For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Again death has invaded the ranks of the Jordan and Blackwell families and transitioned a loving surrogate mother, a beloved daughter, a beautiful sister, an amazing aunt, a caring cousin, classmate, and loyal friend.
On Monday, May 3, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland, in St. Joseph, Michigan, Shamika Michelle Jordan transitioned to her heavenly home surrounded by the prayers of her loving family and friends amid a tragic house fire.
The beautiful life of Shamika Michele Jordan was born on Saturday, September 25, 1982, to Cynthia Jordan and Larry Blackwell at Memorial Hospital in St. Joseph, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Mary Jane Jordan and John Jordan; step-grandfather, Ira Robinson; paternal grandparents, Margaret and J.B. Blackwell; uncles, Rodney Jordan and Thomas McMillian; cousin, Erica Jordan and special cousin/brother, Jason Jordan.
Shamika Michele Jordan, affectionately known to everyone as “Mika” was raised in a loving and close-knit family where the seed of Christianity was always present as evidenced by her uniting with the Second Baptist Church at an early age and being baptized by the late Pastor, Rev. Dr. Donald B. Adkins.
As a little girl, “Mika” was very adventurous and mischievous. She kept her mother and grandmother Mary on pins and needles. She was truly the definition of a little tomboy. She loved to climb up things and that included cabinets, fences and yes trees and when she would get to the top of the tree, she would holler, “Hey Momma” which would put her mother and grandmother in a panic praying that the branch she was on, almost at the top of the tree, wouldn’t break.
Everything had to be child proofed, but she would find a way to get through them all. She once climbed over the protection gates put in the kitchen to keep her out at night. Shamika climbed over the gate, got on the cabinet and into the flour and sugar and when they came in the kitchen, she was sitting on top of the cabinet, covered in both flour and sugar with her pretty little barrettes in her hair smiling. She was also very observant and as she watched the women in the family use razors to shave, she took it upon herself to cut her cousin Damon’s eyebrows off. She was also courageous, even back then, knowing there would be consequences.
“Mika” was definitely a Daddy’s girl and she loved spending time with her father, Larry and step-mother Mercy. Every other day she would go over to their house to spend quality time together talking and laughing and some of their most special times were on the fishing banks where they bonded and shared their love for one another. He was always a very special part of her life and would give her anything she asked him for. She was blessed to have had him as her father because he truly loved his baby girl.
Shamika was formally educated in the Benton Harbor Area Schools and graduated from Benton Harbor High School with the Mighty Class of 2000. She loved writing poetry and was the recipient of a “Young Author’s Poetry Writing Award” in middle school and until her untimely passing, she still loved to write poetry. “Mika” was a beautiful, strong, intelligent, and loyal classmate and was proud to be a member of one of the best classes ever. Education was important to her and she constantly stressed that to her nieces and nephews.
Shamika was an extremely hard worker and took pride and joy in working at Nova Plastics in Stevensville, Michigan, as a forklift-trainer. She was tough and sweet and was well respected by her co-workers, those she trained and the company’s administration.
“Mika” was loved by many and had a smile that would brighten up any room when she entered. She not only loved writing poetry, but she enjoyed listening to music, good conversation, calling it what it was, and chilling. She had a determined spirit although at times she could be headstrong, you could always count on her keeping it real and one hundred.
Shamika loved her Jordan/Blackwell family fiercely with all of her heart and enjoyed spending time with them especially her cousin, Madison Collins, who she raised as her daughter. She was dedicated to taking care of her family and would give them the shirt off her back if any one of them needed it. She was witty and had a special place in her heart for children and especially the children of her family and friends. She will forever be remembered and truly missed.
Shamika leaves fond memories in the hearts of her loving mother, Cynthia Jordan of Benton Harbor; her father, Larry Blackwell and his wife, Mercy of Benton Harbor; (3) sisters, Shavonne Jordan of Indianapolis, IN; Stephanie Jordan of Benton Harbor and Cynthia Pearson of Fort Wayne, IN; (1) brother, Donell Blackwell and his wife, Tayronda of Indianapolis, IN; (6) nieces, Madison Collins, Taylor Whitaker and Rori Jordan all of Benton Harbor; Jazzanay Blackwell of Indianapolis, IN; Cheyenne and Sincere Pearson, both of Fort Wayne, IN; (7) nephews, Brian McKinney of Indianapolis, Ronald Greely of Benton Harbor, Jeremy and Tristian Blackwell of Gary, IN; Jordan, JaQuari and Antron Pearson all of Fort Wayne, IN; (3) aunts, Kim Jordan-McMillian, Evelyn “Princess” Jordan-Maben (Terry) and Arzelia “Cissy” Jordan all of Benton Harbor; (4) uncles, Darrell Williams-Jordan of Battle Creek, John Jordan Jr. of Grand Rapids, Kennard Blackwell and Jose Diaz both of Benton Harbor; godson, Champion J. Wilson; her significant other, Walter Young, special friends, Timothy Vinson, Shalamar Hardnett, Elliott Willford-Mitchell, Brian Haywood, Danyelle Woods, Shanequa Willford and Chrashawn Tara and a host of cousins, classmates, family members and friends.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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