Denise Marie Walker 56, a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend of South Bend, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Denise was born to Bonnie and Tom Walker Sr.,on March 12, 1964.
She was educated through South Bend School Corporation graduating from Riley High School in 1983. She was a life-long resident of the Southeast Side. Denise was a member of the Boys Club and played on the basketball team during youth days. She also used to perform with a local dancing group called “Party People” through the YMCA, under the direction of the late Charles Martin.
Denise gave her life to Christ at the age of 16 while attending Faith Christian Center, under the leadership of Bishop Clyde and Dr. Audrey Harris. Under their leadership for many years, Denise gained a good foundation and understanding of the Word of God. Later in life, Denise became a faithful member of Ambassador For Christ Church under the leadership of Apostle Joseph Stanford. Serving in the AFC’s church choir, evangelistic team, and was a powerful exhorter.
Denise has always worked and provided for herself. After some years she became an entrepreneur. Denise for years served her community faithfully as a proud cab driver. Denise drove the cab until her mental health declined. Though Denise never had any children of her own, she was like a second mother to all of her nieces and nephews.
Survivors left to cherish her memory includes two sisters: Dianna and Debra Walker of South Bend, Indiana; five brothers: Craig, Tony, Samuel, Jermaine, of South Bend, Indiana, and Tom Walker Jr. of Las Vegas, Nevada; four sisters-in-law: Cynthia Lewis, Brenda, Kesonia, and Joanna Walker of South Bend, Indiana; special friends: Minister Willamae Turnipseed of Chicago, Illinois, and Coaretta Y. Hughley; her best friend of 43 years, Stephania Pigee of South Bend, Indiana; and a host of beloved aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Denise was proceed in death by her mother and father, Bonnie and Tom Walker Sr., maternal grandparents, Octavia and Charlie Lewis; four brothers: Tyrone Lewis, Dennis, Ricky, and Ronald Walker; two nieces: La’Ayre Doaks and Jayqwena Pollard; and one great-nephew, James Wash III.
The family would like to say a special thanks to Clara Ross, Broadway Christian Parish Church, St. Margaret’s House, and Our Lady of the Road, for your help and support with Denise through the years. The family would also like to say “Thank You” to everyone who contributed to help ensure that our beloved Denise received a proper burial.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
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