Uchenna Linda Ikeotuonye was born on October 14, 1967 to the union of Chief Fidelis Odili Akponor and Veronica Akponor in Aba in Nigeria. Uche, as she was affectionately called by her family, attained her early childhood education at Santa Maria Primary School in Aba. She then went on to attend Federal Government Girls’ College Abuloma, Port Harcourt, Nigeria where she flourished as part of the 1983 graduating class. Uche then attended Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt, Nigeria where she graduated in 1990 with honors with a degree in Management Sciences in the Department of Secretarial Administration. Her exceptional work ethic, passion for service, and kindhearted nature were evident even in her early years growing up but were also duly noted by her professors and peers. Throughout her education, Uche was not only well known for her mental acuity and overall academic talent but also her leadership skills, charisma, dedication, and genuine willingness to help others. These traits coupled with Uche’s big heart and unbridled desire to help others attracted many people to her and showed in her relentless devotion in her relationships. In 1994, Uche migrated to Houston, Texas in the United States with her two children Lotanna and Ikenna Ikeotuonye in hope of a better future. She worked for JP Morgan Chase for many years as a Regional Training Manager. As a Regional Trainer in one of their largest regions, Uche was able to travel the nation to effectively train thousands of future bankers. She was recognized and awarded both regionally and nationally by JP Morgan Chase for her hard work and dedication. In 2007, she became employed with Wells Fargo Bank where she was well respected and loved by those who came to know her. Uche was the oldest of five siblings, the pride and joy of her parents, and a true sister and friend to her siblings. She was an exceptional role model to many. Uche was a very caring, loving, and warm-hearted soul with an infectious zeal for life and laughter. She filled every room that she was in with her light and bright beautiful smile. She had a great sense of humor but was equally wise beyond her years. She had a unique way of making everyone that she talked with feel seen and could bring cheer even in the most difficult moments. In 2015 Uche decided she needed a change of pace and thus decided to become a certified Physical Therapist. This was perfect for her because it afforded her schedule flexibility, a chance to travel, and allowed her an opportunity to help and fellowship with different kinds of people. Her patients all loved her and kept her busy as they would often specifically request her services because she went above and beyond to serve them. Uche retired and spent her last years heavily involved in ministry as a Sunday School Teacher and the Vice President of the Women’s Ministry at City Church. Uche loved God and was a good and faithful servant until the very end. She dedicated her life to serving God and helped lead countless lives to Christ. She passed peacefully in Christ on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 6:30pm. Uche has left us with a legacy of purpose, hope, love, and inspiration that will pave the way for generations to come. She is preceded in rest by her father Chief Fidelis Odili Akponor, sister Nkiru Akponor, and brother Okey Akponor. She is survived by her family; mother Veronica Akponor, brother Odili Akponor, daughter Lotanna Ikeotuonye, son Ikenna Ikeotuonye, and host of beloved relatives and friends. Services and interment will take place in Houston, Texas. Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona and Wingate Funeral Home, Houston, Texas are both compassionately serving the Ikeotuonye family.
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