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Kamaria Oni Royster
August 28, 1973 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 50) 50 Years Old
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Kamaria Oni Royster, a radiant soul born in Chicago, IL on August 28, 1973, entered this world as a beacon of joy to the Mother of Terry Bell and Father of Benjamin Royster. From the earliest days of her life, Kamaria's infectious smile illuminated every room she entered, earning her the endearing nickname "Mari" by her father. Which would later transform into the cherished moniker "Morie."
Predominantly raised on the Southeast Side of Chicago, Kamaria's heart held a special place for the Delta of Mississippi, a love sparked during her formative years spent with her grandmother, Mrs. Roberta Royster, lovingly known as "Mur Dear." These experiences shaped her deep affection for the Delta.
In her High School Years, Kamaria, fondly earned the nickname "K-Mac" for her remarkable "Gift of Gab" and charming personality, which showcased her way with words. Whether spitting rhymes or delivering quick one-liners, she had a magnetic presence that could either leave you shaking your head or laughing hysterically. In 1991, she graduated from Bowen High School and pursued her dream at Jackson State University, her cherished HBCU.
Life took Kamaria back to Chicago after a while, where she worked at Ada S. McKinley. In August of 1999, her life changed forever with the arrival of her daughter, Kyndal Mariana, born in the same month that held Kamaria's own birthday celebrations.
Motherhood became Kamaria's source of pride and joy, prompting her to decide to move back south to provide her daughter with a life away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. She settled in Shelby, working as a Correctional Officer at Parchman Prison, where her no-nonsense attitude left an indelible mark. Kamaria attended Cahoma College, earning an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, She became a fixture in "The Sip," fostering friendships from all walks of life and becoming an active member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.
The passing of her older brother Kovin whom she was extremely close brought Kamaria back to her roots in Chicago, Also, strengthening her bond with her eldest sister Monica whom she affectionately called “Big Mama”. She took pride in keeping tabs on her, “Our Mama” and Brandon. She also enjoyed keeping up with the latest “Mississippi Chronicles” with her Aunt Verdell and Godmother Evon. Determined to complete her college degree, she enrolled at Chicago State University, eventually settling in Michigan City, IN, while working as a Health Care Manager for T.H. Danfore.
On the winter Saturday afternoon of January 6, 2024, Kamaria peacefully departed this earth at the age of 50. Our beloved “K-Mac” has transitioned from this earthly existence leaving behind cherished memories She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Henry & Roberta Royster, Teresa & Kenneth Bell, siblings Kharmell Ebah & Kovin Bell, a close cousin Rhonda Pitts, and a beloved baby boy, Kylen, who rests in Heaven.
Kamaria is survived by her beloved daughter, Kyndal M. Pointer, her mother Terry Bell, father Benjamin A. Royster & step-mother Michelle Royster, bonus mom and confident Barbara Conway, sisters Monica Bell, Millicent Gran, Jacqueline Barnes, Belicia & Melissa Royster, brothers Brandon Burnette, Benjamin Royster II, a special aunt Myra Royster and cousin Christopher Pitts, adorned nieces Brooklyn & Blayr and great nieces Azaria, Peyton & Lani, a close nephew Kovin Bell II, great nieces Peyton & Lani, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and co-worker. Kamaria Oni Royster will be truly missed, her spirit forever alive in the hearts of those who were touched by her kindness, laughter, and unwavering love. For her light will continue to shine in all who knew her. May she rest in eternal peace.
Interment will be private. Please keep the family in your prayers.