Vanita Olivia Grayson Tyree was called to eternal rest on Sunday, October 29, 2020 at the age of 62 in New Orleans, LA. Beloved wife of Minister Timothy Tyree; Mother of Roderic Devon Johnson and the late Kendra Donelle Johnson, beloved daughter of Rita Banks Grayson and the late Jerry Grayson, stepmother of Lakisha Woods, Ebony Cooper, Monique Woods, Annette Tyree, Elizabeth Woods, Timothy Woods and David Woods, grandmother of Kendrick, Kyron, Keevan, Kendon, Katelynn, Branae, Nina Johnson Mousa (Almahdi), Brina Devon Braud and Raylyn Deshawn Braud, great-grandmother of Bailegh Renee Braud, step grandmother of nineteen, sister of Jerry B., Rev. Floyd A. (Hilda), Horace (Chandra), Ernest (Sharon), Allean, Joy Haynes (Harry Sr.) and Rev. Cyril (Tanya) Grayson, Sr. She also leaves to cherish precious memories, her grandmother, Ruth Grayson; goddaughter, Ciara Grayson; godson, Aeneas Dyson, Godmother, Mrs. June Davis, of Fort Worth, TX; mother-in- law, Mary Tyree; brothers-in-law, Jeffery Tyree, Kim Tyree; and sister-in-law,Vanessa Tyree all of Mt. Vernon, New York; sister-in-law, Connie Wells James, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, special aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Vanita was born on December 18, 1957 in New Orleans, LA and was employed for 33 years as the Manager of the Children's Department at Kmart in Metairie, LA until her retirement. She was later employed as a Caregiver for Melvin Robinson, Jr. for 2 years. Vanita loved her family and all who she considered friends. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Nineveh Baptist Church by the Late Pastor Wilker Neal. She continued to serve there faithfully as an Usher and was also a member of the Women of Power and Praise Ministry under the leadership of Pastor Sam Baker until her death. Vanita was a 1975 graduate of Riverdale High School. In addition to her father and daughter, Vanita was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Sylvester R. Banks, Sr., Olivia Lee, Morris Lee, Armster and Allean Grayson. Relatives and friends of the family; Pastor, Officers and members of Nineveh Baptist Church are invited to attend the funeral. A Celebration of Life Service honoring Mrs.Vanita Olivia Grayson Tyree will be held at Nineveh Baptist Church, 1009 Wilker Neal Ave., Metairie, LA 70003 on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10 a.m., Rev. Sam Baker, Pastor. Interment, Providence Memorial Park. Visitation 9 a.m. in the church. The funeral service will be livestreamed for Mrs. Grayson-Tyree@ https://www.facebook.com/tanya.grayson.54.
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