- 94 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 1, 1921
- Place of birth:
Ise-Ekiti, Ekiti, Nigeria
- Date of passing: Apr 23, 2015
- Place of passing:
Ise-Ekiti, Ekiti, Nigeria
|Let the memory of Mama Omorinola Olaiya remain with us forever! Leave a tribute!|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Late Mama Omorinola Olaiya, 94, born on March 1, 1921 and passed away on April 23, 2015. We will remember her forever.
"YOUR FRUITS BEAR YOU WITNESS....
Mama, it is always hard to say our final good byes, bye bye, 'odigba'.... until we meet again at higher level. Indeed, no matter how short or long or lives happen to be, we have much longer time to spend in eternity. Personally, it is a great and rare privilege to have opportunity to share time and space on this terrestrial particularly at IDIMOTIN growing up as a child (to know Mama Omorin, aya Baba Abodi); and being able to write this tribute.
I will forever cherish your good memories, unending love and great devotion to all and sundry, particularly your children and grandchildren. You demonstrated and shared much love in variety of ways during your lifetime. For this, you are engrained in our hearts, showing good examples to emulate. I still marvel at your sacrifice spending nearly one decade abroad showing how much you cared. That happened at a time and generation when most of your peers will not agree to spend any meaningful length of time away from Ise. Mama rere, your seeds and fruits certainly bear you witness as we celebrate your life and time, now and hereafter.
I pray that God will grant you eternal rest and keep all your off-springs (biological and social) safe and give us the strength to carry on.
Sun re o; Mama rere.
Fondly remembered by;
"I know mama from my church Abundant Life Christian Center, N.Y. Mama was a very quiet nice and loving person. She will sit quietly with smiling face, ready to learn in the Yoruba Sunday School Class . Mama never argue on any subject and if asked to contribute to the topic of the day. Mama will say you are our teacher and we are okay with your explanation and the teaching of the topic. May her soul rest in peace
Sister Yemisi Tijani"
"In the journey of life, you meet two types of people: Those who cause you pain and those who take away your pain. Yeye as we fondly called mama, was a peace lover who dedicated her life not causing pain but socialized in taken away people's pain. As your pastor in NY, it was an honor to have pastored you for many years. You were always there smiling and sitting gently among the congregation. I am sure that you are with the heavenly congregation sitting gently and smiling. It is well with your children and the legacy that you left behind. Dr. Festus Adeyeye. Senior Pastor-Abundant Life Christian Center Church, NY."
"Momo as we always called her was a very loving mother. I only got to know mama in 2007 when we visited the Falana's family in New York. Mama then will always advice and encourage us to wait upon the Lord. Mama has genuine love for every body she comes across,she imparts knowledge and wisdom to all she comes in contact with,she is a motivator that believes in leading by examples, no work is too small or too big for mama to do, mama is very generous,she is always ready to give all she has and go with nothing.Words are not enough to describe Mama's attributes, she was an epitome of sincere love and an embodiment of Christ in all ramification. Mama until we meet again and never to part at the feet of our lord and saviour....it's good night Mama oninure, OMO AKIN ARINJEFON gbogbo ebi nse daro re, te ba dele kie kile o,o dabo o mama sunre lese Jesu, o dabo. Sunny,Yemisi & Timi Oyekunle"
"Mama, we lost a gem.
She was very gentle and pleasant. When I lost my parents, she came to me and said in her dialect 'Ah meji lekan na' and almost crying.
We were at Yoruba Adult Sunday school together. There was an incidence we were discussing about 'abiku (still birth), she did not want to talk. Our beloved great grandma( Pastor Anthonia's mum) asked her to talk and she said in Ekiti Dialect 'se eyi ti won pa ku mo mi lowo'. we all laughed.
May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Elder Joke Shobowale"
"When I was younger, my grandmother was the one who stayed home with me all day and took care of me while everyone was at work or school. This helped us to become very close. I was able to speak to her in yoruba and was sometimes the only one out of my siblings who understood her. Although this death may be sad, she lived a long life and was able to see her grandchildren grow. Her life will always be celebrated and remembered. - Toni Falana"
"Mama, what a gentle spirit she had, very respectful. When mama was here in America, at the beginning of ALCC , they were three, herself, Pastor Anthonia's mum and Ade's mum, always together and enjoyed each other's company. The three of them are always happy never complaining. Sometimes when they love a particular worship leader to sing during offering, they will call me Iye JR amuludun nko, I get the particular person they want. They will follow each other and dance, mama will hardly say anything but she will smile and nod in agreement. I always imagine if she ever get angry, may her gentle spirit rest in peace. She was always in Sunday school and interacts very well and really understood God's plan of salvation for her life. We love u and u are greatly miss, what a wonderful time we had together.
Pastor Adebimpe Rosiji
"I had the privilege of interacting closely with Late Mama Omorinola during my several visits to Gbenga Falana's household in Long Island, New York.
She was always happy to see me and would request for an update regarding happenings in Ise Ekiti. She was very fond of my mother (Ayanna Adesha) of blessed memory and spoke glowingly of her. She took good care of her grandchildren and gave them the opportunity of understanding core Ise Ekiti dialect while growing up. She was a humble and virtuous woman and would be missed by all.
May the soul of Mama continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord (Amen).
"TRIBUTE TO A LOVING MOTHER
My Mother was a loving and compassionate woman. While it is routine for people to call their Mother the best, but in mine case, it is the reality.
You were good and supportive, and had played a great role in my life.
Mommy was gentle, calm and generous, willing to let go of whatever she had or ready to give assistance to anyone in need.. saying, "Olorun
lo nbukun ni,Won ki nje lehin Moyo."
You endured the challenge of child bearing, you stood by and cherished your remaining two out six children, and to you we were the best in the world.
Your words and faith in me gave springs to my steps, I saw myself in great light, and not just an ordinary girl, but someone whom you. mama, have strengthen to do anything that her heart desires.
Mom, you taught me to be diligent and resourceful, content, and trustworthy. I could make good and informed choices based on your gentle guidance. The time spent with us in the US was memorable and despite our little differences, the ten years you had with us was a remarkable one.
Our differences were always about food; for example, if I asked Mama what she would be having for lunch and dinner, her response would be "Wahala re ti poju"... "the one I ate is not yet digest. I didn't go out and yet you are asking me to eat another one?"
Mama was very close to my husband. Always glad to see him home from work everyday. They would spend hours together chatting and telling stories upon stories. When Mama was readying for a chat with my husband, she would beckon to him, calling him (Aba lola) to come; the two were so close that many people from our church thought I was the daughter in law. Mama was a peacemaker, always telling my husband, "Mu suru re" whenever we have quarrel.
We had fun traveling to various places of interest in the US. Mama was amazed to see many of the wild animals she had heard of,at Six Flags (zoo). Also,when we rode by Giraffes as they were touching our vans with their necks.
Thank you for the lessons of life, thank you for all of the times you swept and kept the house clean, thank you for the trust and faith you had in me. You always call me "Eye-lola". I love you eternally. If I had to choose a mother again I would ask God for you. Continue to rest in the bosom of our Creator until we meet to part no more. Mommy, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Mrs. Oluremi Falana"
"I will never forget that bitter day when I received the phone call that a mother in-law like a mother left this sinful world. It was a rude shock to me when I heard the news of your death. Well, who are we to challenge God. Thank God that you lived a fulfilled life.
I am grateful and honoured to have had such a wonderful, noble and humble woman as a mother-in-law.
Before I met you, I had heard horror stories about mother-in-laws, but yours was different. I remember the years we spent together and how much you loved to take good care of your grand-children, I salute you yeye omo.
You were loving, caring and exceptionally generous. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Till we meet in the bosom of Almighty God, I wish you a blissful night rest.
MRS. EBUN OLAIYA - DAUGHTER IN-LAW"
"During mama's lifetime she was fun loving,caring, and hard working. Mama was very curious and she had a very good sense of humor. She taught me basics of life and little of my dialect. She's a lover of children. Adieu mama. You will forever be in our heart. Rest in the bosom of our Lord @ Iya Omorin till we meet and part no more .SUN REE OOOOO!!!
Oyebola Omotayo Feyisetan Olaiya."
"My darling mother! Eye-Oye, Mama ”yaa mu suuru” as you always said and discussed with me whenever I was provoked and made to be angry by people. You were a wonderful mother. You lived through hard times and suffered deprivation of glittering worldly materials for the educational upliftment of your son and daughter. At last thanks be to God that the end justified the means . God mercifully crowned your effort and struggle with success. You did not suffered in vain. Praise be to God that you really enjoyed the fruits of your labour at your old age. Your legacy of putting God first in all things shall be ever green in my heart. We your sons, daughter siblings grand children, in-laws, lovers in general are not mourning but celebrating your ripe age and departure for eternal glory. I whole heartedly believe that your physical absence from mortal bodies is an eternal presence with the Lord.
Eye oye as popularly called, I thank you for the deep love and care you shared with my family till you passed away. I witnessed your excited moments at the birth of each of your grand-child and how much care and service you gave them at every situation. You didn’t just passed through life you lived it. Although, we gave you up to death when we couldn’t fight any more. I am very proud of you my dearest mother. Rest in the bosom of your Creator till we meet to part no more
CHIEF OYEDEJI OLAIYA ABODI."
"I knew you right from my kindagarten when you take me to school and come to pick me every afternoon..you ll wash my clothes and bathe me and always advise me to be the "ipo kini" meaning (first position) in my class.I cannot but say I miss mama's "agbado sisun" (roasted corn).I grew up to know you as the best grandmother on this planet earth.Thanks for your love and care,I will forever miss you...May your soul rest in perfect peace. #olaiya oyewole (grandson)"
It has been a long time coming, but God has called you to become one of his Angels. The time that you have spent on this Earth has been one filled with memories that we will all cherish. I was only 7 years old when you first came to America. You have watched me grow throughout my youth into my teen years and I have watched you slowly become more and more accustomed to the American culture. Whether it may have been eating waffles to watching game shows such as the Price is Right or even the first time you saw snow, you embraced it. You were a very strong woman that filled us with laughter and showered us with love. We will forever remember you.
Love you Grandma,
Your passing has come as a slight shock to me being that mommy & daddy were planning for the family to take a long overdue vacation to visit you. However, I am comforted in the thought that you are with the Lord.
You were the only grandparent that I personally knew, and I feel truly honored to say I have met and lived with you. I will forever cherish the countless memories that were made during your 10 year stay with us such as: when you braid my hair and I complain "It's too tight", or when you would open jars for me because you were so strong, or when you would save me from the yelling & punishments from mommy. I am eternally grateful for these experiences and I miss you dearly. I will always celebrate your life.
Love, your granddaughter. - Lola Falana*"
"Her life was well spent.
Adieu Mama---- Rotimi Olaiya."
"Mama wa sun re o.Emi omo Aburo re se idaro re.
"O dabo Egbon mi Omorinola. Afe O,sugbon Jesu fe O juwalo. O di igba Ajinde ki a to pade. Sun re mama.--- Sunday power."
"Mama se eniyan Pataki to ko Ebi mora.Fun won igba to Mama lo pelu mi, Won kin mba enikeni ja. Emi omo re Folake se ilede leyin re Mamaomo.
"Sleep well Mama, I really miss you!
"You were a very lucky mother who was born well, lived well and passed into Glory in very good circumstances. Fare thee well.
-Chief Adewole Atandeyi. Akure."
"Sun re o, Mama omo. We love you but God love you more. Febi will miss you. O dabo - Febi Ajagbure."
"Mama, mother Oluremi, was here on Earth with happiness and joy. The mama that put smiles on our faces every time despite any challenges. Thank God for Mama’s life. I remember when Mama came back from America and she still looked fresh even after her 80’s. Odigba Iya oninu ire. – Tope Olaiya"
"Mama rere, May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. – Elder and Mrs. Tunji Falana"
"Mama sleep well mama mi. Till we meet again. I love you but God loves you more. O dabo o mama rere. – Power daughter"
"My dear loving mother, it is a pity that you left us. When you were with us, you use to tell us stories about your travel in America. I will miss you so much along with your interesting stories. Sun re o. – Olaoluwa Ariyo"
"Sleep well mama Omorinola, we will meet again. I love you but God loves you more. Sun re o. – Funbi Ariyo"
"A good and loving grandma, rest in perfect peace.
---Architect Olaiya Benson (Grandson)"
"Mama, you were such a wonderful person. Sleep well in the bosom of your creator. Till we meet again. – Samuel Ojuawo"
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” Matthew 5:5
Yeye, you lived a very humble, harmless and fulfilled life.
You have fought the good fight, Now you have finished the race.
Keep the Faith….. And henceforth there is laid for you the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge will award you. 2nd Timothy 4:7-8. Good Night.
---Mr.and Mrs Olusanya Folaranmi."
"Mama pupa fondly called by my mom of her blessed memory, she always cherished your beauty and quietness. What a great mother and grandma. I remember you fixed my daughter's hair without collecting a dime. I admired Your quietness, Continue to rest In peace till we meet to part no more. Tinuke Olowoyo"
"TRIBUTE TO A TRUE MOTHER
Mon-moh (Mama) as fondly called was well known to me long before I became her Son-in law, and after marrying her daughter, did not relate to me as Mother - in law but as a true mother that anyone could ever wished for.
Having lost my own mother at a tender age, I was happy to have found comfort in Mama as a true mother. Our closeness was beyond imagination ,even to this day, many people here in the United States believed she was my mother and not mother- in-law.
Mama was an extremely quiet and peace loving person. The Ten good
years spent with us in America revealed her unique qualities. I have
many fond memories of how accommodating Mama was, and how big a heart she carried. Mama often waved off any annoying situation with smiles.
Mama, thoughts of you and many words of wisdom and stories shared with me will be forever treasured in my heart. I will never forget the impact you had on my life.You taught me patience and your usual saying that "One cannot fight for self and that the fight should be left for God" resonates with me daily. You were such a rare gem,very caring, humble, simple but strong and kind.
Thank you so much for the time spent with us here in New York, in the midst of cold weather, and the positive impact you had on my children especially Oluwatoni whom you helped raised and taught to speak and understand Ise- Dialect.
My greatest joy is for you knowing Christ deeply before you relocated to Nigeria. Though you were Christian almost all your life, but you had deep knowledge of Christ through the weekly Bible studies here in Abundant Life Christian Center Church in New York. I will miss you sorely ,but Bible tells us that we don't morn like those without hope. Apostle Paul says Absence here on earth and Presence with the Lord. I know we'll see again, as we would also be together with all who call Jesus Lord and savior, and there will be no sadness.
Mama, rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Elder Gbenga Falana."
"Words are not enough to express how much we wish you had still stayed with us but, here is a CALL we all must answer someday, which Grandma has answered to, leaving us with the message that 'ONLY GOD IS REAL!'. Therefore, let's stay connected to our source(GOD). Adieu Grandma!!!
Yinka Olaiya - Granddaughter"
"Mama, we thank God for the fulfilled life you lived with exceptionally high qualities. You left a name that the coming generation in your lineage will continue to be proud of. You were a rare gem, a good loving mother, a woman of value, proactive and a bold woman with free plain mind. You were a role model per excellence and a devoted and dedicated Christian. You served God and humanity with all your heart and strength and spiritually strong. You loved education and a visionary woman, a great planner and a contented woman. Mama, you were easy going, loving, caring, hardworking, meticulous, articulate, upright and, compassionate. l give glory to God for the grace of a life well spent Your gist and story telling will be seriously missed. Adieu Mama rere and continue to rest in peace Amen.
Mrs. Fasuan Bolanle Abe"
"My beautiful and dependable mummy Aya baba Manu Abodi. you have won the battle of live, it is very difficult to believe that you have gone for ever thank God for the fulfilled life rest in your Lord's bosom till we meet to part no more Adieu mama.
Folorunso Abodi (Fadaka)"
"With gratitude to God Almighty for the life well spent not how long but how well l pray that God will take good care of the children left behind in Jesus name.Mama,May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace (Awe Morin) as your late friend use to call you ooo. Odabo
Arike Stella Abodi"
"Earth has one gentle soul less and heaven one angel more. Deep in our heart a memory is kept of one we love and shall never forget. God will link the broken chain, As one by one we meet again. In our hearts she will always stay loved and remembered everyday. Her life, a beautiful memory. Her absence, a silent grief. She fell asleep without goodbye but memories of her will never die. Time may pass and fade away but memories of her will always stay. In God's care she rest above. In our hearts she rest with love. Words are few, thoughts are deep. Happy memories, silently kept. No need for words, we'll never forget. Simple words but very true. We will always love and remember her. A cluster of memories sprinkled with tears. Wishing God had spared her a few more years. Tenderly we treasure the pas with memories that will always last. Never selfish, always loving and kind. These are memories she left behind ours is just a simple prayer God bless and keep her in his care until we meet again to part no more.We love you grandma, but God love you more. Rest in the bosom of the almighty God. Goodnight! Goodnight!! Goodnight!!!
Bukola Olaiya, Grand Daughter."
"Mama was so lovingly simple that she greets every one that she meets. Always asking about the family and very warm. We miss you Mama..You were ever so friendly and motherly in your ways. We will always love you. Keep resting in the rest of our God until we meet to part no more.Sun ree o mama.. Elder Leez"
"My dear Grandma Juliana and I communicated beyond words. Mainly because we spoke different languages, but the love that we shared for one another was clear as day! I'll never forget all the warm greetings Grandma would give me whenever I walked through the door. She was cool; I'll always remember the times we would just sit on the couch and watch The Price is Right together while enjoying one of our favorite breakfast foods: waffles, cornflakes, or pancakes.
To me, Grandma personified strength. Even at her age she was still very active and before any one could put down a plate, grandma was right behind you trying to wash it! I think she was truly bored! So, I was happy for her when she was able to return home to Nigeria. But sadly, said she would never come back to America, the flight was too long. I had hoped to see Grandma again one day soon but God had other plans for her. Although I miss her greatly, I cannot wait to celebrate her homegoing. She should be honored and forever remembered. I hope she knew how much we all loved her.
Love you, Grandma
"What can I say to describe you Mama. Is it your gentleness that covers up a strength I might not have seen in action or the fact that your beauty at your age opens up a window of and gives insight to beauty that span over time. Whoa what a loss. I will miss you. I remember your bending down to greet me a child when I am trying to say hello and your gentle call of Eyee Deola when I don't notice you. These memories I will continue to cherish. I know you are with Christ and that is what matters most. We miss u and your sitting partners in ALCC and I believe you are all sitting and dancing together in God's Glory. Sister Bimbola Adeyeri."
"This tribute is to thank God for the life of Mama Omorin, a loving mother, a sample of humility and a symbol of unity in the family. Your life was truly a life of peace, bringing together all members of the family and sharing your life with them. You will be missed! Those of us you left behind will continue from where you stopped until we meet to part no more. Chief (Mrs.) Julianah Oluwasesan Abe."
"With each day that goes by, we are from time to time reminded of Mama Omorin's - as she is fondly called - love of life and peace in all she did. Mama was always immaculately adorned everytime we visited her. She valued simplicity and respected all. She was a dedicated mother, who loved her children passionately and shared love everywhere she went. As much as we love Mama, we know that the Lord loves her even more and she has finally gone home to rest in the bosom of her Lord! Mama, we miss you, and we thank God for the legacy of Godly children you left behind. You ran the race of life, and it can be said that you fought gallantly and you won. Continue to rest in the bosom of the Almighty. Pastors Bola & Bobola Akomolede."
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