The USIU-Africa community pays tribute to Maureen Ochola

By CTW Team

Mrs. Maureen Jura Ochola, Principal Career and Placement Officer in the Student Life Division passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2023. Maureen joined USIU-Africa as an Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor on March 1, 2016 and was redeployed to the Placement & Career Services (PACS) Department in November 2022. She was an integral part of the USIU-Africa community, and her contributions were invaluable. She will be remembered not only for her professional skills but also for her kindness, warmth, and positive spirit.

Maureen was a loving and cherished wife to Mr. Clement A. D. Ochola - State Department for Trade, Nairobi, and mother to Bianca Grace Mary Ochola and Bradley Paul Jura Ochola - both of United States International University-Africa and Lavine Ochola.

Here are some tributes from the PACS Department and students she mentored:

  • “Maureen has left a mark on the lives of the students she served. Rest in Peace Maureen.” ~ Patricia Gichuki, Career & Placement Officer.“Saddened by your loss. You will be greatly missed.” ~ Christine Nzyoka, Internship Coordinator.
  • “If tears could bring you back I’d cry a river, the moments we shared the memories I have of you will never be forgotten. You believed in me and made me do things I thought I couldn’t. Working together has been great. RIP Osiepa.” ~ Winny Oloo, PACS Graduate Associate.
  • “Maureen, your departure will take me long to cope with, nevertheless I am grateful our paths crossed. May your memory forever be a blessing. #RIP.” ~ Caleb Mukhwana, B.A. International Relations
  • “A woman with a gentle soul and a warm smile that motivated me to become a better Career Peer Advisor and student overall. Her efforts to brighten the future of students at USIU-Africa will never be forgotten. May Maureen's soul rest in eternal peace.” ~ Pearl Nganga, BA. Psychology.
  • “Her nurturing spirit, warmth, and mentorship extend beyond my personal experience, reaching and positively impacting numerous individuals at USIU-Africa and extending beyond the university’s boundaries.” ~ Dudi, Nyok Luat, BSc. International Business Administration.
  • “Her motherly instincts and professional expertise blended seamlessly, fostering a nurturing atmosphere where both family and colleagues felt cherished and valued. Rest in Peace Maureen.” ~ Sophia Chikwibu, Bachelor of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • “Madam Maureen was a jovial, warm soul; I will forever cherish our conversations on gratitude and life - She was truly remarkable and will be dearly missed.” ~ Priscillah Zoe, BA. Psychology.
  • “A lady of high dignity and morals possessing a passionate heart and art of service to unfold our purpose for life as the chosen generation. Rest in eternal peace, Madam Maureen.” ~ Rebecca Prefina Mutudu, B.A. in International Relations.
  • “Madam Maureen was meticulous in her work and this was felt from her training session during the Career Peer Advisor (CPA) training. May she rest in power.” ~ Joseph Manyallah, B.A. International Relations.
  • “While our encounters were rare, Maureen’s lasting impact ignites a zeal for work in those she touched at PACS. My sincere condolences to her children, friends, and acquaintances for the deep loss.” ~ Stella Ruthuku - M.A. Clinical Psychology.
  • “Maureen Ochola was an embodiment of kindness and unparalleled expertise.” ~ RoseAnn Ntinyari Kobia, M.A. International Relations.
  • “Mrs. Maureen’s passion and guidance have left an indelible mark on PACS and the entire university community.” ~ Cherop Nema, BSc. International Business Administration.
  • “Your smile provided comfort, a certainty that all will be well. Always ready to assist, pure soul she was, may you rest with the angels, may you rest in peace. Till we meet again.” ~ Bernard Ohanga.
  • “My sincere condolences on the passing of Mrs. Maureen Ochola. Her impact in the university community is immeasurable. Wishing comfort and support to the family and the entire university community.” ~ Brian Njuguna - BSc. Finance.
  • “In the brief encounter we shared, her radiant and boundless love left an indelible mark on my heart. Though our meeting was fleeting, her impact is everlasting, a testament to a remarkable soul gone too soon.” ~ Edna Gabriella Ngalasa, Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology.
  • “Her tireless efforts and commitment to providing USIU-Africa students with diverse opportunities were commendable and inspired me to do my best as a Career Peer Advisor and a student.” ~ Naomi Bwalya, Bachelor of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • “Maureen went above and beyond to include someone in the mentorship programs including opening a link for me to join the Jubilee mentorship program. She impacted my career and I was able to learn more about insurance which grew my interest in the industry. I am now interning in an insurance firm and it is through the opportunity she gave to me. Mwenyezi Mungu ailaze roho yake mahali pema peponi.” ~ Laura Ann Michelle. BSc. International Business Administration (Class of 2023).
  • “She was a vision bearer and her spirit to nurture will forever be inspiring.” ~ Vanessa Ngunjiri, B.A. International Relations.
  • “Ms. Maureen was the guiding light to my success, her remarkable presence will be dearly missed, but the impact she has left is everlasting.” ~ Neema Rhonnah Mkenda, Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology.
  • “She was an extraordinary mentor; her professionalism was incredible. Her work and presence will be missed. May her soul rest in eternal peace.” ~ Elvir Ninteretse, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology.
  • “She was always ready to help me out whenever and where she could, I am so grateful for the moments we shared together on campus, and she will always hold a special place in my heart and life.” ~ Michael Khanda, Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology.

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