The gift of life from our Creator God was given to Alicia Monique, daughter of Kim Marie Ford and Gary Steven Booker, in St. Louis Missouri, on the 23rd day of March, 1975. Nan had a strong sincere love for God and her family. She attended Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. She shared a close relationship with her brother, Steve, and cousin, Cher. They were known as the Originals. She had a great love for her grandmothers, Marjorie Booker and Selina Ford. She affectionately referred to them as “Grandma”. Nan’s love of cooking came from her shadowing them in the kitchen. We could always count on some DELICIOUS sweet potato pies on the holidays. She also loved her papa, Wardell Booker, Jr., who she ran ragged. To all others, she was known for her loving spirit and beautiful affectionate smile.
Nan was united in holy matrimony to Jerry Hemphill. To this union three sons were born, Jerrion, Jalen and Jordon, who Nan lovingly referred to as her 3J’s, and they were the love of her life.
Nan attended Hamilton Elementary, Cook Middle School, Oakville Sr. High School and Central Missouri State, where she attained a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. She was pursuing her Masters of Science in Business from Western Governor’s University (WGU).
She was employed by the State of Missouri, Division of Social services as a supervisor.
Nan is preceded in death by her grandmothers, Marjorie Booker and Selena Ford; grandfather, Wardell Booker; uncle, Anthony Johnson; great-aunt, Mary Williamson; aunt, Cherie Williams; and uncle, Paris Ford.
She leaves to cherish her wonderful memories: her loving sons, Jerrion, Jalen and Jordan; her grandsons, Jerron and Gabriel; her mother, Kim Ford; her father, Gary Booker (Gloria); brothers, Steve, Kristopher and Michael; step-brother, Dorian; sister, Diamond; special cousin/sister, Cher; grandfather, Willie Ford; great-aunt, Rosie Costello; aunts, Laurel (Charles) Martin, Vicki Bryant, Karla Booker, and Lynn Johnson; uncles, Gregory Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Alex Booker (Lillian), Wardell Booker, and Derek Booker (Michelle); along with a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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