Ernesta B. Singleton

September 30, 1950 ‒ November 30, 2009

Delaware, Ohio

Ernesta Beatrice Singleton, age 59 of Delaware died Monday, November 30, 2009 at the Dayton Veterans Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born on September 30, 1950 in Long Island, New York to the late Odessa Henry Robinson and Calvin Robinson of New York. During her service as a US Army veteran she met and married her husband of 34 years: Gerald Singleton Jr. in Germany. Together while serving in the armed forces, they raised a family while being stationed at several military bases throughout their military careers.

A graduate of Austin Peay University with degrees in business administration, Ernesta worked as a licensed practical nurse and nursing home administrator. She also worked as a senior advocate for older adults in Columbus. A woman with numerous interests, she was a continuous learner. Well read, she was a voracious reader, especially in the areas of history and science. Polite and at times feisty, she enjoyed an adventurous spirit and determined nature.

A wonderful cook, she could masterfully create any cuisine, Asian was her specialty. She collected decorative boxes and cookbooks. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and fishing. She also enjoyed traveling, which led her to all corners of the world.

Intrinsically driven, yet reserved and strong willed, she will be remembered for her love of family and zest for life.

In addition to her husband Gerald, she is survived by children: Tomeka M. (George) Shum of California, Ibana Y.A. Singleton of Florida, Gerald D. Singleton IV of Delaware, Jirayna M.A. Singleton of Delaware, and LaRessa Anne Robinson. Brothers: Calvin and Byron Robinson of New York, Sisters: Carol and Deborah Robinson of New York, and Marilyn DePeaza of Georgia.

She was also preceded in death by her son Gerald D. Singleton III and her treasured grandmother: Amy Fletcher.

Funeral services will be held Saturday 2:00 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St. (SR 36) Delaware, with Rev. Lamont Coates officiating. Friends may call from 1:30 until 2:00 prior to the services. In respect of Ernesta’s colorful personality, friends are requested to don vibrant colors and refrain from wearing the color black.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to her family to assist with final expenses.

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