Avis Denise Newsom

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Avis Denise Newsom

August 26, 1964 - September 10, 2018

Avis Denise Newsom, 54, entered into her eternal rest on Sept. 10, 2018, at St. Vincent Anderson Hospital following a courageous fight with Leiomyoscarcoma (a rare form of cancer). She was surrounded by a host of loving family and friends as she made her transition.
Avis was the youngest of four children born Aug. 26, 1964, in Anderson, to Frank Eugene and Mary Jane (Weatherly) Newsom.
She was baptized at Wallace Temple A.M.E. Zion Church and began her spiritual walk as a "Bud of Promise." She continued to attend both Wallace Temple and Sherman Street Church of God. As an adult, she became a member of Eastern Star Church, Fishers, where she served as an usher.
Avis attended Anderson Public Schools and graduated from Madison Heights High School class of 1982. She attended Indiana University and received her BA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
She enjoyed a variety of work experiences including The Herald Bulletin newspaper in Anderson, Resorts Condominiums International (RCI) at "The Pyramids," Angie's List, and ADT, all of Indianapolis.
Her favorite pastime was traveling. However, she also loved to read, listen to music, play golf, dance and visit with family and friends.
She was a sorority member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Epsilon Omega Chapter of Anderson. Avis would often state "I had to be an AKA....the best in all the world!!!...Loving the day that I became a Classy AKA."
Avis's passing creates a great family loss. She will be greatly missed by her mother, Mary Jane Newsom; her siblings, Francienne (James) Brice of Tyler, Texas, Kirk (Barbara) Newsom of Frisco, Texas, Deanna (Nathan) Palmer of Fishers, Michael (Ellen) Kelley of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Stanley Kelley of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Nadine Kelley- Williams of Austell, Georgia; nieces, Kateeda Redd of Katy, Texas, Mercedes Rogers of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Deandra and Breanna McNeese of Fishers; great-nieces and nephews, Makayla, Javier (Avis's God son), Kennedy, Morgan, Dallas and DeMarkas.
Also, aunts, Shirley Weatherly, Carolyn Scott and Frances Weatherly; uncles, William J. Newsom, Clifton D. Holt, Gregory Kellam Scott and Charles Robertson; and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Newsom.
A Celebration of Avis' Life will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Sherman Street Church of God, 1925 Sherman St., Anderson. The Rev. Ragen B. Mitchell will officiate.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. prior to the Service.
The family wishes to thank all medical providers for their tender loving care, especially Dr. Mares and the Intensive Care Unit and the Cancer Center's Medical Oncology, Radiation and Chemotherapy staffs of St. Vincent Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choosing in Avis' name.
Published on September 13, 2018
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Karla Sanders, RN
Sep 17, 2018
The family will continue to be in my prayers. I didn’t get to speak with Avis, but I’m absolutely sure that she felt very loved by her family and friends. You all were amazing in your dedication to her. Sincerely, Nurse Karla
Julia Lewis
Sep 17, 2018
We the Lewis Family would like to send our condolence, you and your Family doing this time, I am a childhood/classmate. Sending prayers for the Family.
Traci (Tilford) Gorden
Sep 16, 2018
Avis was my first childhood friend. Seems like yesterday we were riding our new bikes or playing jacks. She had a beautiful spirit, bright smile and those beautiful long ponytails. Heaven has received another Angel. May God Bless all those she Loved and who Loved her. Traci
Rochele Terry
Sep 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
Veronica (Rhanie) Freeman
Sep 15, 2018
Avis was beautiful inside and out. Though miles away, we would sometimes talk for hours. Serenity and calmness in conversation with my my dear cousin. Years ago on a shopping spree, upon my last visit home I bought her a perfume which later became her favorite scent(DK). each time I smell it, now I'll think of her. The world is not going to be the same without you & heaven is much brighter.
Catherine Marcella Steans
Sep 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss condolences to the family. May God continue to comfort you.
Jeffrey Sawyer
Sep 15, 2018
I've always admired all of the Newsom children. Avis was the youngest, and I always enjoyed her inner and outer beauty. My condolences to the entire family, and much love to all of you.
Rev Roy & Sherry Warren & Family
Sep 15, 2018
Francienne & Kirk, "So glad that we know the end of the story: ...To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord."
Francienne, as our First Lady, you have shown remarkable strength, courage & leadership throughout difficult times. Kirk, your quiet strength helps to bring peace & comfort. God bless your Mom, Deanna & family. We love you, our Pastor & Barbara.
Veronica Montgomery
Sep 14, 2018
Nadine my prayers are with you and family in the loss of your Sister Avis. May God bless you and keep you in his prayers. Know Avis is no longer suffering and she is now with the Lord. God bless. Vicki
Lisa Gathright
Sep 14, 2018
Kirk, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. Praying for your safe travels and return home from Indiana where your Corelogic family will be waiting to console you through this difficult time. Prayers for you and your family.
Lynne Johnson/RCI
Sep 14, 2018
It was wonderful to have known Avis.She was kind and sweet and will surely be missed. My sincere condolences to her family.
Carol Shanks
Sep 14, 2018
My friend, Nadine Williams, told me of this sad loss. Please find comfort and strength in the words of Jesus Christ found at JOHN 5:28,29 and 6:30.
I offer my sincere condolences.
Carol/Austell, Ga.
Ernest Wilson
Sep 14, 2018
Avis, Thank You for being a great friend. In you we lost a wonderful and kind person. Rest in Peace my friend and God bless your family.