Emilienne Nwawe Yamdjieu, better known as “Grand-mére”, was born the youngest of three girls and a boy on January 1, 1946, to the late Ngounou and Monique Hocktsi. She left to be with God on June 10, 2021 after complications from cancer at Christ’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. She was preceded by her husband, Richards Nwawe, and his other wife, Susan Tchouandeu. Emilienne left behind, two sons and three daughters: the late Prosper Nwawe Siwe, Celestine Nwawe Ngaladjeu Kwetha, Charlotte Nwawe Youti Kontcho, Alice Nwawe Yamdeu, Bruno Nwawe Tchouandeu.
After graduating from school, she dedicated her life to being a great mother to all the kids of the household, her nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. She worked as a tailor, and owned a shop at the central Market in Douala. When she retired, she moved to the USA to live with her daughter Charlotte, her son-in-law Phillipe, and their 3 kids. She enjoyed gardening, and playing basketball with the youngest grandchild.
Emilienne cherished family most. She was generous and never excluded anyone from the bigger picture. She was a Christian and raised all her children with the fear of God. She leaves her son, Bruno; daughters, Celestine, Alice, and Charlotte; 11 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends to cherish her memory and her big heart.