Keziah Wanjira Ngumi passed away on February 27th, 2023 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 86. She was born on May 8th, 1936 in Cura, Kiambu, Kenya and is preceded in death by her husband the late Samuel Ngumi Wainaina, her son the late Charles Wainaina and her late daughter in-law Hannah Wanjiru. She was the daughter of the late Mambo Nginyo Kimenyi, and Phyllis Wanjiku Mambo.
“Nyina wa Ciru” as she was fondly called, attended Cura primary school, Kabete Girls intermediate school, and Loreto Teacher Training (In Riara). She eventually attended Thogoto College where she graduated as a P1 Teacher. She became a well loved teacher.
She went on and got married to Samuel Ngumi Wainaina and they were blessed with seven children. Rebecca, Lucy,the late Wainaina, Mambo, Gachega, Gathoni and Wambui. She had 12 grandchildren – Karanja, Mahiaini, Ngumi, Jane, Njoki, Wanjira, Makenna, Kairu, Muna, Jaden, Jamille and EJ as well as one great granddaughter, Amirah.
Mama Ciru did not stay in teaching for long and she went on to become a farmer and lived many of her married years in Kanyariri. She was a successful agricultural entrepreneur who farmed chickens, cows and other livestock as well as growing vegetables and flowers which allowed her to support her family. She later moved to the USA to be with her children and became a US citizen. She traveled frequently from the USA to her home in Kenya.
She was a devout Christian and an active member of the Anglican Church of Kenya in Kanyariri, Kabete. She was beloved and well respected in her community.
Nyina wa Ciru, took her last breath at home in Mesa, Arizona surrounded by her children. She was a loving mother and grandmother who gave up her life’s comforts in order to keep her family together. She will be greatly missed.
05/08/1936 – 02/27/2023
Service Date: 03/09/2023
Public Viewing:10:30 am
Service Time: 11:00 am
Service Location and Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 East Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85297 USA