July 12, 1932 ~ January 7, 2020

Born in: Shreveport, LA
Resided in: Denver, CO


Mrs. Ernestine Moore Body was born on July 12, 1932 to Max and Mary Hogan McGee as her parents’ only child. She grew up with aunts and uncles who were around her same age and who they treated as their sister. They remembered her as a gentle, kind, loving and caring sister l who would reach out to help others in need. Throughout her life, others would continue to say the same thing about‎ her.

Ernestine graduated from Bossier City Colored High School in Bossier City, Louisiana in 1950.‎ She was proud to share that despite the standard of segregated schools in that time and particularly in that part of the country, she and other students strived to do their best, and made great achievements. Her personal favorite was receiving an Award Certificate as a member of the All-State Chorus at the Southern University Rally of the Louisiana Interscholastic Athletic and Literary Association. She was a talented singer with a beautiful voice.

Always a lovingly devoted mother who was committed to her children, as a young adult, Ernestine called “Mom” or “Nanny” moved with her two children, Sharon and Michael, to Denver, Colorado where she met and married Kennith L. Body in 1957. To this union, Kennith, Jr. and Karey were born.

Ernestine’s commitment to serving as a role model for her adult children plus her belief in education led her to enroll in the Community College of Denver where she earned an Associate Degree in Inhalation Therapy Technology in 1973. She was successfully employed as a Pulmonary Therapist at Fitzsimons General Hospital for over 30 years attending to General (later US President) Dwight D. Eisenhower among many others.

Ernestine always displayed kindness behind her beautiful smile and shared words of wisdom when and where necessary. Everywhere she went and among countless people, she would meet and easily become their friend. She joined New Hope Baptist Church in 1959 where she was a very faithful member, having been a longtime member of the Choirs, and an active supporter of many Ministries. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalm and her favorite songs were “Lamb of God” with Sharon as the soloist and “Order My Steps”.

Mrs. Body believed in giving service to others through her volunteer work for over ten years as a member of the Lions Club. Her hobbies included watching the “Soaps” with her grandson, shopping for the classy clothing she always wore, watching her favorite MLB Colorado Rockies, her favorite NFL Denver Broncos, and cheering on her favorite NBA basketball player, Steph Curry, and never missing watching “Family Feud”. She also enjoyed watching other sports teams and attended many games played by her church’s Softball Team where Sharon and Randell were key components.

Mrs.‎ Body departed this life to the loving embrace of the Lord on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Those left to cherish her memories and mourn her departure include her devoted friend LeRoy Toston; her beloved children: Sharon (Randell) Simmons of Aurora, Michael Ramos, Kennith L Body, Karey (Wendy) Body all of Denver; her grandchildren: Andre (Teresa) Richmond of Denver, Ronnell (Ann) Richmond of Boulder, Sondia Roberts, Renard (Monica) Simmons of Highlands Ranch, Paul (Amber) Simmons of Denver, Damon Ramos of Denver, Tyrone West of Evans; and great-grandchildren: Alexus Richmond, DJ Ramos, Adaya Richmond, Delton Richmond, Kalisha Body, Sharna Body, Laquasha Body, Journey Simmons, Gabe Simmons, and Sidney Simmons; an aunt: Emma Woodson of Vallejo, CA; cousins: (and best friend) Mercy Butcher, Jerry Hall, Janice Butcher, and Maryella Hall; Lee Vance (Peggy) Richmond; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous additional family members and friends.

“To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8


Visitation: January 16, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: January 17, 2020 11:00 am

New Hope Baptist Church
3701 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

(303) 322-5200

Entombment: January 17, 2020 2:00 pm

Highland Cemetery
10201 North Grant Street
Thornton, CO

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  1. What a beautiful elegant lady, she was truly one of the sweetest, no nonsense, God filled woman I have had the pleasure to know. She will be missed as much as she was loved. Rest on Ms. Ernestine, Rest on!

  2. Sharon, Michael, Kenny and Kerry, the Rains/Harrison family send you our deepest sympathy. Your mom was truly a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be missed by untold numbers. May the comfort of God keep and rest within each of you. -Annette & Family

  3. My heart still aches and I still can’t believe it. I was so blessed to have had part of my life for the last 10 years, my husbands for almost 20 years, and another grandmother to my kids. She loved each and every person she came in contact with and would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. We are here for you if you need us. Rest In Paradise Ms. Ernestine. We love you and will miss seeing your smile everyday.

  4. My heart is so heavy at this time. To Sharon my cuz, I love you. mom was an Angel. She will be so missed. She is in heaven with her big smile. I was blessed to have had her be in my life.

    Rest In Peace mom, I love you and will miss you.

  5. Ms. Body,
    You always greeted me with a beautiful smile and a big hug. This one stings. You will forever be in my thoughts. Prayers to Sharon and your family. Love always Azure & Dashaun

  6. Sharon,

    You and your family are in my prayers. I was in shock when I got the message that your mother had passed as we had just been joking about you raiding her closet when you wanted something new to wear. Your mother was a very classy lady who will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

  7. We share our sadness, thoughts of condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Mrs Ernestine Moore Body. “Rest In Eternal Peace,” in the comforting arms and grace of your “Savior,” Mrs Ernestine Moore Body.

  8. Ms.Sharon, I am so saddened by the passing of your beautiful mother. She was such a kind person inside and out. I will miss seeing her beautiful smile. Much love always to you and your entire family.

  9. To the family, I send my love and condolences. May the Lord bless you and comfort the family during this time.May Ms.Ernestine rest in heaven with the Lord.

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