I can't believe it........ I literally just got back in contact with Dami today......and I asked for you and got the SHOCK of my life........ I remember our days in Iju and all the mischief we got up too,like it was yesterday.........Men I miss you....
May God grant your husband,the kids, Mumc and the rest of the family the fortitude to bear this UNIMAGINABLE LOSS.....
Sleep well my dear friend, till we meet AGAIN Close
RIP/ Ajibabi Balogun (Secondary school mate )Read >>
RIP/ Ajibabi Balogun (Secondary school mate )
I didnt get to see u after secondary school but i ran into your sister (Funmi) about 2 wks before i heard... I believe that God will continue to strengthen and uphold your family because in times like this, we feel his presence even more.. Heard you had twins.. wow.. that is really something... We thank God for the life you lived... Continue to rest in peace...
Rest in Peace Tola / Yetunde Oladeji (nee Adeokun) (Friend - from Sagamu )Read >>
Rest in Peace Tola / Yetunde Oladeji (nee Adeokun) (Friend - from Sagamu )
Was in shock when i heard about your death, gone so soon. But who are we to question God, he knows best, only he knows the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning. You are resting in his bossom now, free from pain and gone from this crazy world.
May your soul rest in perfect peace, May God grant your family the fortitude to bear your loss, and may your death have a positive impact on the lives of all that have ever known you or been in contact with you. May he bless, comfort and be with your family now anf forever more in Jesus name. Amen.
Sleep well child of God. Till we meet again by his Grace.
Tola, it was such a great shock to hear that you've gone to be with the LORD. You were such an outstanding person, ever beautiful and always smiling. I remembered us spending time together with some other friends during my last couple of weeks in ATL to relocate to Dallas. May the good Lord continually watch over your household, keep them, see them through and make a way for them always. Rest in peace. ..................
Tola Baby I Can't Sleep / Toks Akisanya (Close Friend )
Was thinking of you tonight, and thot to make a tribute slideshow for you and your numerous loved ones out there. Was a bit emotional going through the several pics you sent me over time, and thanks to Dammy Olutayo for some I didn't already have. You will forever live through us.
Total Shock! / Gozie Odediran Former Ginigeme (Secondary school friend )
Tola!!! How could you go so soon?? I was rooted to the spot when i heard about your death!! I felt like life had played a joke on me. Last time i heard from you, you were excited about your pregnancy and mine. We exchanged pregnancy tips n i told you how labour was for me. I tried your nigerian cell numbers a couple of times but got just your voice mails. I assumed you must have gone t the states to have your babies!!! Oh?? Such shock to hear about your death.
My prayers are always with you dearest Tola n my warmest condolences to Fummi n all your other siblings. You were so full of life Tola n will be incredibly missed.. May God continue to be with your families n your liltte babies(God will surely see them through). AMEN.
Olutola/ Desola Odunayo
Hey Tola, I just got home from work this morning, relatively quiet night I must say. Just thought about you and wanted to say hello. I know things up there are going fabulous. We miss you down here, all of us and I'm sure you know we love you dearly. Save a seat for all of us and keep your star blazing.
Peace be still,and know he is God / Jummy (a friend )Read >>
Peace be still,and know he is God / Jummy (a friend )
My heartfelt condolence to both the Olutayo and Okoya-Thomas Familes. I recall the first day i heard the sad news of your passing, looking back you were all those things and more to those who knew you. Ever jolly, ever smiling, this are the thoughts i have of you forever.
Until you discover your redemptive worth.... / Voke' Sanomi-Fleming (Friend - KSU classmates )
"Until you discover your redemptive worth, you stand to remain a victim of life and circumstances....God's word is a life emitting spirit, it communicates God's life."
Anyone who knew Tola also knows that this was her email signature and favorite quote. She always ended her emails to me with "Have a Lovely Day!!" As beautiful as these words are. It gives only a small glimpse into Tola's warm spirit.
I'll never forget that Saturday in JAN 2000- the first day of a senior class. It was CSIS 3530: Computer Operating Systems. We were asked to form project groups, and naturally, we both ended up in the same group with 3 other people. I think we both sensed, just as people in strange places often do when they meet kindred spirits, that we came from the same place.
Over time, we came to form a good friendship, sharing notes, brainstorming on ideas, passing onto each other our used books etc. I'll never forget how you never seemed to fret. You always had a comforting smile for every situation - I remember crying as I told you about a pre-requisite I had missed - the registration period was over and not taking the class meant I had to endure an extra semester. I had also lost my father that sememster and was so confused about so many things. You were supportive, sympathetic, and suprisingly wise beyond your years. I felt you hesistated slightly before telling me that maybe it was God's will and to not be so sad. All things do work well for those who believe you encouraged. And it worked out well in the end.
As we graduated and I left Georgia to start my new job in Minnesota, we kept each other informed of progress, what we were doing now etc. Your last emails to me in Minnesota said you were going back to Nigeria. We promised to keep in touch and did so - not as often as I'm sure we would have liked.
I was exceptionally glad for you when you wrote and said that you were getting married. We joked about gifts, marriage, etc - I promised to send lots of expensive gifts and you said you'd hold me to it - we laughed about it. I didn't know it at the time but those were precious precious moments.
You are wonderfully missed Tola. God gathers his own always - sometimes too soon for us to understand.
Have a Lovely day!! Tola (Olutatyo) Okoya-Thomas
Voke' J. Sanomi-Fleming
Peace my heart...
Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death but completeness.
Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.
~Rabindranath Tagore Close