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June 29, 1951 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Rona, the oldest of two daughters born to George and Mary Elizabeth White on June 29, 1951, in New York City’s Harlem Hospital, was a star, a bright light from the beginning. She spent her first six years in Harlem then moved to Queens where she attended Public School 83, Astoria Junior High School and William Cullen Bryant High School. She was an able student who actively participated in school life – clubs, band (the flute), plays and student government; and, was well thought of by her teachers. She had a disposition that made friendships easily and many of the relationships set in those early years lasted throughout her life.
She went on to attend Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education; majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. After college she worked for the Board of Education City of New York teaching science, hygiene, language arts and special education students at the Elementary and Junior High School levels. She also worked at the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center Institution School as a Remedial Education Instructor and Therapy Plan Assistant. Her next job established her career and her passion it was for the New York City Human Resources Administration-Child Welfare Administration. She performed as a Case Worker, Supervisor and Director of Field Operations: Child Protective Manager. To her it was all about saving the children. She went into homes in any and every part of the city, at times risking her own safety. She had a detective’s eye and could spot at a glance signs of child abuse and neglect.
Family and friends meant a lot to her and she was very supportive of both. She met her husband, Colwyn Allen, at a gathering of her friends which happened to be his family. They bonded instantly and were married in 1990. It was a match made in heaven via his mother. They honeymooned in St. Maarten, she loved the Caribbean, she was a beach girl.
Rona was an exciting, vibrant, vivacious and elegant personality who could brighten a room with her presence. She had beautiful expressive eyes with which she could communicate volumes; especially skepticism or reproval. She was interested in everyone that she met. She could and would talk to anyone anywhere and glean their personal history in minutes. Generosity and gratitude were prominent aspects of her character. She embodied the tenets of her Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She had names: Miss White from her teaching days; Miss Rona from her professional and social circles and her beloved Delteens; and, Nutty Nana for her cherished grandchildren.
After what seemed like a long period of illness, Rona succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease but while she lived she fought until the end.
Remaining to cherish her memory and sustain her spirit are: beloved husband Colwyn; sister Marcia; daughters, Tai (Christopher) and Shay; nephew Steven; grandchildren, Asha and Joshua and a host of other family and friends.
Logic is merely the beginning in the search for truth, but logic, forever, will end at faith.