Heaven Sent Heaven Received
6:07 a.m. MERIKA JANAE BLACKMON 6:07 p.m.
March 25, 1982 May 29, 2018
Merika Janae Blackmon born March 25, 1982 in Santa Clara, California.
Parents: Mertistine Bass-Williams and Lonzo Blackmon.
Heaven received her May 29, 2018 at Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, California.
Merika confessed her faith in Christ at age five and was baptized at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, EPA, California on June 6, 1987.
She was a member of Newlight Baptist Church Tracy, California.
Merika grew up in the San Jose Bay Area. She has resided in Tracy, California since 1997 where she graduated from Merrell West High School in 2000.
In 2001 Merika continued her education at Brook College in Long Beach, CA where she studied Graphic Designs.
Hobbies: Graphic Designs, Acting, Pageants, Theatre, Music & Reading.
Profession: Executive Management in Retail & Property Management.
Charity of Choice: Kiona Foundation – www.kionafoundation.org
Merika participated in local and state pageants…
Miss Teen, Los Angeles, CA – 1998
Crowned Queen at Faith MB Church – 1992
Crowned Miss Debutant at Faith MB Church – 1999
Merika was bold and vibrant with a contagious smile and loved her flip flops. Disneyland was her favorite place. She went as often as she could even when her health was failing. To her it was truly the “Happiest Place On Earth” and Goofy was her favorite character. Merika loved the Raiders & Nascar Racing & Country Music. Merika would do anything for her family. She fought a good fight all for the love of family.
Merika leaves to cherish her beautiful memories… Son: Zackery Pierce Blackmon – Tracy, CA. Mother: Mertistine Bass-Williams (Billy Williams) – South Bend, IN. Father: Lonzo Blackmon – San Jose, CA. Sister: Dr. Lakisha K. Jenkins (Aaron, Sr. – Tracy, CA) – Jamaica. Latanya Galloway (Dominic, Sr.) – Jackson, MS. Grandfather: Onie Bass, Sr. – Las Vegas, NV. Nieces: Jordalin S. Jenkins, Iliana R. Jenkins, Gianna M. Jenkins, Zhara Lin M. Jenkins – Jamaica. Daroy Galloway – Jackson, MS. Nephews: Aaron C. Jenkins II, Kianoa Jenkins – Jamaica. Dontae Smoot, Dominic Jr., Dazom Galloway – Jackson, MS. Companion: Tom Shurtz – Tracy, CA. Bonus daughters: Sakayla & Olivia Shurtz – Tracy, CA. Bonus siblings: Dena Williams & Catherine Williams – South Bend, IN. Billy Williams, Jr. – Vicksburg, MS. Ternisha S. (Michael) Caldwell. And a multitude of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Family and Friends. Preceded in death: Grandmothers: Thelma A. Bass & Eula M. Blackmon. Grandfather: Edward Blackmon, Jr. Niece: Kiona Tejan Jenkins