Mrs. Bessie Ikpeazu (Nee Nwagwu), the mother of Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu is dead, aged 87.
According to a statement on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary, Godwin Adindum, Governor Ikpeazu confirmed the death of his mother last Sunday at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu after a brief illness
Born on May 27, 1928 to Mr. & Mrs. Nwagwu Anaba of Umuafor Village in Obingwa Council of Abia State, late Bessie Ikpeazu was a career nurse and midwife.
As a nurse, Mrs. Ikpeazu worked at Ahoada County Hospital, Ahoada, Rivers State, Okpuala Ngwa General Hospital and Nigerian Christian Hospital, Onitcha Ngwa in Aba where she served as the matron until she retired in 1994.
During this period, she also served as the nursing supervisor for the Motherless Babies Home, Adventist Hospital, Aba.
Mrs. Ikpeazu was the founder and owner of Ulari Maternity Home/Clinic Umuobiakwa, a clinic where she saved many lives for no charge and delivered thousands of babies for little or no charge.
She is survived by children, Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Mrs. Ocheze Edith Ugboaja and Iheanyichukwu Ikpeazu.