Penelope Ann Ayara-Ekpe (21 Nov 1940 - 2 Oct 2019)

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Location
Woking Crematorium Hermitage Road Woking GU21 8TJ
Date
29th Nov 2019
Time
4pm
Funeral Director
Alan Greenwood & Sons Send

In loving memory of Penelope Ann Ayara-Ekpe who passed away on 2nd October 2019, aged 78 years. She was much loved and will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

Iveta Bejaoui donated in memory of Penelope

May you rest in peace Penny. You were an amazing, kind and beautiful person. So sorry. xox

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Dominic Ayara-Ekpe donated £20 in memory of Penelope
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Adrian Ford donated £20 in memory of Penelope
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Vincent Synan donated in memory of Penelope

Thanks Penny for all the fond memories and help you gave our family over the years.

All our love,
Vincent Synan

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Melanie Ashfield donated in memory of Penelope
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Adaora Ofoegbu posted a picture

Fond memories of happy times together at Mum’s retirement party. Aunty Penny will be sorely missed. ❤️

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  • Great picture!

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Ada Ofoegbu wrote

RIP Aunty Penny. ❤️ I’ll never forget your loving, welcoming hugs.
Uncle Jerry, Dom, Seb and Ben, I pray that you all find strength and solace in the lovely memories you shared together. Xxx

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Adam Ford wrote

Mary and Adam Ford will be attending the funeral

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Adaora Ofoegbu donated in memory of Penelope
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Jane Etherington donated in memory of Penelope

RIP dearest Penny, you will be missed by so many not least of all your gorgeous family. Much love Jane xx

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Adrian Ford wrote

Liz and Adrian Ford will be attending the funeral

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James Tigwell donated £10 in memory of Penelope
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Len Igwe wrote

“Aunty Penny” was one of my mum and my family’s closest friends from when Dom, Seb and Ben were all growing up together as kids in Lagos, Nigeria.

From our days of living above Uncle Jerry’s Flying Ant restaurant in Apapa, through her being the Catering Manager at the Apapa Club (ultra VIP birthday parties for us as kids), to her working at the Volkswagen factory in Lagos and being picked up in their huge black ‘Mercury’ American car, or even arranging my first ever helicopter trip with Dom over the wharf in Apapa, Aunty Penny was always that 2nd go to mum, if ever my sisters and I ever needed anything and our mum wasn’t around.

My favourite memory of Aunty Penny is her literally piggy-backing me back home from Corona primary school during the rainy season floods and wading through virtually waist high flood water through the flooded streets of Lagos, to get me back me back home (the roads were impassable for cars). After about a mile of wading, she tripped and stumbled into an open gutter, so we both landed face first into the water, laughing our heads off and totally drenched from head to toe in filthy brown flood water.
Nothing was ever too much for Aunty Penny to do for others and everything she did for others was always done with a big laugh, huge smile and awesome hug.

There are very few happy childhood memories which I can now recall, where Aunty Penny and ‘the boys’ were not in some way intrinsically involved; whether we were all at the Apapa Club, their home, Nigerwives meetings etc etc.

Aunty Penny was one of life’s few truly very SPECIAL people, who exuded love, warmth and kindness to so many others and we were all very privileged to have all had the opportunity and honour to have known her and had her in our lives.

We all know that now that she has now finally shorn of the shackles of physical pain; suffering and illness that have haunted her over her last few years, and she is finally now happy and able to freely laugh and smile at us all, as she watches over us all carrying on with the trials and tribulations our daily lives.

My thoughts and prayers are with my brothers Dom, Seb and Ben along with their children, as well as dear Uncle Jerry, as you all adjust to life without having her around.

Enjoy a very well earned rest in Perfect in Perfect Peace Aunty Penny. You are very much missed but remain with us all eternally steadfast in our fondest memories 🙏🏽😘❤️❤️❤️

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Sebastian Ayara-Ekpe donated in memory of Penelope
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Don’s Bbq in Woking

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Len Igwe donated in memory of Penelope

Missing you loads already. Thanks for being such a great/fun part of ours and everyone’s lives. Lots of love always from the Igwe/ Ofoegbu’s 😘🙏🏽❤️❤️

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Richard Knotek wrote

Growing up with Seb, Ben and Dom I grew fond of penny, she was a very warm, intelligent and fun lady and a good friend.
I live two doors away and popped round regualy when she needed help with something, this always led to a funny conversation about us kids growing up - memories I will cherish.

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Hester Swanson-Warren donated £10 in memory of Penelope

I remember Penny as being a kind, warm and larger then life personality She was a generous support and mentor for me during my time at BAT for which I will be forever grateful.

The friendship between Penny and Susan was just gorgeous to see and her love for her family was incredible.

She will be hugely missed and fondly remembered by so many.

Hester xx



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Leslie Jean Mitchell donated in memory of Penelope
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Susan Kerr donated £30 in memory of Penelope

For Penny, with love

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  • Damn it, my pal, Penelope, we were supposed to get really old together! What a great friendship we had. She was a larger than life character with the biggest heart in the world. We had intense and lively discussions about everything, grumbled together, supported one another and, most importantly, laughed together. In fact, we spent most of the time in hysterics, even when starting out at our most irritated with the world in general. Insanely generous, kind, loving, highly intelligent, exasperating, hilarious with a great zest for life. Thank you, Penny for wonderful memories. You can now dance freely. Susie

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Yetunde Quartermaine is attending the funeral
Leslie Jean Mitchell wrote

I met Penny in 1971 when we were living in Lagos, Nigeria. We soon became close friends celebrating our children's birthdays together. Penny and I were early members of Nigerwives organisation for foreign wives of Nigerians and after our return to live in the UK in 1985 we continued to attend Nigerwives London group. She has been a favourite honorary aunt to my children and we will all miss her in so many ways while we cherish our memories.

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