Our beloved Jessica Lynnae Walker was born on the first of September 1970 in South Bend, Indiana to JoAnn (Middlebrook) and Dallas Lee Walker. Jessica grew up briefly as an infant in the home of her late maternal grandparents Frank and Mary Lena (Osborne) Middlebrook of South Bend, Indiana, who loved her immensely. In her later years it was routine for her to visit and tend to the grave of her beloved Grandma-ma and before his passing in November 2018, she was a frequent visitor to her Paw-Paw. They would share laughs and stories of by gone days. They enjoyed each other’s company.
On September 25, 2020, a very lively and vibrant Jessica spent quality time with her parents, great aunt, and uncle. In the early hours of September 26, 2020, Jessica sustained a massive stroke that she could not recover from. On the tenth of October 2020, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jessica yielded to the will of God and passed away, surrounded by loving family members who accepted His will in life.
Jessica attended Kekionga Middle School and graduated from South Side High School both located in Fort Wayne, IN. She attended Brown Mackie College in South Bend, IN and received an Associate Degree in Medical Technology from Med Tech College in Fort Wayne, IN. At the time of her passing she was employed by Sugar Drops Day Care in Fort Wayne, IN.
Jessica professed a belief in Christ at an early age and found peace and comfort at her chosen church home Joshua’s Temple in Fort Wayne, IN.
Jessica was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Frank and Mary Lena Middlebrook; paternal grandfather, Dallas Heard, Sr.; step grandfather, Porter Sanders; half-brother, Raymond Alfred; uncles, Willie F. Middlebrook and A.G. Sanders; and aunt, Jeanette Gates.
She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her loving and devoted parents, Dallas and JoAnn Walker of Fort Wayne; sisters, Lena J. Morris of Fort Wayne and Robinn Alfred of South Bend, IN; her beloved grandmother, Eddie Mae Walker-Sanders of New Madrid, MO; her darling nieces, Ca’Mera LeeAnn Morris and her “Mini Me” Da’Vera JoLee Robinson both of Fort Wayne, Tionna Alfred, Chantoria Alfred and Chavone Alfred all of South Bend, IN; and a host of aunts, uncles, friends and cousins including her cousins/ brothers, Dwight Osborne of South Bend, IN, Lloyd Sally of Indianapolis, Kenneth Middlebrook of Detroit, MI, Joseph Yarbough of Fort Wayne and Brandon Abrams of Tampa, FL; special big sister/friend, Towone Logan of Fort Wayne; and god daughter, Valencia James of Fort Wayne.
However, much Jessica was loved by family and friends, we are certain that God loves her more. We take comfort in knowing that "If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord." Romans 14:8.
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