God called and Latanya answered. Today we are gathered here to celebrate
and carry on the legacy of Latanya Rochelle McBride. Latanya graced Chicago,
Illinois, on September 18, 1976, born to Eddie and Pearlie Mae Dyes. At an
early age, Latanya was baptized at Seven Star Missionary Baptist Church.
Latanya graduated from John Hay Elementary School in 1990. She then
attended Austin Community High School and later attended Manley High
School where she graduated in 1994.
Latanya worked as a D.P.S. at Seguin in Cicero, Illinois, doing what she loved best: taking care of people. She
also worked at Niles Rehabilitation Center as a patient aide. She took care of her mother after she underwent
Consider yourself blessed if you were able to enjoy any time spent with Latanya, also known as Red. Latanya
loved cooking, dancing, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and family. There was nothing
she wouldn’t have done for anyone. She loved her kids’ friends as if they were her own. She fed, housed, and
clothed them like her own; that was how she became Momma Red. She lived and enjoyed life to the fullest.
Latanya loved looking good, was the life of the party, and lit up the room with her beautiful smile. To know
her was to love her.
Latanya departed this life on April 14, 2023, at 11:00 PM at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park,
Illinois. Latanya was preceded in death by her two grandmothers, Magnolia (Honey) James and Mary
Elizabeth Dyes; two grandfathers, Willie Dyes and Henry Gibbs; two aunties, Annie Lee Higgins and Otha
B. Dyes; four uncles, Willie Dyes, Jimmie Dyes, Roosevelt McBride, and Willie Dyes; best friend, Tomika
Nelson; and a host of great-aunties and great-uncles.
Latanya leaves to cherish her memories: her mother and father, Pearlie Mae and
Eddie Lee Dyes; beautiful daugther, Tushaar McBride; three handsome sons,
Calvin Dorden, Jr., Traigan Martin, and Jamir Howard; fiancé, Shannon Willis;
three amazing grandchildren, Megan Martin, Jamarria Ligon, and Kayden
Stafford; five gorgeous sisters, Pinkie McBride, Karan (Jamal) Terrell, Sharan
McBride, and Jacqueline Smothers, all of Chicago, Illinois, and Kimberly Dyes
of Atlanta, Georgia; two fantastic brothers, Anthony (Chartiase) Williams of
Minnesota and Louis Jones of Chicago, Illinois; five aunties, Ora Dyes, Girthtrue Lockett
of Chicago, Illinois, Donna (Dallas) Jones, Shirley ( Wayne) James of Rockford, Illinois, and Ella (James)
Wells of Minnesota; three great-aunties, Charlene McBride, Tecora McBride, and Lena Epps, all of Clinton,
Massachusetts; nine uncles, Jessie Westbrook, Jessie Williams, Roosevelt Dyes, Larry Rodgers, Johnny James,
and Charlie Rodgers, all of Chicago, Illinois, and James Rodgers, Jr., and Louis Jones, Jr., both of Rockford,
Illinois; godson, Demetrius Collins; two goddaughters, Melissa Willis and Ja’quay Collins; three best friends,
Tiffany Thomas, Lajuana Bishop, and Lamisha Davis, all of Chicago, Illinois; two godsisters, Carolyn Jones
of Memphis, Tennessee, and Neda Johnson of Aurora, Illinois; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and
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