Leona Faye Kenney was born in Baton Rouge LA. 22nd November 1936. She was the fourth child of nine, 6 girls, 3 boys, born to Alberta Brooks and Ernest Taylor. She is survived by the youngest girl and boy, Juanita Beauge and Ernest Taylor. Leona would bring three sons, Raymond, Pete, and Thomas into the world that would expand into a multitude of grandchildren and great grands. She had numerous family and friends. She would marry Pete Fay Sr. and reside in San Diego before moving to the Bay area with her two sons. She would begin her new life in East Palo Alto, as a single mom, rearing her children with the support of her mother, Alberta Brooks. She would work as a cashier in what was known as Little Man’s Market, in Nairobi Village, and later, buying her first home. In 1966 she would decide to relocate to L.A. with her sons; there she would begin another journey. With her skills as a clerk, she found work at BOYS’ Market where she would work for several years, raising her two boys. It was during these years, she would meet Thomas Jackson and add to the family, a boy, Thomas Jr. As the years progress, it would be her oldest son who would find a path to Jehovah. His studying, gave Leona her introduction, although not committed at this time. It would be years later that she would devote her life. Upon returning to the Bay Area, in 1985, she would become baptized as a Witness in Bayview Hunters Point. SISTER KENNEY WAS BORN, Hudson Ct. would become where she would make her stand. From a beautician, a seamstress, a cook, and her real passion, second to Jehovah, BABIES – BABIES – BABIES … childcare provider that is. So many kids over the years, at times, there would be standing room only, none the less, she gave them ALL ----- HER ALL. There were many, but two became fixtures in her life, PUH DOO (Justina) and NAY-NAY (Darnisha), this is not to exclude her Grandson, Kamari, he’s a given. She was a strong woman and no better example of that than in her final months. At the beginning of the year she overcame conditions that the Doctors believed she would not survive. Although her mobility was limited, she pushed through. But it would be on September 3rd 2019 at 0607 that she would need to rest.
Our gift, of her life, still remains.