Wednesday 22 November 2017

Community shows support as crash mum laid to rest

Family members at Queenent's funeral
Family members at Queenent's funeral
Mourning at the late Queenent Oligie Esezobor's funeral Mass in Longford yesterday including her husband, Kingsley (far right) and family members. Photo: David Walsh

Eoghan MacConnell

A HUSBAND and father was told to expect every support from the community as he adjusts to life as both mother and father to his five children.

Kingsley Esezobor's wife Queenent Oligie Esezobor (42) was one of three women killed in a crash that also claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl in Co Westmeath on June 28.

She was the first of the four victims to be laid to rest. Her sister Fanny Oraweme Akenbor and Patience Iterie Jeeti and her daughter Jessica are due to be buried in the coming days. The crash left 10 children without mothers.

Four candles were lit in memory of the victims as the funeral service got under way in St Mel's Cathedral Centre in Co Longford yesterday, where Queenent lived with her family.

Acknowledging the attendance of local school principals, schoolchildren and members of the local community, Fr Brendan O'Sullivan remarked: "Our community was devastated by the news of such a tragic accident. We can only imagine the devastation it is for you and your family."

Fr O'Sullivan said: "We want you Kingsley to be ensured that you have the best support in the times ahead so you can become mother and father to these little ones left in your care."

He described Queenent as a very spiritual woman.

"She had a wonderful sense of humour," he said.

Queenent's son Kelly said: "My mother was one of the most confident, caring and intellectual people I have ever known. As I grew up my mother always protected me and supported me."

Her daughter Melanie spoke of her mother with pride, saying she was a beautiful and independent woman.

"I am blessed to have her as my mother," she said.

The funeral was attended by a representative from the Nigerian Embassy. Queenent was laid to rest at Ballymacormack Cemetery following noon funeral Mass.

She is survived by her husband Kingsley, sons Kelly (15) and Killian (7), daughters Melanie (17), Marlina (12) and Princess (10).

The remaining three victims of the tragic road accident are expected to be buried in the coming days.

Irish Independent

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