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Esther’s life was a beautiful tapestry woven with smiles and tears, a testament to deep meditation and remembrance of God’s goodness and faithfulness. On the early hours of Sunday, May 14th, 2023, she peacefully went home to be with the Lord, on a day that was aptly Mother’s Day—a day to bid farewell, knowing that one day, we shall meet again on the resurrection morning.
Esther possessed a band of virtues—gentleness, meekness, love, patience and quiet strength—that made her a beacon of peace to her family and friends. She will forever hold a cherished place in the hearts of her children: Sola, Toyin, Gbenga, and Buky. As a devoted grandma, she spent the last 17-plus years of her life in Canada, caring for her youngest grandson Daniel. She spent her early years in Nigeria caring for her other beloved grandchildren—Davina, Tobi, Adeola, Tokunbo, and Ayoola—who will always remember the love she showered upon them.
Her memory will also be fondly held by her surviving sibling, Mr. Sunday Adesoji Williams, as well as her nieces, nephews, and cousins. Esther’s life was touched by both joy and sorrow, having been predeceased by her loving husband, Pa David Olaoluwa Ogunsanwo, in 2011, as well as her brother Cornelius Adebayo Williams and sister Dorcas Abosede Johnson (nee Williams).
Though she embraced the role of a full-time housewife, Esther’s fulfillment came from caring for her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was a skilled seamstress who lovingly tailored her children’s clothes throughout their growing years and even sewed for herself in her old age.
She was spiritually fulfilled by her dedication and commitment to the work of God in her previous church in Nigeria. She was an active member of YWCA until she moved to Canada. She enjoyed going with them to villages where the message of Jesus Christ was been shared and humanitarian work was been done.
Esther was more than just a grandmother to her own family; she held a special place in the hearts of several children in Canada and Nigeria who lovingly called her “Grandma.” Her ceaseless prayers, spoken softly from a heart filled with love, touched the lives of many, and she found great joy and happiness among her church family at RCCG Cornerstone Chapel. Despite being away from her early church family in Saint Annes Church Molete, Ibadan, she found warmth and love among her new congregation at Cornerstone.
The pain of parting is never easy, no matter the age of our loved ones. We will all miss her dearly, but we find comfort in the knowledge that she now resides in a better place. By God’s grace and mercy, we look forward to the day we shall be reunited with Esther in glory.
Good night, Esther, until we meet again to part no more. We love you dearly, but we know Jesus loves you more. Sleep peacefully in the bosom of our Lord.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Service of Songs at RCCG Cornerstone Chapel (424 Acadia Dr SE) on Friday, August 25, 2023 from 6:00-7:30pm. A Viewing will be held at Southview Alliance Church (20200 Walden Blvd SE) on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 10:00am immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00am with a recording of the service below for those unable to attend in person. A Reception will follow at Foothills Centennial Centre ( 204 Community Way #4, Okotoks, AB) from 1:00-6:00pm.