu Credit Union.

Zee Theresia  Nde, BSc Marketing, UB and student , Higher Technical Teacher’s College,(ENSET) University of Bamenda.

Chi Clinton Nde , student in  BSc Transport and Logistics ,University of Bamenda
She is survived by three grand children ( Fon Kenzie Koffi, Mbonne- Nwing Briellynn Koffi and  Beban Sammy  Koffi).

Most importantly, she leaves behind the entire Chumbow Fon clan  and Zancho family to mourn her heart-felt departure.
After her marriage to Mr Nde, Maria became a Catholic since 1990 and joined the Catholic Women’s Association and also became devoted to and active in a charismatic group in Yaounde that is devoted to prayers of intercession and evangelism.  For the last year or so, she has gone through a series of inexplicable ailments which she has prayerfully borne with fortitude and has been in and out of the hospital for the last six months, until the Lord, by His grace, called her to rest from her pains.  

Auntie Maria’s life has been a life of exemplary humility, love and devoted service to God, the family and the community. We give God the glory for a life that in very simple ways, illuminated many dark corners of our lives and community. To God be the Glory.
 
 
 
 
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Shared by Laetisia Nde on July 9, 2021
Dear daughter-in-law 
You have been an inspiration to us all, you thought us severally to do the right thing and be a good example to the people around us. It is really true what people say you never know the value of someone until you loose that person. "Aunty" as we formly called you. I am sorry if i didn't get the opportunity to make you know how special you were to me. I didn't see this coming. I can't forgive myself for not being able to tell you how much i love you during your last days on earth.
      I want to say thank you for the love you showed me from childhood. You accepted me for who i was, took me into your home and treated me like your own. What more could i ask from from a stepmother? People say i was lucky but no i was blessed to have you in my life mom, i can't say everything in writing but i want you to know that i love you and i am greatfull. The day i head about your operation that was coming up i shared tears because i know if i was the one in that position i might not make it. 
      I would miss you dearly my dear mother, i would miss you calling me "baby" whenever we talk on phone, i would miss you calling my " mother-in-law". we all love you so dearly but i know God loves you more and i know you are sitted with him right now in heavenly places. It is had to say goodbye if tears and prayers could bring you back to us you would still be here with us right now.
   Adieu dear mother until we meet again 
      Your stepdaughter Laetisia.