Angela E. Sealey De Shong
" He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High,
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." ~ Psalm 91:1
Angela Eneida Sealey De Shong was born on April 20, 1962 to (the late) Rupert Christopher Sealey and Theresa Euphemia Manning Sealey in the Republic of Panama. During the early stages of her life, she was a very happy child. She started her education in Pablo Arosemena Elementary School in Colon, Panama. From a very early age, Angela demonstrated a desire to serve the Lord, attending Sunday School every week. As time went by, that passion grew. At the tender age of 13, Angela was baptized by (the late) Pastor Sprag at the Church of God in Colon. Once she accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior, she became even more involved in her religious tasks. Angela developed a joy about the Word of God and eventually became a Sunday School Teacher. She enjoyed teaching the gospel of God to children.
Angela continued her education by attending Colegio Able Bravo where she achieved a high school diploma in Health field in 1980. In 1990, Angela migrated to the United States to reunite with her mother Theresa and her sister Hortencia. Once she established herself in Brooklyn, New York, she met and married her husband Derrick De Shong on December 17, 1993. Angela enjoyed traveling with her husband; one of their favorite activities was to cruise the Caribbean Islands together, and Angela also enjoyed taking vacations with her family. She returned to work in the health field as a Certified Nursing Assistant, working at Benenson Rehabilitation Pavilion where she worked for a few years after becoming a Contract Organizer for 1199/SEIU Union, advocating for employee rights.
Although Angela did not have any biological children, she raised her niece Amarelis (“Jobby”) from the tender age of 2. Both were separated briefly because of her migration, but were reunited in 1996. Once they came back together, Angela became Jobby’s legal guardian. Angela will be forever missed not only by her loving family, but also all her friends and co-workers. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, great spirit and tenacity. Helping others without requiring anything in return was one of her many attributes. She will also be remembered for her cooking, and her delicious Black Christmas cake.
Angela leaves behind to mourn and cherish her memory, her husband Derrick De Shong; her brothers: Alfredo Sealey and Antonio Sealey; her sisters: Hortencia Sealey and Maritza Husband; a host of nieces and nephews: Amarelis (Jobby), Freddy, Jacqueline, Kimberly, Elizabeth, Antonio, Eduardo and Edwin; and great-grandnephews and -niece: Xavier, Karter and Natalie. Angela has left a legacy of love, laughter, faith and beautiful memories that will be cherished by all.
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