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“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His Saints.” (Psalm 116:15)
Kenya Latrice Richardson was born to Kent Richardson and Letha Summers Richardson on Friday, March 11, 1983, at St. Claire’s Hospital in Denville, Morris County, New Jersey. Kenya made her transition from labor to reward on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 3:54pm at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.
In the 1980s, New York City model agencies sought to contract Kenya as a baby model. But as a military kid Kenya’s childhood stretched from New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, West Germany, and Maryland. Kenya was a graduate of the Goldsboro High School Class of 2001.
Early on Kenya first attended Christ Memorial Interdenominational Church where she accepted Jesus the Christ as her personal LORD and Savior. Later Kenya became a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where she took pride as a Servant Greeter, and the first face folks saw upon entering the House of God. There, Kenya was also baptized on August 09, 2015.
During Kenya’s work life, she was employed by companies including, K&W Cafeteria and Rite Aid Pharmacy until her health declined. Afterwards, Kenya devoted herself as an excellent homemaker, cook, and caregiver who was exceptionally clean. Kenya also found enjoyment as a babysitter. A few of Kenya’s favorite things were to study the Holy Bible, binge ‘Chrisley Knows Best’, assist her beloved parents, shop, and travel.
Kenya overcame personal fears, opinions, and other resistance when she was invited to deliver her testimony in a live interview on ‘My Story God’s Glory TV’ on March 08, 2019, which reached close to 1,300 people. Other local broadcasts extended invitations to Kenya but she began to devote all of her time, energy, and resources to document her 13-year journey entitled ‘Anchored By Faith: Surviving Sarcoidosis’, which is highly anticipated. As an advocate for sarcoidosis awareness, Kenya joined Facebook’s ‘Sarcoidosis Is Real’ in March of 2014, to share her experiences and encouragement with their 12k membership support group. Kenya’s endurance and personal qualities have been credited innumerable times as a model of Jesus Christ as her personal story shifted perspectives on life’s mountain or valley moments.
Kenya leaves a legacy of relentless faith, unconditional love, and strength to her parents, Kent and Letha, both of Goldsboro, 3 brothers: Timothy Richardson of Landover MD, Austin Richardson and Aaron Richardson both of Lorton VA; 4 aunts: Brenda Richardson of Capitol Heights MD, Gloria Jean Rich (Leonza) and Robin McIntyre (James), both of Goldsboro, LaTanya S. Richardson of Merced CA; 4 uncles: Ronald Richardson (Sherry) of Charlotte NC, Michael Richardson (Maxine) of Princeton, Tyron Richardson (Missy) of West Covina CA, and Garland Summers (Mamie) of Fayetteville; 8 great aunts, Delores L. Summers of La grange, Retha Summers of Greenville, Beverly S. Body (Ronnie) of Parkstown, Aletha S. Britt (Jimmy) of Durham, Etta R. Munford of Suitland MD, Edith G. Ward, Mamie G. Moses (James), Gwendolyn J. King, all of Goldsboro; 3 great uncles, Jimmy Summers of Goldsboro, Elvis Summers of Greensboro and William Graham of Bellport NY; 2 special uncles, Emmanuel James (Josie) and Thurman Bunn both of Goldsboro; 2 special friends, LaTonya R. Barnes and Muriel Faison. A niece and nephew, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
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