ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mrs Stella Okenla, 86 years old, born on May 8, 1915, and passed away on May 15, 2001. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Ola Adekoya on May 15, 2021
My Dearest Grandma Yesufu
We celebrate 20 years since you went to join our heavenly creator. I thank Yahuwah for your life well spent.
You are truly missed as you were a phenomenal grandma. I remember how excited I used to be when I knew we were coming over to visit you as I always looked forward to the chinchin and biscuit stashed in your tin which you were always ready to give us all when we got to yours and the juicy pink Nigerian apples that we used to get from your apple tree in your garden.
You were such a natural beauty. I recall your constant use of Shea butter (Ori) and remember you telling me that it was natural butter for the skin. Due to this, I use it constantly till this day.
Thank you so much for all your love and care and thank you for giving me my dad who today is my rock and pillar
Keep resting in perfect peace Ma. Your legacy reigns forever.

Love You Eternally:
Your Youngest Grand daughter
Labisi Adekoya ( Nee Okenla )
Posted by Afolake Onibuwe - Johnson on May 15, 2021
In loving memory of my precious Grandma Mrs Stella, Adeyinka Okenla. We Mark 20 years of your passing with the same feelings as every other day - sadness that you are gone and wishing we could tell you one last time how much we love and miss you. In your life you touched many lives in so many unique ways and your memory is a treasure I keep in my heart. I remember the way you guided me to love everyone irrespective of their religious beliefs, their tribe, nationality or social standing and the way you encouraged me to look after my younger siblings and my younger cousins. I miss you more than I can possibly say, Rest in peace Granny Yesufu and thank you for being an exceptional Grandma - the best ever!!
Your loving Grand daughter
FollieJ
Posted by Abimbola Okenla Sowemimo on May 15, 2021
A Posthumous Tribute From Aunty Bimbo:

Sissy, Sissy, Sissy, my Dearest Mother, Although I was the youngest of your three Children however you always made me feel extra special with your Love.

You were always there to share my Joys, laugh with me and also cry with me when life became painful.

Your determination and strength encouraged us your Children to aspire to excel and your love, passion and commitment to both your nuclear Family and the extended family was unshakeable.

I remember the love between you and your Sisters and how the three of you supported each other through the vagaries of life.

You taught me to hold on to the Bible (the Word of God ) as my eternal refuge and I won innumerable victories in Life through your schooling me in Prayer.

I distinctly recall at one pivotal point in my Life, I was terrified of some challenges that came up and I ran to you for solace. You sat me down and said "Let's pray together" .

After the Prayers you gave me a Psalm to read and assured me that the Lord God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Those prayers , counsel and assurance strengthed my faith immeasurably and gave me the Courage to overcome that challenge and many others after that.

You stood staunchly by your Husband , my Dad throughout his lifetime and ensured that the Family remained united and triumphant through all the vicissitudes of Life.

We remember you Sissy.

You were an exemplary Wife, Mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Requiescat in pace
In Jesus Christ's name Amen.
Posted by Akin Sowemimo on May 14, 2021
From Uncle Kunle :

IYA MI ATATA
"OMO E APE LO PE YIN"
(AS YOU USED TO ANSWER ME THEN)

I remember you daily As always I remember you today 15th May 2021 on this auspicious 20 Years Anniversary Of your joining the Saints Triumphant
How can I ever forget your Motherly words of Wisdom some of which are as follows :

1, Always remember at all times the Son Of who you are.

2, You are an OKENLA Son from the Okenla Conglomerate in Egbaland Abeokuta.

3.That I should always be myself.

4. That I should fear God which is the beginning of Wisdom.

5. That I should love my Neighbors at all times.

6. That I should love and be happy with my wife who labors with me from onset “” MA FI IYAWO ARO RE SERE””.

7. That I should serve God till the end of my life.

Indeed your words of wisdom have sustained me so far into my old age
How can I forget that you were dutiful to my late PAPA the Disciplinarian “ JABO “ your late husband till death in 1979.

May your Beloved departed Souls continue to have Eternal Repose Amen.

Your Memories shall remain blessing to the Entire Okenla conglomerate in Jesus mighty name Amen.

Your Only Son
  OLAKUNLE
Posted by Olufunke Johnson on May 14, 2021
Tribute by your loving Daughter Chief (Mrs) Olufunke, Olubunmi Onibuwe- Johnson

Mama Mi Owan; we are remembering you today twenty years after your passing to glory. it seems only like yesterday when the children and I spent quality time with you at your beautiful home and as usual you welcomed us warmly and cooked one of your favourite delicacies for us. You were an inspiring and generous mum and the most selfless person I know who listened attentively to everyone and reasoned with them. The last twenty years has been difficult, really difficult but we have stayed united because you brought us up with great Christian family values which I will treasure for the rest of my life. I honour you today as always and your legacy lives on Mama Mi (Sissy) you are sorely missed by us all; your children, grandchildren and great grand children and by his grace your amazing legacy lives on!

I continue to take solace knowing that
those we love don’t just go away
they walk beside us everyday
Unseen , unheard but always near
Still loved, still missed and Very Dear.

Adieu Sissy you will be Forever missed by the Okenla family.
Your loving daughter
Olufunke Onibuwe - Johnson

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Posted by Ola Adekoya on May 15, 2021
My Dearest Grandma Yesufu
We celebrate 20 years since you went to join our heavenly creator. I thank Yahuwah for your life well spent.
You are truly missed as you were a phenomenal grandma. I remember how excited I used to be when I knew we were coming over to visit you as I always looked forward to the chinchin and biscuit stashed in your tin which you were always ready to give us all when we got to yours and the juicy pink Nigerian apples that we used to get from your apple tree in your garden.
You were such a natural beauty. I recall your constant use of Shea butter (Ori) and remember you telling me that it was natural butter for the skin. Due to this, I use it constantly till this day.
Thank you so much for all your love and care and thank you for giving me my dad who today is my rock and pillar
Keep resting in perfect peace Ma. Your legacy reigns forever.

Love You Eternally:
Your Youngest Grand daughter
Labisi Adekoya ( Nee Okenla )
Posted by Afolake Onibuwe - Johnson on May 15, 2021
In loving memory of my precious Grandma Mrs Stella, Adeyinka Okenla. We Mark 20 years of your passing with the same feelings as every other day - sadness that you are gone and wishing we could tell you one last time how much we love and miss you. In your life you touched many lives in so many unique ways and your memory is a treasure I keep in my heart. I remember the way you guided me to love everyone irrespective of their religious beliefs, their tribe, nationality or social standing and the way you encouraged me to look after my younger siblings and my younger cousins. I miss you more than I can possibly say, Rest in peace Granny Yesufu and thank you for being an exceptional Grandma - the best ever!!
Your loving Grand daughter
FollieJ
Posted by Abimbola Okenla Sowemimo on May 15, 2021
A Posthumous Tribute From Aunty Bimbo:

Sissy, Sissy, Sissy, my Dearest Mother, Although I was the youngest of your three Children however you always made me feel extra special with your Love.

You were always there to share my Joys, laugh with me and also cry with me when life became painful.

Your determination and strength encouraged us your Children to aspire to excel and your love, passion and commitment to both your nuclear Family and the extended family was unshakeable.

I remember the love between you and your Sisters and how the three of you supported each other through the vagaries of life.

You taught me to hold on to the Bible (the Word of God ) as my eternal refuge and I won innumerable victories in Life through your schooling me in Prayer.

I distinctly recall at one pivotal point in my Life, I was terrified of some challenges that came up and I ran to you for solace. You sat me down and said "Let's pray together" .

After the Prayers you gave me a Psalm to read and assured me that the Lord God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Those prayers , counsel and assurance strengthed my faith immeasurably and gave me the Courage to overcome that challenge and many others after that.

You stood staunchly by your Husband , my Dad throughout his lifetime and ensured that the Family remained united and triumphant through all the vicissitudes of Life.

We remember you Sissy.

You were an exemplary Wife, Mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Requiescat in pace
In Jesus Christ's name Amen.
her Life

A life full of God's Grace

Mrs Stella Okenla was born on the 8th of May 1915 in the Commercial town of Onitsha, Anambra State of Nigeria. 

Her father was Jacob Garba Bright an alumni of Durham University and Barrister of The honourable society of the middle Temple he resided at Bright Street in Onitsha.

He was the brother of Dr Bankole Bright the well-known West African Politician of his time and his Sister was the elegant and beautiful Mrs Lerina Bright Taylor of Freetown Sierra Leone.

Her mother was Mrs Winifred Titilola Bickersteth from the Bickersteth family of Lagos and of Oke-Itoku Abeokuta.

Her sisters were Mrs Cecilia Osadebe wife of the late Mr OJC Osadebe of Onitsha and Mrs Galbena Modupeola Oyekan the very first wife of Oba Oyekan of Lagos.

Her family left Onitsha for Lagos in June 1920 when her  father  suddenly fell ill and eventually died in Lagos on the 24th of June 1920. Since then Stella (Sissy) has been living in Lagos.

She was brought up by her Grandmother Mrs Amelia Omolayole Campbell of Martins Street Lagos.

Mama Okenla attended Methodist Girls high School Lagos for both her Nursery and Primary education. She then proceeded to Mount Carmel convent School Ebute Metta (now called our Lady of Apostles) for her Secondary school education.

 After leaving school, Mama Okenla worked as a Clerk at Kingsway Stores Marina,  Lagos until she married Mr John Augustus Babatunde Okenla, the Grandson of the first Balogun of Egba Christians on the 8th of December 1935.
Their marriage which lasted for 44 years (until Papa Okenla’s death on the 25th of December 1979) was blessed with three children, 12 grandchildren and inumerable great-grandchildren. 

As a wife Mrs Okenla was faithful, hard-working diligent and patient and her husband's family were extremely fond of her as she was a fantastic wife and mother. 

She was kind, loving and generous and she brought up her children with the fear of God.

She was a staunch member of St Paul's Church Breadfruit, Lagos for over 65 years and was very active in church activities.  During her lifetime she was  the Matron of the Busy Bees Society of St Paul's Church Breadfruit, she was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Association and for many years she was the Secretary of the Badagry Helpers Union.

She was also a member of the mothers union of the women's guild and also the penny band.

An ardent supporter of vigil devotions; In 1976 she went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Vatican City (in Rome) and Lourdes (in France). She enjoyed serving God wholeheartedly and she was determined to serve him till the end .

One of her favourite hymns was "O Jesus I have promised to serve thee till the end."

As a neighbour; Mama Okenla was a member of the Alloy Association (a group of residents of Yesufu Sanusi Street Surulere Lagos).  She was very charismatic and she wholeheartedly endeared herself to her neighbours,friends and associates .

She was  extremely affectionate, affable, inspiring, versatile and vibrant.

She was our rock and is sorely missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her extended family,friends and neighbours who all take consolation in the knowledge that she lived a rich and fulfilling life which radiated love to all and impacted most positively on the lives of others.

In appreciation of her contribution to the Church, she was one of six awardees (on the 15th o April 2001) of the Parish Merit award of St Paul’s church Breadfruit (at the most colourful and very well attended church service).

Sissy was very much loved in the hearts of those whose life she touched. She left a legacy of true service to God and mankind which she bequeathed to all her family and loved ones. She lives on in the hearts of those who loved her. 
Revelation 19:3 KJV
"And again they said, Alleluia." 
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Mama Stella Okenla

Shared by Cecilia Ifejika on May 15, 2021
Mama as l always lovingly call  ,refer to her ,is actually my senior auntie .She has a heart of gold and generous as a person.She never leaves me empty handed when l visit her .She wrote me beautiful prayerful letters dotted with crosses on blue sheets of her writing pad .She gave me a name which she called me by throughout her lifetime.
One day mama was on her way to visit me at Aguda unannounced but was hit by a car before she could reach me ,thanks to God the car owner rushed her to the hospital nearby  before coming to report what had happened to me 
How can l forget such a noble woman after my heart ?
Mama continue to  enjoy your peace in the Lord

Love for her community and dedication to serve them

Shared by Afolake Onibuwe - Johnson on May 15, 2021
Granny was a great pillar in the community which she lived in Surulere and many of her neighbours looked up to her and often consulted her for advice whenever they needed to (day or night her door was always open). .

I can vividly remember when she came over to spend some time with us in Ikoyi; I went to pick her up because I wanted to pamper and spoil her but after being with us for a couple of days Granny  was home sick and because she had received a phone call from her close friend Mrs Nichol and Mama Sunday her neighbour she told me she had to go back home. I didn’t want her to leave but She loved her community and missed her friends and neighbours and she told me in confidence that the quiet life in Ikoyi was not for her as she yearned the company of her neighbours. Her neighbours fondly called her Mama Okenla and she was like a surrogate mum to them all.