It was a mixed feeling of pains and celebration too last week at Owalla Avuvu-Ikeduru, Imo State as the remains of Ezinne Dorothy Mmanu Opara was laid to rest. Ezinne Opara, a devout Christian and very industrious woman died at the age of 91 which ordinarily should attract celebration from all around her family but fortunately or unfortunately her death was indeed a celebration of life and mourning as well, as many who loved her good deeds had wished she lived more.
In a funeral service that attracted the Who is Who in Imo, Nigeria and beyond at St Eunan’s Catholic Parish Owalla Avuvu, one of the sons of the nonagenarian and former Transition Committee Chairman of Ikeduru Council Area, Dr Anselm Opara in a funeral oration described Ezinne Dorothy as an accomplished mother and health worker per excellence who made marks in the sands of time as certified nurse and midwife.
According to Dr Anselm Opara, her mother in collaboration with their late father Sir L.O Opara established the famous St Jude’s Maternity Home in Avuvu in 1968 where over 6000 children had been delivered since the past 50 years.
He said his mother was a great woman imbued with a lot of wisdom.
Dr Opara said the family and indeed Avuvu community would miss such a woman, and prayed God to grant her soul eternal repose.
Opara however commended his sister and husband Dr & Dr Mrs Paschal Ike for taking care of their mother in their home in USA for a very long time until she died recently after a brief illness.
Ezinne Dorothy Opara is survived by four children, 12 grand children, 15 great grand children and other relations.
Imo state Deputy Governor, Prof Placid Njoku, Hon Frank Ugboma (Member for Oguta, IMHA), top government functionaries, Captains of Industry, Old Boys of Holy Ghost College Owerri among many others attended the funeral ceremony.