Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement regarding the death of her former Chief of Staff Kathi Wilkes:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my former Chief of Staff Ms. Kathi Wilkes. Kathi started in my office as a Legislative Assistant and worked her way all the way up to Chief of Staff in my Washington, DC office.
“It is natural, even necessary, to grieve in times such as this, when a loved one or a close friend such as Kathi suffers such an untimely passing. It is tough to grasp the reality that we will never see Kathi’s face again, or hear her voice. But in these times, remember that The Almighty knows our pain of missing Kathi, and that her passing will not be in vain.
“2 Corinthians 5: 8 – ‘And we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.’ Everyone speaks about Kathi’s kind and caring spirit, her vivacious laugh and I am confident that she is still with us in spirit, watching and caring for us all.
“Thank you, Kathi Wilkes for your energy and willingness to help others. It was through your efforts in my office that we were able to get the first statue of an African American woman, Sojourner Truth to be placed in the Halls of the Capitol. You did it with commitment, love and perseverance. It’s partly because of you that our Capitol is now lined with great a symbol of past leaders such as Sojourner Truth and that statue now serves as an inspiration to the Members, staff and visitors who walk through its halls. Kathi made America a better place for all persons of all races, religions, and backgrounds. Kathi was a mentor to hundreds, a role model to thousands, and a hero to many. Kathi was an original. I am glad to count her as a friend and sister.
“Kathi Wilkes will be missed greatly. She will forever be in our hearts and may God bless her family and may she rest in peace. Kathi Wilkes leaves behind her mother, son and grand daughter and a host of relatives including friends from Ohio and Houston and the many friends in Washington with whom she explored the world with.”
Services to be held at:
Alfred Street Baptist Church
301 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 – 1:30pm