Shelley Virginia Leacock was born on October 30, 1956 in London, England to Norma Gibson and Gordon Ellis. She was the last of three children to Norma and named after a popular English actress. Shelley was a beloved mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She passed away peacefully on Monday, June 15, 2020 in Brooklyn, NY surrounded by her three children, Shameeka Leacock, Nyasha Leacock and Shawn Alleyne.
Shelley spent her formative years in London, before immigrating with her mother to Queens, NY at the age of 13. She attended Prospect Heights High School where she enjoyed formal dance among other interests. As a young adult and continuing throughout life, Shelley had a great appreciation for music. Her love of soul, r&b, and jazz was a source of enjoyment and entertainment.
Shelley had a thirst for knowledge, furthering her education at Brooklyn College and later taking classes in real estate and other fields. During her summers she traveled to her mother's native island of Barbados to spend time with family and friends, where she enjoyed the beach and dancing. She met Wayne Leacock in St. Michael, Barbados and they married in 1980. Shelley dedicated herself to her career as a medical records administrator at Interfaith Medical Center with 40 years of distinguished service. She was loved and revered by her patients, it was common for Shelley to purchase and donate school supplies, clothing and other gifts for the children who visited. With a warm, compassionate heart, Shelley often put the needs of others first.
Shelley was a kindred, sweet and humble spirit, ultimately possessing a silent strength. She was deeply committed to her children, going above and beyond the call of motherhood to ensure they had greater access to opportunities than she did. She exposed them to the arts, sports, camps, diverse dance genres and education; her home was always filled with love and laughter. Early on in life Shelley was exposed to the religious teachings of Jehovah Witnesses. Shelley committed her life to Jehovah with baptism on March 21, 2009. She faithfully participated in field service, conventions, social events and volunteering with the Mill Basin congregation.
In the Spring of 2017, Shelley was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Despite her battles with cancer, her strength, faith, resolve and sweet spirit never wavered. Shelley dedicated her time to the ministry as well as traveling domestically and internationally. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, sunset walks along the Canarsie Pier, Aqua aerobics, and theatre shows. Loved ones remember Shelley as the epitome of a wonderful person, thoughtful and giving and that there was a sense of calmness when she was around. She will be fondly missed by all.
Shelley is survived by her children Shameeka Leacock, Nyasha Leacock, and Shawn Alleyne. She is also survived by siblings Trevor Worrell, MD and Jennifer Gibson, her aunts Joan Gibson and Hyacinth Griffith, nieces and nephews, Nathalie, Paige, Janelle, Trevor Jr. Her grand-nephews and nieces include Terrell, Jordan, Jeremiah, Jasmyne, Kaiyah, Jayda, Kamyah, Joslynn, and Treshaun. Shelley’s cousins include Fernando (England), Marie (England), Maureen, Ricardo, Marlon (Barbados), Jimmy (Barbados), Wilma, Shelly, Judy, Betty, Margaret, Sandra, Robert (Barbados) and Gregory (Barbados). Additional close relatives include Patricia, Lawrence and innumerable family and friends.
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