Deann Cordelia Robinson was born on December 6th, 1964 at St. Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica W.I., She was the sixth of ten children born to Gladstone and Joycelyn Thomas. From the beginning she was loving and very playful.
As a child growing up in Jamaica, Deann was very creative and loved making items not just for herself but for her loved ones. She could turn anything into fashion, making pocketbooks out of soap boxes, sandals out of milk cartons, and even cutting up and designing her own clothes. She would make dolls out of paper, sticks, and mango seeds, drawing the face on a seed with crayons. Simply put she was creative from day one.
Once she started school, her playful nature emerged as she had a unique ability to make those around her laugh with simplest one liner. As she got older, she discovered her love for dancing. So much so that she was on a televised show in Jamaica called Ring Ding. At Marverly Highschool, she put her athleticism on display playing netball for her house team called orchid. She was also an avid dandy shandy and stucky player in Jamaica. That said, Deann was very well rounded, funny, athletic, creative, and kind. She was a beautiful soul, both internal and external. She was generous to a fault, very loving and giving and everyone knows she would give you the shirt off her back.
In 1980, Deann went to Dunoon Technical High School where she met the love of her life, Richard Robinson. It was fate as Richard passed his grade 9 exam to attend the school and he and Deann became friends. June 30th, 1983 the last day of school, which happened to be graduation, God would have it that both their dates did not come to the prom. It was the beginning of a union that would last a lifetime. Gaining the courage, he asked her for a dance to Beres Hammond “What One Dance Can Do” and thank the good lord, she said yes. Richard and Deann danced till the wee hours of the morning, until her ride came but not before they made a promise. A mutual promise to meet at school the next day. However, Richard was crushed when he did not see her. Heartbroken, thinking he would never see her again, Deann showed up at his doorstop because he lived closed school. Deann asked would Richard like to take her to the movies and the rest was history! During the summer of 1984 they spent every waking moment together.
In 1985, Deann told Richard she was migrating to the states, leaving him more than devastated. On January 5th, 1985 he took her to the airport to say goodbye. Where Richard said, “I guess this is where it ends, thinking distance would separate them forever. Deann looked him the eyes and said, “America changes the people who want to change.” And truer words were never said, as Richard and Deann stayed together and continued their love story in the U.S the fall of 1987.
During Deann’s initial stay in the states she lived with her sister Paula. She was a hard worker and her priority was to get the love of her life Richard to join her in New York. Their love was so strong and on December of 1988 they got married and the rest was history. She had 3 beautiful children Dominique, Richard Jr and Deandra. Whom with her love, dedication and care she saw all three of them graduate from college to start amazing lives. Deann worked as an accountant at Tele Rep in Manhattan. She would walk the city on her lunch breaks shopping for her family, even nieces and nephews. Walking down York avenue looking like someone straight out of a magazine. Which eventually came to life as she became a model, signing to an agency, being featured in fashion shows, newspaper articles and winning runner up as Miss. New York in May of 1988.
Deciding family life was her preferred route, in 1996 she became not only a stay at home mom, but a devoted, sister, aunt and friend. Fond memories of her taking her nieces and nephews to the pool making frozen juices in ziplock bags, to hosting family bbqs and being the first one on the dance floor. She was the organizer for family trips to places like Sesame Place or Splish Splash where she laughed and enjoyed time with her sisters. Deann also pursed an education by gaining her degree at Nassau Community College and down the line became a certified interior decorator. Putting her certification to use, she started a business decorating homes with clients in NY, Chicago and Atlanta. Deann was a woman of strong faith and conviction whose trust in God never wavered. She laid the blueprint on how to live a full life. Have fun, dance, sing, laugh, dress how you want, be spiritual and put God 1st in everything but don’t be religious or judgmental!
Despite her illness and the struggles, she endured over the last few years, not once did she doubt that everything was a part of God’s divine plans. She was positive in every doctor’s appointment, many saying they will NEVER forget her spirit because it was one in a million. She was pure, genuine and our closest description of perfection and we have only scratched the surface of the impact she left in this world. We will miss her laughter, her sense of humor, her sound words of advice, her constant optimism, and her presence at the biggest celebrations of our lives. Deann Cordelia Robinson will be too missed to fully put in words, but we will keep her memories alive in our hearts and rest assured in the promise of the scripture. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, my Father's house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you.
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