The parishioners of St. Agnes Catholic Church Wuye were thrown into mourning as news of the death of one of their active parishioners Mrs Theodora OkekeOraeki reached them recently. Mrs OkekeOraeki 61, a native of Neni, in Anambra State, died on Saturday 16th March 2019, after a brief illness, at Garki Hospital, Abuja. She was active in church affairs and a passionate baker.
Mrs OkekeOraeki was the Secretary of the St Agnes parish Confraternity of Christian Mothers (CCM), a member of the Parish Laity Council, a member of the Purgatorial Society and also the Assistant Secretary of the Catholic Women Organization of Holy Trinity Parish, Maitama.
The parish Catechist, Sir Peter Nzeribe, remembers Mrs OkekeOraeki as a very committed, humble and hardworking parishioner, a rare gem, who will be deeply missed. He said, “Since Mrs Theodora OkekeOraeki joined the parish, she has been up and doing, participating in most church activities. And she was never found wanting whenever she was called upon. She belonged to the pious societies of CCM and the Purgatorial Society. My last interaction with her was about two weeks ago. She came to me asking for details of her AMC payment. She was that type of person who always wanted to be on the right side of things. It saddens me beyond words that she has passed on. As a parish, we have lost a rare gem! We will deeply miss her.”
Mrs Ekene-Evans Anaduaka, a member St Agnes CCM, who worked closely with Mrs OkekeOraeki described her death as a huge loss. She said, “Nwanem (my sister), that is how I called her; was a calm person, spiritual, and always willing to help. She was also fond of giving wise counsel. She had a way of calming down issues no matter how challenging the situation was. Her death is such a huge loss.”
Mrs OkekeOraeki led a charitable life; everyone who interacted with her felt her impact. One of her last acts of charity was baking and donating a beautiful multi-layered cake to the parish for the thanksgiving mass of its Easter Retreat, just a week before her demise.
Mrs Breda-Marie Ayodele who also interacted severally with Mrs OkekeOraeki during various church activities remembered her as a simple, humble lady. She said, “Sister Theodora OkekeOraeki joined the parish a few years back and as soon as she came she was easily noticed for her humility, simplicity and goodness. It was the other week that she donated a cake for the parish retreat. To hear of her death was shocking. May her soul rest in peace.”
Mrs OkekeOraeki was very hardworking; this attribute saw her serve with distinction in two major sectors of the economy, the energy and financial sectors. She worked variously with Brentex Petroleum Services, United Bank for Africa (UBA), CTIC, and Elf Petroleum Services.
She is survived by her husband, Chief Paschal OkekeOraeki, four children, brothers, sisters, uncles and other relations.
The family will announce the funeral ceremony and other burial arrangements in due course.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in peace. Amen.