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In-laws from Mbano coming in for condolence. Kelechi Ekwueme (appreciates) her sister, Mrs. Ijeoma (who is dancing with their mother’s picture).

The remains of late Mrs Beatrice Uzoamaka Ekwueme (Clerk) who died at 77 years old was Thursday, August 10, 2017 interred to rest in her compound, Onneh in Orumba South L.G.A of Anambra state, after a concelebrated burial Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Onneh.

Late Mrs. Ekwueme, fondly known as clerk was a devout Catholic, who was known for her committed prayer life and love for Holy Masses. She was a devout member of Apostleship League of Sacred Heart of Jesus Society, the Catholic Women’s Organization (C.WO), Life members, who served the Church in many capacities.

The chief celebrant, Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke (center), poses with some of the concelebrants and children of the deceased after the burial Mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Onneh. The bishop is flanked on his right by Rev Fr Barr Onuoraegbunam Celestine Ekwueme.

Clerk was the founder, pioneer choir mistress and chairperson of St Mary’s Parish Choir, Onneh. She was a loving mother, a courageous and honest leader, a disciplinarian, a renowned teacher and formator, who with her natural intelligence and wisdom fulfilled her obligations to her community and children even after her husband’s death in 1998. Mama was eulogized for the entrepreneurial spirit with which she sustained and managed till date the Oil Mill Factory built by her late husband.

Late Matriach Beatrice Ekwueme slept in the Lord at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on June 9, 2017 while efforts were made to save her life as she had low blood platelet count.

Dust-to-dust rites in honour of late Matriach Beatrice Ekwueme

Leading in the concelebrated burial mass, the Catholic bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Most Rev Dr Peter Ebere Okpaleke condoled with the children and the entire family over the loss of their mother and urged them to take solace in the fact that their mother lived a good life while on earth.

He chided Christians against worthless life style while on their temporary stay on earth, saying that without righteousness, no one would see the kingdom of heaven. He commended the good life of late Mrs. Beatrice Ekwueme who dedicated her entire life in the service of God Almighty and charged the faithful on lives of purity.

The Catholic prelate also commended the children of the deceased for taking good care of their mother while she was alive. He described the death of the deceased as what symbolized the demise of an ideal Christian and urged the living to learn from her legacy.

Late Beatrice Ekwueme was survived by eight children among who was Rev Fr Barr Onuoraegbunam Celestine Ekwueme, an Awka Diocesan Catholic priest, and numerous relatives.

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