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Annah Kathambi Maitho 12/04/1983 - 11/10/2020

Celebrating the Life of
Annah Kathambi Maitho

Birth and Early Childhood
Annah Kathambi Maitho was born on the 12th day of April the year of our Lord 1983, at DOD HQS Maternity Hospital, Nairobi to Benjamin Mutia and the late Susan Nkirote. Her other siblings are Franklin Murithi, Linda Kinya, Fredrick Kithinji, Eunice Kangai and Doreen Kagendo.

Education and work
Due to the nature of her father’s work as a nurse in the Kenya Army, this resulted in the family occasionally relocating around the country from time to time and Annah had great opportunity to attend different schools in Nairobi, Nanyuki and Meru where she completed her primary school education in 1996. Between 1997 – 2000, Annah was a student at Kipsigis Girls High School in Kericho where she completed her O levels education.

She then proceeded to St Lawrence High School, Creamland campus in Uganda for her A Levels from 2001 to 2002. She later joined Intercultural and language school in Nairobi in the year 2003 – 2004 to further her education in French and German languages. During 2015 – 2017, Annah worked various part time jobs including interning for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta GA where she empowered refugees by teaching them computer skills among others. In 2017, between Jan – Apr, Annah also interned with Acworth Utilities in the Information Technology Department. Up until her departure, Annah was an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University where she majored in Information Security and Assurance. Her graduation was to be in the summer of 2021.

Marriage and Family Life
Annah met Anthony with whom they fell in love with each other in 2005 and they solemnized their union in a colorful wedding ceremony on Wednesday 31st January 2007 at PCEA Bahati Martyr’s Church Nairobi. This Holy union was blessed with two handsome sons – Jonathan (2008) and Ethan (2013) who have been brought up in a loving family that espouses Christian values. Later in 2007, Anthony emigrated to the United States of America on the diversity visa program popularly known as the green card and though their hearts were distanced for a while, their love for one another continued to blossom as she and “Maich”, as she fondly referred to her husband, were constantly keeping in touch with each other. In 2011, Annah, together with their young son Jonathan, joined her husband in Atlanta, Georgia where she has been resident to-date.

Illness
Annah was first admitted to hospital in February 2012 where it was discovered that she was experiencing a severe bacterial infection that had infected one of the heart valves. At great risks, a major heart surgery was done to replace the heart valve and just about 36 hours later, a team of different doctors had to perform another major heart surgery since it was now apparent that the first surgery had not been very successful. This second surgery was a major success though was followed by a long hospitalization and recovery process and in 2013, Annah & Anthony were blessed with a bouncing baby boy, Ethan, who has continued to be such a blessing to them and his older brother, Jonathan.

In January 2016, shortly after arriving back to the United States following a visit to Kenya, Annah suffered a stroke and was quickly rushed to the hospital where she was operated on successfully. Though this left her speech, right hand and leg partially weakened, it did not diminish her gentle spirit one bit. In December 2017 following a visit to the ER, tests revealed that the surgical implant in 2012 had failed and she would now require another surgery to replace it. This was a more complex surgery that also resulted in her being on life support for ten days and in February 2018, she was well enough to be discharged from hospital.

In late May 2019 while out at the park with her children, she stepped into an unseen hole and her ankle broke in three places; this resulted in surgery and a metal plate insertion. Just a little over a week after the foot surgery, her husband Anthony rushed her to the hospital where it was discovered that the heart valve that had been performed just one and half years earlier had failed and she would require another surgery. This time, the doctors at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, after major multi-disciplinary consultations decided to refer her to Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville TN for consideration of a heart transplant. Annah was airlifted to Vanderbilt where she received treatment and after a while, recovered and got well enough to be discharged from being a heart transplant candidate. She continued follow up at Vanderbilt as well as with her doctors at Wellstar.

Demise
On Saturday 10th October 2020, Annah spent the day in her house with her family and that of Dennis Ng’ang’a and as is usual with her, she was very jovial. In the evening, she prepared dinner for her family and they just enjoyed each other’s company. Sometime close to midnight on Saturday 10/10/2020, as they we’re getting ready to sleep, her husband enquired as to how she was feeling and she responded that she was experiencing some pain in the chest. She suffered a fatal cardiac arrest soon after. Annah was not only loved very much by her family, friends but also through her ministry, she has made a big impact on the lives of many others who have been influenced by her willingness to overcome.

We give thanks to the Lord for Blessing us with our beloved Anna, a Beautiful person inside and out.
Forever in our Hearts

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV

PCEA Bahati Martyrs Church,
Nairobi
October 20, 2020
At 2:00 pm

Order of Service

  • Procession
  • Hymn
  • Call to worship
  • Prayer
  • Welcome
  • Words of resurrection
  • Eulogy
  • Tributes
  • Presentations
  • Bible reading: Romans 8:28-39
  • Hymn
  • Sermon
  • Vote of thanks/announcements
  • Hymn
  • Benediction
  • Recession

Hymns

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

It is well, it is well
With my soul, with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well, it is well
With my soul, with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul

It is well, it is well
With my soul, with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well, it is well
With my soul, with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul


Victory Church
4626 Hwy 92, Acworth GA 30102
October 17, 2020
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Order of Service

Family Processional. 3:15 pm
Welcome and opening words - Peter Oburu - 3:20 pm
Victory Church welcome - Pastor Jeff Hidden - 3:25 pm
Praise and worship - Pastor Peter Njoroge
Bible verse reading - John Mutua
Hymn - Ethan Maitho and dad

Tributes & personal reflections by family and friends
• Maitho’s family tribute read by Lydia Muhuri
• Annah’s family tribute read by Fredrick K. Mutia
• Anthony Maitho
• Jonathan Maitho
• Ethan Maitho

Sermon - Pastor Dallas

Tributes & personal reflections by family and friends
• Queen’s ministry ladies – Lucy, chair lady (video)
• Pastor Richard Mungai
• Prayer warriors – Sheron and group

Eulogy - Keziah Kamau
Video, Slideshow of Annah’s Life - Pastor Penny Mungai
Vote of thanks - John Mutua
Closing prayer - Pastor Penny Mungai
Worship song and end of memorial service - Pastor Peter Njoroge

Fundraising begins at 5.30 pm
Welcome and instructions - Pastor Robi & Pastor Mungai
Fundraising - Pastor Robi & Pastor Mungai
Closing prayers - 7:00 pm

Acknowledgements
The family of Annah Kathambi Maitho would like to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love, encouragement, support and prayers during our time of bereavement. God bless you all.

Hymn
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee;
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Though, like a wanderer,
The sun gone down,
Darkness comes over me,
My rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I’d be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

There let me see the sight,
An open heaven;
All that Thou sendest me,
In mercy given;
Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee.

Then, with my waking thoughts
Bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs
Bethel I’ll raise,
So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee. 

Condolences(18)

  1. Innocent Thangari says

    May The HolySpirit Our comforter, comfort you Maich, your sons and our entire family.
    Jesus is still enthroned forever.

  2. Iams M. Kinoti says

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. My heart goes out to you.
    I pray that the Lord will be close to you as He promises(Psa 34:18) and that He’ll give you the peace & strength that you need in this times. May He be your comforter.
    Amen.

  3. Eutychus Motanya says

    May the Almighty God continue giving you much comfort . Pole sana for the loss.

  4. Emily Oyugi says

    My deepest condolences to the two families. Anna was a fighter. She tried her best. Every time Anne called us to tells us she was out of danger, we were always happy she pulled thru. God found it fit to give you rest. Eternal rest grant unto Anna Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. Rest in peace Anna.

  5. Rosemary Muciru Matheri says

    May the family be comforted by the lord and we pray for peace to those who have been left behind. It is God who giveth and it is the lord who taketh. Amen

  6. Annchristine Kagendo says

    Rest in peace gal. May God rest your soul in eternity.God will take good care of your husband and the children. You will be dearly missed.

  7. Jane Kimiti says

    My heartfelt condolences to Maich,Jonathan,Ethan and Kimiti ‘s family. May the Almighty God give you the fortitude to bear the loss.May Kathambi RIP.

  8. Waqas Sheikh says

    May the Almighty God continue giving you much comfort.

    AMEN

  9. Peter Oburu says

    Anthony, Jonathan and Ethan – I wanted to let you all know that you are loved. We are here to stand with at this difficult time.
    I wanted to share with you two scriptures:
    ___________________
    The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. — Psalm 29:11 (and you Anthony, Jonathan and Ethan are his, so I pray that Lord will give you strength and bless you with peace at this time)
    Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. — Psalm 55:22 – Anthony today I pray that you find rest in the Lord.
    ______________________
    This song called Promises by Maverick City has recently blessed me – I hope it encourages you at this time
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5m09rqOoxE

  10. Jane Wahu says

    Rest in peace gal. We will truly miss you. May the almighty God continue to give the family comfort.
    My heart felt condolences 💔.

  11. Miriam Kuria says

    Our condolences to the Maitho’s family. We pray that God will continue to give you, Jonathan and Ethan strength and peace that surpass all human understanding.

  12. Lucy Mukami says

    Rest in the eternal heaven Annah until we meet again.
    May the Lord continue to give Maitho and the boys and the entire family, strength to face each day. May He wipe away their tears and may the boys grow to be great young men as they cherish the memories of all that you taught them. Fare thee well. Amen🙏🏽🙌🏾🙌🏾

  13. Alexandra Ogaye says

    Eternal rest of grant unto thee may you see the light of His face ..All ye holy angels and. Saints pray for the soul of Kathambi..amen

  14. Isaac Ruigu says

    My condolences to Anthony, Jonathan and Ethan. May our Good God grant you strength during this difficult time. Will always keep you in our prayers

  15. pollah says

    It is well. Shine on Kathambs

  16. Charles Omukala says

    My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to my cousin’s family, the loving husband and her two young boys. You have lost a gem in your family and only God can fill up the vacuum in your 💓. May the good Lord comfort you. I truly miss her warmth and love. I’ll remember you in prayers.

  17. Rita Waruinge says

    May her soul rest in eternal peace. Till meet again Kathambi

  18. Dennis kirimi says

    Your loved ones haven’t forgotten you siz Ann, and you’re in forever in our hearts. You are neither gone nor forgotten. You are safe in our God’s hands. Till we meet again. We love you. R.I.P

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