Dimapur, November 5: A brief send off programme for late Shiyili Yethakhu, who breathed her last on November 4, was held at her residence in Police Colony, Dimapur on Tuesday. Late Shiyili is the mother of former Minister, Lt. Col. Doshehe Y. Sema and Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS. She was 98 and left behind 3 sons, 2 daughters, 32 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Kikheto Y. Sema, IAS expressed gratitude to all those who extended their support and cooperation during their hour of grief. He described her mother as a person who was deeply rooted with God and interceded continuously for the family, village and the Naga people.
Kikheto said that the aspirations and wishes of his mother had been fulfilled in numerous ways and thanked God for the meaningful and blessed life that Late Shiyili lived.
Speaking on behalf of Dimapur Sumi Baptist Church, Pastor, Juliet Shikhu described her as a God fearing person.
Rev. K. Tsaikha (100 years) who is also her cousin spoke on behalf of Rotomi village and described her as a person who had ample concern not only for her family and village but the Nagas as well.
The send off programme was conducted by Rev. Dr. Khehovi, Chairman, Sumi Baptist Convention.
A host of speakers from well wishers, peers, village community and churches spoke during the send off programme. The final “Home Going Service” would be held at 10 am Wednesday in Rotomi village where her mortal remains would be laid to rest.
Meanwhile, State Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio who earlier paid last respects to Late Shiyili in Dimapur expressed heartfelt condolences to former Minister, Doshehe Y. Sema and Commissioner & Secretary, Y. Kikheto Sema IAS on the demise of their mother, Shiyili Yethakhu.
In a condolence message, Rio described Late Shiyili as a “woman of God, a strong prayer warrior and a mother who prayed continuously not only for her family but for the entire Nagas.”
Rio also said that Late Shiyili continued to walk steadfastly on the path that Almighty God laid for her and that her sacrifices could be seen in the blessings bestowed upon her family as all of them have become successful in their respective professions. Stating that in her demise, a loving mother has been lost, Rio prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.
Advisor, Tourism, Art & Culture, H Khehovi Yeputhomi has also expressed grief at the demise of late Shiyili and said that she was one of the pioneers who accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and as guided by the Holy Spirit.
Expressing sorrow for her demise, Khehovi prayed for the eternal repose on the woman of distinguished humanity.
Meanwhile, Director, Officers and Staff of Department of Horticulture have also offered deepest condolences to the bereaved family. (Page News Service)