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Kerri M. Conner Matchett

November 23, 1974 ~ December 5, 2022 (age 48) 48 Years Old
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IN THE BEGINNING – “For unto us a child is born.” Isaiah 9:6 On a brisk Saturday morning, before the sun rose above the horizon, the universe collaborated to create another masterpiece of epic wonder. At approximately 6:17 am, a star was born. What a beauty to behold. For proud parents, John and Anita T. Conner, she was perfect joy in human form. Welcome to the world – Kerri Marie Conner.

WONDER YEARS – “I am because we are.” African Proverb As a first-born daughter, Kerri quickly displayed the traits of a leader. By the time her brother John was born, Kerri was ready and eager to assume the role of big sister. A fierce protector and defender, no one dared to threaten or harm Kerri’s little brother. She delighted in being John’s best friend, confidant, and loudest cheerleader. It was rare to see one without the other. Even as teenagers and then adults, Kerri loved her brother with a fierceness that is indescribable. Kerri’s heart was, is and always will be about family. Kerri valued the time she spent in her grandmother’s kitchen; the bear hugs she received from her grandfathers, and the games and time spent with her cousins. Kerri’s uncles and God Father doted on her relentlessly. Kerri loved repeating their signature sayings and words of wisdom. In the summers’, the highlight was her family reunions. This strong family foundation was built on faith. A deep trust and belief in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This divine trinity was the core of Kerri’s essence. At a very young age, Kerri accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. She fully committed herself to service to others. Always eager to assist someone in their time of need. She was a faithful member of Salem Baptist Church in Abington.

ABC IS EASY AS 123 - “When women are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” Michelle Obama Since her first day of kindergarten, Kerri always excelled academically. She is a proud and distinguished alum of the Abington School district. She was a model student. Serious about her school work and always open to learning new things. Kerri loved her high school years. During this time, she was actively engaged in numerous activities, a favorite being cheerleading – Go Ghosts! In May of 1992, Kerri graduated from Abington High School. She was honored to provide the graduation commencement speech. A few months later, Kerri made the pilgrimage to the Mecca - Howard University (The Real HU – You Know!), in Washington, DC. She quickly acclimated to college life. A freshman resident in the famous Quad dormitory, {third floor, Wheatley Hall), Kerri enjoyed the camaraderie of her fellow Bison sisters. This crew enjoyed photo shoots and late-night games of Scattergories, spoons, Spades, and the song game, to name a few. Kerri loved music and a good party. She loved to venture out and enjoy DC’s nightlife. You might see her on the dance floor at the Ritz, the Basement or the 9:30 Club (formerly WUST). She and best friend Ife loved attending “Ladies Night” on Wednesdays at Chuck and Billy’s on Georgia Avenue. Kerri never forgot that the priority was her education. You could not miss her on campus. She was ever ready with her trademark luminous smile. And, combined with her signature soprano tone voice, Kerri was known for providing those around her with comfort and joy. She discovered her passion and purpose of filling people with hope on the storied grounds on hilltop high. Kerri was so impressive, she served as Miss School of Business during her time as an undergraduate. While at Howard, Kerri also pledged her heart to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She was initiated into Alpha Chapter as the #11 of Authentic 35 in 1996. Kerri graduated from Howard in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

I GOT WORK TO DO! I GOT A JOB! “If I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” Madam C J. Walker The allure of “Chocolate City” could not compete with the heart and soul of home. Kerri was excited to return to her beloved Philadelphia. Anxious to begin her professional career alongside her mom and brother at the family’s Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm, Anita T. Conner & Associates. Kerri excelled at her work. She became very passionate about financial literacy and building generational wealth. Kerri understood the importance of sound financial health in eradicating the racial wealth divide. She studied with fervor in preparation for the CPA examination. In true Kerri fashion, she passed and received her license in September 2000. In partnership with her mom, Kerri helped to grow Anita T. Conner and Associates into a prominent, Black owned dynasty, affectionately known as the “Tax Divas.” Kerri took pride in the professional services rendered to their clientele. Kerri’s motto of “All clients are VIPs” is a contributing variable to the company’s success and longevity. As a result of Kerri’s professional and civic engagement on behalf of the firm, she has received numerous awards and honors.

A CHARGE TO KEEP I HAVE - To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill. Charles Wesley In 2005, Kerri and her mother founded the non-profit organization, Praise Is The Cure (PITC). PITC uses a faith-based network and grassroots mobilization model to provide an array of cancer support services from diagnosis to survivorship. Despite her own cancer journey beginning in 2008, Kerri continued to be a drum major for Black Women's health equity. She passionately worked to create a movement on education awareness, advocacy, clinical trials and potential medical interventions regarding breast health for Black Women. Kerri authored the book, "My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She is Okay." She continued to tirelessly serve in other capacities via her service and civic memberships with the Links, Inc. and the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

MEET ME AT THE ALTAR – This one is bone of my bone, and flesh from my flesh. Genesis 2:23 On March 10, 2006, God blessed Kerri with her first daughter Madison Marie Matchett. Kerri affectionately referred to Madison as her “Maddie” or “Moon”. Kerri’s dreams came true on December 4, 2010, when she married Steven Miles Matchett in a fairytale setting befitting her majestic spirit. Kerri planned the party of the year! Good food! Good music! And a dance competition that allowed her newly acquired South Florida family to reign supreme in a hardwon victory. Another example of Kerri’s ability to bring people together on one accord. All the while laughing and having a good time. Kerri’s prayers to increase the family size were answered on April 29, 2013. God blessed Kerri and Miles with not one but two beautiful children - James and Haniyah. She referred to both as her “Sun” and “Firecracker”, respectively. Almost four and half years later, Kerri and Miles celebrated the formal adoption of James and Haniyah. Madison officially became a big sister like her mommy.

JESUS PROMISED ME A HOME OVER THERE - "Well done, good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:21 Resting comfortably in the home she created, Kerri peacefully entered into eternal rest on Monday, December 5, 2022. She joined the village of her maternal and paternal ancestors - Mr. and Mrs. George E. Thorne and Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Conner and her uncle W. Earle Thorne. Kerri is survived by her husband Mr. Steven Miles Matchett, their children Madison(16), James(12) and Haniyah(10), parents Mr. John and Mrs. Anita T. Conner, her brother Mr. John K. Conner, Jr.(Barbara Stone-Conner), Sisters-In Love Manon P. Matchett and Davida Matchett and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts, friends and loved ones.

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Services

Public Viewing
Thursday
December 15, 2022

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Salem Baptist Church of Abington
2741 Woodland Avenue
Abington, PA 19001

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. "Omega Omega" Service
Thursday
December 15, 2022

9:00 AM
Salem Baptist Church of Abington
2741 Woodland Avenue
Abington, PA 19001

Funeral Service
Thursday
December 15, 2022

10:00 AM
Salem Baptist Church of Abington
2741 Woodland Avenue
Abington, PA 19001

Interment

Hillside Cemetery
2556 Susquehanna Road
Abington, PA 19001

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