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Oneda Giddens

December 12, 1951 ~ December 14, 2021 (age 70)


Oneda “Neet” Giddens went to be with the Lord on Tuesday afternoon (December 14, 2021) at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Oneda was born on December 12, 1951 in Urbana, IL the daughter of Katherleen Huff.  Oneda accepted Christ at a young age and was a lifelong member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church.  Oneda was an usher, sang in the choir, Sunday school teacher, and Director of the primary department. She served as church secretary and financial secretary until her death. 

Oneda was hard working; as a teen she worked at Dog N Suds. She later moved on to the University of Illinois in 1972 whereshe worked at the College of ACES throughout her years, she held various titles. In July 2003 she retired as Typesetter 3.

She is survived by her daughter Chinesa Huff, three brothers: Jessie of Urbana, Sammy of Springfield, IL, and Dewey of Champaign.  One sister Joyce Thomas (Eligio) Roseville, CA.  Spouse Lennie.  Two great aunts Lillie McGee and Willa (Henry) Manning of Chicago, IL.  She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her mother Katherleen, two brothers Bobby Ray and Steven, and one sister Mary Louise Dickerson. 

Oneda was a Past Matron of Deborah Chapter No. 27, Order of the Eastern Star, Eureka Grand Chapter State of Illinois, Prince Hall Affiliation. She served as the Worthy Matron for threeyears.  She was also member of the American Legion AuxiliaryUnit 287 of Rantoul, IL.   Oneda loved to shop, being on Facebook, supporting small business owners, and watching Lifetime movies.  Her favorite TV show was my 600-pound life on TLC with Dr. Now.  Oneda was a loving and kindheartedwoman who helped many throughout her journey in life. She touched many hearts and lives.  She will be missed by those who knew and loved her. 

Friends may greet the family from 11am to 12pm Monday, January 3, at Leek and Sons funeral home – Urbana Chapel.  In celebration of Oneda’s life, a memorial service will begin at noon at the funeral home.

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Memorial Gathering
January 3, 2022

11:00 AM
Leek & Sons Funeral Home
1215 W Bradley Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

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