Seleana Nicks (Rayford)

Seleana Nicks (Rayford), 55, was born December 12, 1964 in Syracuse, NY and passed away January 5, 2020 in Schenectady, NY. 

She was born to Amos and Edna Nicks. She graduated from Thomas J. Corcoran High School. She worked as a cosmetologist, skycap, and owned Creative Cleaning Services. She was best known as “Miss Congeniality”. She was the center of attention, the life of the party, and there was never a dull moment. 

She left a footprint throughout the east coast from Syracuse, NY, Jacksonville, FL, Folkston, Memphis, TN, Schenectady, NY, and Albany, NY. Her voice could pierce a crowded room to let you know she had arrived. 

To those that knew her, she was beautiful inside and out. She displayed love through service. Always willing to lend a helping hand. Her conversation typically circled around God and her family. She was not perfect but she was real and genuine. One definition of Seleana means light from the sky and she is a shining star. 

She is the mother of five children, Nahshon (Shakira) Nicks, Nafeesa Brown, Al-Jalil (Valeska) Jones, Tommy (Amanda) Rayford, Tomisha (David) Rayford Crowley. 

She was preceded in death by her parents,  Amos Nicks and Edna Nicks. She leaves behind a sister, Carmelita Williams; a brother Tyrone (Theresa) Jackson; a sister, Roxanne (Lawrence) Brady; a brother Amos Nicks; and brother, Patrick English; her grandchildren, Navia, Meagan, Joniya, Jomeerah, Jonari, Ephraim, Nadim, Jayla, Christell, Gissell, Seleana, Tommy, Paris, Donaris, Serenity, and Symphony. 

Her influence and impact stretches throughout family, friends, and all those who have crossed her path. She has made an imprint in our hearts, and will be missed. 

A homegoing service will be held Saturday, January 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Jerusalem Holiness Church, House of God Saints in Christ, Inc., located at 6 Mt. Carmel Street, Folkston, Elder Terrance Pender, Pastor will be officiating.

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