Gogo Maelenga dies, aged 100

Gogo Lilian Maelenga, who celebrated her 100th anniversary last month died on Monday, October, 31, 2011 and was laid to rest on Wednesday, 2 November 2011 at Chiyendausiku village in Balaka district.

She has died just a month after celebrating in style her 100th anniversary that started with the Holy Mass at Montfort Media Limited chapel in Balaka.

Hundreds of people flocked to Chiyendausiku to pay their last respects to their beloved grandmother of the village, who had died in Machinga District Hospital-Liwonde because of High Blood Pressure, which paralyzed both of her legs.

“Gogo Lilian Maelenga has finished her journey on earth and has now started a new life. We loved her but God has loved her more than us. Let us mourn her but like people who believe in life after death, she is now with God and she is praying for us all,” Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Kimu  said during the celebration of the Holy Mass at St. Paul Church – Chiyendausiku village.

“A couple of years ago I remember hearing that when Monsignor Joseph Masande of the Diocese of Dedza who died at 107 was about to die, he advised those who were close to him that when he died, nobody should cry but instead everybody should rejoice by dancing and praising God because of the gift of the long life God accorded him,” Said Fr. Kimu.

“I take his word today, let us thank God for the gift of long life He gave to our Gogo Lilian. We were proud of her. She was a source of wisdom and inspiration especially in difficult times. Having lost all her five children one after another, she remained strong and faithful to God. Let us learn from her that grief should never weaken our faith in God,” said Kimu.

Fr. Kimu said that he first knew Gogo Lilian when she came to Radio Maria Malawi in 2010 and offered a live interview in the studio. By then she was 99 years old.

Some great lessons she gave during that interview were that we should be frugal in our eating habits, avoid becoming slaves of our sexual desires and also that what is important in life is not what you “have” but what you “are.” In this regard, Fr. Dr. Kimu said that money and power cannot satisfy us but God alone.

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