OBITUARY

Elizabeth Elisa Shaba

December 21, 1937July 1, 2018
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Elizabeth attended Natiro Primary School, and Machame Girl’s Secondary School in Moshi, Tanganyika. She then continued her education at Mweka Nurses Training School and Princess Margaret Hospital Nurses Training Centre in Tanganyika, graduating with a General Nursing Certificate and Certificate in Midwifery. In 1957, Elizabeth was selected by the government of Tanganyika to continue her studies in the United Kingdom (UK), where in 1959, she obtained an Advanced Diploma in Nursing from Mount Vernon Hospital, Middlesex UK. In 1962, she was registered as a State Registered Nurse by the General Council for England and Wales.

Upon graduating in the UK, Elizabeth returned to Tanganyika where she worked as Nursing Officer for Princess Margaret Hospital and Ocean Road Hospital in Dar-Es-Salaam where she met and married the love of her life, Professor James K. Shaba, on April 27, 1963.

In 1964, the family moved to Glasgow, Scotland, where Elizabeth worked at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow, before the family moved back to now Tanzania in 1971 where she worked as the Nursing Officer in Charge at Dar-Es-Salaam Group Occupational Health Services. Following that appointment, Elizabeth worked as the Nursing Consultant for the Canadian High Commission in Dar-Es-Salaam for 26 years until her retirement in 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Professor James K. Shaba, two daughters Stella Shaba and Anale Shaba of Chicago Illinois and sisters Eliluire Kitange, Ruth Mrema and Ana Mrema in Tanzania. She was preceded in death by her son, Dr. Hamish M.E. Shaba MD, her parents, brothers Elisaria, Gabriel and John Mrema and sister Eliasaria Mrema.

“Mama Shaba” as she was known was a mother and friend to many. She believed in the power of “an education”. If a child in her family or community lacked resources to pursue an education, she provided the resources so that they could stay in school. When she was not running around helping someone who had fallen ill or needed counseling or guidance, you would find her in her garden growing everything from everyday vegetables to exotic flowers.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Elizabeth Elisa Shaba to Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago IL 60631 or online at www.alz.org.

A visitation celebrating Elizabeth's life will be held from 3pm until 6pm on Saturday July 7th, with a memorial service at 5pm at the Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 W. Belmont Ave Chicago IL 60634.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Elizabeth Elisa Shaba

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Razia Haroon

July 5, 2018

I met Elizabeth (Mama Shaba ) in June 1980 when I joined Canadian High Commission, Dar Es Salaam . She was an amazing personal ready to help everyone and anyone . We became great pal she was like a sister to me. I never saw her angry or upset, always laughing and smiling . She helped me a lot in advising me when my father was sick. I will miss her a lot. On Sunday's after church she will be gardening or cooking and when I visited she wld listen to my talks. We had great time. Betty u are in my heart and will always be. My sincere condolences to Stella and Anale. Anale thank u very much to make a point for me to meet my late sister when she visited in Florida. May God rest her soul in eternal Peace Amen. Anale I am always there for u. You are a great person yr mom was proud of u dear.

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Elizabeth, 1965 6months pregnant with Hamish, Dar-Es-Salaam

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Elizabeth, London 1959

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Elizabeth, London 1960

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Chilling.... Chicago IL

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Enjoying retirement hanging out a home, Chicago IL

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Biography

Elizabeth E. Shaba, 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 1, 2018, in her home surrounded by her family who loved and adored her. She was born on December 21, 1937, in Mbokomu Moshi, Tanzania, the fifth of eight children, to parents Elisa Kileo Mrema and Anale Mhache Mrema.

Elizabeth attended Natiro Primary School, and Machame Girl’s Secondary School in Moshi, Tanganyika. She then continued her education at Mweka Nurses Training School and Princess Margaret Hospital Nurses Training Centre in Tanganyika, graduating with a General Nursing Certificate and Certificate in Midwifery. In 1957, Elizabeth was selected by the government of Tanganyika to continue her studies in the United Kingdom (UK), where in 1959, she obtained an Advanced Diploma in Nursing from Mount Vernon Hospital, Middlesex UK. In 1962, she was registered as a State Registered Nurse by the General Council for England and Wales.

Upon graduating in the UK, Elizabeth returned to Tanganyika where she worked as Nursing Officer for Princess Margaret Hospital and Ocean Road Hospital in Dar-Es-Salaam where she met and married the love of her life, Professor James K. Shaba, on April 27, 1963.

In 1964, the family moved to Glasgow, Scotland, where Elizabeth worked at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow, before the family moved back to now Tanzania in 1971 where she worked as the Nursing Officer in Charge at Dar-Es-Salaam Group Occupational Health Services. Following that appointment, Elizabeth worked as the Nursing Consultant for the Canadian High Commission in Dar-Es-Salaam for 26 years until her retirement in 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Professor James K. Shaba, two daughters Stella Shaba and Anale Shaba of Chicago Illinois and sisters Eliluire Kitange, Ruth Mrema and Ana Mrema in Tanzania. She was preceded in death by her son, Dr. Hamish M.E. Shaba MD, her parents, brothers Elisaria, Gabriel and John Mrema and sister Eliasaria Mrema.

“Mama Shaba” as she was known was a mother and friend to many. She believed in the power of “an education”. If a child in her family or community lacked resources to pursue an education, she provided the resources so that they could stay in school. When she was not running around helping someone who had fallen ill or needed counseling or guidance, you would find her in her garden growing everything from everyday vegetables to exotic flowers.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Elizabeth Elisa Shaba to Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago IL 60631 or online at www.alz.org.

A visitation celebrating Elizabeth's life will be held from 3pm until 6pm on Saturday July 7th, with a memorial service at 5pm at the Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 W. Belmont Ave Chicago IL 60634.