Cranborne Circuit on Thursday resembled a sombre atmosphere as Mrs Stembiso Gumbo was wheeled into the sanctuary for the very last time.

Four days prior, the sanctuary provided the scene of her last final goodbye towards the end of the service as she breathed her last, plunging the circuit and the nation in mourning.

Retired Reverend Maxwell Chambara always had this saying that one day we shall come in reverse mode, depicting how people will be carried by pallbearers once the Maker makes His call.

It was emotional, Thursday was another realisation of that quote as a church stalwart who made her indelible mark both in the church, community and in the service of her nation got the befitting send off her contributions warranted.

The week was punctuated by testimonials, eulogies and tributes with many describing her as a selfless, generous, God fearing woman who let her deeds do most of the talking.

The sermons at the funeral wake constantly reminded us to do what we can when we can and leave legacies that will live long in memory.

Stembiso’s story was worth listening with her colleagues in the RRW recounting how she contributed in buying uniforms for choir members and providing the finances for the food during musical festivals out in Mutare once upon a time.

Others spoke about how she taught them to be self reliant, instilled values of hard work and some notes on humility and remaining steadfast in prayer.

That was the story, capped in the keynote sermon by Reverend Dr Gift Machinga who encouraged people to live a purposeful life.

Mrs Gumbo was laid to rest at Warren Hills Cemetery with scores in attendance as they saw her off to her final resting place.

She served in various roles in the church, lately chairing the Agriculture Committee as well as being part of the Stewardship committee.

She was a bassist for the Cranborne RRW choir.

In attendance was the District Superintendent for Harare East District Rev Oscar Mukahanana, Reverends Cecil Mudede, Matthew Mutidzawanda, Maxwell Chambara (Rtd), Fatima Garikayi and Chaplains from her workplace.

She is survived by two sons Owen and Craig.


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