This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunty and friend, MRS REBECCA BOLA OLAFARE, born on the 31st March, 1944 and passed away on the 29th March, 2021 at age 76 years. She lived a fulfilled life and her unconditional love, care and generosity will be dearly missed. We will remember her forever.

Posted by Temitope Ogundana O on June 4, 2022
Missing you more today mum. Continue to rest on. I know your angelic voice is showering prayers down on me. Your girl is +1 today☺️. Forever in my heart❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Folake Olafare on May 30, 2022
Here again mum! Miss you. Continue to rest in peace
Posted by Nikki Ashaye on May 10, 2022
A year ago we laid you to rest beautiful mummy ❤. Miss you so much Mama Deji. Continue to rest well mummy. Love you mum.
Posted by Olawale Olafare on May 10, 2022
A year today, we laid you to rest Mum.
We miss you more every passing day. Sweet are your memories.
Sleep on Mum.
Posted by Oladeji Olafare on April 18, 2022
Mum, Always in our hearts . MIss your gentleness and calmness. Continue to rest in eternal peace .
Posted by Folake Olafare on April 15, 2022
Mum…always short of words every time … now that you’re not here anymore, I think more about how you must have felt when I was growing up until my early 20s… but thank you for not giving up on me till the end… love you mum but wish you were here still
Posted by Nikki Ashaye on March 31, 2022
Today mum you would have celebrated your 78th birthday....Happy Posthumous birthday...
Posted by Temitope Ogundana O on March 30, 2022
Mama e, as I fondly call you and Mama DEJI when I want to tease you. A year had gone and it feels like yesterday. Miss you so much, didn’t get that early call of prayers on my 40th birthday last year. You gave us everything without asking nothing in return.
You are rare gem and no one can fill your shoe. Thank you mummy for your sacrifices, love and support you gave me. Your words of wisdom and advice I still use mum. You are forever in our hearts (Kay, Modurotioluwa and Mololuwa). Continue to rest on
Posted by Olawale Olafare on March 30, 2022
IYA.... I can't believe it's a year already. It still hurts but I take solace in the fact that you ran a good race, you gave your all and left the most amazing legacy. I miss you Mum, your calls, prayers and counsel. March, our special birthday month, I celebrated my 1st birthday since you left without your usual call, card, banters and prayers. Sweet are your memories Mum. We all miss you. Continue to rest in peace. 
Posted by Olajumoke Davies on March 29, 2022
Dearest Auntie,
It has been a year of not hearing your voice. We miss you so much! Continue to rest in the Lord.
Posted by Nikki Ashaye on March 29, 2022
A year on mum and i still miss you so much...You gave so much without asking for anything in return.
Thanks for being my loveable, God fearing and generous mum. Continue to rest at the bosom of God Almighty.
Posted by Michelle Narh on May 27, 2021
Big Mama Olafare,
A humble, quiet and understated woman. A powerful prayer intercessor and wonderful and giving mother. Wonderful to have know you.
God Bless- safe in the arms of our Heavenly and Almighty Father
Posted by Franca Peters on May 10, 2021
Mummy, your legacy in your children, grandchildren and loved one speaks so much about you kind and gentle nature. Rest in eternal peace Grandma Olafare.
Posted by Shola Ajibade on May 10, 2021
I have personally not met mummy but Nikky as a great personality and am sure that is from mummy

Sleep well ma, Rest well ma in the blossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by Toun Adebowale on May 10, 2021
Dear Mummy Olafare, you have left a remarkable legacy here on earth. You are gone but won't be forgotten. Growing up, I remember you been so gentle, loving and very accomodating to me and my siblings. Continue to rest in the bossom of the Almighty. You will be sorely missed.
Posted by Elizabeth Joses on May 9, 2021
Mama! You really are one of a kind, I always remembered how calm and serene you were, always smiling. All the tributes here have included the qualities people saw in you - prayerful, hardworking, loving, selfless, kind, gentle I could go on and on. I saw all those qualities in you myself and I consider myself privileged to have known you. We wanted you here on this earth for a little longer Mama but God wanted you in heaven more. Rest in perfect peace sweet Mama
Posted by OluwaBukola Brenda Taylor... on May 8, 2021
Mummy although I didn't personally know you but I know of you. The way others speak of you, speaks volumes. I can feel your spirit through the words spoken about. As I write this tears flow, it's always sad when Beautiful soul leaves this earth.
You are in a better place than we are, Heaven is our home. God Bless you and May the Lord comfort your family during this time. We celebrate your life and the impact you had on other through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rest in Perfect Peace! You are loved & missed!
Posted by Ade Shekoni on May 8, 2021
To my dearest Aunty, I am so Saddened by your departure and my heart is filled with so much pain. However, I believe that you are resting comfortably in the blossom of the Lord and that you are surrounded by the Angels of heaven. I will miss you dearly and your soft spoken words of love and encouragement. Till we meet again, I believe that you will always surround us in spirit. I love you very much my dearest Aunty❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Anthony Marsh on May 7, 2021
Dear Mum Olafare,

I thank you for the warm memories and conversations shared, you will be missed.

Those we love, don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.

Rest in Peace
Posted by Aworele Temitayo on May 6, 2021
Tribute to granny: Words can't express how good and great you are granny. You are industrious, loving, Wonderful, hardworking and prayerful.I remembered the book you do read in the morning always ''maana ojoojumo''. Wished I could be seeing everyday but God took you away from this sinful and sorrowful lived a good life and loved everyone even those who aren't related to you, your advice and selfless acts will forever be remembered and will forever linger in my heart, I promise to incurcate and live the good life you lived. Rest well granny till we meet to part no more.

From Aworele Boluwatife
Posted by Aworele Temitayo on May 6, 2021
If God ever ask me what I would like to bring back, I would say it's you, your daily advices, prayers and the legacies you left behind will forever live on,I remembered vividly you called me and semilore whom you named before your demise and I was left heartbroken but who can question God who giveth and taketh, I know u are with your creator resting peacefully and worshipping him,Rest on granny..

Oluwatosin and Oluwasemilore omotayo.
Posted by Aworele Temitayo on May 5, 2021
The occurrence of your demise made me speechless, you were one of the kindest, most special people I was Lucky to have. You were loving, great, awesome, industrious and virtuous, thank you for life and your many legacies to us, generations comings , and humanity on whom you bestowed a monumental social impact which still ripples. Thought you would be with us a little longer but who can question God who giveth and taketh, I thank God for the life you lived and the legacies you left behind which cannot be forgotten, you have fought the good fight of faith, you conquered in life and finally made it to heaven (what a great achievement), your love and beautiful memories will forever linger in our hearts till Christ comes, sleep in holiness, beauty, in Christ's bossom till we meet at Jesus feast.

Aworele Bamitale Florence.
Posted by Patience Okoruwe on May 4, 2021
Mummy, my mother in-law was truly a humble and gentle person.

A true treasure that can never be replaced, a kind and loving mother to her children and to those who met her.

She was a light to all our lives

A prayer warrior, she would spend hours praying for all her children and their families.

A light from our lives has gone but will never be forgotten.

The bible says that those that believe in the Lord shall live even after death.

I take comfort in knowing that Mummy is gone to be with the Lord, although she is gone from us. She is now in a better place.

Mummy you have run the race and you have ran it well.

May your soul rest in perfect peace.   Patience Olafare
Posted by Bose Olanihun on May 3, 2021
Dear Mummy, the news came as a shock to me. I will always remember you for your gentleness, humility, peacefulness, and meekness. These are virtues of a true mother. I will miss your smile and your soft voice. Continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord till we meet again. You will be missed.
Posted by marian adeyemi on May 3, 2021
We love you but God loves you most. You are a loving mother, dear sister in the Lord; rest in the bossom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Adieu mama. 
Posted by Anthony Soares on May 2, 2021
It was so sad to hear of your demise Mama, I remember meeting you at the Ogundana's residence, you made me feel welcome with your hospitality and kindness. May God's perpetual light continue to shine on you and may your gentle soul continue to rest in peace. Adieu Mama.
Posted by Oluwatoyin Elufowoju on May 1, 2021
Dear Aunty,
So sad that you have gone so soon. You were such a nice person and always asked about our well-being when you were around. You will surely be missed but we take comfort in the fact that you are with our heavenly father in a place where there is so much peace and absolutely no more sorrow.
I pray that God will comfort all your loved ones that you have left behind and also that we will all live our lives in such a way that when the great re-union comes we shall all meet up with you and our Lord once again.
Till that blesseth moment comes, Adieu Aunty.
Posted by Sikuola Adewuyi on May 1, 2021
Dear Aunty,
You were such a kind aunt with a gentle spirit. I remember how you consistently called me just to find out how I was doing. You'd ask after my husband and children and pray for us all. I will definitely miss you aunty, but I know you are resting in the bossom of the Lord. Sun re o.
Posted by Babatunde Bamigbola on May 1, 2021
Mama Olafare was a charming, loving and caring mum.She radiates the glory of God all around her
She was pleasant, unassuming and hospitable. She prefers to serve others rather than herself.
It's an honor to be associated with her
She has gone to be with her maker whom she served until the end.
Sweet shall her memories be continually
Bamigbola family
Posted by Mayowa Adejumo on April 30, 2021
Thank you for your selfless hospitality and sheltering me during my tertiary school days in Ibadan, I didn't have to travel to Lagos during interruptions in school sessions. I also enjoyed the amala and ewedu with stew!

Wear your warm smile always, you are loved ❤. 

Sun re o.
Dr. (Mrs.) Mayowa ADEJUMO

Posted by OLUKUNLE ODUNBAKU on April 29, 2021
Blessed memories, it was sad to see you gone so soon, mum. I remembered every bit of your happy smile and kindness toward me. May you continue to rest in God's bosom. We love you mum, but God loves you more.
Posted by Temitope Ogundana O on April 29, 2021
Tribute from Mrs Nike Ogundele

Mrs Rebecca Bola Olafare, we love you but God loves you most.
Sun re O mama
One thing I see in you was that you love everyone of Ogundana’s family and you have brought us together to know history of our family before you passed on to glory. May the Lord take care of your children and the entire family. (Amen)

Nike Ogundele. In-law.
Posted by Boladale Oladinni on April 29, 2021
My Sweet Mother,

I miss your love, care and guidance already. It hurts so much that you left us ,your children, unannounced. You were a great woman and a peaceful mother.

Heaven has gained an angel.

Rest on Sweet Mother.
Posted by Nikki Ashaye on April 29, 2021
Wha! my oga is gone, I'm really sorry about the loss of my dearest oga in mid 80's at Federal Department Of Forestry then, she was among the competent Admin officers we had then, gentle and kind, I remembered the day I saw her last when visited at her house, the way she received me, my regards to the family she left behind, Almighty God will console and uphold all. May her soul rest in perfect peace IJN. A o pade lese Jesu lagbara Olorun. Nike ati gbogbo idile e ku idele Loruko Jesu eyin na yio dagba e o si jeun awon omo tiyin na.

From Mrs Olabisi Arogundade - former colleague
Posted by ade adel on April 29, 2021
Mummy was such an accommodating person , always check on me ! Was a rude shock as we spoke just a week to your demise!
May your sins be forgiven mum and God be pleased with you amen
Posted by Ayodele Ogboja on April 28, 2021
You are a wonderful and loving mother.
We thank God for your life mummy.
May you continue to rest on the bossom of your maker.
It is well with your soul Ma.
Posted by Dimeji Alli on April 28, 2021
Mummy Olafare,
You always reach out to check on us, you touched the heart of everyone you met with your love and warmth.
May your soul continue to rest in peace and may the Almighty God grant the family the strength to bear the loss, amen.
Posted by Ireti Kuku Aiyeola on April 28, 2021
Mother May your gentle soul rest in peace.
May God continue to uphold and strengthen the family you left behind. Amen.
From Ireti kuku Aiyeola and the Aiyeola family.
Posted by Sayo Ojo on April 27, 2021
Mum, the shock of the news of your transition is still raw but we take comfort in knowing that you are in a place of rest and reward.

You were part of my life for 40 years; from that day I came back from boarding school to find that you and the rest of the family had moved in next door in Ibadan. That was the beginning of the deep and enduring relationship and friendships between our families. A friendship that gave me my best man in Gudu.

You epitomized gentleness and kindness, no airs, no graces - just down to earth and sincere in every way. You regarded me and my siblings as an extension of your brood and would always check in on us. I am grateful for the mother you were to us and the friend, no, sister you were to my mum since my dad passed away 20 years ago. I am especially thankful to God that you lived to see and share your children's accomplishments and to see and nurture your children's children.

We will miss you. I will miss you. I will miss the sure question you always asked me on my visits to you in Ibadan - "igba wo lo ri ore e last"? We thank God for enabling you to leave your mark on us and to leave your legacy of warmth behind in Deji, Nike, Wale, Tope and Folake. I pray that you will continue to rest in God's bossom. Sweet indeed are the memories of the righteous.

Sleep well mum...
Posted by Olatunji Elugbadebo on April 26, 2021
My darling aunty Bolanle. It is so so painful that you are no longer with us. But God knows best and wants you to come to your rest. I remember how lovable you were to me when living in your house in UK. You were so amiable, never once complaining about anything. You will be greatly missed. I pray God Almighty will give your loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord. Adieu!!!! Yiluko
Posted by Olajumoke Davies on April 25, 2021
Dearest Auntie,
I first got to know you at the age of 4 to 5 years when my father would oftentimes spoke about you and grandma Festac. With pride in his eyes, he would brag about both of you studying abroad and would encourage us to be like you. Even though I had not met you, you instantly became my inspiration and role model.

Your love and care was extended to everyone that you came across; my husband was welcomed by you when he desperately needed an accommodation in Ibadan. One phone call to you sorted him out. I often joked that he's stolen my Auntie's love. He was pampered better than a son.
I celebrate your achievement in bringing up your children despite the odds against you. You personified Proverbs 31 and also Galatians 5:22.
I am going to miss your calls on my birthdays,seasons greetings and general enquiries about our welfare.
I am grateful to God for giving us someone like you; My Super Girl of the Elugbadebo clan. We will miss you. Rest in the Lord my Auntie!
Posted by Mrs Jennifer Elike on April 25, 2021
Oh death where is yr sting for Jehovah Jireh brought and behold He has taken.
Mama was a lovely and strong woman who was indeed a help mate in her matrimonial home full of positivity and love. Raised nations.
Mama ADIEU from Cecilia and Jennifer and their families. ❣.
Posted by Mrs Jennifer Elike on April 25, 2021
Posted by Abiola Ogunsola on April 25, 2021
Mummy, may your gentle soul rest in peace and may all those you left behind find solace in the word of God and the fact that you are resting peacefully in His blossom. Sun re o
Pst Ronke
Posted by Kofoworola Elugbadebo-Sol... on April 24, 2021
My dear great Aunty, you embodied the sacred privilege and duty of motherhood, in your warm, generous and quiet way. You nurtured whomever you looked after, no matter their age or distance from you, with words of encouragement, thoughtful gifts and phone calls to check that all was well.

I was told you used to wait for my Daddy to get home and share a meal from the same plate. You also helped choose my first nanny before I turned one. Your joy was plain to see during Malachi's Naming Ceremony. On Mother's day this year, when we all spoke, you looked vibrant and happy, that is how we will remember you. We miss you so much, thank you for all you did for us, we have learnt so much from you. May your wonderful soul rest in peace and may your decendants be forever blessed with your love of family. 

By Kofoworola, Daniel & Malachi
Posted by Patience Okoruwe on April 24, 2021
Mrs Rebecca Bola Olafare, our Mother in-law, a good and caring mother who is always calling and asking after me and family. When ever she called me my conscience always pricked me that I was the one that was supposed to call her. She was always beating me to it. She has gone unexpectedly without my reciprocating her calls, if only to ask about her health. She has escaped the torment of sickness, treatment and pains. She had a peaceful transition which is the way of some of HIS saints. I have my consolation that she has made heaven.

I have now learnt that death could be unexpected and peaceful. By HIS GRACE, I will surely mend my ways with the time I have left on earth so that I can meet her in glory in heaven.

Psalms  116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of HIS saints.

Dr Goddy Okoruwe the uncle of
Mrs Patience Olafare.
Posted by Anne Abiri on April 24, 2021
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace in Jesus's name. The Lord will comfort and take care of all you have left behind in Jesus's name.
Posted by Robert Erhahon on April 24, 2021
Wonderful mother who will be truly missed. My utter sincere condolences but know she’s now with God in heaven. I’m always here for you Deji
Posted by Aderonke Oguntowo on April 23, 2021
May the noble soul of our mummy continue to rest with her creator who she served to the end and may God keep and bless those he left behind.
Posted by Past. Fred Akinnifesi on April 23, 2021
Though Mummy will be missed here amongst us. The hope of meeting her again in glory supersedes the temporary grief of this moment. 
Thank God for a life well lived.
Family, let the hope of meeting Mama again restore comfort and courage to your hearts. 

Blessed assurance.
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Posted by Temitope Ogundana O on June 4, 2022
Missing you more today mum. Continue to rest on. I know your angelic voice is showering prayers down on me. Your girl is +1 today☺️. Forever in my heart❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Folake Olafare on May 30, 2022
Here again mum! Miss you. Continue to rest in peace
Posted by Nikki Ashaye on May 10, 2022
A year ago we laid you to rest beautiful mummy ❤. Miss you so much Mama Deji. Continue to rest well mummy. Love you mum.
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Mrs Rebecca Bola Olafare nee Elugbadebo was born on the 31st of March 1944 to Papa Gabriel Elusiyan Elugbadebo and Mama Esther Elugbadebo nee Ogunyemi at the Ile Lowa Ake compound, Ayetoro in the ancient city of Ile- Ife, in the then Western region now Osun state, Nigeria. She was raised in a large tight-knit Christian family and they attended the Cathedral Church of St Philip Ayetoro, Ile- Ife. She was the first of the two surviving children of her Mother, Mama Esther Elugbadebo.

The young Miss Elugbadebo started her primary education at St. Philips Primary School Ile-Ife in 1953. She earned her primary school leaving certificate in 1958 and proceeded the same year to Anglican Girls Secondary Modern School, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, where she started the initial part of her secondary education and was there until 1959. She then attended Ebenezer Grammar School in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 where she finished her secondary education and earned her Secondary School Leaving Certificate. 

She got married to Mr Kolawole Adisa Olafare from Ojuade compound, Oke-Jan also from Ile-Ife at a Yoruba custom engagement and marriage ceremony conducted by a Priest at her father’s residence in Ile-Ife, followed by the usual pomp and pageantry. She continued and finished her secondary education in 1963 and later settled in Lagos, Nigeria where she worked briefly at the Nigeria Railway corporation until 1965. She joined her husband in 1966 in London, United Kingdom, where he had relocated earlier in 1964. They started life together in the United Kingdom at 3-33 Coningham Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London.

In the United Kingdom, mummy started and did part of her tertiary education at the Chiswick Polytechnic School, London between 1968 and 1969. She also passed the General Certificate of Education(GCE) examination in British Constitution at Ordinary Level in 1969 at the University of London and the Associated Examining Board  GCE examination in General Principles of English Law at Ordinary Level in 1970. 

She sat the Advanced Level Economics GCE Examination, which she passed in 1970 at the University of London. She proceeded  to the West London College, Hammersmith, London, where she obtained her Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business Studies and was awarded the National Awards in Business Studies and Public Administration in the session 1972/73. 

Mummy had started work in 1967 as a Clerical Assistant in the Purchasing and Supply Department of the Post Office at 211 Old Street, London. Whilst working at the Post office, she and her husband were blessed with their first son in 1967 and later their daughter in 1970. She was a devoted wife and caring mother who looked after their beautiful children in addition to working and studying at the time. She continued working at the Post Office until 1977 where she resigned as a Clerical Officer and received an exceptional letter of recommendation highlighting her distinctive conduct and efficiency on the job.

She relocated to Nigeria with her two children in 1977 soon after resigning from her employment at the Post Office to join her husband who had returned earlier to prepare for their arrival. On returning to Nigeria, she was employed by the Federal Government of Nigeria into the Federal Civil Service in 1977 and was posted to the Federal Ministry of Establishments, Lagos, where she worked until 1979. 

Mummy and the family were blessed with a son in 1979 just six months before she was transferred to Ibadan, Oyo state and redeployed to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Forestry at Jericho. She and her growing family settled in Ibadan where they were further blessed with two more daughters in 1981 and 1983.  

She remained at the Department of Forestry until 1986 and was redeployed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to the Federal Court of Appeal, Ibadan in 1987, where she outstandingly performed her responsibilities and contributed to the overall learning and development of the staff until her retirement in 2004. She retired at the top of the Executive officer cadre of the Federal Civil Service as a Chief Executive Officer and was fondly called “Mama One” by her colleagues.

Mrs Rebecca Bola Olafare was a devoted Christian and member of Bishop Akinyele Memorial Anglican Church, Iwo Road, Ibadan, where she served and was a long standing member of the Church society, Egbe Ife Kristi. Mummy engaged in various charitable deeds and was involved in the Anglican Church activities. Before her demise she worshipped at the St John’s Church of England, Caterham, London, United Kingdom.

Mummy passed on to glory on the 29th of March 2021 in London, at her youngest daughter’s residence. She was a rare gem and will be dearly missed. She was reserved, meticulous, accommodating and had a gentle temperament. 

She is blessed with children and grandchildren who love and cherish her and are grateful for the sacrifices she made and beautiful memories she has left behind. “Mum Gudu” as she’s fondly called by her kids, lived a fulfilled and selfless life. 

We would have preferred to have her for much longer on this side of heaven to enjoy more of the fruits of her labour, but we take solace in knowing that she is in a better place and resting in the bosom of the Lord our maker. 

She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, sisters,  cousins, nieces and nephews. 

May His peace be with you till we meet to part no more. 

Sleep on Mum. 

Sun re o.

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Shared by Olabisi Ogunkanmi on April 19, 2021
Mummy Olafare, a wonderful woman, beautiful in and out. A very caring mother to both her biological and non biological children.
She never forgot to call on my birthday and the children's as well. Even when I got too busy to call her, she would call to check up on me and the children. All her calls ended with prayer. Whenever I had the chance to visit, she never let me leave empty handed, no matter how little.
I will always remember your kindness and care.
We love you mum, God loves you more.
Rest well mum.