Obituary of Lynnette Roxanne Singleton
Lynnette Roxane Singleton was born in Cumberland Hospital on February 24, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York to Lisa Cornia & Joseph Cornia.
Lynn was raised in Fort Greene Houses while living with her mother in her Grandma Eloise's house. In 1978, her parents decided to move their family to Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, New York.
Lynn attended the public school system where she excelled with honors. In 1986, Lynn graduated from Forest Hills High School with a Regents Diploma. After graduation, Lynn volunteered at various hospitals helping with sick children including Coler Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York. It was during this time Lynn’s caring for the welfare of children began to flourish. In addition to volunteering, she would continue her academic journey at Audrey Cohen College obtaining a paralegal degree. She worked as a paralegal for a couple of years under the supervision of a housing lawyer trying to help low income families keep their apartments. During the summer, she would pick up a few courses at the City College of New York. Then, in 1993, Lynn went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lehman College the City University of New York majoring in Political Science. Lynn’s dream was to become a lawyer to help secure children & their families support, services & adequate housing. However, Lynn discovered another way she can assist children in need. She became employed with the New York City Administration of Children Services as a Caseworker & later a Child Protective Specialist, where she remained for over 10 years. Lynn loved children, and took her job very seriously and with sensitivity when it came down to protecting them even from their own families. Several families called upon her directly for advice & assistance. She made the children in her care feel safe. Lynn saw protecting children as rewarding & fulfilling as to not having any children of her own. She was dedicated & committed to the welfare of children. Lynn was highly regarded by her superiors & colleagues. She was assigned the most dangerous cases, toggled a heavy workload, and worked on special projects. Lynn received many accolades for her dedication to service for children, and among them was a Merit Award for Recognition of Service from then Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Lynn embraced her love of her African Heritage and culture, and shared that knowledge with family and friends, who donned her the nickname “Africa.” Lynn was passionate about politics, an avid reader and loved to travel. She enjoyed listening to her old school music like the soul and r & b genres. She loved going to concerts, and watching sports like tennis and basketball. Lynn enjoyed all forms of live entertainment. She loved cooking, being around and caring for her family. Until the end, Lynn was the main caretaker of her parents.
Lynn was preceded in death by her great grandparents: Janie & James; her grandparents: Eloise, Mack, & Thomas; Aunts: Rose, Barbara, Janie & Patricia; Uncles: Mack, Robert, James, Jeffery, Anthony; Cousin: Richard
She leaves behind to mourn her loss but cherish her memory her parents: Lisa & Joseph; siblings: Joseph Jr. & Vonetta; brother-in-law: Ati; niece: Alexis; nephew: Ati Jr.; uncles: Thomas Jr. & Daniel; aunts: Grace, Gloria, Carol, Rhonda, Dorothy, Denise & Diane; along with a host of relatives, cousins and many close friends.