Erika Polk

Erika Polk

Erika Louise (Kay) Polk was born on December 29, 1966, in Sherman, Texas. She moved to Mansfield, Ohio at a young age where she was reared by her mother, Jarvis Polk Marsh, and her step-father, Eddie Marsh. Erika was a 1985 graduate of Malabar High School, and a graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, where she majored in chemical engineering. After graduation, Erika worked in the Mansfield public schools coaching track and field and basketball, and tutoring many students in math, sciences, and other subjects. Prior to moving to Mansfield, Ohio, Erika was a member of the Friendly Church of God in Christ, Sherman, TX. In the city of Mansfield, Erika was faithful and active in her church, The Oasis of Love Church of God in Christ, where she was a member of the trustee board, taught Sunday School, and worked in the children’s church. Erika also served as a Finance Officer for the Ohio North First Jurisdiction, Bishop Edward T. Cook, Prelate.

Erika leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Jarvis Polk Marsh of Mansfield, Ohio; Brothers, Elder Gerald Polk (Joetta) of Mansfield, and David Polk (Angela) of Sherman, Texas; Sister, Iris Medrano of Sherman; Nieces, Lashana Steele and Sylvia Hopson; Nephews, Dantreyus Hopson and Nieman Hughley. Among the loved ones who mourn her passing are uncles and aunts: Barbara Howard, James Polk, Mary Johnson, Carl Polk, Ben Polk, Jimmy Polk, Lavora Spencer, Leonard Polk, Terry Polk, Cheryl Polk, and Yana Bullard. Erika is also survived by numerous cousins and friends.

Visitation for Erika L. Polk will be held at 10 a.m. on March 4, 2022, at The Oasis of Love Church of God in Christ, 190 Chester Ave. Mansfield, Ohio. The Homegoing Celebration for Erika will follow at 11 a.m. Eulogist will be Elder Gerald Polk.

Interment at Mansfield Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages


    To the family of Erika Polk,

    I am sorry for your loss. I remember Erika as a young girl and I also worked with her in Mansfield City School. She was a very loving and kind person. I will continue to keep the family in prayer. I pray that God will give you the strength you need Jarvis. I love you and your family.
    May God Bless you

    • Kelley (Wagner) Wiese

      I played with Erika in high school basketball. My mom coached and I always secretly wished she didn’t get into foul trouble because I would have to sub in. She was such a kind and gentle person. She will be missed.

    • Constance Simms

      To the Polk family I’m praying for you all I love you all may God continue to bless and comfort you doing this time

  2. Kim Hairston-Dismuke

    Praying for the Family. She was a very pleasant and kind person. May God strengthen you.

  3. Patricia Harris Pride

    Sending my love and prayers to the Polk Family.

  4. Our deepest condolences to you in the loss of dear Erika. Please know that we are praying for God’s comfort and strength during this time.

  5. Debbie S Jefferson

    Such a beautiful person rest in peace and an paradise go e to soon

  6. Charles and Patti ( Cash) Ray

    Praying for the Family.

  7. Extending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family. We pray all your precious memories will help to lighten your hearts in the days to come.

    Rosie Jean, Elaine, Burke Jr, Clarence and Carmen

    • Elke D. Alexander

      Our sincere condolences to the family of Erika Polk. She was a wonderful and kind person with a great personality. I have fond memories of her at Greater St. John COGIC.
      Elke D. Alexander & Family

  8. Jametta Kennebrew

    Praying for the family. RIP Kay!!!

  9. Stefanie BaBa Caldwell

    My Deepest sympathy to your family. Erika was a lovely person. So much memories . Praying for your family.

  10. Deborah Butts

    Rick and Deborah Butts

    Our dear sister Kaye was such a special person she kept things real and we loved her for that.
    Family we are praying for you all. We will meet her again in heaven.

    Love Rick and Deb Butts

  11. The Woodson Family

    Always will remember her wonderful smile and beautiful demeanor. We will keep the family in our prayers, and always will keep Erika in our hearts. Love you to life always

  12. Sincere condolences to the Polk and Marsh families. May you find strength from God during this time of loss. Rest in paradise Kay. You will be missed.

  13. Garlan &Pat Mccruter sr

    We will miss Kay grateful to have known her may God forever bless her Memory

  14. Stephanie Marsh Brooks

    Praying for your strength during this time. So many special memories of Kay ( Sister Kelly ) as I called her. Strong in her faith , she ran a awesome race. Rest in peace cousin. Always in our hearts . Love you.

  15. Jeff, Roz, Willie Crittenden and Zonie McCowan

    Sincere condolences to the family! Rest in Heaven Kay! You lived a beautiful life!

  16. JacjquelineJohnsonj

    To the family, my heart felt condolences and prayers go out to you all. Kay will truly be remembered for her love of the Lord and her great quotes of the scriptures.

  17. Jakara L maclin

    I remember Mrs. Polk from school middle school. She was always a happy woman and was easily looked up to because of her happy soul. She will always be with remembered. Hay sista girl

  18. Brenda Feagin

    Condolence to the Polk and
    Marsh family.

    Brenda Feagin & family

  19. Barbara Simms

    Our Condolences to You and Family.
    May the Lord give You Comfort and Strength,
    during this difficult time.
    Prayer & Love
    Barbara Simms Family

  20. Joyce Jefferson


  21. Sussan Warner

    What a wonderful sister in the Lord. Sorry for the family loss. Offering prayers of comfort and virtual hugs of support.

  22. Jimmie (Mills) Gabriel

    Praying for the family doing this time.

  23. Lesley Hood Simpson

    My condolences to the Polk and Marsh families. Erika was a wonderful colleague and friend and I will forever cherish her memory. Prayers of comfort for all of you.

  24. Margie R Morris

    My sincere condolences to the Polk and
    Marsh families in the going home of Erika.

  25. Sabine (Peiker) Tetzloff

    I’m so sorry to hear about the the loss of Erika! She was such a sweet girl in high school. She will be greatly missed! God’s blessings to her family during this difficult time ❤️

  26. Minister Wenda Burnom

    Erika Kay will be missed. I will miss her at the Family reunions putting games together and laughing at us trying to do them. Erika was a sweet person who had a beautiful smile and love for people.

  27. Sorry to hear…. I have good memories of Erika from High School Days…. Prayers to all!

  28. Ms. Polk made a huge impact on my life. Occasionally she would substitute for my math teacher at John Simpson Middle School….she was only the few positive teachers we ever had and she played a huge part in disrupting the school to prison pipeline that existed in that school system during that time. I’m gonna miss you.

  29. Ms. Erika you had such a beautiful soul…I’ll miss our talks at the door at church, you always made sure Jordan was good… condolences to the family

  30. John & Diana Cooper

    Sis Marsh, Gerald & Joetta, and family,

    Our prayers and heart extend to you concerning the loss of Kay. Yet, our heart also leaps with joy knowing that in the sight of the Lord the death of His saints are precious. Kay is with our Lord and Savior Jesus, where we know that we will all one day be reunited.

    Please know that we offer you our condolences, prayers and love. Blessings to you our family.

    • Gerald and Jo Polk

      John and Fi

      We love and miss yall oh so very much. Praying for yall always. Keep us before the Lord.

  31. Rev Robert and Betty

    Condolences to the family of Erica Polk She was a woman of God very caring positive child of God
    She is safe in the arms of God now no more pain
    Keeping her Mom Jarvis Polk Marsh brother Elder Gerald and Joetta Polk and all other siblings lifted in prayer
    Your neighbors Rev Robert and Betty Edwards ❤️

  32. Our hearts are grieve of the great loss of Erika. She was a valuable asset to this community and to all she tried to help in making the community of people so much better. Our prayers are lifted for all the family and friends. Rev John Bessick & Family

  33. Joyce Jefferson

    My deepest condolences and prayers sent from my family to yours. Erika had a beautiful spirit that glowed around her. Rest In Heaven

  34. Teresa (Lindsay) Wynter

    My deepest condolences to the entire Polk family. I am so sad to hear of Kay’s departure. Growing up on the same street together, I have so many fond memories of her and her siblings! Our families were so bonded in so many ways! She will surely be missed but filled with so much love! Rest In Peace my dear Erika Kay for our Lord has a special place for you. My thoughts and prayers are with Ms Jarvis, Gerald, Davis & Iris.

  35. Niesha Lindsay

    Sending Love and Light to the family during this time of transition. May God continue to comfort you.

  36. Phyliss Jefferson

    To the Marsh, Polk Family
    Today & always may loving memories of Erika bring you Peace, Comfort and Strength.

  37. Gwen and Chester Butler

    Heartfelt sympathy to the Polk Family. Prayers to you all. Beautiful young lady.

  38. Sylvia Chatfield Boyd

    My Deepest Sympathy to the Polk Family. You will be missed.

  39. Jarvis, Gerald, Iris & David, Our Love and Prayers to you during this time of loss. We were with you in heart and spirit on today. I was able to join the Service On-line and saw most of it. We are here for you at all times. Your Texas Family Jimmy, Janet, Jr., & Jaquita Polk

  40. Louise Selmon

    My Condolences to Jarvis and the Polk family may God strengthen you during this challenging time.

  41. Kimberly Thompson

    Sending my condolences for the family

  42. Rev. Crystal J. Payne

    To Mrs. Marsh, Elder Gerald & Jonetta and family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers in the loss of Ms. Polk. I’ll never forget her love servant’s heart, sense of humor, and the kindness she showed to my family.

    Rev. Crystal J. Payne

  43. Wilma Jones Watkins

    To Jarvis and the Polk Family, So sorry for your loss. Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Praying for the family. Wilma and James “Smooth” Watkins

  44. Peace! Ms Polk! I could only Call Her Kay! At church! and Family!Gatherings!

  45. Johnson Family

    My prayers go out to you and the family
    We will miss kay. I love you sis and the
    rest of family.

  46. Martha Winn Turner

    To Jarvis and family, I send my sincerest condolences to you all. May God and his son Jesus Christ be your strength though your sorrow. Wishing you peace, comfort, and lots of love at this time. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Words can’t describe how sorry I am for the passing of your love one. My prayers are with you all.

  47. Sending Prayers from Sherman TX. I am truly sadden to hear of Erica’s passing. My heartfelt Condolences to my family in Ohio.I will always remember Erica’s warm spirit when she would visit. God Bless You My Family And Give You Strength. R.I.P Erica. LOVE YALL!! Pamela Green and Family Of Ollie Mae Douglas ❤

  48. Melissa Scruggs

    Melissa Scruggs, her beautiful smile will be missed.


    To the Polk family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace Kay! Your Texas friends, Antoinette Ray (Ann), LaRhonda Jackson (Rhonda) and Louise Jones.

  50. Ruthie Johnson

    To the Family of Erika Louise (Kay) Polk ,
    Jarvis, you are all in our prayers during this difficult and trying time. I am going to miss Kay and her beautiful smile and the funny things she use to say to us riding home with her from Church, (Third Sunday was our day)! There is one thing that is for certain, Kay is in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and He will see you through. Take care and may God Bless you and keep you!
    With Love,
    Ruthie Johnson and Family

  51. Millicent Bolden

    To Erika’s family,
    You all have my deepest condolences during this time. May God always give you all comfort and understanding as to His calling her home. God is still in control. To be absent in this life , is to be present with HIM! Rest on from your labors

  52. The Jones Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Rest in peace Kay.

    Antoinette Ray, LaRhonda Jackson and Louise Jones

  53. Cheryl Jefferson



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