Shelter Catherine Makwabarara (14 Aug 1965 - 30 Aug 2019)

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Funeral Service

Location
Southfield Lane Methodist Church Southfield Lane, Little Horton Bradford BD5 9HU
Date
17th Sep 2019
Time
10.15am
Funeral Director
Eric F. Box Funeral Directors, Dewsbury

Cremation Details

Location
Park Wood CrematoriumPark RoadEllandHX5 9HZ
Date
17th Aug 2019
Time
12.45pm

Funeral Reception

Location
Dewsbury Town HallWakefield Old RoadDewsburyWF12 8DG
Date
17th Sep 2019
Time
2.15pm

Dear friends and family, it is with the deepest regret to inform you that our dearest Shelter Catherine Makwabarara passed away on the 30th of August 2019 after her long struggle from heart illness. She was surrounded by family and loved ones.

Shelter Catherine Sibanda was born on the 14th of August 1965 in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. She was the first-born child of Clement Nechibvute and Marian Sibanda. A keen scholar and intellectual she attended Makumbi Secondary School gaining her “O” levels later moving to Gokomere High School in Masvingo for high school where she met her future husband Pasi. She then attended the University of Zimbabwe studying Crop Science from 1986 to 1988 during which she gave birth to her first child Farai in October 1987 and her last-born Hazel arrived in April 1991.

Shelter pursued her career and furthered her education in 1999 travelling to the UK to attend Writtle College in Chelmsford where she earned her M.Sc. in Horticulture. Shelter developed a multitude of skills throughout a varied and extensive Technical / QA career, beginning in Fresh Produce and later diversifying into Food Manufacturing through various Interim Technical roles. Shelter was known for her passion for her work and was experienced in building and managing teams, both big and small consistently maintaining a high level of professionalism and enthusiasm. She was a teacher and mentor to many and involved in the field locally working with Morrisons, Booths and Betty’s of Harrogate and internationally including stints in Zambia and the Netherlands.

Throughout her life Shelter maintained her Christian faith, starting from Pentecostal roots. She eventually adopted Methodism and endeared herself to the Southfield Lane church in Bradford. This is where her family and friends will gather to celebrate her life. She was also a lover of music and was known to outlast everyone else on the dance floor. Shelter’s infectious laughter, warmth, genuine love and steadfast principles were all a strong magnet which endeared many hearts to her till these very sad days. It is the coming together of these many blessed hearts during this dark time which is a continuous and illuminating testament of Shelter’s legacy.

Her family have arranged for a day of final send-off events dated 17 September 2019 to be held at South Field Lane Methodist Church in Bradford and her cremation will take place at Park Wood Crematorium ( Elland Road) and a gathering will take place at Dewsbury Town Hall where you can join us for a dance and celebration of an incredible soul and phenomenal woman.

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Job & Jesna Mtetwa wrote

May your soul rest in peace Shelter - through the many years we have known each other you have been such a good friend. I remember the high school and college years, always cheerful and hard working, above all you left us a legacy - you really loved your family, something we all admire and wish upon our children. Our children remember you as Auntie Mushroom - when you used to bring us the choicest mushrooms - a testimony of your kindness and love. Go well Shelter. Pasi life's journey teaches us new things when we face tragedies, and may the Lord of the Lilies and Birds guide you and protect you and may you find strength in the Almighty. God bless.

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Taffy Madzimbamuto wrote

My dear friend Pasi

I was so shocked and saddenned to learn of the untimely passing of your dear wife, Shelter. I have always admired the bond between the two of you, ever since I met both of you almost thirty years ago.

My memory of Shelter is synonymous with excellence and thoroughness in all she did. She was so full of life. Despite having last seen both of you almost twenty years ago, the pain of the loss of your dear partner, and my friend and former colleague, is not softenned by distance or by time.

I wish you strength Pasi. Let us thank God for the time that you spent with your dear partner, and for the lovely memories that you will carry for all eternity.

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Hazel Makwabarara wrote

Dear family and friends.

Please note that numbers at the crematorium are extremely limited and we will only be able to accommodate 45 of Shelter's closest family and friends. Please feel free to make your way to Dewsbury Town Hall after the church service to enjoy a drink and share your stories.

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Alison Brown wrote

RIP Shelter. I only knew you for 4 weeks but I knew then what a lovely person you were. Fly high xx

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Ambuya’s suprise birthday party , what a great time we had 💕

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John Chimbani wrote

You left us too soon my ”wife”. I am lost for words...It feels like yesterday when we spent those wonderful holidays with you in Harare. Hope to see you again❤️

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Lois Makwabarara wrote

Fly high with the angels, forever missed

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Gogo Shelter will be sadly missed by Malakai

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All those family functions without you will never be the same again

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Mbuya Shelter's 50th birthday celebration. Beautiful inside and out Xx

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