On September 23, 1974, a beautiful baby girl was born in Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She became known as Ayana (meaning Beautiful Flower in the Swahili language) Lacey.
Ayana was baptized as a Catholic in 1986 at Gesu Catholic Church. She also was a member of St. Malachy’s parish. Throughout the years, she attended Catholic and Baptist churches and maintained her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
She was educated in Catholic and Public schools in Philadelphia and went on to earn an associate degree in Liberal Arts from the Community College of Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Chestnut Hill College. She accomplished her education while being a parent and working full time at Penn State Cooperative Extension.
Ayana loved reading and crafts. She considered herself a foodie and like trying new restaurants. She also enjoyed going to museums and concerts. Going out with her childhood friends was another favorite activity.
Ayana planned local outings and events for birthdays and special occasions for her immediate family. There wasn’t a birthday or Mother’s Day that wasn’t carefully planned to be unique, fun and entertaining. She wore several creative hats including as our event planner and also our travel agent.
Ayana loved traveling. Her favorite vacation was cruising. But her real delight was laying on the beach next to the beautiful Caribbean Sea. She visited many ports and liked taking tours of the islands.
Ayana has left those who loved her, to cherish her memory: her mother, Sinah; father, Herbert; daughter, Makaha; aunt, Jeanette; god-son, Kobe; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
She was greatly loved and she loved greatly in return in a genuine and sincere way. She was forgiving and peace loving. We thank God for the love she gave and show she enriches our lives.