Kenyan student dies in Carbondale Illinois
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alice Wakonyo Mbugua in Carbondale Illinois. She was a PhD student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Alice was born on February 25, 1971 in Nairobi, Kenya, the daughter of Jason Mbugua Kihara and Loise Muthoni Kihara. She was a student at Parklands Primary School from 1977 to 1993. She then went to State House Girls High School from 1984 to 1989. Alice joined Kenyatta University in 1990 from where she graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree. She earned a Master of Education at Loyola University of Chicago in 2001, as well as a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling at SIU in 2008. She was nearing completion of a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling at SIU and was on track to graduate in May 2012.
Alice is survived by her father, Jason; two brothers, Kenneth Kihara Mbugua and Paul Mugo Mbugua; and one sister, Beatrice Njeri Mbugua, all of Thogoto Baraniki Village, Kenya; niece, Nancy Njoroge of Dallas, as well as a niece and a nephew in Kenya. She is preceded in death by her mother and a nephew. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Murdale Baptist Church in Carbondale. There will be a reception at the SIU Baptist Student Center on the corner of Forest and Mill Street in Carbondale immediately after the service. Arrangements to transport her body to Kenya are underway and details about the funeral will be announced as soon as plans are finalized.
A bank account has been set up for the purpose of collecting donations towards expenses associated with sending Alice’s body home and the details are as follows:
Bank Name: Old National Bank, 509 S University Ave # 1, Carbondale IL 62901
Routing #: 086300012
Account #: 122416616
Checks can be made payable to: Alice Mbugua Memorial Fund.
For more information, you can contact any of the following:
Muthoni – 618-203-3387
Nancy – 214-497-0644
Thank you for your support. May she rest in peace