LeeAnna Billups was born to the union of Herman Billups and Mary Lou Henson Billups on Sunday, July 21st, 1957 in Harlem, New York. She was the fourth of six children. LeeAnna departed this life on Wednesday, April 29th after a long and arduous battle. LeeAnna had a true warrior spirit which was evidenced in her character and all that she accomplished. It was her way of life.
LeeAnna graduated from Harlem Prep. She held a bachelor’s of Science degree with a minor in Sociology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. LeeAnna had a diverse career, oftentimes working with troubled and at-risk youth. She served as a NYC Manhattan Central Booking Intake Specialist, Education Coordinator/Caseworker with Leake and Watts, Inc., Intake Specialist with Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Follow-up Specialist with STRIVE—East Harlem Employment Service, Teacher with NYC DOE and a Paralegal with Rogers & Wells LLP. LeeAnna loved her position as an Educator Coordinator, assisting special needs children as a one-on-one monitor in the Monroe-Woodbury school system. She was a member of the Minisink Tapawingo Honor Society.
LeeAnna was fabulous, vivacious; always fashionably dressed and meticulous. Fun-loving and beloved by many, she was the focal point of her close-knit extensive family. Affectionately known by her family as “TeeLee”, (a name she was given by her sixth-born nephew, Marvin. It stuck, when as a toddler he couldn’t pronounce her name). LeeAnna was named after her paternal grandmother. As an endeared aunt, LeeAnna embraced each of her sixteen nieces and nephews, grandnephew and two grand nieces as her own. She touched each of their lives bringing meaning to the old adage; “It takes a village to raise a child”. She attended graduations from pre-K to Graduate, school performances, basketball, soccer and football games to lend support and encouragement to her nephews and nieces. LeeAnna was not only an aunt but a friend to the children of the family. She was a doting daughter and made certain that her mother, Mary, was well-cared for; keeping her fashionable and accompanying her on many vacation trips and family gatherings. LeeAnna was responsible for organizing the famous Billups Family barbecue which became an annual tradition attended by family and friends. LeeAnna was an avid basketball and football fan. A devoted friend, spanning relationships cultivated over a lifetime, including those from her youth.
Preceded in death by her father Herman Billups, life partner Vaughn Baylor and beloved pet Shih Tzu; “ChuChu”. LeeAnna leaves to cherish her memory; her mother Mrs. Mary Lou Billups, Siblings: , Herman W. Billups, Karen (Joseph) Horry, Gregory (Janet) Billups, Robert (Yvonne) Billups, Marvin (Debra) Billups and Earl Holland. Nieces and nephews: Aswad Billups, Herman Billups and Chrisdalene Billups—God Daughter Nathania (Franklyn) Billups-Grenaway, Ariana (Michael) Adams, Tajlia Horry, Courtney (Nathan) Ramsey, J’Nel Billups, Jenise Billups, Gregory Billups, Jr., Robert Billups, Jr., Ryan Billups, Marvin (Mandy) Billups, Jr., Alexis Billups, Stewart Holland, John Holland. Great Nephew and Nieces: Christopher Adams, Maya Adams and Avery Adams. Aunt: Mrs. Betty Henson. Uncle: Lovell (Lillie) Billups. Friends: Gale Lockhart, Juanita Lewis, Darlene Rivers, Quentin Joyner, Sandy Lewis, Victor Fleming, Luther Smith, and a host of cousins and friends. LeeAnna was loved and will be missed dearly. We are comforted in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Lovingly Submitted, The Family
A celebration of life took place online via Virtual Memorial Gatherings on Saturday, May 16th at 1:00 PM EDT.
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