By Gid Ahanonu
The body of Late Mrs. Gladys Oganaure Uzoechi (Nee Etonyeaku) has been laid to rest in her compound at Umuokoro Iho Ikeduru after a funeral service at the Holy Trinity (Ang.) Church Iho.
Preaching the sermon at the service, Rev. Matthew Ijezie called on Christians to live exemplary life that will give service to the people and glorify God as God has purpose of creating everybody. He stated that life without a mission is as good as death, adding that people must give account of their stewardship at the judgment day.
The preacher stressed the need for Christians to realize that life is temporal and advised them to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, hence His mission was giving His life for us to have eternal life.
Rev. Ijezie lamented the harm prosperity preaching churches and ‘fake pastors’ are causing in families and the society, urging the Christian faithful not to patronize them.
The service was conducted by Rev. Promise A. while Rev. Raphael Onunwa and Rev. Dr. Emma Agoha led in the intercessory prayers, as the Archdeacon of Iho, Ven. J.B.C. Njoku, conducted the concluding prayers.
In the family oration presented at the grave side, late Gladys Uzoechi was described as a virtuous and devout Christian mother who brought up her children out of nothing as she was equally industrious and hard working after the death of her husband.
In his remarks, one of the deceased’s grand children, Mr. Ifeanyi Uzoukwu, regretted losing his grandmother who he described as his play partner and adviser that provided him with delicacies each time they met; noting that even though she died at the ripped age of 86, he would have wished she was alive.
The ceremony attracted many dignitaries from far and near including HRH Eze P.C. Opara of Umueze-Mbieri; Hon. Chukwudi Onuoha; Knights and Ladies, people from Umuomumu, Church of the Healing Cross Owerri, priests from Ikeduru and outside the Diocese and others.