SA PROTOCOL BURIES MUM AGED 75 AS GOVERNMENT DELEGATION, PAY LAST RESPECTS
By Regina Igwebuike
Nise (Awka South LGA), April 6, 2019 (MOI) April 4, 2019 was remarkable for Nise community, Awka South LGA of Anambra State as Fabian Okpala buries matriarch of the family late Mrs Caroline Okpala.
The funeral was a celebration of the humanitarian qualities of the great disciplinarian, whose life of servitude positively affected many individuals around her.
Her remains were interred in the family compound, Ara, Nise after a Mass at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Nise.
In a homily, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Achuke described the late Mrs Caroline Okpala as an extra-ordinary passionate teacher.
Achuke explained that Caroline’s faith in the transformative power of education started with her own children, noting that she would not brook failure by any of them, nor accept sloppiness in their studies or moral upbringing.
``She related with her students with morally fortitude, selflessness, high expectations and stern discipline.
``Caroline and her late husband epitomised deep mutual affection that their counsel was often sought after by people.’’
He, then, urged Christians to always see God in their neighbours as exemplified by the deceased.
In an interview, Rev. Fr. MacBen Okeke said that the core of Caroline’s life was her profound Christian faith, which shaped every part of her life.
Okeke noted that the deceased together with her late husband, a renowned Catechist, embraced mature, deep–rooted idea of what it means to be Christian.
He said that for the duo, Christianity meant a call to reflect and radiate the sacrificial nature of Christ’s love for all.
``Their spirituality and virtues motivated me to join priesthood when the husband was serving as catechist at St. Michael Catholic Church, Isiagu, my home town.’’
One of her children, Mr Raphael Okpala, Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Protocol described his late mum as dogged, virtuous woman, a pioneer of peace, who does not compromise justice.
``She lived a fulfilled life and died in the Lord. She followed after the steps of Mother Mary.
``Her doggedness in life should be a source of encouragement to all especially my siblings.’’
Another son of the deceased, Mr Andrew Okpala, Manager, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Bayelsa State said their mother believed so much in strong family values and sowed seeds of love and togetherness among the children.
He pledged to uphold the legacies of his late mum, which was instrumental to the success he recorded.
Until her death, late Caroline Okpala was a devout Catholic, who was known for her commitment to prayers of love for Holy Mass.
She was a member of Catholic Women Organisation
(CWO), Life Members Association and Sacred Heart League. (MOI)