Sherlene was born to Alethia Jean Coleman in the evening hours on November 19, 1960 at the Mount Vernon Hospital in Mount Vernon, New York, however her birth mother was unable to care for her and therefore she was immediately placed into foster care into the loving arms of the late Jean & Emmett Lockett of Ellenville New York. Sherlene grew up in Ellenville, New York and attended the Ellenville Central School where she graduated in 1979. Moving to New York City, She attended Malcolm X College of Health Sciences and then later attended the College of Staten Island where she received her certifications. Sherlene began as a Home Health Aid however her passion was to work in a hospital so she was employed at the Staten Island Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant and then a Certified Medical Assistant for over nine years until an unfortunate on the job injury. At some point Sherlene moved to Lakeland Florida with her youngest son Zion and became involved in ministering to children through her ministry named "Open Arms" in tribute to her (late) foster mother Jean Lockett whom she loved and cherished deeply. A type of resource ministry, if you were in need she would pray and put you in touch with resources that could help you. Upon moving back to Staten Island, she continued her ministry helping others. Sherlene was funny, loving, direct in conversation, caring about the needs of others and just all around helpful, she loved music, cooking and most of all GOD, whom she often and lovingly referred to as "Her Father". She had a big heart and even when it was uncomfortable she would go out of her way for others. From childhood to adulthood Sheryl was very popular and well liked. Sherlene believed in living life to its fullest and fun doing so as long as you respect others.
Sadly during the afternoon hours on March 21, 2019 after an enjoyable talk with her son Zion, she went to take a nap and the Lord called her home as she slept. Sherlene leaves to remember and celebrate her life are her four children whom she cherished and loved, her daughter Nakisha, her three sons, Cairo, Raymond and Zion. Her "twin" foster sister LeeAnn and niece Danielle and great nephew Seth, her cherished foster brother Darryl and nephew Richard Andre, Jenice and sister Tyra and younger foster brother Nelson, as well as a host of family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
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