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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 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 world.you 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
(New OGUNTOYINBO).

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
MAMA IT WAS VERY SHOCKING NEWS TO SEE MEET YR MAKER THOUGH DEATH IS INEVITABLE AND EEVERYONE MUST SURELY COME AND SEE YOU.
WE MISS YR WORDS OF WISDOM AND TOGETHERNESS FROM MY BELOVED FAMILIES.
ADIEU MAMA..
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.
ADIEU
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.
Posted by Taiwo Akinseye on April 23, 2021
My sympathy goes to Mama Bola Olafare's family. She was gentle, accommodating, humble and always smiling.
May God give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
ADIEU MAMA JEJE.
Posted by Fred Akinseye on April 23, 2021
When your demise was announced in the Church, i couldn't believe it. The last day i saw you was the day you, my wife, Mrs Adegoke and my humble self rode in one car after the evening service. We dropped you at Total garden that evening, while we continued to Bodija. I never saw you before you left Nigerian shore. I thank God you were everything a Christian should be while you were alive which game me the conference to believe that you are resting at the bosom of your creator. Your death reminds us that we should be prepared for the ultimate call at any time. If you had died in Nigeria, we would have said: if you were in a place where health system is functional, you would still be alive. Now we know that the best of medical system can not stop death from striking when it will. Adieu our sister, mother and grandmother till we meet never to part again. Akinseye ESQ.
Posted by Bukola shittu on April 22, 2021
Mummy Olafare was a very loving mother and grandmother,I pray that she will continue to rest peacefully in the bosom of Christ (Amen).Mummy was a loving and caring woman always smiling and she always checks on us even when she was in Nigeria.I remember her last call to me about a week before she died,and I told her that after the lockdown we will be visiting her.You will be greatly missed but God loves you more
Posted by Naz Hassan on April 22, 2021
So sorry for your loss and condolences to you and the whole family . Just remember your mother will always be with you. May her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace ❤️
Posted by Olawale Olafare on April 22, 2021
FROM: MRS ADEWALE (NIGERIA)

TRIBUTE TO: LATE MRS BOLA OLAFARE

I admire Mrs. Olafare a lot more though we share the same kind of temperament. She is gentle, kind, a good listener, always with gracious words and/ or good advice.

My last conversation with her was via the telephone on the 14th day of March 2021. She inquired about my health and the wellbeing of my children. This reminds me of the love and friendship between our children that started right from when we were both working at Federal Department of Forestry, Jericho, Ibadan where we both agreed to alternate picking of our children from Bodija International School. 

I sympathize with her husband, Mr. Kola Olafare for this great loss and may the Lord grant him the fortitude to bear this loss. Also, I pray for her only sister Tale and may the Lord comfort her for this painful loss. More importantly, I pray for her wonderful and blessed children; Deji, Nike, Wale, Tope and Folake.
May the Lord protect, uphold, and keep you all. E d’agba, e d’arugbo loruko Jesu, Amin!

I am saddened we could not celebrate your 77th birthday on the 31st of March 2021 when death suddenly snatched you away from us, just 2 days before this date. A thousand words or tears cannot bring you back to us. You are a pillar of strength to many including me and I am pleased to declare that you have left a good legacy here on earth and wonderful and pleasant memories in my heart. You are a virtuous woman indeed and even in your own pain and downtimes, you kept encouraging and lifting others. 

This is a great loss for me!
Sleep well my dearest friend!!
Posted by Olusegun Adewusi on April 21, 2021
To be gentle, lowly, mild and humble is the conviction I'm left with anytime you called to check up on me after arriving from Nigeria on your caring mission to care for your newly born grand children. A mission that you extended even to the middle aged like myself and others with your caring greetings and let's not forget the gift of sasoning Maggie cubes that you parcalled out. Even now I can recall one of your greetings in Yoruba which goes as follows- "Segun, bawo ni o, moni kin gburo yin ni o, e ma se jeje oo, Mama Deji lon soro"
May the beautiful you left legacy pass on to those of us present now and posterity. Thank you ma.
Posted by Adeyinka Adeyenj on April 21, 2021
Dearest Aunty,
I cant believe you are gone, Left without a hint but we rejoice in the lord for the beautiful life you lived.
I grew up knowing you and so my siblings, I remember spending holidays with you in Ibadan and your prayers, I remember .
I celebrate your life, Its richness in memories and your achievements.
We will miss you and always will think about you.
Rest in Peace Dearest Aunty and Big mummy.
We love you.

On behalf of late Rasheed Adeyeni and Family, We will always miss you.
Posted by Aworele Temitayo on April 21, 2021
In my life You are a symbol of hope and possibility, your death is deeply felt by many especially me even though you lived a fulfilled life.
Whenever I need a shoulder to cry on you are always there , you've always being the best mother, sister, and a grandmother anybody could ever have, God must have given 'YOU' us to make our lives more complete, well rounded, and better human beings, you play a very big part since my childhood till the stage i am now, even till now you are a reflection of the family, you taught me alot about love and the family.
She has never been just a grandmother but my guardian angel, my friend, my mother and my inspiration. Reminiscing all your special ways of doing things at home, so many lives you've touched by your love, strength, conviction, wisdom and beauty of your soul... I will forever miss you, miss your special dishes, and your figure in my life as whole.

You truly were a special woman, you may have passed on, but your memories and legacies would always live on within us for the rest of our lives, thanks you so much for your sacrifices to put smile on my face and my family as a whole, thanks for your care, your motherly figure, advices, your love, concern and everything that you've done for me, the family.
Where ever you are I know you are in a much better place.

I will forever be thankful and grateful to the lord that you are grandmother.
REST IN PEACE GRANDMA.
Posted by Victoria Adeleye on April 21, 2021
Mummy you her loving kind and gentle ,you love every one around you we will miss u a lot may your gentle soul continue to rest in peace
Posted by Abiodun Obaloluwa on April 21, 2021
Mummy Olafare is a good grandma to me,
she's is a giver
She's is an adviser
She's caring
She's just all in all
Rest on grandma mi❤❤
Till we meet again
Posted by Adedeji Adebayo on April 21, 2021
I celebrate you grandma, Thank you for all the kind words and prayers. Always calling me your excellency, my ever smart lady... Continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by Tosin Adeosun on April 21, 2021
Mommy Olafare, beautiful inside and out... May your soul continue to rest in perfect peace May God continue to comfort and give the family the strength to bear the great loss.
-From Bola and Tosin Adeosun
Posted by Etaghene Oweh on April 20, 2021
Mummy, you were just a mother amongst mothers. You welcomed us like your own. I can never forget your warm hearted loving personality towards everyone. God loves you more ma. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
Adieu Mummy Olafare.
Posted by Kay Mosaku on April 20, 2021
Mummy Olafare, Your soul will rest in perfect peace IJMN. We miss you dearly mummy. Greetings to all the Olafare family, Daddy, Mr Dee, Nike, Wale, Tope and Folake, the Lord will comfort you all and will fill all the void left by mummy's passing. The Lord is your sheperd, you shall not lack all good things IJMN. Mummy have certainly gone to a better place to rest in heaven where our LORD dwells.
Posted by Awodire Lolade on April 20, 2021
Grandma!Your death was an unbelievable shock to me when I heard of your demise.i was expecting your return to Nigeria,you never said am leaving forever likewise you never said goodbye forever,,you were gone before I knew it and only God knew why?I struggled with my selfìsh thought for i wanted you to stay so we could walk and talk again like we did just yesterday. I will really miss your motherly advise and counsel which gave me courage and comfort.
The many things you've done all the times you were there made me know that you really cared for me.
    Now the time has come for you to rest.so go in peace,you've earned your sleep,your love in our hearts we'll eternally keep it.sun re o,Iya rere
till we meet to part no more

With love from Bunmi
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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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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BIOGRAPHY

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.