Adrienne Jane Archia suffered a sudden, tragic cardiac arrest and lapsed into a coma just prior to the holidays this past December. After a two-week hospitalization she passed away peacefully from this life on Dec. 29, 2015.
Born in Milwaukee, WI in 1962, Archia was the beloved wife of Robert Braye, and loving mother of her two “beauties” daughter Natalie Braye, 16, and Christopher H. Earl, 26, both of Chicago, IL.
Archia’s lively personality and kind smile left an impression with everyone she encountered. She was a force to be reckoned with, and showed the strongest passion for her family, her community and her government friends and clients. She was a highly regarded professional in the governmental and finance arenas most recently serving as Managing Director at Rice Financial Products Company. Earlier in her career she worked as the Chief Financial Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority. For several years she served as an assistant to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and former City of Chicago CFO Ed Bedore.
Archia was a proud graduate of Spelman College (Class of 1984) and was a leader and active board member of the Civic Federation, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, the Openlands Project, and the Government Finance Officers Association. She was an avid supporter of the Chicago-area chapter of Women In Public Finance and enthusiastic participant in the Chicago Public Schools’ Principal for a Day program.
In her leisure time, Archia relished all things aquatic. She loved nothing more than passing the hours at the beach – any beach! – Whether it was in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast, Martha’s Vineyard or the southern coast of Lake Michigan. Archia was also a certified scuba diver and had spent time exploring reefs and coves off the coast of Belize, Jamaica and other locales in the Caribbean. Archia loved watching of old movie musicals, such as “Singing In the Rain” and “Oklahoma,” reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Law and Order” and first-run offering of series “Grimm,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Empire.” In quieter moments, She also enjoyed curling up with a good book, thumbing through a couple of “trashy magazines” or playing the mind-enhancing offerings of Lumosity on her iPad. Archia’s most favored pastime, however, was probably discussing politics and publics affairs with close and dear friends. She enjoyed more than anything was engaging in extended, far-ranging and passionate conversations about the goings-on in City Hall, in Springfield and elsewhere. The only thing that would animate her more would be the mention of her two children.
Archia will be dearly missed by her family, numerous loved ones and a host of friends and colleagues that she touched, engaged and worked with all throughout her career. Adrienne’s lively personality and kind smile left an impression with everyone she encountered.
She is dearly missed.
Archia is preceded in death by her parents, Barbara Ann Posey Archia and Richard Archia.
Archia is survived by her sisters Stephanie Archia Gordon(Fredrick) of Charlotte, NC and Karen Archia of Greensboro, NC; niece Caroline Adams of Washington, DC; and aunts Anita Lowe of Georgetown, OH and Charlotte Roy of Atlanta, GA.
A memorial celebration commemorating and saluting Archia’s life was held on Sunday, April 17 at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.