Shajuana Takia Franks affectionately known as “Kia” was born to Barbara Ann Franks and Jasbert Fitchett, Sr. on January 1, 1978 in Northampton County Virginia.
Kia was educated in the public school system of both Northampton County Virginia and Talbot County Maryland. Kia was known to have a funny laugh, big smile and an even bigger heart. She loved family and friends a lot and she always put God first. Kia was a natural caretaker, she was employed with various agencies as a companion or CNA. Kia was also self-employed, as well as being very giving. When she wasn’t taking care of family, friends, patients, or strangers, she was cooking for them. Cooking was a passion of hers and she infused every dish with love. Y’all know how she had Blake street jumping on the weekends with those dinners. Singing was also a passion of hers. To know her was to love her. Kia was a big hearted, kind and lovable spirit. One of the sweetest people you could ever know but she didn’t take any mess either.
Kia was preceded in death by her parents; her maternal grandparents, Edna Mae Nixon and Freddie Groce; her aunts, Willie Mae Franks, Patricia Frazier, Patty Christians, Ivy Barnes and Pat Fitchett; Uncles, Elliot Groce, and Floyd Franks Jr. and her best friend Lanaya Wilson.
Kia is survived by her Husband Authur Washington; The only father she’s ever known Eric Carter (Quarzna); her beloved daughters Ke’Shyra West (Raymond) Cambridge, MD and Dejanany Stith (Erica) Baltimore MD; her two siblings in which she raised and loved as her own kids Shamira Camper and Joseph Smith Jr. both of Cambridge, MD; A bonus child she loved dearly Tyjah Thomas; a goddaughter Ta’Aira Blake; two granddaughters Aniyah Satchell and Raiah Owens; 4 grandsons, Aden Satchell, Zae’Vion Stith, Dejesus Smith, and Darrius Smith all of Cambridge, MD; two sisters Janet Fitchett and Chenitta Fitchett both of Woodbridge VA; one God sister Robin Turner of Easton MD; four brothers Jasbert Fitchett Jr., Kareem Fitchett (Krystal) of Woodbridge VA, Jason and Jasbert McBride of Norfolk VA; two God brothers Octavia Blake and David Hines of Easton MD; 8 aunts Alice Thomas (Charles) of Easton MD, Edna Harris Cambridge MD, Ernestine Taylor Easton MD, Lillian Stewart Ridgely MD, Shalonda Williams Easton MD, Peggy Wilkins Woodbrdge VA, Olee Campbell and Lorraine Fitchett both of Northampton County VA; Uncles Roger “Junnie” Fitchett of Northampton County VA and Dwight Wilson (Rita) of Delaware. Her “Road Dogs” and special Family Devona Franks, Aishia Handy, Shanett Groce, Gorden Henry, Beatrice Shredrick, Taka Stevenson, Tracy Baynard Stanlee Thomas, Stacy Chase and Roshunda