Kourtnee Michelle Ivery


Kourtnee was born on July 9, 2002 to Sheldon L. Ivery, Sr. and Karla M. Minnefield.  Kourtnee left this world too soon on January 13, 2023.  Kourtnee was twenty years old, her short life in this world, she had accomplished so much; and, had plans on achieving so so much more.

Kourtnee graduated from Columbus North International High School and was bi-lingual in Spanish, studied French and was in the Sign Language Club.  She also graduated from The Columbus Downtown High School where she studied and received her Cosmetology certificate, all in 2020.

Kourtnee was always the life of a family gathering. For so many years she was the youngest family member. She loved to sing and actually was very good.  Kourtnee was an artist, she spent time drawing and painting.  She loved makeup and was exceptional at applying it.  Kourt was exposed to different sports and activities growing up but loved her ballet and dance with Theatre Street Dance Academy and CDance Company.  Kourt especially loved her cat Darth and spending time with her many friends whom she loved dearly.  If you knew her, you knew she was a Daddy’s girl and it showed, but most of all, her first bff, her loving and caring big Brother Sheldon.  Their bond was tight.  Sheldon was her protector, and she was her brother’s keeper.

Kourtnee was preceded in death by, paternal great-grandfather, John B. Harris and great-grandmother, Alma “Nana Banana” Ivery; grandfather and grandmother, Ronald and Daisy Ivery; great-grandfather and great grandmother Pack and Fanny Fuller; maternal grandmother, Sandra L. “Me-maw” Cousins; grandfather, Karl M. Gibson; great grandfather Lloyd and grandmother Pauline E. “Sug “Dunston; and great grandfather Henry and great grandmother, Georgia Gibson

Kourtnee leaves behind to cherish her memory, father, Sheldon L. Ivery, Sr.; mother. Karla M. (Warren) Minnefield II; brother, Sheldon L. Ivery, Jr.; grandfather, Calvin (Karen) Cousins; grandmother, Phyllis Ivery; uncles, Frank (Diana) Blacksher of Zionsville, IN and Rodney Blacksher; aunts, Maria Harmon, Lynette (Kevin) Berry all of Columbus, OH and Lisa James of Los Angeles, CA; several great aunts, great uncles, cousins and too many special friends to name.

It takes a village to raise a child, we were blessed to have a village that included family, friends, teachers and neighbors.  You all had a hand in the woman “Kourt” became, and for that we are truly grateful.


Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Sunday, January 22, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Carla, Little Sheldon and the rest of the family, please know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers.. Kourtnee (Ms Sunshine) was very dear to us and a very special participant in the AfterSchool BibleSchool Program. Know that God is in control He will continue to comfort you as you cherish the precious memories. With Much Love, Ms Carolyn and The Holmes Family

  2. To the family of Kourtnee Ivery, I am saddened by the news of her sudden passing. Please know I am praying for the entire Ivery family. I remember Kourtnee with such fondness when I volunteered at Tray Lee Center. What a sweet, quizzative, funny young lady with a beautiful smile. I admired her smarts and charm.

    The Bible tells us “To be absent in the Body is to be present with the Lord” 2Corinthians 5:8 Kourtnee is now in Heaven worshipping the Almighty God.
    Rest in Heaven Dear One.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Ms. Minda K McCoy

  3. I extend my deepest and most sincere condolences to the entire Ivery family. I’m positive your grief feels unpalpable.
    Know that God uses tragedy for His will, and His will is right, holy and perfect. Sorrow may come in the night, but joy comes in the morning.

  4. Favorite Cousin Karla and Family, We wanted to send our heartfelt condolences and prayers and ❤️ to you guy’s ! Love and God Bless ! Rita O Fletcher and Family

  5. Love and condolences to the family of Kourtnee. We are praying for your strength in this difficult time. Just know that God is in control. We love you guys. Yvonne Carroll and family from Louisiana

  6. Praying for her family so truly sorry she is truly going to be missed by her postal family

  7. Gregory & Carolyn Napier

    We are praying for our family. What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. We feel so blessed that Kourtnee was part of our family. We are keeping you all in our warmest thoughts as you navigate this difficult time — and wishing you hope and healing when you’re ready. With love.

  8. My the family and friends have comfort in knowing we have you in our prayers in this time of sorrow.

    Revelation 21:4 gives us comfort in know God will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”


  9. I send my condolences to everybody in Kourtnee’s Family. She was definitely the light in peoples lives and a very sweet girl. No matter how far away I moved she always checked on me and I checked on her. She was my first best friend at CSIA. From all the sleepovers we had to just the simple late night talks. Ill never forget her.

  10. Kimberly Toler-Tremble

    Karla and family, I extend my heartfelt condolences to you and the family. May God grant you comfort and peace during this very difficult time.

    Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8

  11. Lynnet Henderson

    Tommy & Lynnett Henderson and Family
    Through this time cuz we are believing God to do what he does best. As the comforter, our strength, and our peace, we trust him to be all that all our family needs him to be during this time. Truly Kourtnee will be missed, be ever encouraged family, we love you. Our deepest condolences and prayers.

    The Henderson Family

  12. I send my deepest condolences to the family. I am a teacher and I knew Kourtnee when she attended CSIA. My you find comfort, solace and peace.

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