Deceased: March 28, 2008
Visitation: Saturday, April 5, 2008 10am until funeral service at 11am at West Point M.B Church, 3536 S. Cottage Grove
Kellie leaves to cherish her memories a loving and doting son, Joshua, her grandson, Joshua Jr., who was the wind beneath her wings, her faithful and attentive mother, Faith (Ronald), two sisters, Ericka and Kia (who cared for and loved her dearly), one brother DeShawn, her grandfather, Charles Jones, one aunt, Marcia (Russell), one uncle, Charles, one niece, Qui'Aira, two nephews, Tommy and Ryan, a very special cousin, LaChonda, and one god sister, Sonja Enge~Gilton (Karlton), and a host of other relatives and friends.
On a cold and blustery morning, December 26, 1970, warmth and sunshine was given to Faith Walker-Coleman and Wallace Glenn Brown as they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Kellie Shauntae Walker. Kellie was the oldest of three girls. Her father preceeded her in death.
Kellie was baptized at the tender age of 9 at West Point M. B. Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. C. J. Thompson. Kellie's church and her pastor, Rev. L. Bernard Jakes, held a special place in her heart.
-As a Young Child Growing Up-
Kellie was always very mature for her age. The old folks would say she had old folks sense or better yet, "that girl done been here before." She was very bright and always sought to gain more and more knowledge.
At the age of 13, Kellie gave birth to her son, Joshua, whom she lived and breathed for, which made her even more determined to use her gifts and wisdom that God equipped and inspired her with to build a better life for herself and her child. Kellie graduated in the top 10 percent of her class at Northeastern University obtaining her B.A. and Masters Degrees in social work.
At the age of 14, Kellie became the national spokesperson for Teenage Pregnancy (Mother's Too Soon). She traveled across the country speaking to teen moms and truly encouraging them to continue on in life using education as a stepping stone, and God as the ray of light to become whatever they wanted to be. She received numerous accolades and awards for her works.
In the late 1990's until 2005, Kellie worked for several offices in Chicago State ofIUinois Department of Human Services. Kellie relocated to Phoenix, AZ in 2005 and was gainfully employed as a supervisor for the Department of Human Resources.
Kellie was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer on May 24, 2006 and moved back home to be with her family in September of 2006. Kellie made her transition on March 28, 2008 at 3:48 p.m. at Holy Cross Hospital surrounded with the love of her family.