Dignitaries across the country including top government functionaries, Saturday, gathered at Akiewhe-Owhe in Isoko North local government area for the burial of Madam Elizabeth Uyoyou Owhefere, elder sister to the Majority Leader of the Delta State House of Assembly and Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon Tim Owhefere.
The State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and his deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, the immediate past governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, Senator James Manager and Hon Julius Pondi of the National Assembly, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori and Rt Hon Friday Osanebi, members of the Delta State House of Assembly, some Civil Commissioners, Special Advisers, the Member Representing Delta State on the board of NDDC, Dr Ogaga Ifowodo, the Secretary to the Delta State Government, Hon Ovie Agas and other top government functionaries were at the ceremony to commiserate with Hon Tim Owhefere and the family.
At the funeral service which held at St Michael’s Anglican Church, Venerable Sunday Edogobeji said death was the end of all mortals, stressing that all the struggle of man will end in grave. He said the struggle for material wealth was not worth it as in death no man will go back with anything hence the need for the people to serve God and prepare for eternity.
Venerable Edogobeji noted that man was made of dust and would return to dust at death, adding that God was not a respecter of persons.
The Anglican Priest whose sermon was titled “What Are You Living For”, said Christians must ask themselves the pertinent question of where to spend eternity.
He described late Madam Elizabeth Uyoyou Owhefere as a devout Christian who used her talent to serve God as she was a choir mistress at Oleh Diocese of the Anglican Church.
Venerable Edogobeji said that the church will miss her undiluted service in the choir and church and prayed God to accept her soul.
At the graveside, the children and family members of the deceased performed the final burial rites where the Bishop of Oleh Diocese, Rt Rev J.U Aruakpor prayed for the family, describing the deceased as a good woman whose life was felt by everyone around.
Speaking at the reception which took place at Uthatho Primary School, Akiewhe-Owhe play ground, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa commiserated with the Owhefere family on the demise of their elder sister and mother and prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable lost.
In an interview, the Majority of the State House of Assembly, Hon Tim Owhefere described the death of his elder sister as painful, saying that she was full of life.
Hon Owhefere stated that his late sister was a pillar in the family and urged the children to emulate their late mother’s legacies.
The first son of deceased, Mr. Samson Emeakpor said growing up was challenging for the family but their late mother gave her best to them describing her as a woman of grace and selfless.
He said the family would continue to miss her wise counsel, love and humility.
The Chief Whip in the State House of Assembly, Hon Pat Ajudua commiserated with the Owhefere family, stressing that the tributes showed that they had lost a mother indeed.
Relatives, friends, well wishers, former colleagues, representatives of some churches, communities and opinion leaders from Isoko nation led the President General, Isoko Development Union, IDU were also in attendance in honor of the late woman.
Several dance groups and other side attraction were on hand to entertain the audience.
Late madam Elizabeth Uyoyou Owhefere who retired from the state civil service in 2009, died at the age of 64 and is survived by three children, a sister and two brothers among other relations.