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NZEKWU, Victoria Hope

August 2, 1952 – April 30, 2012

Victoria (Viki) Nzekwu, beloved wife of Ben Nzekwu of Calgary, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2012 at the age of 59.

Viki was a beautiful woman, always with a radiating, disarming smile. She found meaning through a life of prayer. Viki was a compassionate, generous, and selfless woman. Viki moved mountains to get things done for the betterment of individuals and community, sometimes at personal cost. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, devoted mother, and irreplaceable friend.

Viki was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. She attended Holy Child College (Lagos) for her West African school certificate, and Federal Government College (Warri) for higher school certificate. Viki obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Library Studies at the University of Ibadan. She moved to Calgary in 1979, to join her husband and completed an MBA (Finance) at the University of Calgary in 1983. Viki was Certified Financial Planner and she had a successful career as a financial advisor. Through her company, BenHope Financial Services she was affiliated with various companies including Regal Capital Planners, Cartier Planners, and Dundee Wealth Management, building her clientele through seminars, radio shows and her magnetic personality. She was a devoted member of the Nigerian Canadian Community Association and gave countless hours in voluntary service towards building a viable community.

Viki founded the Foundation for Aids Eradication and Control (FACE) and raised funds to support UNlCEF activities. She was heavily involved in various Church groups, devoting her life to serving Christ. Viki believed strongly in higher education, and made countless sacrifices to provide less fortunate children with the funding necessary to attend school. She will be sorely missed.

Viki is survived by her husband, Ben Nzekwu; and children, Ugo and her husband Dan, Chudi, and Emeka.

Viki was predeceased by her father William Amulo and mother Alice Nkechi Igbosuah.

Relatives and friends are invited to the following: Prayer service on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at Mountain of Fire Ministries (8103 48 Avenue N.W.); Prayer service and viewing on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at Ascension Parish Church (1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W.); and the Service of Songs at Bowness Sportsplex (7904 43 Avenue N.W.) on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Ascension Catholic Church (1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W.) on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Victoria Nzekwu, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. I am utterly at a loss for words. Vicki was such a warm and caring person. I had the pleasure of working alongside her for years at Regal Capital, and she was such a ray of sunshine. I live up in the Crowfoot area and many times dropped in to see her at the office over the past few years before she relocated.
    My sincere condolences to all of the family, she will be greatly missed.

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  2. Anil & Rashmi Mehrotra :

    Dear Ben and Family,

    We are deeply saddened that Viki has left us so early.

    We have so many fond memories from the good-old days. She was so loving and friendly and, above all, she always had such a beautiful smile. We will forever cherish her friendship and memories.

    With our most sincere condolences to you and your family,

    Anil & Rashmi Mehrotra

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  3. Ray & Debbie Hansen :

    We are shocked and so saddened to hear of Viki’s passing. Viki truly was life personified with her quick smile and infectious laugh. She was a true friend, loyal and caring. Professionally, she was an astute and thoughtful planner; a partner with her clients and those (of whom I was privileged to be one) she used as a resource. Ben, may you and your children gain strength in knowing how much she will be missed and cherish your every wonderful memory of Viki.

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  4. Margaret Curts :

    To Chudi and Family
    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother.
    With sincere Sympathy
    Margaret Curts

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  5. Elizabeth Mensah- Thomson: Nurse Fmc :

    We, the Nurses and Doctors of Unit 42 Gynecology/Oncology at the Foothills Hospital,,Calgary AB wish the family of Mrs Victoria Nzekwu our deepest sincere condolences. May she rest in everlasting peace.

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  6. Dear Ben & family,

    I was very shocked at Viki’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with her at Cartier and Dundee in the Crowfoot office. She was always upbeat, encouraging, and fun to be with in whatever she was doing. She also took her professional responsibiities seriously and was an inspiration to all who knew her.
    I also know she was very active in her community. I hope at this difficult time family will gain support from knowing how well liked and respected she was. I also hope you will cherish and take comfort from the life and memories you shared.
    My sincere condolences to all of the family.

    Don Park

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  7. Jatinder (jim) & Kiran Sharma :

    Please accept our deepest condolences. We knew Vicky sometime ago. She was our first financial planner. She was a great help to us starting our financial savings. She was a great person.
    Sorry for your Loss.
    Jim & Kiran

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  8. Ron Thornhill :

    Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss. Best regards, Ron

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  9. Bukola Okedara :

    Life is like a stage of performance, where everyone of us plays his part and leaves.

    The pains of departure is the hard thing to bear. May the Lord of creation give us the fortitude to bear this great persons departure as a family in the community.

    May her soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of Christ Jesus. Amen!

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  10. Derin & Moji Taiwo :

    Dear Ben and Kids,
    We share your loss and know that Viki’s memory will live on. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We are here for you always.
    Derin & Moji

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  11. Bill and Treva Good :

    We are so very sorry to hear of Vicky’s passing. She was a fine person and a gracious hostess when we visited your home.. We cherish those memories. Please know that our thoughts are with you, Ben and Family, during this difficult time.

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  12. So very sorry that Viki is gone. Her smile and laughter will never be forgotten. My condolences to everyone in her family, I know that she cherished you all very deeply.

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  13. Aderonke Aromolaran - Terry :

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time.I pray the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times and He helps you heal with the passage of time. She will always be remembered.

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  14. I know she is with the Lord, and may God Almighty give you the strength to bear this irreparable loss amen!

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  15. Aunt Viki.. I do pray that the Lord who has taken you from us too soon will keep you safe in his bosom till we meet again. You were a wonderful and kind woman and you will not be forgotten. Sun re o!

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  16. Rasheed Abubakare :

    Dear Ben and children,

    I have been out of Calgary for long and did not find out on time about the passing of your beloved wife and mother. I share your loss and may the lord rest her gentle soul in peace. Amen!

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