Ntombizodwa Jobo, nee Magwebu, 39, the little girl who articulated her mother's desire to hold boy children in her arms as well when it became clear she was continuously giving birth to girls, is no more.
Affectionately known as Tozo, the introverted third-born in the Magwebu family of Mohlakeng, was rushed to Leratong Hospital last Tuesday after her problem with short breath continued to plague her. Although she valiantly fought for her life, she died last Friday night.
Her stay in hospital had been preceded by numerous visits to a doctor, which ended in her being treated at home.
Born and bred in Mohlakeng, Randfontein, she attended Bulelani Combined School and later Phahama Secondary School where she completed matric.
Joining the workforce, she worked for Sales House in Randfontein before joining its sister company, Jet, where she still worked at the time of her death.
Tozo married Motlatsi Jobo, from Naledi, Soweto, when the love bug bit her, whom she bore two children.
Describing her younger sister this week Girlie Lebele said Tozo was a quiet, soft-spoken woman who loved and thrived on the company of family and friends.
"She loved her children with such passion, she always encouraged and spurred them on to excellence. Her son Thabiso is an outstanding rugby player, who plays for the Golden Lions at King Edward School in Houghton, Johannesburg.
"We are going to miss her radiant smile. She always lit up our gatherings. Her love for church can only be attested to by her involvement. She was a staunch member of the AME Ladies Club," said Lebele.
She is survived by her two children Thabiso and Neo, husband Motlatsi, mother Elsie, three sisters Girlie, Ouma and Zanele, and a brother Vuyo.
She will be buried tomorrow. The funeral service will be held at her home at 11035 Extension 6, Kagiso 2, from 7.30am.
The requiem mass starts at 8am at the AME Church in Kagiso 1 and the cortege leaves for Kagiso Cemetery at 10am.