ForeverMissed
Dear friends and family,

We are truly grateful and appreciative of your continued love and support, as we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Mrs. Stella Chinurukam Onyemachi Aguocha. She was a loving mother, a blessing to all of her children- the best mother we could have ever asked for. She was a sister, aunt, cousin, friend and colleague. She meant so much to so many people! Her faith in God, her love for her family, friends and community at large knew no bounds. She was as inspiring as she was kind. Her infectious laughter and love for life will live in all of us forever. 

The magnitude of our loss is beyond words. We struggle to understand why God called her home so soon, but we trust that God knows best. We are comforted in the knowledge that our mother is resting peacefully and happily in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In our dreams she is dressed immaculately and so full of joy and happiness. She's dancing up a storm in heaven and shining as brightly in Heaven as she did on earth.

We have created this website to honor our mom and to remember her. We will compile as many messages and memories as we can into a booklet that will be distributed during her memorial service in Nigeria and passed on to her family, friends, children and the future grandchildren she longed for so much. 

Please add your pictures, stories, videos and experiences with our mom. Please share what she meant to you and how she impacted your life. She was deeply loved by so many and will never be forgotten. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be holding a small funeral service in London on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, with plans to fully celebrate her life and give her a proper send off in Nigeria, once the pandemic is under control.

Please check back frequently for details regarding the funeral services and virtual wake keeping in London. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral service is limited to 30 guests, invite only. However, the virtual wake keeping and funeral will be available to view and stream virtually.

NOTE: All funeral updates and arrangements will be posted on this page. A zoom link will be embedded for the virtual wake keeping and funeral service (see below). 

We are truly grateful to everyone who has reached out and inquired about making donations in honor of our mom. Our mom was very giving of herself, her time and her energy. Your contributions to us or to your favorite charity, in her honor, are very much appreciated.

Donations can be made via:


Zelle USA:
  • bellanaija14@gmail.com
PayPal USA: @NnennaAguocha
PayPal UK: @StellaAguocha
Cashapp USA:
  • $Bellanaija

                                  IN-PERSON/PRIVATE & VIRTUAL EVENTS

FRIDAY, MAY 7TH, 2021
A Virtual Celebration of Life/Wake-Keeping Service Mrs. Stella C. Aguocha
(VIRTUAL ONLY)

6 PM - 9 PM (GMT - LONDON TIME)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is a VIRTUAL event only. Please feel free to share your memories and personal stories of our beloved Star. Pease join the event with the details below:

Click here to watch on Facebook Live
OR
Click here to watch via Zoom
or use Zoom Meeting ID: 963 3031 5017; passcode: 522606

Dress code: Vibrant colors. No black attire!


SATURDAY, MAY 8TH, 2021
Funeral Service and Live Stream
(IN PERSON & VIRTUAL EVENT: INVITE ONLY)
10 AM - 11:30 AM (GMT- LONDON TIME)
INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL CHURCH (IGC)
102A Watling Avenue
Burnt Oak, Middlesex
HA8 0LN
Click here to watch on Facebook Live
OR
Click here to watch via Zoom
or use Meeting ID: 963 3031 5017, Passcode: 522606
Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funerals in London are currently strictly limited to 30 guests only! If you have not received a personal invite from one of the children, please plan on streaming the service via zoom or facebook live (links above).    
                                         
Dress Code: Vibrant colors. No black attire!


SATURDAY, MAY 8TH, 2021
Internment & Cremation
(IN-PERSON EVENT: LIMITED TO STELLA'S CHILDREN)

12 PM (GMT- LONDON TIME)

HENDON CEMETERY & CREMATORIUM
Holders Hill RDLondon
NW7 1NB

SUNDAY, MAY 9TH, 2021
Thanksgiving Service
(VIRTUAL EVENT)
10 AM - 12 PM (GMT LONDON TIME)

INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL CHURCH (IGC) VIRTUAL SERVICE

Click here to watch via Zoom
or use Meeting ID: (coming soon)

Posted by Kelechi Ogbonna on May 5, 2021
In the years you’ve spent on this Earth, you’ve touched many people. You were a heart deeply loved by all. Your presence warmed hearts and your laugh could fill a room miles away. Everyday I wish you could’ve had a little more time. Enough time for one trip to London. Enough time for us to laugh and joke again. Although I will miss you greatly, I know that God makes no mistakes. You are at peace now. You will live on in memory and through all the stories there are to tell. I know that you are forever going to be my guardian angel. I will celebrate your life with joy.
Posted by Regina Ogbonna on May 5, 2021
My Beloved Aunty Stella,

Your absence has left a gaping hole in my heart. You were the grandmother I never had. A caring, loving, fun aunt of mine who I never imagined would leave me so soon. I understand that you are peacefully residing with God now, but I can't help but wish that you could still be here with me. I am still here wishing that I could see you one last time, hear your voice one last time, tell you 'I love you' one last time. You will live on in my heart, and in the hearts of all those you have touched. I love you eternally Aunty Stella. Enjoy everlasting life in Heaven. I will see you when we meet again in Heaven when it is my time to join you. God Bless your soul. May you rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Adonica Simmons on May 5, 2021
To my Dancing, Fashion, Church Queen, Stella.

Thank you for your laughter and prayers, our chats and your advice and most of all for your powerful spirit!

I dedicate the song “I know who I am” by Sinach, to you, forever.
I remember you singing this loudly and dancing well to this song during a church service, whilst laughing and smiling with joy. This is how I will remember you.
Posted by Catherine Adibe on May 3, 2021
Dear friend, I didn’t know when I talked to you shortly after the new year that it’ll be the last time I hear your sweet voice. I was screaming uncontrollably when your son broke the sad news to us! I’m so sorry this dreadful disease took you away prematurely from your loved ones! I l’ll miss your vibrant conversations, positive outlook, news from UK and the chuckles! My consolation is that you left a lot of indelible memories with everyone you met. More so, your children are your living legacy! May your gentle soul Rest In Perfect Peace until we meet again! Adieu!
Posted by Abimbola Odunlami on May 3, 2021
Stella dearest,
It is sad you left this world but God knows the reason He called you home at this time.
Stella, I never saw you angry. You always come up with different jokes to lighten the atmosphere. Who will send me funny videos clips Zebee alias 4.30, Ovularia & Clarus.
You will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with your family.
I take comfort in the book of 1Thessalonians 4 vs13-14 which says “ But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
Good night, Sleep well Stella until we meet at the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by DIVA DIVA on May 1, 2021
Yvonne Haynes ex Housing Islington colleague. I am writing to express my heartfelt condolences to family friends and colleagues to anyone who knew Stella. I was blessed to call Stella a colleague we would laugh joke dance sing. She would always speak of her children. Stella was the personification of style and love. God had a plan and purpose. We will never understand the why but I do know Stella is resting with the Angels in a better place. Stella made an indelible mark in the lives and hearts of many. May she continue rest in eternal peace and wear the most amazing . The work is finished . Love you always. Never forgotten ❤
Posted by Alexandra Maniatis on April 27, 2021
I will miss seeing you each time I visit the old office. You always kept your head held high and you were so vibrant. You touched so many people in your life. Rest in peace and may your loved ones find comfort in knowing how much you meant to so many people.
Posted by Shelia Edwards on April 26, 2021
Dear Stella, a wonderful, caring and funny colleague who will be sadly missed.
My thought are with her family
Posted by Olivia Ogbonna on April 13, 2021
My Dear Aunty,
It would be selfish of me to say that I wish you were still here with us. Nobody knows what your life would have been like post Covid and what restrictions you might have faced. I believe in my heart God showed you two choices and you took the better route. It’s very hard not being able to talk to you anymore. I just wish you could scream “UGO1BILLION “ one more time or fill my whatsapp messages with daily prayers and new articles you’ve come across. Aunty there’s much more I wanted to say to you. Thank you for being my God mother for the past 20 years and Guiding me in the right direction. Thank you for sticking up for me when I couldn’t do it myself. Please watch over mommy and I. Save a seat for me in heaven next to Papa Joe and Grandma. This is not goodbye but see you in another life time. 
Posted by Akunna Ekwebelem on April 11, 2021
Auntie Chineru,
Is so sad to hear about your passing.is still like a shock to me,is like a dream that someone have to wake me up,up till now i still can’t believe it.may your soul rest in peace,is very difficult to write this tribute,is had hard to type RIP .
Posted by Cathy Dury on April 8, 2021
My aunty but i called her sister Stella words cannot express the sense of loss hurt i am feeling .
Each time i think of you the tears just don't stop rolling down my face i have cried, lord knows i have still cannot believe you have left us , your family , your colleagues .

We still can't comprehend this huge loss the fact that you have been taken away from us too soon Sister Stella .

Your laughter the love you shared was priceless we had a special bond because our birthdays were only a few days apart so you understood me well , you would tell me like it is even if i didn't want to hear it i miss that in you .

You had a way of making us laugh in the office or during meetings you had a presence no other person had you would dance and let us know its Friday , a classic dance (laughing out loud) you went out of your way to make everyone happy even when we  were upset about something bless you .That we all will truly miss.

Sister Stella a beautiful Soul, a real star, full of life a lady who not only encouraged me to do my job to the best of my ability but also with regards to my personal life you were always there to listen to support me were possible i you had nothing but good words to say that was one of the reasons why i had nothing but love for you .

You were and will continue to shine bright like the shinning star that you are .

Even though you have gone you will always remain in our hearts never forgotten love you always.

Sister Stella a lady that played a unique role in all our lives .

May you Rest on peace xxxxxx Cathy





Posted by kiran aujla on April 7, 2021
How does one express the amazing essence and spirit of Stella, her selfless generosity, uncompromising belief in all that is good and her unwavering commitment to family, friends and especially with her work in helping and supporting homeless families is inspirational.

I have known Stella since 2016 when I joined the Council, and I remember my first few weeks as Stella took me under her wings and showed me the ropes and supported me in my early days, and lifted me up when I was down with her smile, her infectious laugh and unique sense of humour, and most importantly her dancing....I miss your dancing in the office.

Stella’s generosity would extend not only through her acts of kindness but with her cooking !! Stella would cook her special Jollof rice and feed the whole office, bringing in fruits, sweets, cakes and was known as the “feeder” of the team. I miss your cooking.

Words, even the very best of words, cannot pay tribute or truly capture the sense of loss that we are all feeling.

The loss is there, tangible and real within everyone…but Stella exemplified life, love, laughter and an irrepressible belief and faith in seeing the best in everything and in everyone.

And so today we honor Stella, by profoundly feeling and expressing our loss, but also by remembering Stella, an amazing person who has played a unique and special role in all of our lives.

We remember Stella as a mother, sister, friend, colleague and much more….we will all miss you Stella xx RIP my friend
Posted by Funke Imiruaye on April 7, 2021
"Madam Stella" as I usually call Stella, you were a beautiful soul and a rare gem.
I watched you come into work daily being unapologetically fabulous and being a light shining so bright. You inspired me to "do me" wherever I am and I loved you for it.
Rest on in the Lord, you are dearly missed.
Funke
Posted by CHINAEZURUM NDUMELE on April 6, 2021
Da, your demise has created a huge deficit. Each passing day I keep having momentarily flash backs of the moments and memories shared.
You always had a right word for any moment. Every moment with you was a means to share experiences, you never left anyone behind, your smile, laughter, prayers, words of encouragement were signatory.

I will always cherish the love and bond we shared.

Rest on Dada Chinuru, rahu nke oma.
Posted by Ugo Ogbonnaya on April 6, 2021
Dearest Aunty Stella
May your legacy of kindness continue.
May your smile's always be remembered.
May you rest in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.
Posted by Dr. Peter Ejirika on March 15, 2021
MAY YOU ALWAYS LIVE IN GOD'S GLORY AND WALK IN HIS KINGDOM

May you always live in God's Glory and walk in His Kingdom for the resourcefulness and happiness you gave us that no one will ever know. It broke our hearts to lose you but you did not go alone, a part of us went with you, the day God called you home . A million times we would have preferred to have you and a million times we cried. If love could only have saved you, you never would have died. The God of Glory be with you till we meet again in the beautiful shores of His Kingdom.



Dr. Peter Ejirika, CPA
Fort Hood
Texas

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Posted by Kelechi Ogbonna on May 5, 2021
In the years you’ve spent on this Earth, you’ve touched many people. You were a heart deeply loved by all. Your presence warmed hearts and your laugh could fill a room miles away. Everyday I wish you could’ve had a little more time. Enough time for one trip to London. Enough time for us to laugh and joke again. Although I will miss you greatly, I know that God makes no mistakes. You are at peace now. You will live on in memory and through all the stories there are to tell. I know that you are forever going to be my guardian angel. I will celebrate your life with joy.
Posted by Regina Ogbonna on May 5, 2021
My Beloved Aunty Stella,

Your absence has left a gaping hole in my heart. You were the grandmother I never had. A caring, loving, fun aunt of mine who I never imagined would leave me so soon. I understand that you are peacefully residing with God now, but I can't help but wish that you could still be here with me. I am still here wishing that I could see you one last time, hear your voice one last time, tell you 'I love you' one last time. You will live on in my heart, and in the hearts of all those you have touched. I love you eternally Aunty Stella. Enjoy everlasting life in Heaven. I will see you when we meet again in Heaven when it is my time to join you. God Bless your soul. May you rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Adonica Simmons on May 5, 2021
To my Dancing, Fashion, Church Queen, Stella.

Thank you for your laughter and prayers, our chats and your advice and most of all for your powerful spirit!

I dedicate the song “I know who I am” by Sinach, to you, forever.
I remember you singing this loudly and dancing well to this song during a church service, whilst laughing and smiling with joy. This is how I will remember you.
her Life

Stella's Family

Stella Chinurukam Onyemachi Aguocha was survived by her four loving children; Mr. Kelechi Aguocha, Ms. Nnenna Aguocha, Mr. Obinna Aguocha and Ms. Joyce Nkwopara Aguocha.  
She was survived by her siblings, Mr. Chimezie Onyemachi, Mr. Onyebuchi Onyemachi, Mrs. Ajuruchi Iwot, Mrs.Theresa Ogbonna, Mr. Iyke Martins and several neices and nephews.
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In memory of our beloved sister Stella Aguocha

Shared by Liz Ibegbulam on May 3, 2021
Ohuhu Community Development UK deeply morns the loss of our dear sister Stella Aguocha. We are going to miss you, your smile, your dancing, your laughter, and everything else that makes you unique. We never thought we would lose you so soon, but who are we to question our God.

On behalf of Ohuhu Community Development UK, we send our condolences to her children and family. Gone but never forgotten.

May her soul rest in perfect peace.

Shared by Adaeze Adigweme on April 28, 2021
Several years ago, I travelled to London during an extremely difficult time in my life. Nnenna, my sister and one of my closest friends, offered for me to stay at her Mom’s house while I was there. Although I had never met Auntie Stella before then, she took me in with open arms, nurtured me, cooked for me (those plantains are unforgettable!), and just made me feel so loved. I was so amazed by her concurrent strength, her warmth, and her loving, bright spirit. And the way she adores her children was so evident at every moment. I will never forget that experience, and I am eternally grateful for her. Auntie Stella, your body may have left us, but your spirit remains omnipresent. Wewill continue
to hold your children with as much fervor as you did. Thank you for your beautiful contribution to this earth. We know you are dancing, smiling, and shining as brightly as ever. 
Rest Well.
Love, Adaeze Adigweme

Mrs Justina Ihuoma Shelleng

Shared by Raheem Bale on April 24, 2021
Stella is the first daughter of my elder sister (Mrs. Regina Iheyinwa Onyemachi - nee Benson Ejelonu).
She is also the first granddaughter of my mother (Mrs. Juliana Benson Ejelonu - nee Igbokwe Uchendu).
Even though I am her auntie, we grew up as sisters and friends because of the closeness in our age.  She is 2 1/2 years younger than me.
My mum used to take me to visit Stella's mum. Stella used to be very happy to see us.
Stella out of excitement would rush out to the back garden to fetch loads of fruit (Oranges, Coconuts, Avocados, Pawpaw etc) for us to enjoy.
I always looked forward to visiting my sister because of Stella, and her siblings.
We spent several years apart due to family circumstances and reunited after the Nigerian Civil War. 
At this stage, Stella had to live with my mum (her grandmother) to attend our community secondary school. 
Due to economic/financial restraints, my husband and I helped Stella through her secondary school education.
After secondary school, she joined me and my husband at the military base in Enugu.
My husband helped Stella to get her first job with the Army Pay and Records unit (the department that processes the finances of the military personnel). 
Stella was very happy because that job gave her first financial independence and also enabled her to support her parents and siblings. She worked with the Army P&R for about 1 year+ and went on to secure another job for herself with NEPA Electric Power Authority.
She worked for the electricity department for about two years and traveled to America to join her husband. Stella had three of her children in America; she lived in America for about 9 years and returned back to Nigeria before joining me in the UK in 1988. She lived with me for about 2 years before she moved on to get her own house.
She gave birth to her last child here in the UK and maintained a good career in the housing department for Hackney and Islington Council where she worked until she sadly passed away. 
Stella was a very strong child who would defend herself, her siblings and friends when confronted with a fight at school. She likes challenges and used to do many things that her peers could not do. Fetching water from the village stream with the biggest pots that children in her age group could not carry, also, carrying loads that children in her age group could not carry. She was always the champion among her peers. She was very bright at school and was also very good at sports. 
Stella was a very lovely lively and bubbly woman. Those who knew Stella will affirm to the fact that she lights up and puts life into any social gathering as soon as she arrives. 
I am saddened by the sudden and premature death of my niece and sister. It came to me as a shock when I was looking forward to enjoying our old age together and reflecting on our past. Chinuru, your death has left a huge vacuum in my life and the lives of every member of our family. I miss you dearly I love you but God loves you more. Goodnight Chinuru sleep on until we meet to part no more. May our almighty God grant you eternal rest in Jesus' name. Amen 
Mrs Justina Ihuoma Shelleng
(Nee Benson Ejelonu)