Meriam Rukoro was born in Otjiwarongo on 24 April 1960. Her father was the late Benjamin Kavaesa Tjombonde, while her mother was the late Erika Rakondjerua Tjombonde.
Meriam was the second born in a family of six children – four boys and two girls.
She completed her primary education at the Herero Primary School in Otjiwarongo, whereafter she attended the Okakarara Secondary School where she completed in 1981.
She was a very good netball player and also participated in short distance athletics.
After Okakarara Secondary School, she worked for Rössing Uranium, and later for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc).
She married Advocate Vekuii Rukoro on 11 November 1989, at the Okangeama village. They had three children together, two boys and one girl.
After her career at NBC, she became a full-time homemaker, leaving her time to commit to community work in order to support her husband in his role as Ovaherero Paramount Chief.
In her new capacity, she helped to raise funds for the HANO Youth Foundation, the Okatjoruu Oruuano Church and the Coblenz Combined School, to mention, but a few. She also raised funds for the tombstone of the legendary Outjina singer and dancer, Vevangua Muuondjo, who was buried at the Okahandja Heroes Acre.
Meriam Rukoro passed away on 28 October, about 6 months after her 57th birthday.
The late Queen will be buried on Sunday at Okatumuama village in Okotjituuo, about 130 km from Okakarara, the Secretary for Communication and Marketing at the Ovaherero Traditional Authority, Uazuva Kaumbi, announced on Tuesday.
Her favourite hymn was Hymn 100, and her favourite Bible passage was Psalm 27 verses 7 to 9.
Psalm 27: 7- 9
“7. Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8. My heart says of you: “Seek His face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9. Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject or forsake me,
God my Saviour.”
A star continues to shine long after it has ceased to exist. Likewise, the external and internal beauty of Meriam will continue to shine brightly after her passing into the world yonder, because she was a star indeed. Her bright light has destroyed the sting of death, making it powerless. She will live forever in our hearts and minds, as we shall always cherish the great memories of her life on earth.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.