Celestine D. Broom was born to the parents Ollie Dunn Davis and Justin Lee Davis on October 25, 1945, at Charity hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, and she came to Kansas City as a baby. She was raised in Kansas City, attending Attucks, W.W. Yates, Charles Sumner, Carver, and Longfellow grade schools. She also attended Lincoln, Jr., and Lincoln High. She graduated from Central High School in 1963. Her first job was working at General hospital. Even before graduating from school she attended Junior College, thinking that she was interested in becoming a nurse. She loved caring for the sick. She became a nurse aide, working at Trinity Lutheran and St. Mary’s hospitals. She also worked for the Election Board starting when Obama was elected, wanting to be a part of his history. She served as an election judge. She then worked for Western Electric – AT&T for many years until they had a big layoff. She attended Longview College while working there.
After the layoff, she attended K.C. Medical College. She graduated and became a medical assistant. She did this for a couple of years. She then went to work for Sunshine Biscuits, Keebler, and Kelloggs. She worked there for many years. She loved reading, making cakes, fudge, and spending time with her family. She loved life and thought there was never enough hours in the day to do everything she wanted to do. After retirement, she would always say “this is my time now and it is very precious”.
She was baptized at St. Stephen Baptist church as a child. She joined City of Hope and then Concord Baptist. Her favorite scripture was The Lord is My Shepherd.
She was married to Evans Broom and two sons were born in this relationship.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Justin and Ollie Davis, two sisters and two brothers.
She leaves to mourn: her two sons, Mark and Jason Broom; two sisters, Minnie Henson (John Henson), Sonia Davis; one brother, Jerry Davis; six grandchildren, Diontay and Dimitri Broom, Elise and Elon Genet, and Maryon and Kylah.
Services will be held at Watkins Heritage Chapel on Saturday, November 21st. Interment Forest Hill and Calvary Cemetery. Services will stream at: mstcsunset.com
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