Brenda Lenora Walker was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Sallie Louise Tolliver and Charles Burkes on September 14, 1953. She was the first daughter of Sallie Tolliver and Charles Burkes. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH in Avondale and received education at South Avondale, Samuel Ach and Hughes High School. She graduated from Hughes High School in the 70’s where she found her love for ethics, music and the love of her life, Jack Walker. They fell in love after meeting at a lounge and later married in Northside on June 7, 1978 and was married for 35 strong years.
Brenda was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Woodlawn. She was a patriarch to her family and a good person to many. She received the gift of the Holy Spirit in 1987 and continued the path of righteousness. After taking online and in-person courses at Cincinnati State, Brenda found the world more intriguing and inspiring than most. She was given the gift of Victim Consciousness and fought physically and politically to make efforts to see change regarding Predatory Lending, Victims of Investments and Stock Exchange. She made trips to New York, interviewed for the City of Cincinnati regarding victims of predatory lending and wrote letters to the capital regarding law revisions/amendments.
Prior to compromising health conditions, Brenda lived a beautiful full life as a wonderful wife, mother, activist, mentor and granny. During her life, she provided daycare to a multitude of dynamic youth and parents. The same love that God bestowed upon her, she used to love those in need. She enjoyed her weekly outings, carefully picking out the best potatoes and carrots for her signature roast. Even on her canes and scooter chair she was able to be in attendance to grandchildren’s graduations, church events and ceremonies. She had a heart full of gold and enjoyed talking to everybody. She made friends everywhere she went, if not from her boisterous personality, than from her angelic voice. Her voice made her a local celebrity in Greater Cincinnati. People would hear her voice and always ask, “Are you Ms. Walker that be on Lincoln?”
In her honor, she leaves the legacy of her daughters, Kendra English and Aswana Laskey; grandchildren, Jamiyah Jacobs, Gabryal English, Krystyana English-Laskey and Christopher Laskey; as well as a host of other cousins and friends.
Brenda loved to love on people. She shared her love with food, prayer and was and still will be always there to listen. Her life was a living example of the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32: “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another just as God also forgave you in Christ.” The Heavenly Father called her home, August 29, 2021. Waiting in her stead, her husband, Jack Walker, siblings, Connie English, Abdush Jihaad (Louis Tolliver), family dog Blaze and many friends. Even in her final days, she instructed “Take care of ya’ll when I’m gone.” We all know she enjoyed games such as Jeopardy and Family Feud, shopping, cooking and spreading God’s Love. Brenda was pure hearted, gifted with a tongue sharper than any knife in your kitchen.
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