ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved Lolo of Denmark, Merete Tenna Akwiwu, 67, born on May 17, 1944 and passed away on October 1, 2011. We will remember her forever.

Posted by Ogbeialu Nkochi-Nwankwo on May 17, 2016
Happy birthday Aunty, I imagine all the fun you and my mom would have had today in celebration. You are forever missed. Love always Ogb xxx
Posted by Ochi Ibe on October 1, 2015
Aunt Mere, its another October 1 and you are no more and to make matters worse Ada Oshimiri is also no more.- What hearts have to bear- Well we take solace in 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. Rest on in the Lord
Posted by Susan Matthisson on October 1, 2014
Still thinking about you <3
Posted by Ochi Ibe on October 1, 2014
Aunt Merete, We still miss your laughter, your presence, your tender smiles and the sparkle you brought to the Akwiwu family. Rest in Peace
Posted by Ndubisi Ogb Akwiwu on October 1, 2013
Aunty like a joke its been 2yrs we still wish you where here to see all thats happening in the family all your extended kids grown . We really miss you .Continue to rest in peace
Posted by Chinasa Okon on May 20, 2013
I miss you Aunty! it is so baffling, I always thought you would be with us much longer, but God knows why. I will never forget you Aunty!
Posted by Amia Akwiwu on May 17, 2013
Happy birthday grandma!! Forever in my heart
Posted by Obi Nwajide on October 4, 2012
A year later and it still feels unreal. I still remember the trips to Dalston market, the books you bought me and that jumper . . . Aunty I may lack the words, but we know that God will continue to grant you rest in His bosom forever. Rest in peace, we miss you dearly!
Posted by Ibecheole Lorette on October 2, 2012
One year has passed. You have always loved and cared for your friends and I know that you are watching over us from above. Rest in peace. Lorette
Posted by Mmaezi Nwogu on October 2, 2012
Dearest Aunty, I can't believe it's been a year since you left us. I miss you so much. I thank God for the quality time we spent, the memories we created, our girls nite in, our girls day out, the songs we sang!!
You will never be forgotten. Sleep well my Honorary Queen of the Princess Club!!
Posted by Ujunwa Akwiwu on October 1, 2012
Miss you loads auntie , you will always be remembered
Posted by Ochi Ibe on September 29, 2012
Aunt Merete as Oct 1 approaches, the cheerful thoughts of Independence celebrations are stained by the memory of having lost our very own Lolo of Denmark I miss you very much RIP
Posted by Ebere Okereke on September 28, 2012
I can't believe it's been a year since I last spoke to you and told you I would come and see you in hospital after my trip to Nigeria. Lolo of Denmark, still miss you. Rest in the Lord Aunty Merete
Posted by Ujunwa Akwiwu on May 17, 2012
Love for you Auntie Meerr is undying. Till we meet to part no more. Am sure the angels are throwing you a big birthday bash because they also have felt your touch.
Posted by Mette Würtzen on February 26, 2012
Dear Aunt Merete
Miss you so much and think of you daily.
You have a special place in my heart.
Your beautiful smile and always good humor.
I will never forget you.
Love Mette
Posted by Chinasa Okon on January 25, 2012
Aunty, I really miss the comfort of having you around. I will never forget you.
Posted by Annie Enggård on January 12, 2012
A new beautefull angle in heaven <3<3<3
Posted by Susan Matthisson on January 10, 2012
A great person with an even greater heart has left us.
May you rest in peace.
Posted by Anthony James on November 27, 2011
EMEKA I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABT THE DEATH UR MOTHER.PLZ KNOW THAT ALL OF YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. I WANT TO LET YOU KNW THAT I AM HERE FOR YOU IN YOUR TIME OF LOSS. WORM REGARD....CHIDIEBERE UKACHUKWU
Posted by Uzoamaka Nwamarah (Lommy) on November 11, 2011
"Fresh flowers, dallas bakeries, good food and loads of fun". We certainly had the best christmas holidays growing up as kids.
Aunty thank you so much for all the lovely memories. You are sorely missed!!
May you rest peacefully in his bossom - Adieu.
Posted by Kechi Ibecheole on November 10, 2011
My clearest memory of aunty is me sneaking past the bar at Aba sports club and aunty bellowing my name out loud "Keke, come here! how is your mummy etc..." That was aunty. Pretty loud but ever warm. Its been so long since I saw her but the news of her passing hit hard like I'd just seen her yesterday. I'll miss you but you're surely in a better place now so I'm not mad. Take care aunty.
Posted by Uloma Nzeduru on November 10, 2011
We are at a loss of words on the passing of your Mom. We cannot imagine how you are feeling. With you, we share in the consolation that she rests in peace in the Lord.
Posted by G Ibecheole on November 8, 2011
The Ibecheole family is deeply saddened by the news of your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Almighty God give you the strength you need to get through this difficult period but above all give your Mum eternal peace and rest. 
The memory of your mummy will always be in our hearts. Lots of love, the Ibecheoles’
Posted by Nnenna Ibecheole-Odigwe on November 7, 2011
How do I remember Mrs Akwiwu? Vivacious, boisterous, no nonsense, live wire, happy, her deep unforgettable voice & her infectious laughter. She was one of the tough European women who stuck through thick and thin in Aba and remained there....and such women should be celebrated!!
God must have realised one of his angels was missing and asked her to get there asap. Rest in Peace.
Posted by Ugochukwu Nwamara on November 4, 2011
You were such a wonderful woman and a loving mother to all that came close you. You made your impact while on earth. Your memories will remain indelible. You will be greatly missed...Mama Okem, Lolo Denmark. Rest in the bosom of our Lord.
Posted by Nnembu Nwokeji on November 3, 2011
The news of Aunty Meretes death came very suddenly but I am sure that she fulfilled her mission on earth as she touched many hearts of those she left behind.She was loving, kind and very peaceful and the entire AKWIWU family will feel the pain of her loss. May her gentle soul rest in peace"
Posted by Chinenye Ezeh on November 2, 2011
A beautiful garden now stands alone,
missing the one who nurtured it
But now she is gone,
Her flowers still bloom, and the sun it still shines,
But the rain is like tear drops, for the ones left behind,
The weeds lay waiting to take the gardens beauty away,
But the beautiful memories of its keeper are in our hearts to stay,
she loved every flower even some that were weeds,
So much love she would p
Posted by Chinenye Ezeh on November 2, 2011
So much love she would plant with each little seed,
But just like her flowers she was part of Gods plan,
So when it was her time he reached down his hand,
He look through the Garden searching for the best,
That's when he found aunty it was her time to rest,
It was hard for us who loved her, to just let her go,
But God had a spot in his garden, that needed a gentle soul,
So when I start m
Posted by Chinenye Ezeh on November 2, 2011
cont


But God had a spot in his garden, that needed a gentle soul,
So when I start missing aunty, I remember if I just wait,
When God has a spot in his garden, She'll meet me at the gate.
Posted by Ujunwa Akwiwu on November 1, 2011
Dearest Aunt
This is hard to write and has taken me a month because I seem to breakdown each time I try but had to be written, I just wish circumstances were different and we could sit and talk while you sipped on your black coffee like u always did and I must say real coffee tastes better no other way. Memories of you can’t cease to resurface as they left indelible marks in our lives, countless C
Posted by Keley Akwiwu on October 30, 2011
Aunt Merete,
Its hard to believe you are gone. I still feel like you traveled and will be back some day. Its hard to think that I will walk down to your house in the village and wont find you to gist with. I will forever be greatful to God for making you part of our family.There were so many fun memories and I would rather think on those ones. RIP
Posted by Ochi Ibe on October 26, 2011
You are gone too soon Aunt Merete
Not giving me a chance to say the proper good byes
Not even a chance to do what I ought to have done now that things were different
you were like a 2nd mother in our house
You got on so well with my Mum it is almost unbelievable given that you were not Nigerian let alone Igbo
You were really meant for us - Our dear late uncle Chimezie and the whole Akwiwu
Posted by Emeka Akwiwu on October 20, 2011
The news of your passing shocked me and my family and it still feels surreal, may your soul rest in peace and I feel honoured to have met and have known you.

Pontsho Mokoena
Posted by Evelyn Onyemelukwe on October 19, 2011
My Aunty Meréé,I feel so broken hearted and devastated to write you a love letter you can’t read. Your demise is very painful,we feel cheated. Nonetheless, we thank God for giving you to us in the first place. Have your beauty sleep and rest in the Lord your maker.
Posted by Karen Koetsie on October 16, 2011
Dear Mrs Akwiwu. I never had the honour of meeting you, but I feel like Ive somehow known you through the eyes of Emeka and the many tributes in honour of you. You were indeed an amazing woman. May you rest in the arms of the Angels.
Posted by Francis Ozoji on October 16, 2011
Never met you but felt I knew you. From the Nwanunobis to Okem and to Emeka, you left a huge imprint of yourself and also that of your late husband, whom you’ve gone to re-join. May the good Lord accept you in his kingdom and may your good soul forever rest in peace. Amen.
Posted by Amia Akwiwu on October 15, 2011
Grandma was one of the most inspirational people in my life.she helped me through the good times and the bad times.she had style and spunk that no one can take away from her. her soul may rest in peace. grandma i love you soooooooooooooooooooo much and i will miss you dearly.
Posted by Nkechi Obi on October 15, 2011
"Those we love remain with us, for love Itself lives on..."
Chin,Okem,Emeka , Ikenna and the entire Akwiwu family, accept my sympathy for your loss. Your mum was a big part of my childhood. She will never be forgotten.
Posted by Ebere Nwanunobi-M on October 13, 2011
We had a trip all planned out! This is one of those times life really leaves pain in its wake. We had the best of you when you were here and there's just got to be something beyond here! Aunty Merete, I will miss you so much!
Posted by Edna Nwanunobi on October 13, 2011
Death, don't laugh yet. Know this! We brought our Merete's case before God as a family. Your taking her from us is no suprise to Him. He permitted it. So where is your sting? Gone too soon? Yes. Still, since God allowed it, victory is hers and consequently, ours.
Posted by Ohax Akwiwu on October 12, 2011
When I heard u were gone, I heard ur voice in my head say "Ohax stop drinking ur tea with the spoon in ur cup" I'll gladly drink it with 3 spoons in just to see u again. Luv u aunty, but God knows best.
Posted by Udodirim Green Oji on October 11, 2011
you were there all through my growing years. i remember you with so much passion....you were so sweet. the reality of life is gradually settling in my heart as the parents of my childhood friends pass on ...one after another. Aunty Merete, rest in peace. u remain special to me.
Posted by Chiwunma Akwiwu on October 11, 2011
Dearest Aunty...i really do wish i got to speak to you! You were the 1st person that let me make turkey, rice and stew for you, Uncle Chime and Ohax so many 'Christmases' ago, that alone made me feel 'kitchen responsible'. i love you and miss you, Rest in the Lord. Mamamiya... :)
Posted by Udoka Akwiwu on October 10, 2011
I can't believe I could not say 'Goodbye'. Nonetheless, I'll cherish the memories and Thank God you came to us. You'll live forever in my heart...love Jonji.
Posted by Nonye Anachebe Eneje on October 10, 2011
It was so nice to see you at my wedding, remembering how lovely you looked; death has done it again! May your soul rest in perfect peacein the bossom of our Lord and I pray that the Lord will console your entire family that you leave behind as they bear this irrepairable loss.
Posted by Ogb Nkochi-Nwankwo on October 9, 2011
Dearest Aunty Merete, I am going to miss you. You have always been in my life and not only been a wonderful friend to my mother but to me. You have left a gap which will never be filled and will be forever missed. Till we meet again I will always love you. xxx
Posted by Stacia Wokocha on October 9, 2011
We all miss you aunt Merete!!!Thanks for the support you gave to my family the last time we met in Aba.
Hard to comprehend your no more here! But you will live on in our heart!
May you rest in Peace.
Posted by Ikodia-Esther Ubani on October 6, 2011
dear aunty marete, i was shoked to get this sad message :-( I remember you as funny, loving person and i loved the time we had in nigeria especially the delicous food you cooked. thinking of you - blessings iko
Posted by Nwa Afo on October 6, 2011
Dear aunty Merete, though it is now more than 25 years ago that I we last saw.
I remember you as being a positive thinking person, encouraging us back then Aba, Nigeria. Thank you and may God bless you. Obi
Posted by Ojiugo Emeruem on October 6, 2011
Aunty Merete,I have too many childhood memories filled with ur presence.I remember countless fun weekends spent in ur Hse.I remember you fostered my insatiable appetite for reading novels.I wish we had kept in touch morein recent years.I will surely miss you.Rest in Perfect Peace
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Posted by Ogbeialu Nkochi-Nwankwo on May 17, 2016
Happy birthday Aunty, I imagine all the fun you and my mom would have had today in celebration. You are forever missed. Love always Ogb xxx
Posted by Ochi Ibe on October 1, 2015
Aunt Mere, its another October 1 and you are no more and to make matters worse Ada Oshimiri is also no more.- What hearts have to bear- Well we take solace in 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. Rest on in the Lord
Posted by Susan Matthisson on October 1, 2014
Still thinking about you <3
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Memories we shared

Shared by Ibecheole Lorette on November 10, 2011

Marietta, (this is how you were called in Aba), I can not believe that you are now with the Lord. We share a long history. Our well educated husbands were recruited by Ukpabi Askika, then Administrator of East Central State, to come back home to help reconstruct after the Civil war.

All of us packed our lugagges, kids, and left our parents, very sad, behind. Some of us came to Nigeria by ship ! Some settled in Enugu and had to move again with our husbands, children, and lots of luggage when Imo State was created. The roads were very bad because of the bombing during the war. Enugu-Owerri was a day's journey !

We settled in Aba, then a very industrial town, full of life and activities. Remember Ariaria International Market ? We have seen Aba come back to life after the war and we have seen Aba collapse again due to bad government. We were all part and parcel of Aba.

This is when I met you and the other expat wives (the onyeochas). We were quite many at the time, from all parts of Europe, USA, Jamaica, India, Philippines. Then we started our "missionary work" ie to send our husbands young relatives back to school, to make a comfortable home for our families, organize games and swimming competitions at the Club (with the help of Clifford, the faithful guard of the Club).

What about our Igbo lessons ? We were keen to learn our husband's native language. How did the project collapse ? We had decided that we would learn Central Igbo. We started our lessons then, as we were married to men of various "towns" (Owerri, Nkwerre, Ohafia, Ngwa...), we started arguing : "this is not the way it is said in my husband's village"... Then we stopped. Fortunately, our children did not fall into this trap and learnt Igbo the right way.

Do you remember how Owerri Road Primary School was created under the leadership of Mrs Emeruem ? All our children were going to Santa Maria, then it became overcrowded and it was decided that Owerri Road P.S. would be ideal for the kids living on the other side of the city. We had excellent teachers (one of the best, Mrs Chikwendu, Primary 6). Our children had a very good primary education and preparation for further studies (Fed. Sec. School, University).

Do you remember that as members of the PTA, we designed the new school and ceremonial uniforms ?

And so many other things ! If I were to continue, I could write a book.... So I will stop by wishing you a peaceful rest. You will always be in my memory.

              Au revoir.

                                Lorette

 

what a beautiful day with Auntie

Shared by Chinenye Ezeh on November 2, 2011

A beautiful garden now stands alone,
missing the one who nurtured it
But now she is gone,
Her flowers still bloom, and the sun it still shines,
But the rain is like tear drops, for the ones left behind,
The weeds lay waiting to take the gardens beauty away,
But the beautiful memories of its keeper are in our hearts to stay,
she loved every flower even some that were weeds,
So much love she would plant with each little seed,
But just like her flowers she was part of Gods plan,
So when it was her time he reached down his hand,
He look through the Garden searching for the best,
That's when he found aunty  it was her time to rest,
It was hard for us who loved her, to just let her go,
But God had a spot in his garden, that needed a gentle soul,
So when I start missing aunty, I remember if I just wait,
When God has a spot in his garden, She'll meet me at the gate.

Miss you so much, wish we spent more time together........... i will cherish all the good times we spent together...............the lovely memories of you...... i will keep very close to my heart....... till i meet you at " THE GATE".... RIP AUNTY.

Fond Memories

Shared by Yvonne Ofonagoro-Okafor on October 7, 2011

Dear Aunty M,

Much of my childhood in Aba was spent between your house and ours. Fond memories of just cruising into your home heading straight into the kitchen to see what you have prepared or ravishing through the novels on your bookshelf. Fond memories of the social gatherings in your house and the atmosphere of fun. Fond memories of your laughter and your love for ‘Star’.   

Was just talking about you with Mumsie & Chidi on Friday about the good ole days and then got the shocking news. Sad to hear this but am rest assured that you are now at rest. 

Send my love to my Dad and his pally – uncle Chimezie. At least, heaven will enjoy a piece of the Aba/Umuka Road fun that we were privilege to have experienced here on earth with you all. 

Ijeoma aunty M. 

Ndy Ofonagoro-Okafor and family