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Fides Assistant Editor, Uche Amunike, Loses Sister-in-law

Eulogies recently filled the air in honour of the late Mrs Nkechi Sabina Mary Udeagha (Nee Ikegwuoha), whose remains were last Tuesday, June 9, interred to rest, at her husband’s compound, Umuezemeazu Village, Urualla, Ideato North L.G.A, Imo State.

Born August 29, 1979, the 40-year old late Mrs Udeagha, who died on April 5, 2020, barely 3 weeks after she gave birth to her second child, Chetachi, was eulogised for what many described as her loving, humane and kind personality.

She was survived by her husband, Mr Obinna Uduagha; her two daughters, Natachi and Chetachi, who were 8 years and 3 months old respectively, her aged parents; her mother-in-law; and numerous other relations, among whom were the Assistant Editor of Fides Newspaper, Mrs Uche Amunike (Nee Udeagha).

Baring her mind, Mrs Amunike, who was visibly devastated, described the late sister-in-law as an angel and a free soul who was very charitable, saying that the late Mrs Nkechi Udeagha had always left a very good impression in the hearts of all that came in contact with her.
According to Mrs Amunike, the death of the deceased was a very great loss to the Udeagha Family.

Earlier, during the lying-in-state, the eldest child of Anthony Udeagha Family, Mrs Iruka Ndubuizu (Nee Udeagha), who was said to be deeply saddened, in her farewell speech, described the late Mrs Udeagha as one who loved the entire members of the Udeagha family greatly, and was never tired of giving out to others.

Mrs Ndubuizu, who was with the deceased in Lagos when she gave birth to her baby on March 17, 2020, and also with her the moment she died, on behalf of herself and the siblings, promised that the deceased’s children would keep the legacy she left behind alive, as well as being taken care of by Mrs Ndubuizu and her siblings.

According to Mrs Ndubuizu, who was seen pouring out her heart, the deceased taught her and her siblings how best to love, give and receive. Mrs Ndubuizu thanked the late Mrs Nkechi Ugeagha for her gift to the Udeagha Family, saying that the deceased, who according to her was a comforter and a bridge builder, planted the seeds of love, peace and unity in Udeagha family and beyond.

Pointing out that the deceased who always smiled and loved them all even despite their faults, had continued to open doors of great exploits for the family even in death, Ndubuizu prayed God to grant eternal rest to her soul, which she said was beautiful.

The deceased’s husband, Mr Obinna Udeagha, who was still in shock over the wife’s demise, resigned himself to the will of God, who, he said, was aware of the sudden and tragic death of his love and the angel of their family, Nkechi Udeagha.

In their various speeches, one of the sons-in-law of Anthony Udeagha Family, Mr Fab Amunike; the President General of Urualla Clan Assembly, Prince Sam Ezeanyika; and the parish priest of St Stephen’s Parish, Umuezemazu, Urualla, Rev Fr Desmond Nwanyanwu; also attested to the peaceful and loving personality of the deceased.

Rev Fr Nwanyanwu led in solemn burial rites for the deceased in observance of the COVID-19 protocols. The family said the funeral ceremony would take place after the COVID-19 might have relaxed.

Burial rites. 3rd from left: Mrs Iruka Ndubuizu (Nee Udeagha), Mrs Uche Amunike (Nee Udeagha) and some other family members and sympathizers. 6th from left is the deceased’s husband, Mr Obinna Udeagha. 1st from right is the Parish Priest of St Stephen’s Urualla, Rev Fr Desmond Nwanyanwu

Fides’ Assistant Editor, Mrs Uche Amunike, lights a candle for her deceased’s sister-in-law, Nkechi Udeagha.

The remains of the Nkechi Sabina Udeagha (Nee Ikegwuoha), being lowered into her grave.

Lying-in-state: The chief mourner, Mr Obinna Udeagha (1st from left) with some of his late wife’s maiden family members.

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