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.
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.
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