By Chike Enechukwu and Adaobi Chukwujekwu
LADY Lucy Okwuoma Okoye (JP) has died at the age of 84. Until her death, she was a devout Christian in Nnewi Anglican Diocesan Communion where she, along with her husband Sir C.C. Okoye, former principal, Abbot Boys Secondary School, Ihiala, and Okongwu Memorial Grammar School, Nnewi, proved their mettle as talented teachers with discipline as their watchword to students and their children at home.
Lady Lucy had many children amongst whom is Ifeanyi Okoye, an ex legislator in the Anambra State House of Assembly, who said that the demise of his mother created a vacuum due to her caring nature and devotion to whatever she laid her hands on, especially the less privileged, indigent widows and helpless aged.
He said that he and his siblings would continue to keep in their memories, the good works she deposited on this busy world.
She founded Okoye Guard Nursery/Primary School, Nnewi, in memory of her late husband’s father, who was an ex- Nigerian Railway Cooperation (NRC) staff .
Former Governor of Anambra State, Dame Virgy Etiaba, who visited the bereaved family at Nnewi, described the late Lady Lucy Okwuoma Okoye as a mother whose life legacy vindicated her at her burial.
Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Ihiala, Rt. Rev. Israel Okoye had in his funeral sermon said that Lady Lucy Okoye lived an exemplary life that touched those that had rare opportunity to tap from her wealth of goodness to humanity.
Former Commissioner in Anambra State Civil Service Commission, Sir Shedrack Onuigbo, a close family friend of the Okoyes said that the late Lady Lucy Okoye’s well tailored life legacy will continue to shine and consoled the mourners.