Life is a mystery and the experimentation of the mysterious aspect of it is what humanity cannot explain to the satisfaction of grief therein. Nevertheless, the Holy Bible makes known that in life, there is time for everything and it is only the Almighty that appoints the actualization of the time for everything. Here we weep and lament but God knows the best and the why, thus we submit to the trauma and therefore pray for the repose of her soul in Abraham's bosom.
These were the words as contained in the biography of late State Deaconess Patience Offonmbuk Sampson, one of the staff of Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation (AKNC) who lost her life in the ghastly road accident which occurred on December 11, 2019.
The funeral service which took place at No. 29 Atiku Abubakar Way and conducted by the Mount Zion Lighthouse Full Gospel Church Inc, Ibiaku Itam II Diocese, Uyo, was witnessed by family and relatives, church members, Pioneer family, friends and well wishers of the deceased.
In his sermon, Bishop Godwin Udoenang, pointed out that God gave humanity many things for a while to use and maintain themselves and prepare their way for Him, noting that all those things were vanity.
The cleric who harped on the theme All Is Vanity, admitted that the deceased was a very simple, humble and productive woman but echoed that she had finished her work, explaining that all her hard work, degrees and certificates were vanity as all activities terminated here on earth.
Speaking from Jeremiah 6:16, Psalm 14:2-3 and Amos 5:4-6, Udoenang observed that the only path Christians should take is to seek God and advised them to take a decision to turn to Christ.
"The question is, what sort of man ought we to be? Without occasions like this, we would not have a second thought. How long will you love vanity? The only way to live is to seek God, fear God and keep His commandment. This is the duty of every man on earth. The clergyman stressed.
According to her biography, late State Deaconess Patience Offonmbuk Sampson attended St. Patrick's School, Afaha Inang, Uyo; Offot Ukwa Secondary Grammar School, Obio Offot; Uyo and School of Accountancy and Business Studies, Nduetong Oku, Uyo and obtained Diploma in Accountancy in 1983. She studied Political Science and Administration in the University of Uyo in 2008, and had a Master of Science Degree in 2015.
Late Eka State was born into a Christian family and she grew up in the fear of God and served Him diligently. She got baptized into the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star in 1973 where she served God in the Choir Unit but later changed her faith to the Mount Zion Lighthouse Full Gospel Church Inc where she was ordained as a deaconess and was the state deaconess till her demise.
The biography revealed that late Deac. Patience Sampson began her working career as a telephone operator in Cross River State Newspaper on July 1, 1987, and her service was transferred to Akwa Ibom State Civil Service on creation of Akwa Ibom State and she was absorbed and redeployed to Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation as personnel assistant I on May 8, 1988. Through dint of hard work, she rose to the rank of chief commercial officer, the post she held until her demise.
She was a diligent, meticulous and friendly worker who never lacked a smile on her face. She was simple, peaceful, loving and will be greatly missed by her family and friends, especially The Pioneer family.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ikot Eyo in Nsit Ubium Local Government, being the venue for the funeral service of late Sister Mfon Sampson Ekah was filled to the brim with family members, friends and sympathizers of the deceased as they gathered in their numbers to bid her farewell.
The atmosphere was very tense, people could not hold back their tears as everybody who testified spoke of the calm and good character of the departed soul.
Aged 33, late Mfon Sampson Ekah until her demise was a staff of Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation who was involved in a fatal road accident with her colleagues and passed on a week later in the hospital.
In his message, Brother Edifon Ayaha informed faithful that birth and death were the two great events in life planned by God, which they had no power to stop them. He explained that they gather when a child is born and still gather when someone dies, adding that whatever happens in their lives, God permits it to be so.
Ayaha observed that many good things were said about the deceased but that God says the best, educating the faithful that the only way to live a good life is to follow the teachings of Christ and love their neighbours.
According to her biography, young Mfon started her primary education at Government School, Ikot Eyo in Nsit Ubium Local Government and proceeded to Alakoto High School, Olodi, Apapa, Lagos in 1995. In November 2017, she gained admission into the Federal Training Centre, Calabar, where she obtained National Diploma (ND). In her quest to be versatile in different fields of endeavour, she enrolled in Institute of Data Processing Management of Nigeria and obtained a Certificate in Data Processing.
Late Mfon was a devoted Christian whose faith and spiritual life was moulded at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ikot Eyo and Calabar. She served God until her death as a teacher in the Children's Department of the church and counsellor in the primary organization in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
As a young vibrant lady who was full of life, late Mfon lived part of her early years imparting knowledge to the younger ones as a teacher in Jubilee International Nursery and Primary School, Ikot Eyo, Nsit Ubium and Uncle Effiong International Nursery and Primary School, Ntit Oton, still in Nsit Ubium, before getting employed in Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation in 2009 as assistant data processing officer III where she worked until her demise.