Celebrating the Life of
Sunrise: October 7, 1978 – Sunset: February 1, 2021
Keisha Amelia (Sanders) Gilliam went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12 noon at St. Mary’s Mercy Hospital in Livonia. She died at 42 years of age from complications of MS (multiple sclerosis). Keisha was born to Dina Harris and Alex Sanders on October 7, 1978 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended Lincoln Elementary School and Calvary Christian Academy in Ypsilanti. She went on to attend Huron High School where she graduated.
Dina Harris married Alex Sanders and to their union was born three (3) children. Alexander (Bryant), Kyle and Keisha Sanders. Dina later married Gerald (Rick) Harris and to this union was born, Gerald Harris, Jr.
Keisha had a smile that made others smile. She gave hope and love every day. Keisha was an entrepreneur. She helped her mother expand the non-profit, National Faith Homebuyers into Detroit in 2001 and she started her own real estate brokerage 2 years ago. She was an exceptional property manager and real estate agent. She was a wonderful mother. She was a wonderful daughter. She took great care of her partners. She was a caregiver, role model, mentor and nurturer. She loved God. She was an active Christian, who served in her church, Triumph church faithfully and proudly. She loved and respected her pastor, Pastor Solomon Kinloch and his wife, first lady Robin. She loved her Triumph church family passionately. She loved her National Faith Homebuyers family passionately. She loved to travel, shop, entertain, cook and teach. She loved animals, especially her baby, Alex and her “granddogs”, Roc and Mila. She loved her son Dom. She was an extreme mother and was so proud when he graduated from Central Michigan University. On Christmas Day, 2017 she was diagnosed with MS and refused to let MS “define” her life. She loved hard and well.
Keisha is survived by her husband, the love of her life, Irvin Gilliam. She is also survived by her son, Dominique Hajdu and her stepdaughters, Taylor and Mariah Gilliam. She is survived by her parents, Dina (Rick) Harris and Alex (Venita) Sanders. She is survived by her brothers, Bryant Sanders, Kyle Sanders and Gerald Harris. Keisha loved her nieces and nephews and helped to raise, love and or/support them. She is survived by her cousins, who served as her sisters (Kelly, Krystal and Kim). She is survived by a “lot” of loving cousins. She is survived by her Aunts, Sandra Brown, Lavetta Sawyer, Bertha Bradley, Eulas Collier, Janice “Yvette” Butler Hobson and Cassandra Butler. She is survived by her uncles, Owen Riggs, Rola Donelson, Christopher Brown, and Clarence Butler II. She was preceded in death by her uncle, Oscar Donelson, her grandparents Clara and Joseph Alverson, Clarence Butler, Doris Norwood and Rufus Glen Riggs. Keisha is survived by a great deal of friends and family.