Rashidah Karim was born on January 1st 1951 to the union of Charlie B. Bolden and Luecreasie O. Bolden in Ferriday, Louisiana. She departed this life Aug.20th 2021 in Champaign, IL peacefully surrounded by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son Nasir, one sister Charlotte, 3 brothers Charles, Leon, Lawrence and 2 aunts from Memphis Tenn.
Rashidah graduated from Champaign Central high school. She was a gifted athlete and excelled in softball and track and field. Under the coaching of Dr. Nell Jackson, she qualified for the 1968 Olympics in the 100- and 50-meter dash. Rashidah also held the rank of 6th degree black belt high rank master in Shudo Kan Karate, and was ranked one of the highest women in the nation.
She attended nursing school at Parkland college and became a registered nurse. She worked at Mercy Hospital (OSF) until she retired.
Rashidah was a foster parent and mentor. She will be greatly missed for her kindness and love for family. She married Mikal Karim Nov.8th 1973. In Addition to her husband, she leaves to mourn her passing 6 children. Nadirah, Kamal, Jamal Karim, Latrese and Larry McGowan. Grandchildren Jasmine, Kaamilyah Karim, Cayden, La’kaiyah Kasumu and Lyric McGowan. Great grandchildren David Pickens and Kalayah Bryant. Sisters Norma Napper (Bourbonnais, IL), Florence Harris (Champaign, IL). Brothers Louis Dudley (Champaign, IL), Langford Dudley (St. Paul, MN). 3 sisters in law, 2 brothers in laws and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Grave Site Service, 2pm, Monday August 23, 2021 at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Champaign, IL
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