The late Ambassador Trudy Stevenson

Relatives, friends and colleagues of the late Zimbabwean ambassador to Senegal, Mrs Trudy Stevenson attended a church service for the late patriot and servant of her country at the Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church in Mt Pleasant in Harare this morning.

Foreign Affairs officials who included Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe, Chitsaka Chipaziwa, Ambassador Mary Mubi, the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa and the late Mrs Stevenson’s children and grandchildren, were in attendance.

 Ambassador Stevenson died peacefully in her apartment in Dakar Senegal on the 24th of last month.

She was posted to Senegal at the formation of the Government of National Unity in 2009 from the MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube.

She had retired from politics to become a career diplomat.

According to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo and colleagues she served with in Senegal, Mrs Stevenson worked hard for her country and gave her all.

Many who spoke at the occasion described her as a mother, teacher and ambassador.

Jessie Majome, a former colleague in parliament, her sons Alexander Graham Stevenson and Neil Stevenson and others spoke of her simplicity, kindness and openness and love that allowed her to embrace Zimbabwe as a home despite having born in the United States.