President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed gratitude to God that his younger sister, Mrs. Nancy Olei-Jonathan who died on January 4, lived above the golden age.
Mrs. Olei-Jonathan died at the age of 52 of a heart-related ailment, according to President Jonathan.
Jonathan and his wife, Patience, led other members of the family to a funeral service in honour of the deceased at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Otuoke, Bayelsa State today.
“Nancy’s ailment started during my tenure as the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State. She was my younger sister from another mother and had undergone several treatments both locally and abroad. We thank God she was able to live above the golden age of 50,” Jonathan said.
Until her death, Nancy was a member of staff of Ogbia Central Medical Centre, Otuoke. She was married and blessed with six children.
A biography by the family said Nancy was described to be a hardworking and a devout Christian, who never took the things of the Lord for granted.
She was also described as a great weaver, greatly endowed with craftsmanship.
“In her days, priority in education was given to male children and being a child from a polygamous family, she did not have the opportunity to acquire a higher education,” the book read.
According to the biography read by Lamawal Jonathan, the deceased excelled greatly in craftsmanship which was her hobby.
Earlier in his sermon, the Bishop of Ogbia Diocese, the Rt. Rev. J. A Oruwori, said death was an end that awaited every man. [myad]