Penny Tinditina Jakana, former journalist with Radio One and Uganda Television has been described as loving, mentor and hardworking woman by her family, relatives and friends.
This was at a funeral service held at Watoto Church in Kampala on Monday. She died on April 19, 2017 in Seattle, USA after succumbing to cancer.
Alex Jakana, the deceased's husband described Tinditina as a loving and courageous woman who not only had time for the family but also transformed him (Alex).
"She was determined to having successful marriage and she did all it takes to transform me into a responsible husband," he said.
Alex Jakana addressing mourners at Watoto Church.
Jakana said he and his children will forever remember Tinditina's gentle touch, warm smile and heavenly voice. He said his wife's love touched many hearts through her captivating help and mentorship that she offered.
"Penny was always slow to anger and quick to forgive – never harbouring a grudge. She believed the best in everyone and was always abounding in true and confident love," Jakana said.
He also applauded Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for supporting the family after Tinditina's death. He also hailed friends for the condolence messages.
"Last year, Penny was diagnosed with lung cancer and the outlook was not good. She embarked on what turned out to be an eventful healing journey with many ups and downs. She fought the good fight and towards the end, it was quite tough so given the choice between staying and going to join Jesus, she chose to join the lover of her soul," Jakana explained.
Christopher Namanya who represented Tinditina’s family hailed Jakana for caring for Tinditina until her death. According to Namanya, Tinditina was born healthy until when the family heard of the sad news of her being diagnosed with cancer.
"She was always full of smiles; she has been a good mother and always loved her children," he said.
Jakana’s family hailed him for loving his wife unconditionally. He was implored to stand firm despite losing his beloved wife.
"In 2004, we met Tinditina when Jakana introduced her to us, from that time; the family has been living happily. We shall always remember her although her departure has left a big gap which is not easy to fill," read the message.
Tinditina is survived by three orphans Darren, Dione and Divine. She will be laid to rest at her ancestral home in Nyakiganda village in Ibanda District.