This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dr. Oluyomi Okunola-Bakare, 46 years old, born on January 22, 1975, and passed away on June 8, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Chris Adesina on June 11, 2022
We miss you. Rest on.
Posted by Deo Thy BALM on June 10, 2022
Dearest Yomi,
Ore mi owon...I have missed you sooo much! I always think about you and the good times we had. I'm sorry I couldn't leave a message for you on June 8. It's still quite surreal to accept your transition. I know you are resting peacefully in the Lord's bosom. Your memories are indeed blessed. Sun re o!
Much love ore...
Posted by Abolanle Olubunmi on June 10, 2022
My Sweet sister! Miss your smile, laughter, love and words of wisdom. Miss your friendship!
Rest In Peace, your legacy lives on…we love you!
Posted by Grace Lanlokun on June 9, 2022
Sister Yomi, we miss you dearly! May your gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace 
Posted by Bill O'Clock on June 8, 2022
Missing our dear Yomi and thinking of you, Dapo, with loving prayers for our Lord's continued comfort and grace in every way.
In Him,
Bill & Pirkko
Posted by Olubunmi Sanwoolu-Godo on June 8, 2022
Keep resting in power dear friend
Posted by Olajumoke Adebiyi Aramide on June 8, 2022
Yomi. It exactly a year you transit into glory. You return to your maker whom you server diligently until you breathe your last. Thoughts of you has refused to leave all your loved ones and me especially. Your memories are sweet and unending. Continue to rest in the hossom of your God and light perpetual continue to shine upon you. Prof. my Thoughts and prayers are ever with you. Adieu my dearly beloved friend,Sister and daughter of the most high till the day of resurrection.
Posted by Oluwatosin Olawuyi on June 8, 2022
Gone but not forgotten. Miss you
Posted by Bill O'Clock on January 22, 2022
Dear Dapo,
Thinking of you especially on this, the birthday of precious Yomi. We miss her so much and pray for the comfort of Jesus to carry you daily.
with our love in Him,
Bill & Pirkko
Posted by Oluwatosin Olawuyi on January 22, 2022
Fondly remembered dear.
Posted by Chris Adesina on January 22, 2022
Keep resting dear Yomi. Fondly remembered today and always.
Posted by Deo Thy BALM on July 9, 2021's been about a month ago you left with the angels...just passing by today to lay this flower on your bedside and tell you how much you are missed. Rest well Yomi dear...and keep smiling too.
Posted by Bisi Mosuro on July 6, 2021
May your gentle soul rest in peace. May the Lord comfort your family and all your loved ones.
Posted by Folake Gbolagade on July 6, 2021
Sis Yomi, thank God for your life. You came, you saw and you conquered. May the Lord comfort your family and the entire family in Jesus name. We love you. Good night, we will meet at Jesus'feet.
Posted by ABIODUN ADEFOLARIN on June 26, 2021
Thank you!!
On behalf of the entire immediate and extended Bakare and Okunola families, we want to acknowledge each and everyone of you as you stood by us during Oluyomi’s life journey prior to her transition home to glory and since then.
You all have been an amazing community. We appreciate you all.
We invite you (as we strongly believe that Oluyomi would) to live wholeheartedly.
In every moment and with the help of the Holy Spirit within you, we encourage you to live with a passion to bring and be, the good news of God‘s love and redemption in your circle of influence.
If you are not at a place where you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, We implore you to be reconciled to God. This is the best honour you can give Oluyomi.
Discover who Jesus Christ can and wants to be in your life.
Remember, God‘s faithfulness remains for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever.
Posted by ABIODUN ADEFOLARIN on June 26, 2021
With Sincere appreciations, we acknowledge the love and kindness shown before and after Oluyomi’s heaven call. Perhaps it was a song or a thought that you shared, a poem or a fond memory. Perhaps you sent some lovely flowers, or you spoke the kindest words any friend could say. Perhaps you were not able to make it at all but kept us in your prayers. Everything you did, big and small in consoling our hearts and expressing love for Oluyomi’s sake, we sincerely thank and appreciate you so much for the part you played in celebrating our beloved Oluyomi. For the Bakare, Okunola and extended Families.
Posted by Adeyimika Desmennu on June 19, 2021
Now thank we all our God, who gave us the oppotyunity of a life with you Oluyomi!

I tried all these while to wrap my head around this; the memories just kept coming from St Louis Mokola Ibadan to about 3 years living together in Idia hall UI; you took me in as a friend without any reservation........

You lived the life of Christ while on this side of the eternity and the testament rolling in after your transition speaks so loudly.

Yours is a truly accomplished life.

I pray the Lord's comfort for your darling husband, family and friends.

Good night "Yomily-mine"
Posted by Maislyn Christie on June 19, 2021
Yomi brought her beautiful voice to our choir . I will always remember her friendly smile.
Yomi you are forever in our hearts .You are going to be missed. You have fought a good fight and you have finished your course . May your soul rest in peace . Thanks for your legacy.
Posted by Mofopefoluwa Ajani on June 19, 2021
Aunty Yomi,
Thank you. I really don't know what to say. I would miss you. You reminded me of my mother everytime. Heaven rejoices over you.
Posted by Moni Ajani on June 19, 2021
My sweetest and precious aunty Yomi, I'm grateful to have been your niece. Thank you for the kind words, constant encouragement, prayers, love, pieces of advice. So so many beautiful memories of you from childhood even till the last conversation we had. This is just temporary goodbye, till resurrection morn
Posted by Bill O'Clock on June 18, 2021
Dearest Yomi,

You were a true treasure and a special friend. Your pure, sweet spirit always lifted us towards our heavenly Lord. Though we trusted for your total healing on this earth, you have it in His presence now. It seems Jesus couldn't wait to have you there with Him, though your departure seems untimely to us, and we'll miss you very much.
with our love for you and dear Dapo,
Pirkko & Bill
Posted by Jide Falaki on June 18, 2021
Beautiful, kind, loving, supportive and a lover of Jesus. You have been a friend and sister since I met you at the University of Ibadan in 1996. Even in difficult times and situations, your faith in and love for Jesus was obvious. Thank you for a being light.

We love and miss you but know you are in a beautiful place with our good, faithful and kind God that you loved and served. Rest on
Posted by Kemi Nelson on June 18, 2021
Oluyomi mi❤
Posted by Rotimi Bakare on June 18, 2021
“My dear Yomi, you will forever remain in my heart. I met Yomi since 2011 at NIH-NIDA-IRP Bayview campus, we instantly connected. She is a wonderful, caring and a loving sister. She was always there for me. I can't even stop crying, without hearing your sweet voice again. I love you my dear sister Yomi. You're my ANGEL!” 

From Comfort Boateng
Posted by Emmanuel Adefolarin on June 18, 2021
Aunty Yomi ,
You were always a positive person. You kind heart was contagious and would even make people feel happier when they are sad.
No matter the situation you trusted in God for help and I really admire that. Even when you were in pain you never gave up and you still fought through the hardships you were facing. I will always remember you for your heart warming smile, and your loving attitude towards others. I will forever keep you in my memories, and I pray that you enjoy eternity with God.
Posted by Jemimah ADEFOLARIN on June 18, 2021
Auntie Yomi
You have always been a bundle of joy. No matter how much pain you were experiencing or how many obstacles came before you; you persevered. This perseverance of yours is something that I have always aspired to have and it will always be a reminder of your strength. One thing that I love about you is your beautiful smile and your ability to make the best out of any situation. Your compassion has touched the hearts of everyone who came across your path. While your time with us has abruptly and unfortunately been cut short, you are spending eternity with our Father in Heaven and I thank God for all the precious memories I get to hold of you 
Posted by Oluwatoyin Karnley on June 18, 2021
Sister Oluyomi. You are a wife like a sister to me. A woman of faith..A mother and a role model to all the children around you, especially your little girl Abimbola. You have lived a great life. You are a great asset to have. But you have gone so soon. I prayed that Almighty God shall give the entire families the strength to bear the lost. We loved you so dearly, but God love you more. Rest in His eternal peace.
Posted by Yinka Adefolarin on June 18, 2021
Yomi, it is my consolation that you are in a better place. I knew you fighting good fight of faith to live. This life of faith has made you not to have time for grudges or fight with no one. You were focused and simple hearted. I never wished to write this as your tribute but as felicitations on your many birthdays. I miss your laughter, your photogenic face and silvery voice. I look at the face often, it's unbelievable that you have left. You are in my heart always
Posted by OLUREMI ADEFOLARIN on June 18, 2021
Yomi , you were an epitome of love , joy, wisdom and resilience . You have put others first and gave of yourself even when it was not convenient . You were full of smiles and laughter even in the face of adverse circumstances.
Yours was a beautiful soul and a gentle spirit. Although we feel the pain of your physical separation from us but we take solace in the fact that you fought a good fight , you kept the faith and you have now received your crown . I am thankful to God for every remembrance of you .
Posted by Charis A on June 18, 2021
Aunty Yomi,
I've had a tough time putting words together without tearing up. So instead of crying, I'm going to remember your laugh; I can hear it so clearly just thinking about it now.... regardless of what was happening in the moment you could always find something to be joyful about. You let God's joy be your strength, through and through. You were strong for us all and now you can rest. I love you more than words will ever express
You will forever be missed

Posted by Iseoluwa Okunola on June 17, 2021
Auntie Yomi,
I have struggled with coming here to write Anything or post anything on here because I end up crying because what exactly can I say. You lived a good life. You lived well regardless of anything and everything, you let God live in and through you. I’m sure you had moments you were down but you never let it dampen your spirit. The only thing consoling me is that YOU devoted you life to God and you lived well for him despite all that was going on… it was only fair I guess that he brought you home in his time! Your tenacity and strength is one to imbibe! You were a warrior! THIS IS A CELEBRATION OF LIFE BECAUSE YOU LIVED WELL! You were strong for all of us! You will be forever missed and forever in our hearts! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Olufemi Adedoyin on June 17, 2021
So sad to know you've left us so soon. May God comfort the entire family.
Posted by Tolulope Odunola on June 17, 2021
Jesus says, "Come!"

The Beauty of Life and Joy of Existence,
Will never be complete till we hear the Precious Call.
Unless our hearts comprehend its full meaning,
And we respond with love-infused hearts,
For Jesus says, “Come!”

Sweet Aunt Yomi did hear!
Much more, she responded and lived to tell the world,
Jesus says, “Come!”

With laughter so vivacious,
Ever giving, ever loving.
With encouragement inexhaustible,
Ever believing, ever trusting.
With Prayers founded on Abba’s Infallible Word,
She kept the glorious tune:
Jesus says, “Come!”

Oh, what joyous moments we were blessed to have!
For many lives were blessed with the Beauty of You.
A Solid Believer; Christlike and Christ-full.
Daughter, Sister, Mother, Aunt and Friend.
Co-worker, Gist-mate, Fun-buddy.
And Best of all,
Our Beloved Dapsy’s Sweetheart, a Darling.

Thank you for the priceless memories, Oluyomi.
They were more than enough for a Lifetime.
Yet, what Joy awaits us in Heaven,
For our archives will overflow
With more wonderful remembrances.

Rest well Beloved,
Enjoy Christ’s Full Embrace,
And do cheer us on with your musical voice.
We know pain, weakness and tears will never win,
For Jesus keeps saying, “Come!”

With love,
The Odunolas
Posted by Smith Mukoro on June 15, 2021
Wow! dear sister Yomi, its been 29 years i last saw you. Reading about your sudden death was quite a shock. You were a quiet, gentle and friendly soul.
I pray God to console your family and the body of Christ.

Rest on my dear friend and sister
Posted by Daphne Goodman on June 15, 2021
I’m saddened to hear of Yomi’s transition to the immediate presence of the Lord, but grateful that she’s out of pain. I met
Yomi at Immanuel’s Church where we both served in the Worship Arts Ministry for several years. I was always blessed by her sweet smile and gentle demeanor. Above all she and Bro Dapo always exuded the humility of Jesus to me. I remember texting her in November as she was on my heart. She responded in her sweet way inquiring about me and my family as usual, never highlighting her struggles. Her testimony was always “God is good.” I’m honored to have known her and grateful for the testimony of her enduring faith until the end. I will miss her presence and sweet soprano voice lifted in praise to God. See you in heaven, my dear sister.
Posted by Saratu Eliyakim-Samaila on June 15, 2021
Dear Sis Yomi. It’s really hard to believe you’re no more. About 20 years ago, we were in the Choir together at New Covenant Church, Maryland. Though we’ve not seen since I relocated, I remember your calm & gentle spirit. You were a good friend and always had words of encouragement. You will be greatly missed. May God comfort your husband, family, friends, church & everyone you left behind. Rest in the bosom of the Lord until we meet to part no more. Love always, Saratu Samande ❤️❤️
Posted by Wynnet Green on June 14, 2021

You were a truly beautiful soul who loved the Lord dearly. We never got to have that lunch we had been planning for about 3 years. What will I miss most... your laugh, your warm personality, the humility you gracefullly showed, the postings of your many nieces and's hard to choose because I'll miss it all. See you on the other side...walk good my friend
Posted by Wande B Onodipe on June 14, 2021
"The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God..."

I met Yomi when I lived in MD in 2002/3, and what a lovely soul she was! We worshipped together at New Covenant, and had many pleasant times together. We lost touch after I moved, but very recently, I found her via LinkedIn and sent a request to connect. I was not expecting this to be the response, but God knows best. Sleep on Yomi. Your race is done!
My deepest condolences to Prof, and to the entire Okunola and Bakare families. May the God of all comfort be especially close to you at this time.

Wande Onodipe ( nee Morgan)
Posted by Olubunmi Godo on June 14, 2021
Good night yomi till we meet again. You have truly fought a good fight and we are assured that you are with your Lord and Savior. Yomiiii
Posted by Doyin Oyenuga on June 13, 2021
I was deeply saddened to hear about Yomi's passing but I know that she has gone to rest.

I pray that God will wrap His mighty hands around the family and comfort them all.

Sleep on beloved!
Posted by Abiola Ojuolape on June 13, 2021
Dr. Bakare.
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.
I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life.

Posted by Funmi A on June 13, 2021
Sister Yomi, I am certain you have joined the hosts of heaven to sing the eternal praise of our maker. Your humble and sweet self is strolling through the gold paved streets and enjoying the many mansions of our father’s house.
Bye for now. You will be missed. I pray God’s comfort for brother Dapo and your entire family.
Posted by Rosanna Setse on June 13, 2021
Dearest Yomi,
It’s hard to accept that you are gone. I miss your laugh & your beautiful sweet spirit.
You have fought the good fight, you have kept the faith! Well done Sis. Through thick and thin, you remained steadfast in Christ and an encouragement to all. Our Sister group won’t be the same without you.

We can not understand everything now, but one thing I know is that nothing can separate us from the love of God, and you are resting in His loving bosom.

Sleep well my Sister. Rest In Peace . We miss you and love you!❤️❤️
Posted by Kike Bejide on June 13, 2021
Dear Sis. Yomi, Can’t stop thinking about you at this time but I know our Almighty Father will comfort us all.
Dr. Yomi Okunola Bakare - Loving, caring, giving, patient, prayer partner, choir mistress, scientist, dearly beloved of God. She seeks not to be known by man but to be known by our Heavenly Father. Your story is ; “I don’t need my name in lights, I’m famous in my Father’s eyes, Make no mistake He knows my name”. You have ran your race in life and now in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Leaving us to it to make our own mark before we meet our maker, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Adieu Sis. till we meet at Jesus side to part no more.
Posted by Tolu Bisade-Phillips on June 12, 2021
Dearest Oluyomade,

Indeed you have fought a good fight and am glad you have gone home to rest.

I will always remember you for being a true friend and a committed child of God. You so much trusted the Lord to keep you this far and you once told me not to be too worried about you cos you will be fine in Gods hands. . . . . now I know what you meant.

You are resting now and am happy for you. May the good Lord keep your husband and all your loved ones.

Goodnight Ore mi Oluyomade.
Posted by Byron Sogie-Thomas on June 12, 2021
Dear Yomi,

We will miss that soprano. We're guessing you've already joined the choir over there.
We will miss your laugh. A sound that filled the room, even if the joke wasn't really that funny.
We will miss your warmth. And your kindness.
And your intellect. You committed your career to healing the sick. You are now in the presence of the Great Physician.

Above all we will miss your audible, tangible testimony that God is good. And faithful. And trustworthy.

The testimony is your legacy. We won't hear you tell it, but we'll remember it. How God saw you through a sickly childhood.
How God saw you through higher education. In science. And introduced you to Bros Dapo.
And how God saw you through medical challenges.
And on and on...

We won't forget you. And we know you'll keep cheering us on from glory, as Hebrews 12 puts it.

We love you.
Yewande and Byron
Posted by Busola Oronti on June 12, 2021
Dearest Yomi,

If only you could read this. I remember our time together as room mates at the University of Ibadan for 2 years running. We became friends. I shared some of your pains, your disappointments, and sometimes, your secrets.

I would have loved to share some of your struggles too, but I didn't know. We think you're gone too soon and it's quite painful, but our God knows best.

Sleep tight....
Posted by Rotimi Bakare on June 11, 2021
The strife is over, the battle done; the victory of life is won. Rest well now Aunty Yomi, you will be dearly missed.
Posted by Deborah Johnson on June 11, 2021
Yomi, your passing will leave such a void in our DLAPI family. You were one of the most genuine, loving people I have ever met. Your smile would light up any room you walked into and your laugh was infectious. I know you suffered considerably from various physical infirmities, but no matter what was going on in your life your first words to me were always "How are you and your family?" And you meant it. They weren't just polite words. You genuinely cared. I will miss having you pop into my office for a chat. I will miss sending you funny videos and pictures of Genghis. I can't begin to say how sorry I am that you are gone, but knowing you are whole and at peace brings comfort. Rest in peace my friend.
Posted by Henry Ofodile on June 11, 2021
For the believer in Christ we know death isn't an end in itself rather it's the beginning of a life much more Glorious...exactly what Paul calls "Absent from the body yet present with the Lord".

Dear Aunt Yomi, you'll be greatly missed!
Thank you so much for happening to us.

A woman with a heart of Gold.
A worthy and exemplary soldier of the lord Jesus Christ.
Very diligent, strong and focused.

By his Grace we trudge on, making you proud in all we do.
You are forever in our hearts.

We look forward to seeing you again at the resurrection.
You're deeply loved, treasured and honoured.

Toluwalope and Henry
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Posted by Chris Adesina on June 11, 2022
We miss you. Rest on.
Posted by Deo Thy BALM on June 10, 2022
Dearest Yomi,
Ore mi owon...I have missed you sooo much! I always think about you and the good times we had. I'm sorry I couldn't leave a message for you on June 8. It's still quite surreal to accept your transition. I know you are resting peacefully in the Lord's bosom. Your memories are indeed blessed. Sun re o!
Much love ore...
Posted by Abolanle Olubunmi on June 10, 2022
My Sweet sister! Miss your smile, laughter, love and words of wisdom. Miss your friendship!
Rest In Peace, your legacy lives on…we love you!
her Life

Dr. Oluyomi Bakare was:

  • A dedicated wife. She loved God and people
  • Blessed with a beautiful community of friends, colleagues, fellow christians and family
  • A lovely and dependable friend
  • A loyal and dedicated friend
  • Always joyful and lights up the room
  • An awesome sister and auntie
  • A fashionable lady
  • A lady with a great sense of humour. She laughed and enjoyed a kind and good joke

Dr. (Mrs) Oluyomi’s Journey

Dr. (Mrs) Oluyomi Bakare was born to the late Chief Samuel Adebayo Olanlokun Okunola and Mrs Beatrice Olusola Okunola (nee Oloyede) on January 22nd 1975, in Ibadan, Nigeria. She was born as the last of seven children. She was born with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), but she never allowed this painful and life threatening condition to stop her from pursuing her God given goals in life. She obtained a BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, followed by a Master of science (MSc) degree in Chemistry from Howard University. She further received a PHD in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College park. Dr Oluyomi Bakare then conducted research as IRTA Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Molecular Targets and Medications Discovery Branch of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She joined the FDA in 2015 as a review Chemist where she worked until her transition to glory. Dr Oluyomi loved the Lord Jesus Christ and has a great love for people. She loved singing in the choir and was part of the worship team at the New Covenant Church, Hyattsville for several years. She as also a part of the choir at Trinity Baptist Church, Hyattsville, where she led praise and worship as a member for some years. In recent years, she served alongside with her husband as co-leader of the Nursing Home Ministry of Living Word International Christian Church, Silver Spring, MD. Dr Oluyomi Bakare is survived by her husband, Dr Oladapo Bakare, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand nephew. Oluyomi was preceded in death by her older sister, Dr. Olubunmi Ajayi
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Shared by Jimmy Okunola on July 8, 2021
Wow Oluyomi, It has been exactly a month since you transitioned to Glory and yet it feels like yesterday and the physical and emotional pain for us that you left is still so Raw and Real! I just want to say personally that you are truly missed and forever cherished. My words fail me as it's beginning to sink in that we will not see you or walk with you nor be able to confide in and ask for your opinion and guidance when it's needed or required, on this side of eternity! But in my grief and sorrow, I am thankful still to GOD for being able to call you My Sister and let you know that you are My Champion and You are Victorious! I Love you and Miss You!
Shared by Jimmy Okunola on July 8, 2021
Wow Oluyomi, It has been exactly a month since you transitioned to Glory and yet it feels like yesterday and the physical and emotional pain for us that you left is still so Raw and Real! I just want to say personally that you are truly missed and forever cherished. My words fail me as it's begining to sink in that Topsy and I will not see you or walk with you nor be able to confide in and ask for your opinion and guidance when it's needed or required, on this side of eternity! But in my grief and sorrow, I am thankful still to GOD for being able to call you My Sister and let you know that you are My Champion and You are Victorious! I Love you and Miss You!

I am free

Shared by ABIODUN ADEFOLARIN on June 26, 2021
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard His call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow;
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savoured much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now,
and set me free. (Anonymous)