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Lydia Akumu Oika


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Lydia Akumu Oika
November 22, 1977 - May 30, 2018

Lydia Akumu Oika was born on November 22nd, 1977, at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya, to Mr. Festus Oika and Madam Getrude Anyango. She transitioned on May 30th, 2018, at the Mercy Southwest Hospital, Bakersfield, California, after a protracted illness, surrounded by family and friends. She was the fourth and last born in a family of three girls and one boy, and is preceded in death by her father, Mr. Festus Oika and her sister Ms. Tabitha Atieno.

Lydia, affectionately also called "Supa" by her immediately family members, attended Ainsworth Street Primary School in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya from 1984-1991, and continued her formal education at the Naivasha Girls High School, Kenya where she graduated in 1995. Lydia came to the United States in 1998 and attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas from where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2002. She went on to work with Stormont-Vail Hospital systems in Topeka, Kansas until 2004 when she relocated to Bakersfield, California to work as a Travel Nurse at the Bakersfield Heart Hospital.

A life-long patients' care advocate, Lydia ventured into the business of staffing hospitals with nurses on a part-time basis earlier on in her career, which evolved over time and eventually saw the birth of "Century Health Staffing Services". Lydia began by securing contracts to staff PRN at local hospitals in and around Bakersfield. Lydia worked her regular three shifts at the hospital and also put in four extra shifts every week in order to be able to pay her contracted nurses. Little by little, and together with her very able girls at "Team Century," and hard work, Lydia built a very successful Travel Nurse Agency. In recognition of this exemplary achievement, Lydia's Century Agency was voted the most successful minority and woman owned business by the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce in 2015. Over the last 2 years and under Lydia's able leadership, Century expanded further by opening field offices in Omaha, Nebraska; Shreveport, Louisiana; and most recently in Dallas, Texas. Lydia's spirit, grit and vision continued to motivate the team even during the most difficult stages of her life while undergoing treatment over the last year. We at Century will strive to continue Lydia's legacy.

Lydia devoted her life to the service of the Lord, family and friends. She was a philanthropist who donated freely to several causes of interest to her, especially on women and children's affairs. She also devoted her time and resources to not only help others, but also to support several causes including the African Association of Kern County ("AAKC"), Bakersfield African Women Association, among others. Through her, the lives of others have not only been improved and blessed by God's grace, but she also literally opened the door for others through access and greater opportunities in life and to improve on the lives of their families and friends, all by God's Grace. She was a devoted mom to her children and loved by all who came in to contact with her. Lydia was an active member of her church family and leaves behind a void that will be difficult to fill. Lydia was always just a phone call away no matter the circumstances, and she will be missed dearly here on this earth but we also know that she is at rest and at peace in God's loving care.

Lydia loved her life and she lived it to the fullest. She loved the Lord, her family and friends with all her heart. She cared for her employees at the Century and the nurses and treated everyone like family. Lydia loved to travel and traveling she did. Even during her ailment, Lydia was able to take her boys on an extensive tour of Europe. Above all else, Lydia brought communities together through her outgoing character and unbiased interactions, her contagious laughter, her ability to be there for every event in the community and her very generous contributions to every worthy cause. Lydia listened to everyone ever so patiently.

Lydia was special to many and she touched the lives of others in several ways. She was an amazing wife, mom, sister, daughter and great friend. She showed tremendous courage and dignity in her battle with brain cancer and we hope there will soon be a cure for this horrendous disease. We will always remember Lydia for the way she was - love of the Lord, larger than life, beautiful, kind, caring and charismatic.

Lydia went to be with the Lord at 12.05am on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 while undergoing treatment in the ICU at Mercy Southwest Hospital here in Bakersfield.

Lydia was diagnosed with brain cancer in May, 2017 and underwent a total of five brain surgeries plus Chemo and radiation. In the last three months, Lydia's condition deteriorated very quickly and she was pretty much bed-ridden.

Lydia is survived by her husband Denis Kanyi Kagoiya; her mom, Getrude Anyango; her beloved two sons Garvin Outta and Andre Outta; Sister Pamela Akoth Muga & family; brother Richard Ochieng Oika & family: Uncle Dr. Louis Okombo of Kenya and family; as well as several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends here in Bakersfield, US, UK, and Kenya.

Lydia's visitation will be held at Green Lawn Cemetery (2739 Panama Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93313) on Friday June, 15th, 2018 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. The Wake Keeping will follow at MOGA Palace, formerly known as FANDANGO (3510 Wible Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309) at 7:30 PM. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 16th, 2018 at Green Lawn Cemetery (2739 Panama Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93313) Lydia will be laid to rest at Green Lawn Cemetery (3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield, CA 93305) following the service. After the burial there will be a reception held at Lydia's home (2506 Twickenham Court, Bakersfield, CA 93311).

Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 13, 2018
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