KAD: 7TH October 2017. Karagwe Diocese is deeply saddened by the loss of a friend and co-worker Mrs. Editha P. Sylvester who passed away on 3rd October 2017 in Dar es Salaam at the age of 40. Until her death, Editha Sylvester was working at the Head Offices of Karagwe Diocese as an acting head of department for Planning and Development.
Karagwe Diocese received the news of her illness since 6th July 2017, where she was expecting to undergo the open-heart surgery in Muhimbili National Hospital. According to the doctors, the surgery was successful, but she had to attend the clinic until her full recovery. Few days before attending her final clinic where she was expecting to come back to Karagwe and resume her work, her condition changed suddenly on 3rd October 2017, where she was rushed to the hospital, and unfortunately she couldn’t make it.
At the age of 15, Editha joined the Nkwenda Mother House as a deaconess and she worked in different institutions of KAD as a deaconess including heading the department of Diaconia. In 2015, out of her willingness, she decided to change her calling from serving as a deaconess into a normal diocesan worker. In the same year, Editha Sylvester was married to Jerryson Mpobera and they were blessed with one child who passed away few hours after his birth in June 2017.
Editha have served the diocese differently for 25 years of her life. She was compared with a candle that gives light to others under the expense of its own life. Editha lived a selfless life by helping the needy and advocating for women and people with special needs.
Her body was laid to rest at her residence in Runyaga village on 5th October 2017. The diocese and the family of Editha would like to thank all the friends and partners for their support in prayer and thoughts during this difficult time in our lives.
Editha leaves behind a husband, two parents, siblings and friends who all still needed her presence and support.
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus…”

Text: Axsa Gabagambi