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Ibitamuno Grace Papanye

July 25, 1971 - May 26, 2023
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Visitation
Egizi Funeral Home
119 Ganttown Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012
(856) 227-9500 | Map
Thursday 6/15, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Service
Egizi Funeral Home
119 Ganttown Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012
(856) 227-9500 | Map
Thursday 6/15, 11:00 am
Cemetery
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans' Memorial Cemetery
Thursday 6/15

Ibitamuno Grace Papanye Went to be with her Heavenly Father, Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on May 26th, 2023, at the age of 51. Ibim as she is fondly known, was a devoted mother to her only child Wariku Papanye. She was the beloved sister to Edith Igwe, Cordelia Jimoh, Joyce Halliday, Janet Oluwadare, EdnaContinue Reading

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Ilanye LongJohn left a message on June 15, 2023:
May your soul rest in peace and rise to glory sister Ibim. God's comfort and condolence to the family. ??✌?❤️
Ibie Green left a message on June 15, 2023:
Gone too soon, may your soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. Our prayers are with the Papanye family.Almighty God console you.IJMN, Amen. Ibie &Les.
Bomadiere-ere Amakor left a message on June 15, 2023:
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May Sis Ibim’s Soul RIP Amen.
Hal Capshaw left a message on June 15, 2023:
Gracie was our “adopted” Nigerian daughter. Not sure if she adopted us or we adopted her. But after her Mother passed and she attended the funeral in Nigeria, we got really close. Gracie was generous, thoughtful, a strong woman, had a servants heart and had a huge faith in God. She never doubted that God was in charge of her life and she lived it out to the end. You just couldn’t out give her. She was always looking for ways to give to others. We have many memories of the meat pies and spiced chicken that she made and shared with us. Several times she came to our house and spent the whole day making meat pies. And most of the time she came with Gloria and Bonye, Sofi and Zackie. One of my clearest memories was when she and Gloria moved to the East coast. We loaded up the truck and Boyne and Sofi rode with me, and the rest of the family followed in the van. All was well until somewhere in Missouri or Illinois, Sofi and Bonye got to “chipping teeth” to the point that I had to stop the truck and tell the boys to go back and ride with Gracie and Gloria. I was not back there with them but I sensed that there was a lot of “smoke” coming out of the windows of the van! Gracie took a strong hand in the raising of those boys. Gracie never told us much about what she had done. She didn’t brag about her accomplishments. Even when she was in the Army, she never complained. Just did her job and projected confidence in her unit and those around her. She was super proud of Wariko and all of her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed talking about their accomplishments and their progress in life. Gracie faced her final battle with courage and a complete faith in God. In my mind she didn’t lose that battle, God just called his daughter home! Gracie has gone ahead to her heavenly home and will be there to greet us when we arrive. Eph 2:8-9
Professor Hellen Sokari A-Okus left a message on June 13, 2023:
Dearest Ibim, News that you passed on was a shocking and devastating experience. It reflected again, the exact position your seat was in class. Ibim dear, how time flew. You were the strong one in character and composure. The big sister to even your elders. We recall the chuckling when you caution seniors politely. You're now our loss but our alma mater just gained a fiery angel. We will miss your smile and the sternness with which you attended to injustice. Your contribution to the Old Girls Association of Government Girls Secondary School Finima, Bonny, will never be forgotten. You've served as the Chairperson of the Diaspora Zone and now bowing out, you left a legacy of peace, love and selfless service. You fought well, you won. Now at ease we say, Adieu dear Sis. Rest on. At our time, we will all meet again. Dein na mu Ibim. Dein na mu.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Deborah Abbey left a message on June 11, 2023:
We miss you Ibitamuno ??
Dame Joyce Tamunoisuoala Simon-Ogan left a message on June 8, 2023:
TRIBUTE Amazing Ibim had the heart that cared completely, a smile that brought so much pleasure, and love that brought joy beyond measure. It took a while for it to sink in that my dear Ibim is gone, never to be seen in this world again: given the fact that we spoke few weeks before her demise and we promised to see. But alas, she is gone forever. She promised me a ‘red carpet’ treatment when I come into the United States but unlike her, whose words were her bond, she has failed me. Oh death, you have cheated me. Ibim and I knew each other way down, many years before the formation of our Old Girls Association. She had great respect for me that was humbling. She was a great woman whose role counted much. She shied away from the limelight, preferring to work at the background, playing a supportive role instead; cheering others to success. A real Aaron or Hur upholding the arm of Moses from getting weak, as noted in the Holy Bible in Exodus 17:12. It took weeks of pleading before she reluctantly accepted to be the Chairperson of Government Girls Secondary School Finima, Bonny Old Girls Association, Diaspora Zone, to continue the great works done by Mrs Mercy Halliday. And when she did, she gave her all. Never one to put her hand to the plough and looking back. She loved her Alma mater and did all she could to better the lot of the students. She got her members to make deposits into an account they opened in Nigeria: funds to be used for a gigantic project in the school. Sad, she will not be there to see her dream come true. How painful. She was timely to meetings; her contributions were brilliant and superb. She was not given to wild stories, or being sentimental about matters. Things done has to be done properly. Oh, we will miss her dearly. “The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not of having had one” – Seneca. Ibim you died so early but you lived well. Good night, dearest Sister.
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