It is with heavy hearts that we grieve the demise of Joyce Mumbe, who passed on the 4th of January, 11:50 pm at the Metropolitan Hospital Buruburu. This was after a bout of severe Cerebral Malaria. A young, jovial, kind, and caring soul, she was a sister and a friend to many…gone too soon.
From the year 2014, Joyce was a Jomo Kenyatta University Student where she pursued a degree in Actuarial science and graduated in 2018. Alongside her studies, she showed her prowess in sports where she took to heart the art of sports through Hockey and Karate. She was part of the JKUAT Wildcats Hockey Ladies and JKUAT Karate team, The Morwins. With the spirit of a winner and achiever, she had a number of accolades.
Part of the JKUAT hockey ladies team for The East Africa University Games 2016- Bronze medalist.
2017 Women Champions held on Eldoret University 3rd Place JKUAT hockey ladies.
In Karate she had a number of honors, with the latest being the Karate tournament held in Watamu in November 2019 where she represented NSSF. She also participated in the National Intercounties Karate Championships held in 2019. At the peak of her career, she had just landed a job with Mckinsey and Company.
Her colleagues and friends had the following remarks to make following her death.
“She has tried to balance it all no matter who her friends were, kept in contact with hockey and fully became a part of us and the same goes to karate.”
“She, indeed, left a mark in both families and I believe she has done so in her life with other people. She has always tried being jovial around people and tried to fit in easily to any company she tags along,” Mary Njoki, former hockey captain.
Terrence Pkenden also had some to say. “Mumbe’s death has hit us so hard. We still believe she is smiling as she always did. She was humble and jovial, kind and always seeking to help. She has gone too soon but forever her memories are still fresh. I have lost an advisor and a dear friend,” said Pkenden.
The JKUAT Hockey and Karate sports fraternities are yet to come in terms with the loss of a teammate, a friend, and confidant to some.
Joy has left a void no one can fill. She may be gone but her memories are engraved with us. May Her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.