Mary Ngunue Nwonfor
  • 67 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 18, 1946
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: May 4, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Woolwich, United Kingdom
Let the memory of Mary be with us forever

Dear Family, Friends and Well-wishers,


We regret to announce the sudden death of Mami Mary Nwonfor on Sunday 4th May 2014 at the age of 67. She died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich, London, following unsuccessful attempts to recover from a cardiac arrest suffered while in an ambulance transit to hospital.

Mami Mary as she is popularly and deservedly known to her family and friends leaves behind a daughter, three sisters, many grand-children, cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends the world over.

It is the family intention to take Mami Mary home where she will be laid to rest in her birth place in Mendankwe, North West Region of Cameroon. The family hopes to give the opportunity to all her friends and well wishers to bid her farewell in London and Cameroon.  It is in this light that we are sharing the Funeral Programme as agreed by the family :


London, United Kingdom

Saturday 5th of July 2014
Proposed UK last viewing at appointed Undertaker - T. Crib & Sons. +44 (0) 207 476 1855. Victoria House, 10 Woolwich Manor Way, Beckton, London E6 5PA.

Mass & Wake
Location: Greenland (Former Cue Ball Snooker Club)
1 Rediff House, Wantz Road Dagenham, RM10 8PS  
Google Maps Link

6:30 PM                Assembly of friends and well wishers. Please try to come either before or after mass to ensure minimal interruption during the mass.
7:00 PM                Memorial Mass Begins

8:00 PM                Wake Keep


Thursday 10th July 2014

Repatriation to Douala Cameroon


Douala, Cameroon

Thursday 10th July 2014

17h00              Arrival at Douala International Airport, Douala - Cameroon

                       Mortal Remains to be received by Family & Friends

                        Memorial Service at Airport

23h00              Departure of Funeral Train for Bamenda, North West Province


Bamenda, Cameroon   
19h00              All Night Wake without corpse at Family Residence in Mendankwe, Bamenda, North West Province


Friday 11th July 2014

Bamenda, Cameroon 

06h00              Arrival of corpse and lay in state at Family Residence in Mendankwe and Public viewing.
11h00              Church Service at Catholic Church, Mendankwe
13h00              Burial at Family Home in Mendankwe
15h00              Reception at Family Home in Mendankwe


Sunday 13th July 2014

9h00                Thanksgiving Mass at Catholic Church, Mendankwe

Monday 14th July 2014

12h00              Traditional Ceremonies to celebrate the life of Ms Mary Ngunue  Nwonfor


We have set up a Memorial Website where this information will be uploaded and updated. You can also upload your testimonials directly on the website.


Mami Mary was a committed, active and passionate member of many community groups including the Mendankwe group, the Cameroon NW Cultural Association UK, the Okoyong Past Student Association and the Cameroonian diaspora in UK at large. She contributed immensely through these different groups in the cultural and social enrichment of its members, associates and the community as a whole. The members of these groups, and the many close friends that Mami Mary made, who share this deep loss of their beloved one can make their contributions to the following account set up for this purpose:

Account Name: Samuel Wanki

IBAN: GB23LOYD30164166209060


Sort code: 30-16-41

Account number: 66209060


We are most grateful for your kind support. Please remember the family and friends of Mami Mary in your prayers.

May her soul rest in perfect peace.


Contacts for the Family: 

Eunice Nwonfor


Regina Wanka


Samuel Wanki


Jude Awambeng


Rene Awambeng





Rene Awambeng

On behalf of the Family

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by chy Nwosu on 4th May 2017

"Can't believe it's 3 years already! Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord mami"

This tribute was added by Tessy Mbofung on 4th May 2017

"Aunty Mary, may your soul continue to rest in the Lord."

This tribute was added by Nneka Ekanem on 4th May 2015

"A year has passed but you remain fondly in our hearts...... RIP"

This tribute was added by frank labule on 4th May 2015

"One year gone already but it still feels like today...your passing...sure time will heal the shock and pain, sure as well your memory will forever remain fresh with us, who loved you dearly, and shared so much happy and joyful times together...May your soul rest with The Lord."

This tribute was added by Eunice Nwafor on 18th September 2014

"Mum we all love and missing everyday.

Whereever you are have a happy birthday from all of us until we meet again .

Mum rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Nneka Ekanem on 18th September 2014

"Today you would have been a year older, celebrating with us. Knowing you are in a better place is our only consolation.  Rest well Ma Mary!!!"

This tribute was added by desiree ngwanah on 4th September 2014

"Aunty Mary, you are gone but not forgotten. I will forever have you in my heart"

This tribute was added by Stella Ngwafor on 6th July 2014

"Mami, you were and always will be mother whether here or beyond. Thank you for your wise words and may your soul rest in perfect peace as you watch over us from the world which awaits us for our next meeting.

Lord, lead her safely home."

This tribute was added by Nelly Esong on 5th July 2014

"Mami, so it is true that you're gone...!
Two months gone already when the news of your death came as a bombshell and it still seems like a dream to me. I can't imagine I will be seeing you in a couple of hours time for the last time in a strange cold house and not your very warm house, which made me always sleepy when visiting you. Mami, I can't imagine that I will see you and we'll not be able to "tori" as usual.
Though you didn't bring me into this world, you rendered a mother's shoulder to me when I needed one. I remember how we used to chat for hours, your words of wisdom, your jokes and all, I will forever miss.
"My Opsan meeting passenger", how will I be driving to meetings without you?
I will forever miss you Mami and thank you for everything.
Enjoy your sleep with the Lord. Adieu"

This tribute was added by sylvain mudikongo on 5th July 2014

"Très Chère et Très Aimée Mami,

Que le Tout Puissant t'accueille en son sein et à la place des justes.

Nous pleurons ton départ, trop tôt, trop soudain, mais ton amour vivra en nous pour toujours.

Merci pour tout ce que tu as été.


This tribute was added by Eunice Nwafor on 4th July 2014

"May you rest with the peace of The Lord mama"

This tribute was added by Nneka Ekanem on 3rd July 2014

"Gone too soon..............
Ma Mary, I keep on hearing your voice saying "Ekaette, when are you going to cook my edikaikong soup". This you asked with a smile on your face. I kept on procastinating saying "soon , dont worry". I wish I could turn the hands of the clock back. You have left us physically but shall forever live in our hearts.  At functions you are conspicuously missing,  we all keep saying "you should be here". Adieu,  rest peacefully in the bossom of our Lord...Amen."

This tribute was added by Stephen Nfor on 1st July 2014

"Ma Mary, I have visited this memorial site on numerous occasions and have been reluctant to light a candle because even two months after your shocking departure to the world beyond, that fact has remained illusionary in my mind. Now that we of the Camreoon North-West Cultural Association (CNWCA-UK) have had two executive meetings and we’ve not seen you, the reality is sinking in with a lot of pain. Maybe the message of the inevitable was there but too clouded for us mortals to see, or else, how did it happen that a week before your passing on, as always I received my usual 3 o’clock reminder call from you that you were ready for the meeting and just waiting for me to pick you up. And of course at the meeting (27/4/2014) the unusual happened. For the first time we unexpectedly had eight bottles of your trade-mark drink ‘mateus’ and all of us were fighting over it. Hardly did we know that we were in fact celebrating your last meeting with us. We’ll miss your leadership, Mbanglum moves, your uplifting prayers, your counsel, the achu, the ‘kehti kehti’, and everything about you Ma Mary. For me in particular, the awkwardness of driving to the association meetings without you is something I am not looking forward to. Adieu Ma Mary! Let the Good Lord be gentle with your soul!"

This tribute was added by Emmanuel Patcha on 29th June 2014

"Dear Mami
Oh words cannot describe you, your smile and humour will always be remembered.
Mami it’s closed to two months that you have been gone, I still cannot get over this untimely departure. You have left us and the world to a greater and peaceful place, I feel void but can still feel your presence around. I hear you talking to me , calling me by ''Ndia Emma'', the jokes you made and some of the words you always use. I remember our last meal, 'achu and mateus rose’, Sunday a week before your untimely departure, it was our last super indeed. ''If man be fit live forever ii better'' ( Late Prince Nico Mbarga), unfortunately we cannot.You have now been called upon by our Heavenly Father , where you will find eternal peace.
Mami thanks for the support , advice and love showed to me, you are a mother who will be forever remembered and missed dearly.

'Ndia Emma Patcha'"

This tribute was added by louis Tansie on 28th June 2014

"Ma Mary you where a special Mum and daughter of the Bamendankwe  village,you committed in  maintaining the culture and did your best to pass it  on to the younger generation. Little did we know your attendance of our last meeting in Basingstoke in March  was to say good bye. Your memory will live on."

This tribute was added by Chimene Awambeng on 20th June 2014

"Forever Special

Friends and family took it for granted that there was something ready to eat, serving with joy that comes from above. Whether Achu , or pepper soup, it was seasoned with our aunty Mary’s love.

Some will say this, some will say that, but on these things we’ll have to agree:
Our aunty Mary was very lively, and wise, and very fun; she had shared hours of fun and laughter with us.

Her words to me:  “My daughter Chimene, Be faithful and Strong to take good care of our family.”

So although we miss her voice for a while, Her prayers will echo through many years long.

Dear aunty Mary, Forever missing, Forever Special, May your Soul Rest in Peace!"

This tribute was added by Akemnji Ndifornyen on 20th June 2014

"Dear Auntie Mary,

It's difficult writing this because it is the first time I have been able to acknowledge you are no longer here in the flesh, despite the fact that I can still hear your voice in my head. I'm still expecting you to bound into the house at any moment and tell me to sit down so we can story! At least I know that all the heavens will be entertained for eternity.

Miss you so much Auntie xxxx"

This tribute was added by Kwaku Addo on 18th June 2014

"Dear Gran, I will always treasure the memories I have of you. From the days of me nagging you for chocolate as a child, to the days of me sitting with you and you making me laugh. I will deeply miss you and will hold these memories in my heart forever.Rest In Peace."

This tribute was added by Alain Mabom on 10th June 2014

"Que le confort de Dieu aide en cette période tres difficile.
Nos condoléances plus sincères."

This tribute was added by Lc Monju on 10th June 2014

"So sad to hear of your passing Ma Mary. London scene is not going to be the same ever. I will miss you so much, your openness to offer advice was second to none. Your beautiful heart will be missed greatly. I am comforted to know you are resting in the bossom of our Lord and Saviour. RIP."

This tribute was added by stella ldeh on 8th June 2014

"Mami,  little did I know that you came to tell me your goodbye when we shared the last supper together. That last memoir with you  and  your very gentle voice keeps haunting me. Patrick is still waiting for the achu   Your bed is still waiting for you .Onome is also waiting for grandma to come visit.  You will be forever missed."

This tribute was added by Augustine Forba on 5th June 2014

"Ma Mary you were indeed so special and we will miss you dearly. The love and concern you showed to us all reminds us every day of the treasure you were in our lives. May your soul rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Jacqui Nfor on 29th May 2014

"Dearest Ma Mary, what can I say? What can we say? What can OPSA UK say now? You have shocked us so much with this sudden departure. We had our mateus wine ready for you at the gala, but you were very missing. The jokes, the laughs, your love of soukus and how you would twist your waist to the beat of the music during meetings, all the times you advised us at meetings and visits to your home or mine, we will so miss that now. All your funny Okoyong stories, from the famous 'niners' class, no one there now to pass these on. Rest in peace, as we all have to accept God's will for you and us. Pray for us there with Our Lady of the Rosary - until the day we meet to part no more. OPSA UK salutes you as our olderst member who has left us behind, but we will cherish the good memories we shared with you all these years. Farewell. Jacqui on behalf of OPSA UK."

This tribute was added by george nwafor on 28th May 2014

"Sister Mary, you left too soon but your memories will live on. Our family is one less because of your departure! The family at large and mine in particular will join the Angels in wishing you farewell. You will meet lots of our love ones who also "left too soon" and for that, we will stay in remembrance of your departed Souls!
Cousin, George Nwafor, San Jose, CA . USA"

This tribute was added by janette ngebi on 21st May 2014

"Mami Mary as she was fondly called, may you rest in perfect peace.

This tribute was added by Brenda Ndifor on 20th May 2014

"My Beloved Anti I know I'm going to miss you and you were such good mother to me. you always makes me smile when you come to the pub and we always have a little chad and always help me when there is occassion in the pub by washing up after cooking. I know how much you are a good Anti to me and now that you have gone there wil be no body to help me the way you do when you where alive.May your soul rest in peace in jesus name Amen."

This tribute was added by Kofi addo on 19th May 2014

"'GRAN' - as you were affectionately called by me and the kids - you came into my life and left indelible footprints on my heart, and invaluable memories I will always be grateful for and forever cherish. Thanks for the unique privilege of knowing you...REST IN PERFECT PEACE! "Damirifa due...""

This tribute was added by Karen Lifanje on 19th May 2014

"Dear Auntie Mary,
Our Hearts are heavy individually and collectively by your sudden departure.
Our heart grieves over what we’ve lost, but our spirit rejoices over all the good memories you’ve left behind.
For 7yrs during our time in Bamenda, Achu became our Sunday meal instead of Kwacoco and banga soup, even when you were unable to bring it yourself, you made sure someone brought it. This Achu was able to feed the entire family with left over’s for Monday. As far back as a little girl attending Gov’t school Up Station, to this day, I remember your warmth and kindness towards my family.
Your friendship to my family is a great testimony of what true friendship is.  Even after we had left Bamenda, you made sure you stopped at our house in the south to say hello to your friend and his entire family during your visits to the area.
You were always around the family, when the grandchildren started popping up in London, surprise surprise you were also amongst the first to visit. You’ve have indeed gone too soon.
You’ll be missed and may the good Lord grant you eternal Rest.

Karen Lifanje - Ekontang  On Behalf of the Lifanje’s Family"

This tribute was added by Looh desmond on 19th May 2014

""I will always treasure all the fund memories I have of you. The love, dedication and devotion you have always shown to your family is amazing. You will be deeply missed. May your soul rest in the peace of our lord Jesus Christ" Amen"

This tribute was added by winfred akoh on 16th May 2014

"My dear sister, we never dreamed your death so near. The blow was hard, the shock severe, not only those who love can tell the pain of parting without farewell. God give us strength to face this blow, what it meant losing you, no one will know.
To hear your voice, to see your smile, to sit and talk with you awhile, to be together in the same old way would be our dearest wish today, but loving memories never die.
As days go by; in our hearts a memory is kept of the one we love and will never forget.

"Adieu Remme"  (Nchang) as you always called me"

This tribute was added by Tessy Mbofung on 14th May 2014

"My beloved Aunty Mary,

You have left a vacuum in our hearts but your legacy lives. May your soul rest in perfect peace my very loving and caring Aunty."

This tribute was added by Mimi Awambeng on 14th May 2014

"May the ground be soft on you mammy.
You may be gone but you'll forever live with us.
Miss you greatly"

This tribute was added by Chris Nasah on 14th May 2014

"God is in control, and He knows everything. We know you are in His bosom until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Willie vd Bergh on 14th May 2014

"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow."

This tribute was added by Rene Awambeng on 14th May 2014

"You will be greatly missed.
Love Jackie"

This tribute was added by Eunice Nwafor on 13th May 2014

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