By Chioma Ndife

The quiet but impactful life lived by Late Lady Martha Egonekwu Aniero of Eziabunabu Umudunu Village, Abagana, has been eulogized by Awka Diocesan Life Members, her children and others who had close contact with the deceased before her death.

Lady Aniero who died at 80 years of age, was laid to rest on Friday, April 1, after a concelebrated Burial Mass held at St. Michael’s the Archangel Catholic Church GRA, Abagana. The decease before her death was a pioneer member of the Catholic workers volunteer Force of Nigeria, Legion of Mary and Life Member of Catholic Women Organization, a prestigious status which she was elevated to in 1994.

Fides gathered that the deceased attended Ozalla Primary School Abagana in 1951 and later enrolled for adult education at Enugu in 1986 which qualified her to work with Anambra State School System.

The Awka Diocesan Life Members through the funeral oration presented at the graveside of their late member, signed by the duo of President Lady Oby Onyenwe and Secretary, Lady Philo Ifediba, advised that death should be religiously accepted as an instrument of transformation and a vehicle that transport human to the world beyond which they described as a home of blissful happiness.

They expressed optimism that even though one of them has been separated in body and soul, they were still spiritually near by the unity of faith and inseparable bond of life members.

Part of the Oration reads ‘Death in all ramifications is a necessary end that must come when it must come. May the angels usher you into paradise, the heavenly bliss from where you will remember us your beloved life members and all struggling militants on earth still climbing the stony mountain of life’ they concluded.

Speaking to Fides, the First Son of the deceased, Comdr. Nathaniel Aniero, thanked God for the life style which their mother adopted during her life time and expressed conviction that the family will carry on with the legacies which their mother left in the sand of time. He noted that his mother’s life of pray was phenomenal and recalled how she insisted that all of them must be active members of different organizations at exists in the Catholic Church during their formative years.

On her part, one of deceased’s daughter, Mrs. Theresa Nwadioke, said that their mother lived a humane life and expressed unconditional love to people around the vicinity. She disclosed that their mother despised laziness and would always encourage people to engage in legal ventures to better their lives.

She said that people will remember their mother as someone who has no enemy as she easily forgives and forgets any wrong done to her and seeks forgiveness from those who she wronged.

Earlier in his Homily, Rev. Fr. Damian Kenechukwu, eulogized the pray life of the deceased and the strong faith which she had demonstrated countless time in God. He stressed the importance of faith in the life of any Christian and beckoned on Christians to learn the act of trusting God in all situation which life brings to them.

He described death as an unavoidable end , saying that death in all ramification was a necessary end that must come and urged people to prepare for their death as no one knows when it will come knocking.


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