Joy Michelle McKee, 40, was born July 13, 1978, in Columbus, Ohio and passed July 10, 2019 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital.
Joy leaves to cherish her memory one daughter Mayah Alyssa McKee, one son Myles Avery McKee, parents Elder Edward & Patricia (White) McKee and one brother Edward Samuel McKee.
Michelle or Joy as some would call her was born and raised in Columbus. She attended and graduated from World Harvest Christian Academy where she received a scholarship from Capital University. She also attended Franklin University where she received her Associate Degree in Business, two Bachelors, one in HR and one in Accounting, and a Masters in Business Administration.
Michelle worked for the State of Ohio for 19 + years where she started as a receptionist and rose to the ranks of Procurement Officer for the Ohio Department of Commerce.
Of all of her accomplishments, what gave her the most pride was her children, Mayah,19, who fought many battles due to Sickle Cell Disease. She would always encourage Mayah that this illness would not define her, nor limit her destiny or dreams. Mayah made the Dean’s List at Ohio State University with a 3.7 GPA because of her mother’s encouragement and strong leadership to achieve her dreams. Mayah recently had a Bone Marrow Transplant with her mother as the donor. This was very rare, but Michelle never gave it a second thought when she found out this donation would cure sickle cell and empower Mayah to achieve her dreams.
Myles, 15, is also very extraordinary in his athleticism. Myles played football, track, basketball and wrestling. He especially enjoys football and aspires to play for OSU. He is also an athlete scholar continuously on the Canal Winchester Middle School honor roll and named by his teachers and coaches in Canal Winchester Middle School an honor called the Student Community Award.
Michelle never discouraged her children in fulfilling their dreams and aspirations because she believed they could do whatever they put their mind to do and she made sure they knew that!
Her family describes her as funny, caring, beautiful, transparent , thoughtful, generous, strong, full of character, straight forward, organized, hard worker, colorful, stylish, a leader, relentless, independent, creative, powerful, intelligent and as her father would say, she kept it 100!
Family will receive friends Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 5:00pm until time of service at 7:00pm at the Chapel of White's. Arrangements by WHITE’S FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 867 S. JAMES ROAD, COLS, OH 43227, BENJAMIN F. “BENNY” WHITE, JR, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, (614)947-1123, whitesfh867.com.