The governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Sunday, announced the death of his mother, Mrs. Bessie Ikpeazu (Nee Nwagwu). She was aged 87.
A statement issued by the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Godwin Adindu, said Madam Bessie, died of natural causes after a brief illness in the early hours of Sunday, November 29 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu.
Born on May 27, 1928 to Mr & Mrs Nwagwu Anaba of Umuafor Village in Obingwa LGA of Abia State, the late Madam Bessie who was a career nurse and midwife, obtained her primary education from Adventist Primary School Aba and later attended School of Nursing, Adventist Hospital Ile Ife. She graduated in 1959.
In 1975, she furthered her education at the School of Midwifery, Methodist hospital, Amachara Umuahia.
She got married to Mr. Ishmael Uleanya Ikpeazu of Umuobiakwa Village, also in Obingwa, in December, 1961 and this union was blessed with three children; Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu ( Governor of Abia State), Mrs. Ocheze Edith Ugboaja and Barrister Iheanyichukwu Ugonna Ikpeazu.
“Though Da-Bessie lived to the celebrated age of eighty-seven, her death remains a great loss to all Abians who would have continued to benefit from her wise counsel, drawn from her fountain of knowledge, age and experience.
“We therefore urge our amiable Governor to be consoled by the fact that Mama has merely crossed the twin bridge between the material and the transcendental and has transited to glory,” the statement read.