Ivy Wangechi’s mother, Winfred Waithera, was inconsolable during her burial yesterday.
Her tribute to her daughter brought tears to the eyes of the many who attended the burial in Mahiga, Nyeri county.
Winfred read her moving tribute,
“Sweet darling Ivy, It’s all darkness around. do not know where the next steps will lead me. Without you lvyline, medicine woman, as I would sometimes call you and you would respond with that trademark smile.”
She added, “I miss you my Ivy already, I wonder who will take care of me the way you did? Who will be buying me purses, who will be buying me earrings and perfumes? Who will approve my clothes’ designs? I am at a loss.”
“Cheryl, Elvis and I miss you. You had great dreams for us, You longed to finish school so that you could be there for us. We take courage because we know that God has a different way of fulfilling your wish Ivyline,” she explained.
“It’s so sad how you have left us Tesh, we wish you did not go so soon our caretaker, our best friend, we love you even in death. Fare thee well my sleeping beauty. It is so so sad to say goodbye. So’ I’ll see you in heaven.
The mourning mother took comfort in the fact that God had a different way of fulfilling her daughter’s dreams.
Ivy’s sister Charyl was too emotional to read out her tribute as she sobbed on the podium flanked by family other members.
Here are some of the tributes from other superwomen in society.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Dr Ivy Wangechi, a life taken too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as we lay her to rest today.Let us continue calling out violence against women. #IvyWangechi RIP. pic.twitter.com/HXNxlWTmtn
— AMB.(Dr.) Amina C. Mohamed (@AMB_A_Mohammed) April 18, 2019
We,the Association of Medical Students of the University of Nairobi,would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and classmates of Ivy Wangechi. We mourn the loss of our fellow medic and friend,and stand in solidarity with them during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/753sEKNGk2
— AMSUN (@amsunuonbi) April 13, 2019
Petition for @MoiUniKenya/@MoiMedicine to give Ivy Wangechi's parents her degree post-humously, and dedicate a women's lab/ward in their teaching hospital to her eternal memory.
She stands for all those so cruelly taken from us by murderous men.
May we never forget. 🌻 #RIPIvy pic.twitter.com/8swJO0XtPy
— Dr. Njoki Ngumi 🇰🇪 (@njokingumi) April 12, 2019