Elizabeth Ogbeta Imienwanrin (Passed away 14 Nov 2022)
- Grove Park Cemetery Marvels Lane Grove Park S E12
- 15th Dec 2022
Elizabeth Ogbeta Imienwanrin was born in Calabar, Nigeria to Mr Monefe and Mrs Dorcas Abobo of Agbarha, Warri in the then Midwestern Region which later became Bendel State.
Following her father’s posting to Northern Nigeria, she attended St Michael’s school Kaduna for her primary education. Her father being a civil servant, the family moved around first to Ibadan and then to Warri in 1954. Elizabeth then continued at St Andrews Primary School run by the Christian Missionary Society. By 1961, she completed her secondary education at United College of Commerce (UCC) Warri. In 1969, she moved to Lagos and worked at the ministry of Defence from where she went to the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi to study Secretarial Studies. She thereafter worked at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) as Secretary to the Provost, College of Medicine.
Elizabeth met her husband Austin while working in Benin. They got married under the traditional law and custom in Benin City and later she proceeded to the UK where they got married at the Our Lady of The Assumption Catholic Church, Deptford, UK. They both are blessed with three children.
In the UK, Elizabeth worked as a Secretary at the Southampton General Hospital. The family went back to Nigeria for a short while and then returned to the UK in 1982, where Elizabeth continued working and eventually ended her career as a secretary at Ernst and Young.
She was very versatile. She qualified as a Secretary at the prestigious Garnet College. She also qualified as a Teacher and a Baker. She was very much family oriented. She looked after most of her nephews and nieces at various times. Very caring and bold, she faced off the combatants in the Nigerian civil war to feed those who were in hiding from the Biafran army at grave risk to her own life. Her home in the UK was regarded by many as the “London HQ”, an accolade bestowed on her by Mr Mike Omu her nephew-in-law. Generally regarded as the most fun of all her siblings, she was also very independent, knowing her own mind and making everyone laugh.
She was a devout Christian who served the Lord and never failed to inspire others with her faith. She leaves behind, her husband Dr Austin Imienwanrin; children: Ohioma, Emi and Uduehi; grandchildren Micah, Emi-Marie, and Sienna-Rae as well as her sisters, brother, nephews, nieces and extended family members.