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Maria Gorrette Banura Rwamukunyu Abwoli, 59, passed away on June 6, 2020 at Mercy Gilbert Hospital in Gilbert, Arizona. She was a wife to Anthony Rwamukunyu. They shared thirty-four years of a joyful marriage together.

Born in Fort-portal, Uganda, she was a daughter of Edwiner Bakwali and Lameck  Kalenzi. She attended Agha Khan High School in Kampala, Uganda before moving to the United States in 1986 right after their wedding in Kampala. She later studied nursing at the College of the Canyons in California and graduated as a registered nurse a career she very much cherished.

She was member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Gilbert Arizona. She loved a wide range of activities including travelling with her family, cooking for her family and friends, and telling the very many beautiful stories of her growing up and above all she was a model wife and mother. She will be remembered for her caring and magnanimous heart, for often putting the needs of others before her own, and counseling many young people facing difficulties in their lives. She was a wonderful nurse loved by her patients and always looking for a positive aspect in every situation or difficulty.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony B Rwamukunyu; their three sons, Gilbert, Norbert, and Albert; aunties, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

The first funeral service was held on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Gilbert, Arizona and she has been rested in the United States up to this time pending a final rest in Uganda after Covid-19 subsided.

On June the 19th 2022 we are having a second funeral service as we lay her to rest at her family home in her mother country Uganda.


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    Mercy BanezCar says

    Dear Anthony
    I heard that you had taken Maria back home to Uganda and I now just found this page. We had visited her at her temporary resting place a few times over the past couple of years and it continues to be difficult to accept that she is actually gone. On behalf of her many friends and colleagues at Gila River Health Care, please accept our condolences. She will forever be in our hearts.

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