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Cornelia Joyce Carmen
Cornelia Joyce Carmen

Cornelia Joyce Carmen

March 9, 1951 - June 28, 2021

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Cornelia  Joyce  Carmen  fell  asleep  in  death  on  Monday,  June  28,  2021.  She  was  70. 

"Connie",  as  she  was  affectionately  called  by  her  family  and  Joyce  by  many  friends,  was  born  to  the  late Lloyd  Oliver  and  Beatrice  Williams  on  March  9,  1951  in  Cincinnati,  Ohio. 

As someone  who loved  easily  and  was  even  easier  to  love,  Cornelia  will  be  dearly  missed  until  she  can  be reunited  with  family  and  friends  in  Paradise. 

Cornelia  was  the  youngest  of  eight  children  by  her  mother  and  oldest  of  three  children  by  her  father.  She attended  and  graduated  from  Hughes  High  School  in  1969.    She  married  Charles  Edward  Carmen,  Jr.  in 1970.  Three  daughters  on  whom  she  doted  were  born  from  their  union:  Alicia,  Carlotta  and  Ebony.  She worked  for  the  Ohio  Department  of  Job  &  Family  Services  Office  of  Unemployment  for  more  than  30 years  before  retiring  in  2007. 

Cornelia  dedicated  her  life  to  Jehovah  and  was  baptized  on  April  17,  1982  at  the  "Kingdom  Truth" District  Convention  of  Jehovah's  Witnesses.  This  began  her  39-year  walk  of  faith  serving  many  years  in the  Evanston  Congregation  and  most  recently  Walnut  Hills  Congregation.  She  genuinely  loved  doing  the work  of  Jehovah,  having  the  privilege  to  be  a  continuous  auxiliary  pioneer  and  share  with  people  the truths  she  learned  from  the  Bible.  She  especially  enjoyed  sharing  her  firm  belief  in  the  hope  of  the resurrection. 

With  a quiet  manner  yet  powerful  and  zealous  spirit  for  Jehovah,  one  of  Cornelia's  favorite  scriptures  was Isaiah  41:10:  "Do  not  be  afraid,  for  I  am  with  you.  Do  not  be  anxious,  for  I  am  your  God.  I  will  fortify you,  yes,  I  will  help  you,  I  will  really  hold  on  to  you  with  my  right  of  righteousness." 

Cornelia  was  like  a  modern-day  version  of  the  biblical  Dorcas  according  to  her  daughters.  Like  Dorcas, she  "abounded  in  good  deeds  and  gifts  of  mercy."  (Acts  9:36) 

"As  our  mother,  she  was  always  there  when  we  needed  her  -  when  anyone  needed  her,"  said  her daughter  Carlotta  in  tribute.  "She  cared  for  her  mom  as  she  was  ailing,  along  with  caring  for  her  brother, her  sister,  and  her  inseparable  spiritual  gang  of  sisters.  She  was  there  to  the  end  always  extending  herself for  others.  She  was  there  to  listen  to  your  problems  and  give  sound  scriptural  advice." 

As a very loving  mother,  grandmother,  daughter,  wife,  sister,  aunt  and  friend,  Cornelia  enjoyed  spending time  with  family.  She  enjoyed  playing  card  games  like  Spades,  traveling,  camping  and  cooking. 

She  was preceded  in  death  by  her  parents;  husband  Charles  Edward  Carmen,  Jr.;  sisters  Barbara  Jean Williams,  Lenoir  Young,  and  Maggie  Williams;  and  brothers  Tommy  Lee  Williams  and  Billy  Williams. 

She  leaves  to  mourn  but  cherish  her  memory:  three  daughters  Alicia  R.  Carmen,  Carlotta  "Cookie" Carmen  and  Ebony  Clay  (Reggie);  five  granddaughters  Alicia  Winstead,  Laniecha  Carmen,  Octavia Carmen-Houser,  Ebony  Alexander  and Deinia  Hamilton;  one  great  granddaughter  Sierra  Winstead; three  sisters  Brenda  Hill,  Linda  Hampton  and  Joyce  Owens;  one  brother  Daniel  Williams;  three sisters-in-law  Deborah  Hines,  Johanna  Carmen and  Aggie  Williams;  brother-in-law  Lester  Carmen  (Brenda);  a host  of  nieces,  nephews,  cousins,  friends,  and  her  spiritual  family.

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