Christ Baptist Church
4700 E 7th Ave
Gary, IN 46403
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Latanya L. Williams passed away at age 59 on July 1, 2015. Latanya Renee Lovan Williams a native of Louisville, KY born March 06,1956 to the late Robert Miller, and Mildred Lovan Childs. She first attended Hill Street Baptist church where she was baptized in 1967. She continued her Christian walk at Christ Baptist Church in Gary, IN Latanya graduated from Male High School as co-salutatorian in 1974. In furthering her education she attended college at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. It was there she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated in 1976, and continued her cheerleading career. Latanya graduated in 1978 with a bachelor degree from the Medill School of Journalism. It was at Northwestern where Latanya met the love her life Rodney Tyrone Williams. They were joined in union October 25,1980 and later moved to Gary, IN. Two children were blessed by this union a Son: Rodney Tyler Williams II of Indianapolis, IN, and Daughter: Shannon Olivia Williams of Gary, IN. She worked as editor for the Ivy Leaf Magazine of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She served the City of Gary for many years as a Special Assistant to the Honorable Mayor Thomas Barnes, Gary Accord, Youth Service Bureau under the Honorable Scott King, and Super Attendant for Gary Parks Department under the late Honorable Rudy Clay. Latanya also worked briefly for the Boys and Girls Club, the Best Western Plus Hotel, and 21st Century Charter School. Latanya participated in many organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, Jack and Jill of America, Gary Pop Warner Football and Cheer, PTA, and many other community organizations. Latanya did not stop there she also served on the board for Northern Indiana Pop Warner Football and Cheer, Salvation Army, The Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau and many other organizations throughout the community. In her honor 21st Century Charter School created the National Honor Society Scholarship Award in her name. Latanya accomplished countless memorable moments in her life impacting a multitude of lives along her journey. She has traveled to many exciting and educational places, being apart of the Diplomatic Entourage to the Republic of Nigeria under the Barns administration, during her brief time here on earth. Latanya had an abundance of knowledge, and was a true believer of faith, family, and education. She provided such a warm peaceful joy in our hearts in a way that we would always be assured things would be all right. She was quite the conversational jewel, and the glue of the family. Latanya was loved for having an open and forgiving heart, towards anyone who crossed her path. She was preceded in death by her: Father Robert Miller, Step- Father: Joe Childs, Sister: Karen Miller, Mother in Law: Mary E. Williams, and Father in Law: Lucius K. Williams. She leaves to cherish: Mother: Mildred K. Childs, Husband: Rodney T. Williams, Son: Rodney T. (LaToya)Williams II, Daughter: Shannon O. Williams, Honorary Son: Quentin G. Williams, Honorary Daughter: Whitney E. Williams, Sister: Carol Clark, Brothers: Bobby (Gwen) Miller, Rodney (Kathy) Lovan, Jerod Childs, Sisters-in-law: Lucia (Darrell) Head, and Elizabeth Williams. Granddaughters: Shaniah M. Williams, Kayla R. Williams, and Daisjah M. Ball. Along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and other extended family and friends Visitation will be held at Guy and Allen Funeral Home, Thursday July 9, 2015 from 12pm-8pm Family Hour: 6pm-8pm Funeral Service will be held at Christ Baptist Church in Gary, IN Friday July 10, 2015 at 11am.
Published in the Post Tribune from July 7 to July 8, 2015
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