Brown-Robinson Funeral Home Obituaries

Yvonne A. Williams-Benejan

February 20, 1963 - October 5, 2020

Yvonne Adele Williams-Benejan was born February 20, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. As a young girl she later moved to Jamaica Queens where she spent the majority of her life. She got the nickname Lucy from her Aunt Doris who said she reminded her of I Love Lucy because of her big eyes.

She graduated from Jackson High school. She enjoyed playing handball at Kings Park and was very good at it. After she graduated high school, she went to cosmetology school, and soon after had her first child, Lil Yvonne.

Yvonne made a pact with her girlfriends that they all would take the test to become a Correction Officer. She was the only one to follow through. Soon after she graduated the academy, she became a C.O. She worked at Rikers Island as well as Central Bookings with a span of 30 plus years.

It was one day while in Manhattan that she came across a man, Samuel, working at a hotdog stand. She slipped him her number and the rest was history. After a year together they were married September 16, 1994. In 2002 they welcomed a son, Deonte Elijah Benejan.

In 2015 she retired from corrections and was able to attend Deonte's basketball games, who was now a known basketball player. She would record and come to every game just to yell at the referees who would make bad calls. It was during this time they became closer and developed a bond like no other.

In 2018 Yvonne and her husband made the decision to move to Lorain, Ohio where she would spend her last years watching her son play basketball for Lorain High School and see him graduate and start college.

While in Ohio she also had the chance to be around her grandchildren, Seyaon, Callie, Michal (MJ) and Aaliyah, grandchildren she thought she would never have because her daughter Yvonne was not having children, which meant her first grandchild was a Yorkie named Bri, who was her daughter’s dog.

Yvonne loved to laugh, listen to music, and enjoy time with family, and had no problem telling someone about themselves. In her spare time, Yvonne would make special ornaments for weddings, baby showers or any occasion. She loved throwing themed parties as well as decorating her whole house for Christmas, which was her favorite thing to do. Yvonne would build towns for everyone who came over to see, but you just couldn't touch. She was a giving person and made sure everyone had a gift around the holidays and kept gifts on standby for people who would just show up. She opened her home to anyone who needed a place and always had snacks for the children. Her smile could light up a room and her stare would let you know she was not one to play with. She was fun but stern and she will truly be missed.

She is survived by her husband Samuel; four children, Yvonne, Deonte, Sharntaia and Tejon; her mother, Bernice, and siblings, Jeffrey, John, Andre, Sharon, and Louise.

In heaven she will be joining her son, Isaiah, and her sisters, Brenda, Lorraine and Gloria.




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