Friday, September 06, 2002

Obituary: Michelle Walters, 'Candy Lady'

Woman recalled as humanitarian

By Rebecca Billman,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The funeral for Rita Michelle Sullivan Walters, who died Sunday in an apparent shootout in North Fairmount, is scheduled for Monday at Bethel No. 2 Apostolic Pentecostal Church in South Fairmount.

        A resident of Winton Terrace, Mrs. Walters, 38, was visiting her sister, Verlene Wilcox, who was injured in the shooting.

        Police are looking for the shooter.

        Known to family and friends as Michelle, Mrs. Walters was called the “Candy Lady” by the children in her neighborhood because she kept a store of sweets to pass out.

        “Michelle was a great humanitarian,” said her sister-in-law, Diane Chambers of Westwood. “She would willingly assist people in any way she could. Her warm smile and humorous nature was enjoyed by people, young and old. Young teens really held a special place in her heart.”

        Mrs. Walters was a member of Bethel No. 2 Apostolic Pentecostal Church, where she was head usher, a member of the Sunday school department and served on the baptism committee.

        Born in Cincinnati in 1964, Mrs. Walters attended Aiken High School and worked as a nurse's assistant.

        In addition to her sister, Verlene, survivors include her husband, Norman Charles Walters; a son, Jeffery Lovell of Winton Terrace; three daughters, Shelley Sullivan of English Woods and Christi Sullivan and Chazity Walters, both of Winton Terrace; three other sisters, Tina Canada of Cincinnati, Jacqueline Blue of North Carolina and Sandy Sullivan-Garrett of downtown; two brothers, Mark Whitfield and Jeffery L. Canada; and three grandchildren.

        Visitation is at 10 a.m. Monday, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. at Bethel No. 2 Apostolic Pentecostal Church, 2319 Quebec Road in South Fairmount. Burial will be at Baltimore Pike Cemetery.


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