Jennifer Dawn RobertsAugust 18, 1955 ~ December 18, 2017 (age 62)
Jennifer Dawn Roberts (Dawnie) was born on August 18, 1955, in Georgetown, Guyana and entered Heaven’s gates on December 18, 2017. She was the last of ten children born to Mavis and Ralph Reginald Roberts. Her first name was Jennifer, but in the Roberts family, many people were called by their middle name, which is why she was known as Dawnie. She spent the first fourteen years of her life in Guyana, the place she called paradise. She often shared how much she loved the beauty of it, and the fact that she could go right outside and climb a tree for mangos, which is her favorite fruit. With affection, she’d share memories of her childhood and that “paradise” is where she developed her love of God’s beauty in plants and flowers.
In 1961, she migrated to the United States with her parents. They settled in the Bronx, New York where she had her first experience with snow. Coming from a tropical country, she’d never seen it before and thought it to be strange. She was sure of one thing: It was cold! Fortunately, she was greeted by her brothers and sisters with a coat! The Bronx was a much different place from Georgetown, Guyana but she slowly learned her way around, and within time grew to love her time there. Often, she would relive the moments with her sibling as they learned New York culture. She didn’t have many friends, because coming from a big family, they were her friends. However, she had a best friend in her sister Claudette, with whom she hung out with the most. And with the help of her sisters, she got into hair and fashion, such as the afro and bell bottoms that she wore so well. She carried it so well, that she was approached by a Fashion Fair agent asking her to model for them. No one could believe it when she declined that offer, but that was not in her calling.
Dawnie graduated from Evander Childs High School with a diploma, then later in life obtained a Medical Assistant certification. After many years in the Bronx, her family relocated to Amityville, New York and she then worked for Chemical Bank in Manhattan. She soon married and had her first child in 1982. She divorced in 1990, and later had two more children. She worked hard as a home health aide, even working two jobs at times, to support and care for her family as a single Mom. Most of her adult life was spent in Copiague and Brentwood, Long Island. In 2006, she moved to New Jersey to be closer to her eldest daughter, with her final residence being her home in Ewing, NJ.
Dawn was a joy to be around, and had a smile and laugh that would light up a room. She enjoyed being with her family, laughing and joking, and sharing old stories about her life in Guyana and in New York. She never asked for much, and was very appreciative for whatever she received, big or small. She was a loving and caring mother who worked hard all her life to ensure that the needs and wants of her children were met. They never lacked for anything and are proud and grateful to call her Mom. Many would call Dawnie a survivor because life was not always easy for her, but through the grace of God she always found a way. No matter what the circumstances were, she prayed and talked to God. She loved the Lord, and prayed daily about any and everything. She read her Bible and often shared stories of the bible to her children, helping them to know the Lord.
In the end, you would find her talking to God, asking for his guidance to get through her last battle. However, he had a different plan for this point in her life. Now, she rests in the arms of her Father and Savior. Dawnie is survived by her children, Cenell Naasika Mettle (35), David Michael Muhammad (26), and Tameka Christine Roberts (22). She also leaves six siblings, Courtney Kenrick Roberts, Lynette Rosemary Agard, Claudette Chin, Earl Vibert Roberts, Patrick Roberts, and Beverly Ann Roberts. Jennifer Dawn Roberts will forever be missed, and always in our hearts. We love you Dawnie. Rest well.