Our beloved Deana Chenelle Bynum graced her beautiful presence to the world on November 27, 1974 and to her parents Bobby and Gloria, and sister Sekena Bynum. Deana was born and raised as well as educated in Brooklyn, New York attending Clara Barton High School for the Health Professions. That is where Deana took a keen interest in the medical field to pursue her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. Deana furthered her education and attended Borough of Manhattan Community College where she received her Associate’s in Applied Science. Deana was then excited to attend Medgar Evers College where she received her Bachelor of Science; but she didn't stop there. Deana pushed even further and received her Master of Science in Nursing Practice from Wagner College, and her later Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Stony Brook University. Doctor Deana Bynum was employed for 12 years at Maimonides Medical Center where she cultivated her craft, built beautiful bonds and long lasting friendships. Doctor Bynum also became employed at New York University of Joint Diseases for another 12 years where she used her DNP and met more wonderful people along the way. Deana was an educated Black woman who believed there were no limits to success, and that no one could take an education from you.
Deana met the love of life, Jean Pierre, in 2001. Deana and Pierre (as she affectionately called him) were united in Holy Matrimony in a beautiful Hawaiian ceremony. They enjoyed a lifestyle of traveling, dinner and movie dates, nights out in the city, gift giving, and shopping. To their union were born four pride and joys: Victoria, Christopher, Kortnei and Chase Pierre. Deana enjoyed being a mother and fiercely protected her children. She was always involved in every extra-curricular activity. From swimming to dance to basketball and karate, she would be seen with her phone in her hand recording and cheering them on to victory.
Deana was truly the doting mother. She made sure her children had everything they needed, and never lacked anything. Deana made her home inviting for every family event: Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and Easter. She enjoyed decorating her home for those special occasions with her special touch. She always encouraged her children and her nephews to do their absolute best, and always have a plan of action to succeed.
Throughout it all, her best friend and sister Sekena was always by her side. They had a special love and bond between them, and they were inseparable. When you saw one, you would see the other … always together, going everywhere. They enjoyed shopping, traveling, having Sunday dinners together, all holidays, going to amusement parks, birthday events, to the beach and many vacations to Florida. Following behind them every step of the way were their children. Even through their sisterly arguments, they somehow managed to get over it by picking up the phone and asking, “Are you dressed and ready”? Sekena and Deana were always fashionably late, and known as “The Dynamic Duo.”
Deana will truly be missed by her beloved husband Jean Pierre; daughters: Victoria and Kortnei; and sons: Christopher and Chase; her father Bobby Bynum; her best friend and sister Sekena Bynum; her nephews: Marquise, Jordan, Joshua, Matthew and Korey; her beloved godchildren: Janae Davis and Matthias Reid; her cousins: Juan Cuffee, (Lena), Aundrea Cuffee, Dorcas Jernigan and Douglas Cuffee; and a host of other relatives, friends and her wonderful colleagues and co-workers.
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