Shlynda Ellen Davis, 35, of Bourbonnais, passed away June 19, 2019 at her home.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Lax Mortuary in Kankakee. An additional time for visitation will be from 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, until the noon funeral service at Second Baptist Church in Kankakee. Minister LaMare Hampton will officiate and Elder Dionne Suber will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Momence Cemetery, Momence.

Funeral arrangements are by Lax Mortuary, Kankakee.

Shlynda Ellen Davis was born March 24, 1984, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was the youngest of four children born to Delbert I. Davis Sr. and Yolanda Hawkins-Davis. Shlynda confessed a love for Christ at an early age and united with New Mount Zion Primitive Baptist, where she served as a faithful member until her passing. Shlynda possessed the three great theological virtues: Faith, hope and charity. She was the type of person who uplifted the spirits of others even when she was not feeling well, or in pain. Friends and family said, “She always made you feel as if you could climb the highest mountain and the sky was the limit.”

Shlynda graduated from Kankakee High School in 2002. She later attended the International Academy of Design and Technology to obtain certification in design technology. She also attended Columbia College for a degree in marketing design. Shlynda obtained certification as a medical assistant (CMA) from Prairie State College. She worked for Riverside Medical Center as a CMA until her health failed in 2018.

She loved to sew; made her own clothes; and she made highly-requested colostomy bag covers that she donated to the University of Illinois Hospital. Shlynda was a fashionista who created her own styles and received many acclamations for her style design. She loved music and taught herself to play the piano, guitar and violin. Shlynda loved going to Christian/gospel music concerts, where she communicated with the artists and the public. She never met a stranger. Shlynda used her journey to touch the souls of many people and often offered prayer to strangers who she met in any public venues.

Preceding her in death were her maternal grandparents, Elder John R. and Virginia E. Hawkins Sr.; her paternal grandparents, Mary Eggleston and Jeffery Davis Sr.; two uncles, Jeffery Davis Jr. and Rodney J. Hawkins; and two aunts, Mary A. Hawkins and Mandella Marshall.

Shlynda leaves blessings of cherished memories to her mother, Yolanda Davis and her father Delbert I. Davis Sr.; two sisters, Shelina (Victor) Jessup, of Bourbonnais, and Shlonda (Dionne) Suber, of Bryan, Ohio; one brother, Delbert I. (Tawonda) Davis Jr.; one adopted sister, Trevia Marshall; three special sisters, Kristin Hampton, Brittani Staples and Brandi Staples; uncles, John R. Hawkins II, of Memphis, Tenn., Robert (Vonnie) Davis, of Fort Myers, Fla., Walter (Sue) Davis, of South Bend, Ind., Theodore Davis, of Momence, Theopolis Davis, of St. Anne, Anthony (Michelle) Davis, of South Bend, Ind., and Charles (Cathy) Davis, of Bradley; aunts, Dr. Keturah Hawkins, of Greensboro, N.C., Jonlynn Hawkins, of Momence, Chantelle (LaFrance) Lucas, of Kankakee, Virginia (LeRob) Norris, of Bradley, Francis Taylor, of Milwaukee, Wis., Lottie Sims, of Bradley, Ethel (James) Carr and Jimmenia Eggleston, of Kankakee; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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