Mum-of-5 killed in car crash left 'amazing legacy'
THE heartbroken daughter of a woman who was one of three killed in a horrific car crash said she was "overwhelmed with pride" at the legacy her mother had left.
Queenent Oligie Esezobor (42), of Lisbrack, Longford, was killed in the accident on the N4 near Mullingar along with her sister Fanny Akenbor, Pat Jeeti and her 10-year-old daughter Jessica.
The crash left 10 children without mothers.
Mrs Esezobor's daughter Melanie (17) spoke of her mother with pride and said their family would remain strong.
"For me she was and still is a role model, a source of motivation, strength, courage and love," she said. "I will treasure everything she taught me. In the darkness all she could see was the light. There was no vacancy for pessimism in her life.
"I don't want to cry for her, but celebrate a successful, accomplished life. Today every inch of me is overwhelmed with pride because, mom, you left behind an amazing legacy."
Mrs Esezobor is survived by her husband Kingsley, their five children Melanie, Kelly (15), Marlina (12), Princess (10) and Killian (7) and her brothers and sisters including Lucky Oligi, Kingsley Oligie and Doreen.
She was the first of the four victims to be laid to rest, and four candles were lit in memory of them all in St Mel's Cathedral Centre in Co Longford.
Mr Esezobor was told to expect every support from the community as he adjusts to life without the mother of the couple's five children.
Fr Brendan O'Sullivan acknowledged the attendance of school principals, students and members of the community.
"Our community was devastated by the news of such a tragic accident," he said. "We want you, Kingsley, to be assured you have the best support in the times ahead so you can become mother and father to these little ones left in your care."
Fr O'Sullivan described Ms Esezobor as a very spiritual woman, a loving woman who was dedicated to her husband, her family and her faith.
Her brother Lucky said Ms Esezobor, who was born in Benin City, Nigeria, was the youngest of the family. He told mourners: "You are here because of your love for Queenent."
Ms Esezobor was laid to at Ballymacormack Cemetery following noon funeral mass.