Tribute to South London’s mother of two, 51, who tragically died of a sudden heart attack

On Saturday, October 23, best friends June Omotola Adenike and Rachel Elijah chatted on WhatsApp about what to wear to a party in a week’s time.

Unfortunately, that was the last time they spoke.

The next morning Rachel woke up at. 7.30am to several missed calls from her friends, and worried she quickly called back to them to see what was wrong.

“What happened? What happened? What happened?” said the 39-year-old.

It was when she received the devastating news that June, her friend of 13 years, whom she called a “big sea”, had tragically died of a sudden heart attack.

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Rachel hurried from her Sutton house to Thamesmead, where June lived, where she was met by police and ambulances.

Now she pays tribute to June, who was only 51 years old.

The couple met in a church and sang both in chorus together, which is a testament to June’s love of music and sociable nature.

Rachel said of her friend, “She was a very nice person, very relaxed, very jovial, very kind. Great with kids,” adding that June often brought candy to church for her son.



June was part of a choir and loved to sing

She was also very “empathetic” and had a job as a nursing staff.

But there was one conspicuous trait that June, according to Rachel, had – her ability to make people laugh.

When MyLondon asked how Rachel hoped June would be remembered, she said, “the way she made us laugh.”

“There’s no way you want to be around her so you don’t get to laugh,” she added.

Most of June’s family, including her two adult sons, live in Nigeria.

Now Rachel is trying to raise money for her funeral to give her a beautiful delivery.



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Rachel has written a tribute on the GoFundMe page: “She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and a wonderful friend.

“The love received by the family has deepened [sic] but we all know funeral expenses [are] expensive, therefore I ask you to give generously to give her a suitable burial.

“Every donation will make a huge difference to the family, and every penny will be eternally grateful for. Thank you for your help.”

Over £ 2,500 has already been raised.

You can donate to GoFundMe here.

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