Olasimbo Ayonrinde (née Kuku)
  • 80 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 11, 1936
  • Date of passing: Nov 5, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Perth, Australia
Let the memory of Simbo - a beautiful and loving wife, mother, grandma, sister and friend be with us forever - Amen

This memorial site was created in memory of our beloved wife, mother, grandma and sister - Simbo Ayonrinde, née Kuku. 


She lived for those she loved, and those she loved will always remember.

Thank You
The Ayonrinde and Kuku families would like to thank our friends and families all over the world for the comforting messages and boundless love following the passage to glory of our wife, sister, mother and grandmother.  You remain our 'family in-love'.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Hadiza Yunusa on 11th March 2018

"We miss you heaps mummy. May Allah grant your soul in perfect peace

From the Yunusas"

This tribute was added by Femi Sosanya on 11th March 2018

"Dear Mummy;
Remember you today on your Post Humous Birthday. Blessed are the memories of  our beloved Aunty . May your soul continue to Rest In Peace."

This tribute was added by Olusoji APAMPA on 11th March 2018

"Dear Auntie, You are always remembered, always missed, your impact in our lives continues to endure .... Thank you Lord for bringing Auntie this way."

This tribute was added by Ade Ayonrinde on 11th March 2018

"Dear Mum,
Happy  Birthday.  You are forever loved, forever missed,  forever a shining example to us. Forever on our minds,  in our thoughts,  in our dreams.......Forever mum...Forever....
Adegboyega  and Family"

This tribute was added by Deji Ayonrinde on 11th March 2018

"Happy Birthday Mum!
You are sorely missed with every breath and heartbeat.  Your boundless and selfless gift of love lives on with the most beautiful and appreciative memories.
With unending gratitude, thank you for being our Mum.  We shall strive to do you proud!
Never forgotten and always loved, till we meet again xxxx
Your sons
Oyedeji, Oyekunle, Oyekoya and Adegboyega."

This tribute was added by Oyekunle Ayonrinde on 9th November 2017

"Dear Mum,
You are always on my mind. I miss you lots. It’s really hard not having you around, being able to ring you up to just talk; to share about my life, my family and your grandchildren; to seek your counsel, your thoughts and advice, but don’t you worry. You did a great job. You nurtured me through and now it is my turn to be the best parent that I could ever be. That is a promise. I remember the pet names you gave to the grandchildren. You would be really proud of them. Thank you for your generosity that permeated throughout your life; your patience; your kindness; your  encouragement. You provided so much of life’s guidance to make me the person I am today, always leading by dignified example. You taught me love, courage, integrity and also hope. You taught me faith and encouraged me to make mine real and personal. I continue to thank God for you. Mum it’s now one year on and You are and will always be forever missed.

This tribute was added by Alla Turlakow on 7th November 2017

"Thinking of you Simbo at this time, and your beautiful family. You will always have a special place in our hearts. With love, Alla (nee Turlakow), Horacio and family. xx"

This tribute was added by Allen German on 6th November 2017

"Not only a beautiful woman but a gentle and radiating soul. Bless you from Allen & Sylvia."

This tribute was added by Femi Sosanya on 6th November 2017

"So sweet are the memories of time shared with you dear mummy. May your soul Rest In peace"

This tribute was added by yemi babalola on 5th November 2017

"Dearest Aunty,
                        it's been a year since you transitioned to your eternal home in Gods presence, I keep your memory very much treasured and alive in my heart , and miss you dearly. Thank you for the legacy of love, unity , peace , strength and beauty you left with us. I pray God continues to uphold and keep your family and loved ones you left behind and may you continue to abide in eternal rest."

This tribute was added by Wale Lagundoye on 5th November 2017

"Mummy , your memories linger , never to be forgotten , a flame that burns bright in the heart.
Our thoughts are with  Daddy , “your boys “and the entire family , May Almighty God continue to protect and guide them . Amen"

This tribute was added by Bayo Williams on 5th November 2017

"Mummy your memory continues to linger, your legacy always shining through the boys, you are and will always be missed. Thank you for being a mother to all."

This tribute was added by Anthony Obuaya on 5th November 2017

"Very sorely missed. We all give gratitude to the Almighty for the privilege of her exemplary life on earth. May His Grace give us all the spiritual strength and healing so we can forever celebrate a wonderful soul."

This tribute was added by Yetunde Teriba on 5th November 2017

"She continues to rest in the bosom of the Lord. It is well with loved ones."

This tribute was added by Odessa Adebayo on 5th November 2017

"My dear Aunty Simbo,

I can't believe it is already one year ago that you departed to be with the Lord.  We miss you so much but we know you are in a better place with our Lord Jesus Christ.  You ran an outstanding race here on earth and you finished strong. The impeccable legacy you left behind continues. You will always be remembered in our hearts. We love you so much but we know that God loves you more.  

Continue to rest in peace in the bosom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

This tribute was added by Deji Ayonrinde on 26th March 2017

"With love to, and in memory of all mothers on Mother's Day

*"My Mother." by Ann Taylor (1782-1866)*

Who fed me from her gentle breast,
And hush'd me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
                           My Mother.

When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet hushaby,
And rock'd me that I should not cry?
                           My Mother.

Who sat and watch'd my infant head,
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
                           My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gaz'd upon my heavy eye,
And wept, for fear that I should die?
                           My Mother.

Who drest my doll in clothes so gay,
And taught me pretty how to play,
And minded all I had to say?
                           My Mother.

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
                           My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray,
And love God's holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom's pleasant way?
                           My Mother.

And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wast so very kind to me,
                           My Mother.

Ah! no, the thought I cannot bear;
And if God please my life to spare,
I hope I shall reward thy care,
                           My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old, and gray,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
                           My Mother.

And when I see thee hang thy head,
'Twill be my turn to watch thy bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed,
                           My Mother.

For could our Father in the skies
Look down with pleased or loving eyes,
If ever I could dare despise
                           My Mother."

This tribute was added by Tope Iyore on 11th March 2017

"Dear Mummy,
On what would have been your 81st birthday, we remember you fondly and remain thankful that the Almighty gave us the opportunity to be part of your life and also that you were a part of ours. Rest blissfully in the bosom of the Lord.
Charles and Tope Iyore"

This tribute was added by Femi Sosanya on 11th March 2017

"My dearest big Aunty; Good thoughts about you today; on your birthday. You are very missed and very loved. May your sweet soul continue to rest in peace in the bossom of the Lord. God bless you."

This tribute was added by Deji Ayonrinde on 14th February 2017

"Prayer of Love

As we meet others today, let us look at each one with eyes of love.
Let us listen with ears of love, speak with a voice of love, and touch with hands of love.

Grant us grace to embrace all people with understanding, patience and tolerance. Through the changes wrought by time and circumstances, let us see the Christ in every face and hear the Christ in every voice.

May we know when to speak and when to keep silent.
May we freely express our divine heritage in the truest manner possible and may we allow others the same freedom.

Let our faith be strong in every circumstance, and when our faith seems to waver, uphold us with your gracious loving spirit.

May our thoughts create the wonder of your world, our words demonstrate our love for you and our actions bring glory and honour to your Name.

We thank you God, for all the wonderful people who fill our world and with whom we share in the marvellous experience of life.

May we be worthy of this love and may we reflect only your light, your love and your wisdom to them.

So be it. Praise Be!

(From Waves of Spirit by Eileen Caddy)"

This tribute was added by Tito Adebajo on 16th January 2017

"Dearest Mummy,

Though its very long I last saw you, memories don't fade especially when they are linked to long lasting genuine smiles. You were one in a million and I so much believe the legacy you left behind would last for ever. Kindness was your password. When I heard you were 80 yrs old, I said 'No' !!! I believe your real kindness made you looked so young. You will be missed. Almighty God will comfort the rest of the family in Jesus name. Amen

Love from all the Adebajos"

This tribute was added by Foluso Tade on 20th December 2016

"Dearest Grandma,

You will remain in our thoughts always. Your experiences and stories of life travelling and working around the world with Pa have helped inspire and guide us in our current move to Germany. We will always remember your endless joy and countless kind words. For me, Christmas with you and the whole family, has always been a particular joy and the fond memories of it will be everlasting.

Your sincerely,

Foluso Tade and Franziska Wessels"

This tribute was added by Alla Turlakow on 11th December 2016

"Dear Ayonrinde family
We have been  very saddened to hear of the recent passing of Simbo Ayonrinde, dedicated mother of our childhood friends from Larundel Deji, Koya, Kunle and Gboyega and dear friend of our late parents Tamara and Jurij Turlakow. We remember Simbo's always elegant style, particularly when she and Kola graced us with their presence at our wedding, where Simbo danced with much refinement to the raucous swing band. Simbo has generously left us with some lovely items over the years by which to remember her, including beautiful purple Nigerian kaftans and a stunning white crotched bedspread which we cherish. We will always remember her tinkling laugh, beautiful smile and warm and very caring nature. We send our sincerest condolences to the Ayonrinde family for their great loss. With love Horacio, Alla, Pascal and Olivia Correa."

This tribute was added by Deji Ayonrinde on 5th December 2016

"As the sun set...........................

..........We watched dolphins playfully jump in and out of the water...…...gymnastic displays with big splashes and continuously enlarging ripples…… the meadow nearby, butterflies fluttered between colourful and fragrant flowers…..effortless, soft, gentle and beautiful……a squadron of squawking cockatoos flew overhead....gradually fading silhouettes on the horizon....a distant kookaburra's laugh punctuated the air........and as shadows grew longer and the golden Australian sun set, so did yours……ever so beautifully…........…to rise again in His eternally beautiful garden."

This tribute was added by Mary Skinner on 26th November 2016

"All the members of the Mothers' Union at St Cecilia's Anglican Church, Quinns-Butler are very sad to hear of the passing of Simbo.
Simbo has been a much-loved member of our group for several years, having originally come from Nigeria.  She was a quiet, faithful and gracious lady, often dressing in her national style with flowing robe and turban.  Simbo was a good cook and very artistic - we especially remember the beautiful bead flowers that she made for one of our projects.
We send our deepest sympathy to the members of her family.  She will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Idowu Oshibodu on 24th November 2016

"Dear Aunty

Even though we hadn’t spoken for quite a while, my memories are full of moments re-living your smiles and loving kindness as we all grew up. My abiding memory of you was my 3 day holiday with you in Abeokuta and those amazing cookies! I can still taste those cookies today. We love you aunty, but God loves you more. We comfort ourselves with the assured knowledge that you rest eternally in the bosom of the Lord. May your gentle soul rest in Peace.

Idowu Oshibodu"

This tribute was added by Vinita Baravkar on 24th November 2016

"Sending our deepest condolences to all the family. Simbo's beautiful warmth, love and laughter will live on in the hearts of all those she touched. Peace to her departed soul and may God give strength to all the family at this time of loss. Sending love and warmth with love All The Chopra Family"

This tribute was added by GOPAL CHOPRA on 23rd November 2016

"Dearest Auntie Simbo
With a warm heart and smiles we remember you, your spirit and your kindest of laughs. I still hear your laugh today and your welcoming smile and hug when we came running in from our childhood exploits in the yard. You will be remembered with love and we pray and wish you a peaceful journey into the light.  You have left us with thoughts of kindness and love
Yours Gopal,, Mridula, Prem, Vinita, Hari and Narinder Chopra"

This tribute was added by Tope Erinosho on 23rd November 2016

"Dearest Mama,
We remember growing up and the times me and my sisters got to spend with you, especially one Easter weekend where we got to enjoy lots of homemade treats. These are memories we'll always cherish. You were a kind, loving, amazing, and special person.  We miss you, but are comforted by the fact that you are resting peacefully in God's loving arms.
Tope, Bola, Biso, & Tomiwa"

This tribute was added by leke ayonrinde on 19th November 2016

"Dear Mummy,

I glorified God for a glorious life you have lived on earth.
You have forfeited God's purpose; How?
1. You have sought God first throughout your journey on Earth.
2. You have reproduced for God's Kindom to continue.
3. In your lifetime, you have received grandchildren.
4. Above all, you have not buried any of us your children And grandchildren.

But forever it is still in my memory "The Homemade Biscuits" always fresh from the oven with the sweet smell.
We love you, but God loves you more than we do.


Oyeleke Ayonrinde and Family."

This tribute was added by Adesina Adesanya on 18th November 2016

"Mummy sun re o.  Thank you for the care, love and support to us in the years since we arrived in Australia in 1996.  The memories of these and your many other acts of kindness will remain evergreen in our minds.  To Baba and your children/grandchildren, we pray that the lord will grant you the grace and fortitude to bear the loss.  Eku ilede.  Eyin Mama a da o.  With love from the Adesanyas."

This tribute was added by Damilola Sanni on 17th November 2016

"Took me quite a while to find the courage for words, I was hopeful you were simply taking a nap and very soon my uncles would call me later to tell me I was right... but that is not happening...
I take solace in knowing that heaven has welcomed you back to the fold, one of its most priced angels, constantly spreading cheer and joy, always nurturing even to smallies like myself. I'm so grateful to have been touched by you .
I'm still coming to learn those complex cross stitches and embroidery patterns o... :--)
Love and Miss you plenty grandma...sun re o mama..."

This tribute was added by Richard Oluwafunmilade on 15th November 2016

"Glory to God for a life well spent, God has taken her so she can be closer to him. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

May you rest in the bosom of Almighty God."

This tribute was added by Seye Adegoke on 15th November 2016

"Big mummy,
God just needed you to come home,
Yes we know it has made the family sore.
You will always be remembered every single day,
From the smile on your face to the things you would say.

Seye Adegoke & Family."

This tribute was added by Lanre Wals on 14th November 2016

"Aunty Simbo you were a very loving jewel that touched the lives of many people positively. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Good night Aunty till we meet again in eternity. Olugbenga Kolawole Ashiru."

This tribute was added by Wale Lagundoye on 14th November 2016

"The life of one we love , goes on through the all the lives its ever touched . Our prayers and thoughts are with your family in their  time of sadness . May you find comfort in fond memories and reflections of a life fulfilled .May your Soul  Rest in peace , Amen,
Wale on behalf of the Lagundoye family"

This tribute was added by Tope Iyore on 14th November 2016

We would chat and laugh and you would ask after all of the family.  ' Se alafia ni Simi ati Reme, Baba won nko' . You made us feel so special. Thank you for being a great mother and we are sincerely thankful that we knew you. I will miss our chats about various recipes. I will miss your gentle smile and your gentle nature.

You remain in our hearts with love.
We pray that God bless and keep you in His care
We would rather have you here with us but we know that God Loves you best. In the knowledge and faith that Heaven has gained an angel we say Mummy, rest in peace.

From Charles and Tope Iyore"

This tribute was added by Mojisola Kufo on 14th November 2016

"Mummy, you were an inspiration to everyone around you, you were gentle and loving. I love the beads you made for Folu and was hoping you would make one for me when I come to Australia (Moji)....
We will miss chatting with you on Skype.
Sleep in divine peace mummy, till we meat to part no more.
Biyi and Moji Kufo"

This tribute was added by Ibitola Adegoke on 14th November 2016

"My sister, Mrs S. Olasimbo Ayodele Ayonrinde, the second daughter of Pa Abudu and Bukunola Kuku was a very loving, trust-worthy, humble and kind person. She loved me so much and even extended that love to my family.  She would never forget the birthdays of my children and grandchildren.  She cared so much for us and always on our neck for our progress. She was such a reliable sister that I could share my deepest secret with. She had soothing words that could heal any wound. She had a special way of scolding when one is at fault; she could be called 'mama my dear'. In fact the children always look forward to their special gifts from Australia. I could vividly remember how she sent me pocket money every month when I was in the boarding house at Ijebu-Ode; she was then working with Barclays Bank, Ibadan shortly before she went to join her husband, Dr Akolawole Ayonrinde in India.  I could keep on writing several pages on but one thing I am happy about is she had Christ in her life before God took her away on 5th November 2016. Sista mi, Omo borogun l'aseso Omo siwosiwo l'asowo  Omo b'aregba sowo bi ole laa ri  Omo babalowo lowo terutomo ni ma ki ni.  Omo arugudu l'eso  Omo alaya bi agbo aparo agba aparo ti nke kija ti nke karakara mo oloko. You lived a good and exemplary life. You left a good legacy. You had Christ in your life. What else! You had fought a good fight and won the race. That biblical crown of glory is waiting for you. So that infectious smile is gone, the innumerable phone calls (sister re from Australia) are gone. You will be forever missed. Omo Balogun Dodondawa, Sun re o!!!"

This tribute was added by Bayo Williams on 14th November 2016

"Dear Mummy,
I know so much about you and the beautiful life you lived and the legacy you left behind because i knew your children. They truly reflect all that embodies you. I rejoice in the long, healthy and testimonial life you lived. You are forever cherished.
Rest in peace in the bosom of your creator.
One of your 'FEGO' children,
Bayo Williams."

This tribute was added by Ola Odutola on 14th November 2016

"Dear Aunty,

I will always love you for being my Aunt.  These are the many reasons I will miss you so much:

Your Spirit.
Your aura has always been gentle, peaceful, loving and kind.  This inspires me because I know that you have not been excluded from the problems of this world; but chose to be at peace regardless.

Your Presence
I loved being around you because it was so easy and nurturing to be around someone so beautiful in spirit.

Your Kindness
I truly can’t remember you ever saying an unkind word about anyone.  You chose to see the best in people.

Your Nurturing and Counsel
You were a great mother and I am so proud of how you raised your four sons. Even the bible says that in the multitude of council there is safety.  You taught me that a secret to raising successful children is love and encouragement.  As we discipline, we love and encourage 10 times more.  When I think of the words that you have said to me through the years, I hear:  "We are so proud of you; We love you; How are you doing?" These were words that inspired me to do better and to be a better person.  More, it inspires me to say those words to others.  It encourages me to choose to see the beauty in this world and to do right by others.

Your Pumpkin Soup
When we visited in 2011 (I cant even believe it has been that long), I was really happy to see that you ate a very healthy diet and had a good exercise routine.  You introduced me to what I order when I go to restaurants - Pumpkin Soup.  But, none of the soups I've had taste as great as yours. Lol.

Your making me feel so loved and valued.

I think you have given me the greatest gift I could ever want or rather, what I desire most out of life - To be loved and cherished.
Thank you for loving and cherishing me; for making me your daughter and being there for me.

Rest well, Sweet Aunty!"

This tribute was added by Ken Morrison on 14th November 2016

"A beautiful soul at peace
With love
Ken and Margaret Morrison"

This tribute was added by Odessa Adebayo on 13th November 2016

"Aunty you will be forever missed.  I thank God  for having you as my aunt. I remembered the first time I met you in 1977 when you came to our house at Ilesa when we  first came back from the United States in 1977. You looked so muck like my Mom. You treated me like a daughter because you had 4 boys. You were so warm and very kind. I enjoyed your company every time my family and I came to Ibadan and Abeokuta to visit. I enjoyed the time I came to spend time with you in Ibadan for a week. You took good care of me and made me feel at home with the boys. You taught me how to bake cookies. You were an excellent baker. The memories I have of you is not only of an aunt but You always cared about my well being and you kept in touch with me even when I travelled to the US and you were in Australia. You called me at least once in 2 months and sent gifts to me on my birthday and my children's birthday.  My emtire family got to love you. My children use to  says " that grandma looks so.much  like our grandma (that is my Mom)". You were so generous, kind, loving, caring, affectionate to me. I love you so much Aunty and I truly miss you. Thank God for giving me an Aunt like you. You will always remain so special in my heart. I still have the pearl necklaces and earrings you gave to me at my 50th birthday.  I will always cherish it. I may not see you again here on earth but we will meet in heaven in future. You have gone to rest in the Lord. You have finished your course and you lived a good life and left a good legacy behind.  May your soul rest in peace.  Adieus!!"

This tribute was added by Judy Calvert on 13th November 2016

"Simbo was a much loved member of St. Cecilia's church, our Mother's Union and St. Mary Magdalene Church. Simbo, you lived your Faith courageously with a quietness and a smile for all. Your love and pride in your family new no bounds, a private person and a giving person. Now at rest in Glory with God. May your Soul rest in peace, until we meet again. Sincere condolences to Kola, Deji and Families.
With much love
Judy Calvert and the St. Cecilia Family."

This tribute was added by Olasunkanmi Manuel-Oni on 13th November 2016

"Humble, gentle, kind and hospitable are just some of the innumerable virtues mama was blessed with. She respected all and sundry without regard for creed, class or colour. This was how she came across to me even as a growing lad in my early teens about 45 years ago. Mama, you were an inspiration and a pleasure to know. We miss you dearly! Rest in the bosom of Jesus Christ, sleep well, mama, good night Mummy Olasimbo Ayonrinde."

This tribute was added by Segun Ashiru on 13th November 2016

"Our late Aunt, Mrs Olasimbo Ayonrinde was very kind, caring, full of love, accommodating, motherly and very prayerful. She was such a pleasant person to emulate. She was very cheerful without a moment of losing her temper. We  thank God she lived to a ripe age and was a fulfilled wife, mother and grandmother. She would surely be missed. Good night aunty and rest in the bossom of the Lord.

Segun & Bosun  Ashiru"

This tribute was added by Gbemisola Obafemi-Ajayi on 13th November 2016

"To God be the glory for a life well spent, rest in peace mummy.I will always remember your love, kindness and support, when i was a student nurse at UCH Ibadan. You brought me up like a daughter you did not have. Your marriage with my brother has been my model and inspiration. Your advice and guidance helped me to keep my marriage during my trying periods. You invited us to Australia several times now i regret postponing it every year. We love you but God loves you more. May your soul continue to rest in perfect peace. The Ayonrinde family thank you for given us four great men. Brother mi, e ku ara fera ku. May the Lord strengthen and comfort you and the great men and grandchildren. Good bye sweet mum."

This tribute was added by Olaide Awe on 13th November 2016

"A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul has ascended to heaven. We part with our beloved mother n grandmother in pain. May God give her eternal life. We love you but God love you more than we do. Rest In Peace mama Deji.  

Very truly yours,
Oyesunbo Olaide Awe (nee Ayonrinde)"

This tribute was added by Anthony Obuaya on 13th November 2016

"To our beloved Mama
You were a living exemplar of the finest qualities of womanhood. A mother to so many apart from your own biological sons. You will be sorely missed but we all take comfort and solace in our experiencing of your uplifting love for all during your sojourn on earth. We bid you farewell with heavy hearts."

This tribute was added by Ogun Oluwagbenga on 12th November 2016

"Rest in peace Mummy, am happy u were part of my life as a little boy while growing up, and now that am a man, I never get to see up till the time u left us. Am sure heaven must be beautiful now, since they got you. From Lekan Omo Iya Ibadan."

This tribute was added by Gordon Allen German on 11th November 2016

"I was deeply privileged to have known Simbo, She was a deeply gentle woman whose many family members and friends spanned at least three continents; so she was an international woman. But for all that, she remained personal, humble, and always smiling, Her gentleness was of her heart - as was her smile. No-one who met her failed to feel cared for by her, nor did they leave her without feeling betterment. Now that she is gone there is, of course, sadness, but mixed with that is knowledge that through knowing her my world (and that of others) is a better place."

This tribute was added by Yetunde Teriba on 11th November 2016

"God is with loved ones, especially at this time, as we mourn your departure. Your soul is resting in perfect peace. All you left behind will continue to flourish, in Jesus' Name."

This tribute was added by Ibby Y on 11th November 2016

"Dear Mummy

Words cannot express the sadness we are feeling from your loss. We have truly lost a special person. I will always remember you for kindness, support, and gentle spirit. May your soul rest in peace.

This tribute was added by Dapo Ajayi on 11th November 2016

"Just wondering if ever Dejis mum got annoyed. I will always remember her disarming smile, her deep understanding of things and her calm assurances. Deji, Kunle, Koya and Gboyega I feel for you. I pray she finds the same fulfillment she found on earth with her husband and the boys. Ki olorun fi Orin ke won, Amin"

This tribute was added by Soji Apampa on 11th November 2016

"Mama, you were a great inspiration. I am not sure if I first came across your cookies at Audy's Family Mart, Samonda, Ibadan or if I tasted them from Kunle or Koya at lunchtime but I confess to getting hooked instantly. When we moved to Agbowo and lived just a roof-top whistle away from your house, i even got to watch the process of those cookies being made and to lap up the excitement in the air as we waited for them to get baked or made coconut candy over your stove. Growing up, your home was a place to learn what it meant to be industrious and hardworking and that impression never left me. I learnt what it meant to have every square inch of the floors sparkling and disinfected, neat and squeaky clean. I formed an impression of you which developed into a fond childhood memory I will always treasure. When I heard you were visiting, and were in Abeokuta earlier this year, it was a no-brainer, I had to visit, to see you again and say in my heart "thank you for the part you played" in encouraging my choices at a tender age. I thank you for the parting gift you gave me as a small token to remember you by (not realising how true this would be), I will always treasure it.

You are forever missed ma,

Best regards,
Soji Apampa"

This tribute was added by Muhammad and Maya Yunusa on 11th November 2016

""Dearest Mummy,

News of your passing has shocked us all and we are deeply saddened that we will not cross paths again in this life. You have had a profound positive influence on the upbringing of myself and my siblings. We will all miss your gentle voice and kind words. I (Muhammad) will cherish the birthday cards you sent every year during high school without fail. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Daddy, Uncle Deji, Uncle Kunle, Uncle Koya and Uncle Boyega. May your soul rest in peace forever in heaven.


Muhammad, Maya, Otis, Ibrahim, Aisha, Isa and Hadiza Yunusa"

This tribute was added by Beverley Phillips on 11th November 2016


My dear twin sister, we have been twin sisters since the day we first
Met, when you arrived in Ballarat.  Two Mum's with young families
to raise, much work and fun to share along life's way.We shopped for
food (small tummies to fill) cooked together,learned to swim together
Joined school mothers clubs,visited friends and families...Simbo gained
A Mum,Dad,sisters, brothers,aunts,uncles and cousins along the way.
Simbo made friends everywhere she went and we all missed her
company when time came to move on.  Simbo and Kola bought their
first  Australian home in Ballarat and enjoyed happy times in Sidbury
avenue.Happy memories of my beautiful sister will stay with me always.
With Love ... Your twin sister Bev."

This tribute was added by Akinola Smith on 10th November 2016

"My memory of you is your smiling face, kindness, beautiful disposition, and love. You were one of the loveliest people I have been privileged to know. I called you mummy, and indeed you were to all of us - friends of your children. We all loved you.

So mummy, you will be missed, and will be remembered with the fondest of thoughts. My comfort is this: you knew and loved Him, and have gone to be with Him."

This tribute was added by Sylvi German on 10th November 2016

"Dear Simbo,

One of the sweetest and kindest ladies that I have ever known. Simbo's
face would light up whenever she spoke of her sons and grandchildren. She was the perfect and most loving mother, wife and friend and we will always remember her and
miss her so much.

Sylvi German"

This tribute was added by Aisha Yunusa on 10th November 2016

"Dear Mummy,
You will be missed so very much. Thank you for your kindness, guidance and love. You were such a positive presence in my childhood and I thank you for all you did for me, Muhammad and Ibby. Although I hadnt seen you for awhile, I often thought of you and Daddy. I will forever cherish and think of you whenever I wear  the beautiful pearls you gave me. May you rest in perfect peace. Lots of love Aisha and Kav"

This tribute was added by Shegun Sholola on 10th November 2016

"Mama Deji,

I was 9 or 10 years old when we first met.  Almost immediately,  we established a  bond.  I cherished visits to Lagos, Ibadan,  Palmgrove, Ilu-Peju, Ikoyi, and Abeokuta. During those visits, I remember the big cups of tea, bottles of Fanta or Coca-Cola.  Mama Deji / Auntie,  those are moments that I cherish and will never forget.
Although you never met in person, you created a lasting connection with my wife and children over the phone.  Those countless phone conversations and their impact will never be  erased.
Thank God for giving us the opportunity to have crossed paths on this Earth.  Hallelujah to God who's able to do all things.   Sun ree o, sun ree o.  A o pade lo do Jesu.  We love you, but God loves you more.  To God be the glory.  Sun ree o, sun ree o.

Sincerely Yours,
Shegun, Christy, Selinah, Kemi, and Deji"

This tribute was added by Femi OGUNSOLA on 10th November 2016

You have fought the good fight,
finished the race and kept the faith.
Your Impact and Legacy will remain to guide us on.

Sleep well till we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Abiola Ayorinde on 10th November 2016

"Mum, we met as a family during my service @Egba in 1987,we've bn in contact till date. Words are too much to express but d shocking news of ur demise was received  dis morning. I know my Dad will miss u more talkless of ur offsprings-Deji, Kunle, Koya&Adegboyega.Ur grandchildren will miss u. I pray Dat u miss in d blossom of d Lord. May your gentle soul in peace. we love u bt d Loves will reward u with heaven based on ur good work on earth. Adieu, mum. -Abiola Qudus Ayorinde."

This tribute was added by yemi babalola on 10th November 2016

"My dearest Aunty,
  Even though I will miss you greatly, I am thankful to God for your life well spent , God's blessings on your life and the beautiful legacy you left with us. I would always treasure memories of time spent with you, you were always there for all important milestones in my life, always had some special treat, gifts. encouragements when needed. you were simply beautiful inside and out, pure and simple, always cheerful, peaceful  and loving. You unified the whole family in a way nobody else did . You would always have a special and unique place in my heart. May you rest in eternal peace in glory.

Yemi Babalola"

This tribute was added by Gabriel Babasola Onolaja on 10th November 2016

"In memory of our Dear Mum and Auntie.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
We miss you today and always.
God, the giver of life, decided to come for you at His own  time , to join the Heavenly Host ,to sing praises around the throne of Grace, and so your golden heart stopped beating and your working hands at rest.
We will miss your soft spokeness , your tender and gentle tone, with warm reception showing deep love. This has taught us to always show love to all around us.
Though we cannot see or hear you, we know that you are near us always.
Your death leaves a heart ache no one can heal and your love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Rest in perfect peace our dear mum and auntie. Till we meet to part no more.
Adieu, Adieu, Adieu.

From the Onolajas. Abeokuta . Nigeria."

This tribute was added by Gabriel Babasola Onolaja on 10th November 2016

"In memory of our Dear Mum and Auntie.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
We miss you today and always.
God, the giver of life, decided to come for you at His own  time , to join the Heavenly Host ,to sing praises around the throne of Grace, and so your golden heart stopped beating and your working hands at rest.
We will miss your soft spokeness , your tender and gentle tone, with warm reception showing deep love. This has taught us to always show love to all around us.
Though we cannot see or hear you, we know that you are near us always.
Your death leaves a heart ache no one can heal and your love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Rest in perfect peace our dear mum and auntie. Till we meet to part no more.
Adieu, Adieu, Adieu.

From the Onolajas. Abeokuta . Nigeria."

This tribute was added by Irene TONYIN-O on 10th November 2016

"So often when asked to speak on behalf of the family, it has fallen to one of my siblings but today, I, Selly better known as Irene, have the honor and privilege to pay tribute to a very special, and irreplaceable person in our lives - my beloved sister-in-law, Olasimbo Ayonrinde Aka Mama Deji

How could I explain the kindness in her heart, the contagiousness of her joy, smile or the depth of her love? It’s just that she was so remarkable.

Mama Deji was not only beautiful on the outside, she was a beautiful soul. She saw the beauty in others. She respect everyone both young and old around her.  A great wife, mother, sister, auntie, and kind hearted to her daughters-in-law.  Her husband call her blessed

We must remind ourselves that when we look for her, we can look to the stars at night and we can look into the eyes and hearts of everyone here and find a little piece of her. She will live on forever.

You were chosen by our cousin
You’re the mother of his sons
He chose you to be our sister-in-law
And we are blessed
Gentle woman, quiet light
Morning star, so strong and bright
Gentle mother, peaceful dove
A fantastic mother,teach her children wisdom.

Rest in Peace. Adieu"

This tribute was added by Olufunmilayo Hassan-Biu on 10th November 2016

"My dearest aunt, you were such a sweet loving "mother" whenever you are around in Nigeria.  My mum and I visited you and my uncle precisely on the 17th January this year in Abeokuta when you came on a short  break. Little did I  know that Will be our last beautiful time together. Your motherly advice to me and my children lingers on, you will  always  be missed.  We  love you aunt, but God loves you most.  May your beautiful and gentle soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord.
Adieu auntie Simbo."

This tribute was added by Eben Sholarin on 9th November 2016

We are all missing your gentle smile and soft voice, which have been your trademark ever since I knew you.
You were a vibrant soul, one who literally lit up the room whenever you entered. And right up until you became less able to get around, full of joy and always eager to offer an advice, no matter what the problem was.
My lasting memories of Mama are simple: gentle personality, kindness, passionate figure of strength who never waned in her support or love of her family and who soldiered on, even when times were tough.
I am highly privileged to know this wonderful lady.
Adieu, great mama!  May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Eben & Irene Sholarin & Family"

This tribute was added by Enitan Bamtefa on 9th November 2016

"We bless God for a fulfilled and purposeful life.

Mummy was a peaceful neighbour,  long term family friend and enterprising woman. She will be solely missed!

May God be with all the loved ones she left behind IJMN. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

T.A. TAIWO family
Ibara, GRA Abeokuta"

This tribute was added by James & Lucy Oladejo on 9th November 2016

"Mama, we are still in shock that you have left us. We just have to accept the inevitable and we do so with a grateful heart to God who has decided to call you home. Your gentle personality, your love and care, and your genuine interest in us and for us will forever remain in our memory. You are unique and special to us, more than any word can express. Yet, despite our great loss, we thank God for giving us the opportunity to know and relate with you. We love you well but Jesus loves you best and has decided it's time to be with Him. Sleep on and rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Almighty God. May He give strength and comfort to Baba, Deji, Koya, Kunle and Gboyega at this difficult time. Amen."

This tribute was added by Ayo Ayonrinde on 9th November 2016

"Dear Grandma Australia, as we fondly called you.
It's still a shock that you left us without a warning.
We feel it because of your motherly love and kindness to everyone of us around you.
      Who are we to querry God for His decisions over our lives.
So we thank God for a meaningful life that was well spent.
May your kind and gentle soul Rest in peace.

Segun Ayonrinde"

This tribute was added by Funmi Sosanya on 9th November 2016

"My Dearest Aunty and Mum,
I am still in great shock at the news but i am comforted by the fact that i know you are resting in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. I will miss all your motherly advise, the special calls on my birthdays and Xmas. Your gentle smile and encouraging words.Everything about you was so gentle and loving. I thank God for the Spirit of God that always comes through in all you do.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace and may God grant all of us comfort to bear the loss.
We will forever cherish your sweet memories"

This tribute was added by Isa Yunusa on 9th November 2016

"Mummy, your departure has left a huge vacuum in the hearts and lives of us who hold you dearly, and to whom you generously gave your love. We always saw you as the stand-in mum and who was always there. The vacuum created by your physical departure will always be filled with fond memories of the time we shared with you and gratitude for your generosity. May you find perfect rest and peace.
Sorely missed by Hadiza, Isa, Ibby, Aisha, Kav, Mo, Maya, Otis"

This tribute was added by Bisi Adesina on 9th November 2016

"Mummy Ayonrinde, you touched so many lifes in your life time....You're a mother to many especially to me & my family. You' ve always welcome us to your home on every christmas day in Australia. We will miss you Ma, May your soul rest in peace. Bisi & Bola Adesina"

This tribute was added by Stella Erinosho on 9th November 2016

"Mummy, we now accept the reality that you are gone now that i have to write a tribute on you. Mummy, you were a great mum, strongly committed to your family and children. Soft spoken, humble, caring, and genial. When I met you and dady in 1977 I mentioned to my fiancee then that your family will be my model in marriage. You raised four great men who have also become greater men and are mentors to our children. Mummy, you were in Abeokuta a few months back and we spoke on the phone lovingly as usual. Your sweet soft voice still resonates in my ears. We will miss you. Deji and brothers and their families will miss you but I know they will celebrate your invaluable contribution to their life. Dady will miss you but i pray that the Lord will comfort and strengthen him. The world has lost a great and special woman. May your gentle soul rest in eternal peace. Amen"

This tribute was added by Funmilade Omidele on 9th November 2016

"Mama. You were a rare mother to me, members of my family and many people that crossed your path. You were so loving, generous, simple, patient, ever smiling and prayerful. Despite the fact that all are grieved concerning  your sudden demise,I am comforted that God took you away to enjoy eternal rest at the appointed time. The angels in heaven have gained our loss and I know that you are at the feet of your creator resting. Contine to enjoy your sleep until the resurrection day when we would meet to part no more. Adieu!!!!"

This tribute was added by Funmi Adesina on 8th November 2016

"Behold ! The "Nation Mother" sleeps on. We know that our loss is heaven's gain. Blessed is the memory of the righteous. My family is very sad that you are gone. Tobi, Naomi, Stephen and Daniel miss their grandma in Australia. However they have an understanding that you are reigning with Christ. We trust in God to continue your legacy; generosity, patience , love and much more.  All your children and grandchildren all over the world are very proud of you and the footprints you have left behind. Thumb up to u mummy...."

This tribute was added by Wale Adesina on 8th November 2016

"I thank God for your life Mama, you are Mama to us in Australia, our children were given a glorious grandmother and you adopted us all within your humility and your generosity as your children and grandchildren with motherly care and love. Showing a surpassing concerns for our progress and achievements like you did for your own children. Our Xmas time with you will always be remembered by us and in our children memories.
How can we forget your love that you shared with Babå for us.
Adieu to a great Mother !!!
Hope to meet you in heaven and part no more
Love u Mama.
Wale Adesina"

This tribute was added by Risi Ahmed on 8th November 2016

"A mother to all. An inspiration to many women. A strong woman . Even though we have not met but the few times we spoke on phone was memorable. I have heard a lot about how wonderful  you were from HADIZA and gboyega. We love you but God loves you more. May your gentle soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Tony Wright on 8th November 2016

"Mama was a lovely woman, wife, mother and grandmother who embodied all of the attributes of a perfect mother. She was caring, thoughtful, compassionate, loving and so much more. Thank you for filling a joyful part of our lives, we will forever miss you.
May your soul rest in perfect peace.
Kunle and Luci Wright and family."

This tribute was added by Femi Sosanya on 8th November 2016

"My dearest Big Aunty / Mummy - You are surely missed. Ever so loving; Ever so giving; Ever so smiling; Ever so simple; Ever so unassuming; ever so caring; ever so doting; ever so warm; ever so pretty; ever so patient; ever so kind....and so much more. Heaven just gained an Angel. We will miss you; but we are assured you rest in peace in the bosom of The Lord."

This tribute was added by Hadiza Yunusa on 8th November 2016

"Our dearest mum , grandmother , great grandmother and friend, we will forever miss you.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Isa,  Hadiza Aisha ,Muhammad, Ibrahim, Maya and Otis"

This tribute was added by Damilola Sanni on 8th November 2016


This tribute was added by Dayo Tade on 8th November 2016

"Dearest mummy,
We are missing your gentle smile already!
We are grateful for your support and for sharing the quality time with us over the past several years.
We wish you a peaceful eternal rest.
We will forever cherish the memories of you.
Dayo, Ijeoma, Ola and Foluso Tade"

This tribute was added by Emmanuel Shyllon on 8th November 2016

"Deal Mummy,  

We miss you.  To God be the Glory for your life that was full of  Christ. We love you but Jesus loves you more.
May your soul rest in peace.

Yours sincerely,
Emmanuel Shyllon & Family."

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