On Sunday, June 20, 2021, our “Sunshine” transitioned from this earth to her eternal rest. As painful as this was for us as a family of believers, we stand on the word in 2 Corinthians 5:8, which reads, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
Nina was my little sister in life and ministry. Watching her champion what many succumbed to, was a testiment to faith and knowledge of her purpose on earth. She will forever be with me as the “voice of reason”. – Apostle Valerie Burrell
Nina was always smiling, happy, and energetic. She would encourage others to become the absolute best version of themselves possible. She taught me to see the best in every circumstance, and to always trust in God, no matter what. She was an integral part of the Empowerment Place, and she will be dearly missed. – Angela Elazier
Sunshine is the most perfect name for you. During the darkest days, your rays cept through the darkness and reminded me that better days were ahead. I loved your analyzing spirit. You brought perspective to our reunions. You brought genuine love and ahppiness to each of us. During your weakest days, you were strong. Through the aches and pains, you were attentive and willing to teach and learn.
You search “strength” in the dictionary and there we will find your picture. You took none of the credit for anything, always glorifying and honoring God. Phenomenal woman of God, Child of God, mother, sister, auntie, and friend. Aunt Nina, I am thankful for the pandemic we experienced TOGETHER! I am thankful because it brought me to you, and you to me. I gained an aunt, and you gained a crybaby niece.
I LOVE YOU! I know you’re at peace, fully healed, and looking down on us today. Continue to shine your BRIGHT ligt, Sunshine! – Deneysha Goods
The Bible tells us that darkness cannot overcome light. I know this to be true for everywhere that Nina (our “Sunshine”) was, there was nothing but light. She shined with every word of encouragement she gave. She shined with her infectious smile that made your feel it was going to be okay. She shined by making the unlvoed feel loved, the hopeless experience hope.
I smile more from having experienced her joy, been a recipient of her kindness, and enveloped by her love. I am better for having known her. The essense of Nina, like a sweet smelling fragrance, will last always. Shine bright.
I’m not going to lie Auntie, I’m struggling to process the fact that I won’t hear you say “hey sweetie” when I call…or the fact that I won’t be able to come sit by your bed after work and vent about literally anything, without feeling any judgment, knowing that when I left, my load would feel a lot lighter.I had a conversation with God a few weeks ago, and I told him that although I definitely wasn’t ready to loose you, I certainly didn’t want you struggling, and asked that he give me peace if he decided that your assignment here on earth was done. Now that you’re gone, that is still my prayer.I know God doesn’t make mistakes, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t one of the times that I didn’t question the formula by which he decides who to take and who to let live. But, the fact that you didn’t complain or question his will throughout all of this, I believe will help me eventually make peace with it too.I love you so much. I am so thankful for every bit of you that you poured into me (and Carter). I am the woman I am, the mother I am, the attorney I am, the person I am, because of you and the love, encouragement, and correction you gave. I promise I will continue to believe in myself like you believed in me and to do better at recognizing that I am deserving of my seat at the table. I promise I will do my best to continue to make your proud. Please keep shining your rays of sunshine down on us please until we meet again.
– Tiffany M. Webb