Anita M. Peaks

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Anita Michelle Peaks, age 62, of Columbus, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on May 6, 2024, at the Ohio State Hospice Facility. She was born on January 20, 1962, in Columbus, Ohio, to Cary Leonard and Helen Marie Peaks.

Anita graduated from Central High School in June 1980, receiving an award from the City of Columbus for thirteen years of perfect attendance, getting recognition from the Columbus Dispatch. Anita retired from The Department of Taxation on October 31, 2014 where she worked for 30 years.

When she was able, she started attending Greater Christ Temple (GCT) under the pastorate of Bishop Wayne Moore, Sr. She wanted to join GCT, but as her health declined, she wasn’t able to. Bishop and Lady Moore visited her in the hospital on Saturday, April 27, and when he found out that was her intention, he extended the right hand of fellowship and welcomed her to the GCT family.

Prior to joining Greater Christ Temple, she was a faithful member of New Generation under the pastorate of Pastor Maurice Jackson. Anita grew up and got her Christian foundation at Ebenezer Baptist Church under the late pastorate of Rev L.C. Brown Sr. Anita accepted Christ on January 20, 1997. She was not afraid to share Christ with anyone she met. Whenever she was at the hospital she would witness to doctors, nurses, and custodian workers. She would always tell them that she wanted to see them in heaven one day.

Anita is predeceased by her father, Cary L. Peaks; maternal grandparents, James and Eula Lee Patrick; paternal grandparents, Tyree and Mary Peaks; one brother, Keith Logan; three sisters, Angela Peaks, Zelda Griffin, and Doris Redd; one brother-in-law; William Redd, II.

Anita leaves to cherish her memory forever, mother, Helen Marie Peaks; daughter, Carissa Shanea Nichole Peaks; brother, Cary “CJ” Peaks; sister, Renea (Fred) Ortiz; twin sister, Annette Peaks; adopted brother, Dauris Peaks; nieces, Alicia Redd, Terese Griffin, Kanetha Russell, Tamika Redd, Felicia (Melvin) Hunter, all of Columbus, Ohio; and Angela Griffin, North Richland Hills, TX; nephews, William Redd, III, Marcus (Candace) Peaks, all of Columbus, Ohio and James Peaks, Nova Scotia, Canada; two aunts, Blanche Peaks and Ruth Patrick (Atlanta GA); special friends; Kathy Peaks, Caprina Braxton, Lillian Burger and Ruby Jones; spiritual mom, Evangelist Sherman and spiritual mentor, Evangelist McMillian; and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Celebration of Life; Visitation 9:00am and Funeral 10:00am Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Gospel Lighthouse Church, 600 Frebis Ave.

Interment 12:00pm Monday, May 20, 2024 at Greenlawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. I had the pleasure of knowing Sister Peaks from New Generation..such a beautiful soul and could play those bongo’s..Rest well my beautiful sister♥️

    • Jamelin Wilson

      Anita used to work for me. She had one of the best smiles and loved to share the Lord. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful person.

  2. Mike & Deborah Swayne

    Praying for the family of Anita (our neighbor). Weeping May Endure For A Night, But JOY Does Come In The Morning. May you all be comforted during your time of bereavement.

    God Bless,

  3. Shirley Sherman

    Anita and I had a great time during her last few years on this side of the earth we have laugh together and we have cried together, and we praised God together. Anita was truly a saint of God. She wanted everybody to be saved and she shared her lifetime story with those that she witnesses too. She called me her spiritual mother because we shared the word of God together. When she was in doubt of something she would call me, and I would always say what the word said about the situation. She would start laughing and say Mother Sherman the battle is not mind it does belong to the Lord. and we will go to the scripture and let the word of God tale the truth. To family you have my condolence of your loss, but this one thing Anita is where she wanted to be. She fought a good fight of faith, and she didn’t let go. She will be miss but her spirit will live on through us. Her last word would be I love you. Anita will always want to celebrate in memory of the Lord broken body shed Blood. Regardless of if she was in the hospital, she will say don’t forget to bring me the Lord Supper,
    so, her sister and other family members we shared her last supper on May 5, 2024. Now Rest! I love You but God love you more and I will miss you,
    Minister Shirley Sherman

  4. Thomasina Wilson

    I’m honored to have met Sis. Anita who was a gentle soul I’m praying for your strength as her natural family .., take joy in knowing that although she’s absent from her body – she is now present with the Lord!

  5. Santia' Robinson (previously wallace)

    Anita and I met YEARS ago when I attended New Generation church. She was always smiling when she saw me! Such a warm, beautiful spirited woman. She didn’t play though lol
    Anita keep in touch with me throughout the years when I left Columbus. I THANK GOD I WAS PRIVILEGED TO KNOW YOU ANITA! MAY YOU BE AT REST AND YOUR DAUGHTER, MOTHER AND FAMILY BE AT PEACE ❤️

  6. Tyrone Taylor

    My condolences to the family prayers always

  7. My Condolences to her daughter, Mother and Family Anita was a true child of God I met her at New Generation Church and her smile pulled you in to her and I loved to talk to her about her braiding skills and her walk with God , Anita you made it home Rest In Paradise you earned your place.

  8. Anthony ( Tony) and wife Leone GRIFFIN

    To (GOD) be the glory! One more Saint get’s to enter in. HALLALUA HALLALUA HALLALUA . To the family, the Griffin sends our condolences of the home going of Anita. We celebrate the life she had on earth, but we shout with a voice of triumph Anita Anita Anita is shouting back to us, saying don’t worry about me! I’m with the King of Kings.

  9. I am so very so to hear of Anita’s passing. I worked with her at Taxation and she was always full of joy and praise. She was just the sweetest. And had such a caring heart. I’m really going to miss her daily inspirational Face Book post. Heaven has truly gained a soldier.

  10. Annette,
    I am SO sorry to hear of the passing of your sister and my cousin, Anita. Please let all my family members know that I am praying for you all, May the peace that surpasses all understanding be yours during this difficult time. Much love to you all!

    • My deepest sympathy to Carissa and the Peaks family. May the Lord grant you peace in the passing of your mother. She will always be in your heart.

  11. Trudace Woolridge

    I’m Going To Miss My Friend, My Sister In Christ At New Generation Church Without Walls. I’m Truly Grateful For The Years We Spent Together. Rest Beautifully In The Arms,Of God Anita. I Love You Dearly. And I Will Continue To Pray For Yor Family.

  12. Kimberly Sue Davis

    RIP Anita, my sincere condolences to the family and I pray that God give everyone’s strength Anita was a beautiful woman and woman of God and to everyone that she had in contact with . I mean it truly is going to be missed to such a beautiful woman she will call me We have good conversations we’ll be on the phone for a long period of time but she’s strong and she’s going to be all right Love you Anita

  13. Patricia Allen

    I am SO sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. Please let all of your family members know that the Allen, Ward and Brown family is praying for you all, May the peace that surpasses all understanding be yours during this difficult time. Much love to you all!

  14. I want to send my deepest sympathy CJ to you and the family my prayers are with you all at this very difficult time, loosing a loved one makes our hearts ach and we are never ready to let go but ,she will be with you always in your memories and heart she is a Beautiful soul and a amazing women and and you will see each other again one sweet day,may she R.I.P ❤️

  15. Kanetha Russell (Peaks)

    I am SO HURT that my Aunt Anita has passed away. We talked and texted so much and we enjoyed our family time together. She taught me so much growing up. I know my Aunt is smiling in heaven now and she meant a lot to our family. There were so many good memories that we will forever keep in our hearts. She will never be forgotten and I will miss her so much. I love and miss you Auntie ♥️

    Thanks for everyone’s prayers and we love you all.

  16. Nan (Johnson) Curtis

    On behalf of the Baltimore cousins , we want to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your loved one Anita. Her physical presence will be missed, but, her spiritual presence will always be with you. May the peace and love of GOD be with each of you, and the memories of Anita bring joy to your hearts in the days and years to come! We love you!

    • Rev. Dr. Gloria Wade Dillon

      To all of our precious family in the promotion of Anita from earth to Glory, we extend heartfelt condolences!!! We know she is now resting peacefully in The arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus The Christ! Be encouraged and strengthened by the Lord and precious memories!!! Anita was a true soldier of The Cross and a Follower of The Lamb!!! Much love to all,

      Cousin Gloria

  17. Hugh Williams

    I met Anita when we worked for Ohio Taxation. She was very attractive with her braids, earrings and gold dental work. She had a wonderful smile and laugh.
    The most attractive part was her love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She told everyone about the Lord and wanted us to have a personal relationship. I’m forever grateful for her love towards me and everybody she came in contact.
    To the family. She is no longer in pain. Cherish fond memories. Find comfort in family and friends. Also “the LORD is close to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18). RIP Anita

  18. Charles Towns Jr

    How can you love someone that you rarely see?
    It’s when you know without a doubt, that where ever they are ,they love and are thinking of you!
    That is my Cousin ,Anita Peaks!
    I love you, Man Towns.

  19. Eric & LaKisha Thompson

    May the grace of God cover the family in this time of loss. Anita will be missed by everyone that has met her because she is unforgettable.

    Family find comfort in knowing Anita is no longer suffering on this earth and will be called up at the sound of the trumpet.

  20. Larry & Linda Griffin

    To the Family of Sister Anita, we extend our thoughts and prayers! We didn’t personally know Sis. however, through the many prayer requests from her twin sister, Annette, we came to know her in spirit. Another flower picked from God’s garden so we celebrate the life of a woman who knew and loved God.

  21. Larry & Linda Griffin

    To the Family of Sister Anita, we extend our thoughts and prayers! We didn’t personally know Sis.; however, through the many prayer requests from her twin sister, Annette, we came to know her in spirit. Another flower picked from God’s garden so we celebrate the life of a woman who knew and loved God.

  22. To CJ and the entire Peaks family. My condolences and prayers go out to you today for the loss of Anita. For over 50 years I have always considered you as my family and I share your grief. Anita always had a smile which was contagious because she never met a stranger. She is where she wants to be with her Savior.

  23. The Hubbard Family

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Anita, As a family we have very fun memories of her in the alley having a rock war,/ jumping rope, playing together. It’s wonderful to know that she grew up to be an awesome, woman,. Mother friend at all around Faithful Christian. I know she will be missed by all who love and have known her.

  24. Her favorite Great Niece Kyra

    Auntie I am so sorry this happened to you. I am going to miss our phone calls and text. I know you’re in heaven rambling to someone about something. Even though I am a thousand miles away, everything lately has reminded me of you. Thank you for keeping all my secrets like you always promised you would. Thanks for being an ear to listen when I needed to ramble. Family time won’t be the same without you. I know you’re proud of me up there because I’m growing my hair back out. Rest in peace my love. See you in my dreams. I love you and promise to make fun of uncle Cj every chance I get

    PS… who’s lap was you sitting on in that picture auntie

  25. Shanel Anderson

    Sending my deepest condolences to the Peaks family. Cousin Clarissa your mother will forever hold a special place in my heart. Anita’s spirit will live on forever. Praying for your strength during this difficult time.


    My Auntie…
    I’m going to miss your physical presence, our conversations, your greetings walking in and saying “Heyyyyyy, how you?”, with your smile immediately followed with a hug!! I’m going to miss playfully teasing you about your fish nets and you telling me, “Marcus you are a trip” always told me “Be nice, and watch your mouth”, but you always listened and let us be “US” without judgement!!! you always was my cheerleader!!!! All in all I know you was a strong woman who stood firm in your Foundation & belief!!! You loved unconditionally!!!! Even though we won’t be graced with you physical presence, I know the END = (Energy Never Dies) is not the end because I overstand the supernatural essence that drives our fleshly vehicles (BODY)!! I have our memories that will always be with me!!! When you called me to vent , I told you many times that you was a Queen/Goddess and always believe in YOU and the Power of your existence, and never look outside yourself for validation from Anybody but YOU!! YOU poured into us, so it’s only right to pour back into you!!! Your Nine Ether presence will always be uplifting and surrounding us all!!! You was such a warrior and I whispered in your ear at the hospital and reminded you it’s about you and don’t worry about anything but yourself cause it’s about you, and if you ready to just transition into your (“true self”)supernatural state ….it’s ok and don’t worry about Carissa, you raised her to be strong and she has a loving family and we got her!! We all love you Aunty!!!

    To all Thanks for your love & support as we celebrated an angel!!!

  27. Beverly A Joiner

    To Carissa and the family of Anita Peaks, I express my deepest condolences to you. I met Anita at NG, and she was a student at Central High School and found out that she was Carissa’s Mother. I knew Carissa as a student at East High School. I will say that Anita was a sweet soul. I knew I missed her from church but didn’t know the circumstances. She was a great person and I know that she loved the Lord. You could tell. She could really play the bongo drums, ( I think that was the name) rarely missed church services. Carissa, am so sorry for your loss, but keep the Faith and stay strong in the Lord. My prayers will continue for you and your family.

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