Celebration of Life and Legacy of Mrs. Usha Devi Maharjan
No tribute could ever come close to adequately describing
Mrs. USHA DEVI MAHARJAN.
अनिच्चावत संखारा उत्पादवियो धम्मिनो उपज्जित्वा निरुझन्ति तेसं भूसमोसुखं!!!
Mentor, friend, wife, grandmother,great grandmother—Usha lived a life of many roles and with many talents.
Born in Nepal 88 years ago, Mrs. Maharjan would ultimately become one of the most-beloved and well-respected person in Pulchowk. We call her an “Unofficial Mayor of Pulchowk”. She was the pillar of the community and family.
She was not educated, however, she managed to send her two sons to China and USA to study. She admitted her grand kids and great grant kids to St. Xavier and St. Mary school and helped many underprivileged children to get into St. Xavier school and other schools in Patan.
Helped many local people financially and motivating people in the community to do better by giving her life example.
In 1960 she worked in China with the Nepalese Ambassador Mr. Keshar Bahadur KC and took her elder son along with the family to study in China.
In 1972 she managed to send her 15 year old son to America to study.
Even though she was not a Rotarian she lived by Rotary’s 4 way test.
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all?
While her notoriety was great and her accolades numerous, for many in the community, she was a mentor. Approachable and authentic, Mrs. Maharjan was available to community people to help anyway possible.
We are celebrating her Life and Legacy by creating a Memorial scholarship at her favorite St. Xavier School.
May she REST IN PEACE.
TRIBUTES FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILIES:
TRIBUTES AND MEMORIES FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILIES:
Sauni Didi Memories
It was in 1980, when I first came to Nepal, that I met Didi and Sauji. At that time they had a tuck shop in our school to supply stationey for the hostel students. She was very friendly with the students and spoke to them lovingly like a mother. Later the hostel was no more and the shop also was closed. She had good rapport with all the fathers and brothers. Later every year she used to invite us to her house during Dashain for a big “bhoj” with home-made Newari raksi. She took pride in saying that this raksi is more than 30 years old. “Nathini pani janmeko thiyena”, she would often say. It was really of excellent quality. Occasionally she would send a bottle for me saying it is cold medicine for you.
Many students remember her sitting at the guard house for long hours. When Fr.Marty Coyne was alive he was her companion near the gate. She knew all the news and gossips around Jawalakhel and would share with Fr.Coyne. At dinner table Fr.Coyne would share the same news with us. She enjoyed the company of children and many would greet her “Namaste” at the gate, and some would take her blessing. One negative aspect of her life was that she could never accept the fact that her younger son married a “kuire” girl from the USA, though didi was very friendly and close to many American fathers for many decades !
In the last couple of years it was difficult for her to walk and someone would reach her to school and take her back home. At Dashain time she felt bad that she could not feed us due to ill health. On the occasion of important Nepali festivals she would give a party to the fathers and the maintenance staff of the school. Often she would ask about the fathers who are here and abroad, especially about those who are sick. After my mother died last year I visited her and said, “My mother is gone, now you are my mother.” She was very happy to hear that.
She had a lot her friends in Patan area and they visited her often. Though she was wealthy she liked to live a simple life. Till the last days of her life she had good memory and recognized people easily even by voice. I am happy that God did not give her much suffering in her last days and she bid us goodbye after a few days of sickness.
***We miss your loving presence at our school, Didi,
We miss your sweet smile that refreshed us
And your love filled words that comforted us.
Thank you for being part of our lives
May you be counted in the company of the angels
And may the Lord of love reward you abundantly***
Fr. A. V. Mathew, S.J.
St. Xavier’s School, Jawalakhel
Fellow Rotarian, Rotary’s Past District Governer, Dr Tulsi Maharjan, My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. It is never easy to lose a mother—doesn’t matter how old she was. I pray for your peace and comfort as you continue your life journey without your mother’s earthly presence. Stay strong Dr Tulsi!
Best Nabaraj KC, Rotary Club of New York Queens Family!
Keith Federman Sending my condolences. I’m very sorry for your loss Tulsi. If the values we instill in others, and the caring and kindness is legacy what we leave behind, she has left quite a legacy. Sending prayers.Chandra Sakya Heartfelt condolence to you and your family !
Shanta Khadgi My deepest condolences to you and family Tulsi ji. May the departed Soul rest in peace.
Gyan Lal Maharjan May God bless her soul! She was just amazing!
Rup Kumar Shakya अनिच्चावत संखारा उत्पादवियो धम्मिनो उपज्जित्वा निरुझन्ति तेसं भूसमोसुखं!!!
Rajendra Basnyat Thanks to Maharajan brothers for establishing one outstanding students award in the name of Usha fufu for continuity of her attachment/legacy with St. Xavier’s school