Jennifer Wambui Wambeti (“Bui”) was born on April 7th 1972 in Limuru, Kiambu District in Kenya. She was the 5th child of Phoebe Wambeti Ngoima. Wambui had 2 sisters and 3 brothers, namely: Olive Wanjiru, Geoffrey Mwaura, Elizabeth Nyakibia, John Mwaniki and Norbert Mungai. She was one of many grandchildren of the late Geoffrey Mwaura Ngoima and late Phyllis Wangui Mwaura. In 1975, Phoebe’s re-located her family to Githiga in Githunguri Division, Kiambu District. She was fondly known by everyone as a sweet, playful child, loved by her relatives and known to all in the neighborhood. At the age of 6 years, Bui was enrolled at the nearby Njenga (Bishop) Primary School in January 1977, and she completed her K.C.P.E. in 1985. Bui was in the pioneer class that matriculated from the newly introduced 8-4-4 system of education in Kenya. She then proceeded to Mirithu Girls Boarding School for her high school education where she excelled in sports particularly in discus and javelin. She was also selected to serve as prefect as a result of her leadership abilities. After completing her high school, she joined Universal College in Nairobi for a secretarial course and was later employed at the Rank Xerox Company where she worked for a number of years. In 2001, she relocated to the US at the invitation of her sister-in-law, Wanjiru (Ciru) Muchiri, initially residing in Anaheim, California for many years, and later moved to Corona, California. Everyone who knew her can attest to her zest for life, kindness and her hardworking nature. She trained in the healthcare profession and worked in various facilities over the years. She also never forgot her roots when she settled in America, and how challenging life was in Kenya at that time, helping not just her immediate family members but close friends as well. On July 7th, 2008, Bui was blessed with a baby boy Jayden Gichuru. This beautiful baby boy became Bui’s sole purpose in life. She loved her son more than life itself and worked hard to make sure Jayden was well provided for while instilling discipline in her son. The most significant gift Bui gave her son Jayden was introducing him to God by ensuring he attended church regularly. Both Mother and Son worshipped at Morningstar Victory Church. Only a parent can begin to comprehend the love and protection Bui had towards Jayden. In 2013, Bui moved back to Kenya with her son to introduce him to her extended family and to the Kenyan culture in general. After 5 years, Bui moved back to the US with Jayden after she felt that a cultural foundation had been instilled in him. On September 17th, 2020, Bui was admitted at Corona Regional Hospital after feeling unwell. That evening, she was moved to the ICU. After 2 weeks of bravely fighting, she succumbed to her illness on the evening of October 1st, 2020. The Almighty God had opened His Arms to welcome her and take away her suffering. Bui was that loving and kind mother, daughter, sister, auntie and reliable friend who you could call upon at any time and in any situation. Saying that she will be missed is an understatement! She will be imprinted in our hearts and minds Forever!
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