Oluyemisi Caroline Odunjo

March 12, 1958October 15, 2020
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Oluyemisi Caroline Odunjo was born on March 12th, 1958 in Ibadan, Oyo Nigeria.

In the 1970’s she came to the United States to live with a family friend (The Vaughan family) Ronke Vaughan.

Shortly after in the early 1980’s she then gained admission to the prestigious black university, Howard University in Washington DC. Yemisi was a very brilliant and outstanding student so much so that she finished her BSc and her MSc in good time and high marks.

In 1983 she was packing her bags to move back to her home country when she met a dashing young man named Paul Dacosta who was also from Nigeria, and that's when all plans changed. Yemisi and Paul married in the summer of 1984. They both ended up having three lovely sons named Lawrence, Gregory, and Andrew Dacosta.

Years after, Yemisi became a social worker and dedicated her life to helping others and empowering the community. She always enjoyed going back to her country and giving back to those who needed help. She also enjoyed cooking, taking pictures of all the happy moments, self-care, and shopping.

Yemisi devoted her life to making sure her children were well taken care of and would always get them everything they needed.

Yemisi will always be known as an amazing mother and friend, we will remember all the great memories and will forever have her spirit in our hearts.


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Meira Stafilatos

October 27, 2020

Mama Yesimi is family . She is the mother and mother in law of my dear friends.
I am grateful for the memories that were made over the years with holidays and pictures and sitting in the living just a few weeks ago listening and watching a Whitney Houston marathon . ( her favorite Whitney ) Mama Yesimi I will always remember you with the sounds of Whitney Houston playing in the backround . Thank you for your conversations and advice . Thank you for greeting me with such kindness always and as family. My favorite memory will be one our last times together and singing along to Kenny Rogers ( gambling man ) also another one of her favorites . You laughed and smiled because I knew all the words and we sang that song . It brings a smile to my face to see how much you enjoyed life and music to ease the soul. I know you are singing and praising with the saints . Love Meira .

Bolshoi Olatunji

October 27, 2020

Aunt Yemisi was my mother's younger sister. She was a loving and supportive aunt who gave my sister Yemi and I strength and support when our mother died 5 years ago.

She was also a wonderful mother who raised 3 good men. The world will be a dimmer and sadder place without her.

Yemi Brown

October 27, 2020

Auntie Yemisi, you're such a great support for me when my mother, your sister Bodunrin passed away. You positive words and kind heart really got me through my dark moments. Your words of wisdom about raising three boys were also very much appreciated.
I wish I had a chance to see you beautiful smile in person.
Auntie e sun re ninu Oluwa.

Rosemary Fajemisin

October 27, 2020

My sweet, beloved, generous and gorgeous auntie Yemisi!
I couldn't believe it will end just this way. Knowing you is a blessing, I'm short of words and don't know what to write, it's hard to come to the reality that I won't see you again, I will forever miss your sweet smiles, beautiful and calm voice, your gifts and counsel.
Rest in peace my beloved auntie, may God continue to watch over your children in Jesus name.

Sandra Hill

October 27, 2020

I met Yemi after she became ill. Even then, in the midst of her discomfort she was gracious, thoughtful and kind. I believe sse chose such a short time living with her illness because her work here was done and she wanted to be gracious and loving . Although her passing will leave a huge hole in the hearts of all who loved her I urge each of you to fill that hole wil good and precious memories. Remember the love she had for you and try to find peace

Suleika Wiles

October 26, 2020

Fortunate are those who got to meet you and know you. Always very happy, very sweet, let’s not forget stylish and just a beautiful soul overall. It was a pleasure to have met you and to have shared small moments with you. You will be greatly missed and I know Mason will miss your famous spicy rice.

Remi Adesanmi

October 26, 2020

Dearest aunty Yemi!

Hmmmm! Words indeed failed me, and as I am writing this tribute, I am still in disbelief about your demise.

I went back to our WhatsApp message where you explained the whole ordeal.
I believed with every being in me that you would be fine and I would get to see you soon. Little did I know that the last time I spoke with you was the last time we would actually speak. Hmmmm, who are we to question GOD.

I have come to be close to aunty Yemi in the last few years, I honestly do not remember what brought us close, but I know that everything happened for a reason.
You patronized me in anything I sold, we hung out together even in Nigeria, you would call to check up on me even if I completely forgot to check on you.

I appreciate your sisterly love. You had such a giving and very generous heart.

The last time I saw you was when you actually came to buy a beaded necklace and I had since promised to complete the bracelet for you.

Sleep well in the bossom of the almighty.
Thank you for giving me a chance to be a sister and one of the very few you confided in.
Love you and will surely miss you

Remi Ige Adesanmi

Jenny Doukmajian

October 23, 2020

Hey Grandma! I will miss you!! Can't believe you're gone so soon. My one favorite thing you would cook was those spicy beans! They were so good and extremely spicy... But guess what... I would still eat them and just chug a bunch of water! Lol. Love you always!


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