Madam of the lamp in nursing profession

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Refilwe Lydia Kobe was a true Florence Nightingale, a dedicated nurse who even in retirement was willing to help out whenever the need arose.

Kobe loved her job so much that she felt bad when her retirement date arrived in 1989.

Known to many as "Madam", Kobe, 79, died last Sunday after a long illness.

She also loved church and was a member of the National Council of African Women and travelled to many countries in Africa, including Egypt, Malawi and Kenya, on religious business.

She was a member of the Anglican Church in GaRamokgopa and a member of the Mothers Union (Basadi ba Merapelo).

Born on July 11 1929 in MaraBuis in Kransport, near Bandelierkop, Kobe married Derek Masipa Kobe on September 9 1955. The couple had four children - two sons and two daughters.

She trained as a nurse at Elim Hospital and later worked at the McCord, Chris Hani Baragwanath, Pietersburg and Groothoek hospitals until her retirement at the age of 60.

Kobe loved looking good. She enjoyed music, good food and giving advice in a humorous manner.

Kobe is survived by her husband, sister, three children, seven grandchildren and one greatgrandson.

She will be buried at her home village of GaRamokgopa in Botlokwa tomorrow.

The service starts at 7am.