Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio bereaved
Kohima, Jan. 2 (EMN): Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s mother, Kevilhouü Rio passed away on January 1 at a private hospital in Kohima. She had been undergoing treatment since December 8 at Oking Hospital in Kohima. She was 91.
A funeral service was held at Kevilhouü Rio Auditorium, G Rio School in Kohima on Thursday. The chief minister, who was with her mother during her last moments, shared in length about the love of his mother—far removed from the daily political configurations, this was a moment distilled to the humanity of a son eulogising about his departed mother.
Her mother, the chief minister shared, was the one who had kept the entire family in complete harmony.
Rio recalled his mother as someone who loved to help people in need—as could be seen from the number of people who filled her house even up to her final days.
Her mother, Rio said, had led a simple life and was always contented with what she had. “She was happy only when she could help somebody,” he shared.
“She was a strong lady because of her faith in God. She was a wonderful mother. Our family will continue to do service to the people and the Lord, and will do more for the needy,” Rio asserted.
Thejangunuo Theünuo, who also spoke on behalf of the family, said that her mother’s health condition worsened in December 2019 and was admitted to the hospital on December 8.
A biography of Kevilhouü Rio was written by Kekhrievoü Yhome, she said. The book was released on her mother’s birthday on December 27, 2018, she added.
Grandchildren Thejavituo Rio and Metemsola Longchari also shared their experiences. They recalled her as an epitome of strength and someone who taught them to appreciate the simple things in life.
Kevi Liegise spoke on behalf of Union Baptist Church. He said that Kevilhouü Rio lived a very prayerful life, and was a prayer warrior. Kevilhouü and her husband helped the Union Baptist Church and played a crucial role in guiding and supporting the church during the initial years, he added.
He expressed hope that her legacy of helping others and doing the best would continue to inspire others.
Others who spoke during her funeral service include representatives from Tuophema Dzevi Krotho, Kohima; Head GB, Keziekie Colony, Toulelie Dzüvichü; and advisor Tuophema Village Council, Phrenyümo Seyie. The service was ministered by Rudilhou Rio, pastor of Baptist Church, Botsa.
Her husband, Guolhoulie Rio, had passed away in the year 1989.
After the funeral service, her mortal remains were taken to Botsa for burial at the Rio’s family cemetery.
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