Michelle Stallworth Micki Michelle Micki Stallworth, beloved mother, wife, and friend passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004 at the University of Utah Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by members of her family. Micki was born in Detroit, Michigan on Feb. 18, 1955 to Thelma Powell Zanders of Montgomery, AL., and Edward H. Zanders of Orlando, FL. She grew up in Colorado Springs, CO., where she graduated from Mitchell High School in 1973. She later attended the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs where she first encountered the man who would be her soul mate for 25 and 1/2 years. On May 19, 1979 Micki married Ron Stallworth in the Peterson Air Force Base Chapel in Colorado Springs. Their marriage culminated a romance that began five years earlier and produced two precious, beautiful sons; Brandon Mychal (19) and Nicolas Nico Jordan (14). Micki was a member of the Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Colorado Springs and later Embry Chapel AME Church of Ogden, Utah. She was actively involved in a leadership role with the youth programs of both congregations. Micki worked in the banking industry for 21 years, most notably with Zion's First National Bank, until her illness forced her retirement. She was the first Black female named an Assistant Vice-President for the Zion's Corporation and was the Branch Manager for the Wall Avenue and Washington Blvd. offices in Ogden. While working and raising her sons she fulfilled her long-term goal of completing her college education and graduated from the University of Phoenix in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Management. Micki had an extensive history in community service and civic responsibility. From 1996-2003 she served as a member of the Layton City Planning Commission. She was involved with Lions Club International, Robert Morris Association for Commercial Lenders, Junior Achievement, where she served as a business consultant for students taking courses in Applied Economics, American Bankers Association Instructor, Mentor for businesswomen for the Ogden Chamber of Commerce, and the Utah Girl Scout Council where she served on the Financial Planning Task Force from 1993-94. She was named an Outstanding Young Woman by Who's Who in America in both 1987 and 1989. In 1996 Micki was honored by the YCC (Your Community Connection of Ogden/Northern Utah) with the Mattie Wattis Harris Spirit of the American Woman Award in the category of banking & finance. Micki is survived by The Stallworth Boys : her husband, Ron, and her sons Brandon and Nico; her father, Edward H. Zanders, and a brother, Ralph Zanders of Lawrence, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Powell Zanders, and her grandmother, Estelle Surels. The Stallworth family wishes to extend a warm, heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Huntsman Cancer Clinic and U of U Hospital for the tireless care, concern, and devotion they showed Micki over the course of her illness. In particular Doctors Lor Randall, John Ward, Richard Wheeler, Deborah Thorpe, Olivia Walton, Sharon Weinstein, Wound Therapist Kevin Kohler, and Stephanie in Lymphedema Therapy. An extra special thanks goes to Teri Wall of Layton, Nurse Queenie Aydelott of Community Nursing Service, and former Huntsman Doctor Karen Albritton. Finally, on behalf of Micki, we would like to extend our love, respect, and appreciation to our friends and neighbors of the Valley View 7th Ward, in particular Scott and Sheri Wilde, Peter and Michelle Matson, Henry and Maren Simpson, and Howard and Rosella Smith. Your fellowship and support for Micki during these past five years has been spiritually sustaining and uplifted her on many occasions. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 10 a.m. at the Valley View 7th Ward, 1589 E. Gentile, Layton, Utah. Funeral directors, Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road. Interment will be held on a later date in Colorado Springs. e-mail condolences to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 21, 2004.