A memorial service for the late Stewardship and Temperance Committee member and Northen Surburbs section leader Mrs Rutendo Nyanyiwa (nee Chipendo) who died on August 11 was held in Chinyemba Village, Howard, Chiweshe on Saturday.

Relatives and friends, some from as far as Sanyati, Mutoko and neighbouring South Africa converged to celebrate the life of Mrs Nyanyiwa who was generally described as a loving and unifying figure.

Prior to her coming to Cranborne Circuit, Mrs Nyanyiwa was instrumental in the formation of Gauteng United Methodist Church.

Speaker after speaker spoke on her loving nature for God, the people around her, family and the church, her desire to improve other people’s lives.

Husband Emmanuel spoke on the gap still being felt by her untimely demise, echoing that he had lost a perfect soulmate.

Church representatives, from the RRW, section and the main church hailed her as a giver and an outstanding servant who pushed herself in support to ministry with a rich legacy there for Cranborners to follow.

Pastor In Charge for Cranborne Rev Dr Gift Machinga in his sermon, derived inspiration from the glowing tributes from the various speakers to leave a poignant question in the minds of those gathered – what testimony shall be recorded on that day.

He said it is in someone’s illustrious way of living that people naturally celebrate and reminisce when they are gone and cherish, reminding everyone to introspect and make things right whilst the time is still there.

Cranborne Circuit was in full force to salute the late Nyanyiwa with the Cranborne MUMC Choir leaving a lasting impression with their music and presence in numbers.

Mrs Nyanyiwa who died aged 51 is survived by her husband Emmanuel and four children, three girls Geraldine, Sandra and Nokuthula and boy Iyeni.

She was laid to rest at Glen Forest Memorial Park.

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