Shanera Ann Washington-Sylve
1967 - 2020
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Shanera Ann Washington-Sylve entered into eternal rest with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the age of 53. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 26, 1967. She was married to Randolph A. Sylve for more than 20 years. She was the mother of two daughters: Kaila M. Sylve and Kamri M. Sylve. She was the daughter of the late Cyrus C. Washington, Jr. and Jacqueline G. Washington. She was the sister of Inga W. Brown and Cyrus C. Washington III. She leaves behind a host of family members, including nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. She attended elementary school at St. Joan of Arc and Incarnated Word. She graduated from McDonough #35 Senior High School in 1985. While there, she was a member and captain of the Eaglettes Dance Team and served as a sophomore maid on the homecoming court. She furthered her education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management at Nicholls State University, graduating in 1991. In her professional career, she was employed at Norwest Financial, Delgado Community College, and Holy Cross College. In 1999, she became the owner and continued operating Sylve Starlight Dance Academy. She also helped manage and operate The Saxony Banquet and Reception Hall. She was a member of New Home Ministries, under the guidance of the late Bishop Robert C. Blakes, Sr. and Pastor Leroy J. Phoenix. In her free time, Shanera enjoyed studying the Lord's Word, listening to music, reading, going out to eat, and spending time with her family. Due to current circumstances, relatives and friends are invited to proceed in a drive through celebration of life. For details, contact the family at KailaSylve123@yahoo.com.

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Published in The Times-Picayune from May 17 to May 18, 2020.
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May 31, 2020
Auntie Shanera,
You were one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders. Your positive energy and open heart made you so approachable. It was always so easy to talk to you, to express to you how I was feeling or what I was going through, and I wish I had taken a grater advantage of that quality while I had the chance. I'm so thankful for that time that we got to spend together, and for the words and stories that you shared with me. I am forever grateful for you countless acts of love and grace and the example that you set before me. My heart hurts because of how much I miss you, but I am so glad that you aren't in pain anymore. I'm beyond proud of you for never giving up, no what it was that life was throwing your way. You will forever be one of my greatest inspirations and I can't wait to see you again. I love you Auntie.
Brittany Harris
Family
May 31, 2020
I could write about my Aunt for forever but the one thing I want to share is her unconditional Love to me and others. There was not a day that I knew her that I was not certain that she loved me and was proud of me. Even when she got on me for small things as a child I always felt her overwhelming love. Auntie showed me year after year what it looks like to fully love your family as well as the unlovable. She was such a perfect example of what a selfless person looked like and I tried to follow her footsteps in so many ways. I miss you more than anything Auntie and I promise Im gonna keep making you proud. Love you ❤❤
Will Harris
Family
May 31, 2020
To my beautiful sister-in-law and fellow Survivor fan ... Know that I love you and will forever cherish our friendship. Your smile, energy, and laughter brightened every room I watched you enter. And that is always how I will remember you! It's hard to imagine Thanksgiving and Christmas without seeing your smile or hearing your voice. But I thank God for the years He blessed me with your presence, and for the loving cheerleader you were to each of my kids. I will miss seeing you down here, but I can't wait to see you there ... on the North Corner of Glory!
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Your Honey and Brother-In-Love,
Doug
Doug Harris
Family
May 30, 2020
BRENDA HARRIS
Friend
May 29, 2020
Shanera will be dearly missed! ❤❤ She was a childhood friend, classmate, Sophomore maids together, Eaglelettes together, Ecstacy dance mates, and true friend. We will always remember her smile, wonderful personality and bright outlook on every aspect of life no matter what she was going through. To Kamri and Kaila, if you need anything we are here for you.
Demorea and James Harper
Classmate
May 29, 2020
She was such a beautiful person inside and out. So happy and blessed to have known her. RIP Beautiful
Angela Favorite
Classmate
May 29, 2020
My condolences to the family. Take your rest classmate, love ya!!
C/O 1985
Judy Stewart
May 29, 2020
Shanera was my high school friend. We went to dances together and hung out. Over the last 35 years we didnt talk as much as we should have, but she was still my friend. Shakey I will miss you but Im glad you are no longer suffering. I will always cherish our high school memories
Jacqueline Stapleton McD#35 c/o 85❤❤❤
Jacqueline Stapleton
Classmate
May 29, 2020
I remember your smile being a motivating force among classmates. Some people have that magic... Thank you for sharing your smile with us... In heaven we know that you continue to soar...
Bettina Benoit Durant
Classmate
May 29, 2020
I remember your smile being a motivating force among classmates. Some people have that magic... Thank you for sharing your smile with us... In heaven we know that you continue to soar...
Bettina Benoit Durant
Classmate
May 29, 2020
Shanera was truly one-of-a-kind with a smile that lit up the room. We'll always remember her zest for life and her faith.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
With Love,
Cousin Sandrell, Brandon, Samarah, Sean and Davon
Sandrell
Family
May 28, 2020
To my dear niece, you are loved.
Shanera, I miss you so much. My heart is sadden from losing you, but in due time the Lord will heal me. I have so many wonderful memories of your beautiful smile, watching you dance, cruising together, family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, remembering the fun and laughter at Graduations, Weddings, Anniversaries and special events. It was always a pleasure to be around you. We thank God for having you in our lives. (Aunt Mel, Uncle Mike and Cousin Eric)
Emelda Oliver
Family
May 26, 2020
So you have sorrow now: but I will see you again, and your hearts will be glad...(John 16:22) May God put His comforting arms around you.
Although we will greatly miss your bright light shining on this side, we know your light will shine even brighter on the other side.
With love Cousin Crystal, Sarah, and Darren Jr.
Crystal
Family
May 26, 2020
So you have sorrow now: but I will see you again, and your hearts will be glad...(John 16:22) May God put His comforting arms around you.
Although we will greatly miss your bright light shining on this side, we know your light will shine even brighter on the other side.
With love Cousin Crystal, Sarah, and Darren Jr.
Crystal
Family
May 26, 2020
So you have sorrow now: but I will see you again, and your hearts will be glad...(John 16:22) May God put His comforting arms around you.

Although we will greatly miss your bright light shining on this side, we know your light will shine even brighter on the other side.

With love Cousin Crystal
Crystal
Family
May 26, 2020
To my niece Shanera,
Shanera was a wonderful person, an amazing mother, loving, caring all the time. I'm saddened that she is no longer here with me. I loved her so much, but God loved her more. She was an inspiration to me. I'm praying for God's strength to help me endure the lost of my first niece.
Love Auntie Cynthia.
Cynthia Gilmore
Family
May 25, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Eva Steward Miles
Friend
May 25, 2020
There are not enough words to express how much Shanera will be missed and how much our family will be forever blessed by her. She will always be a part of our lives and we are so grateful.
Our prayers and heart felt sympathy go out to her family.
Know you guys will always be loved by
The LaMothe Family
The LaMothe Family
Friend
May 25, 2020
May God bless and keep you in His Eternal Light.
We will miss you.
Love your uncle Reginald and auntie Evelyn Gilmore.
Reginald and Evelyn Gilmore
Family
May 25, 2020
This morning my heart is heavy and tears are still flowing. Yesterday I sent up my final goodbye to my first born daughter, Shanera Ann Washington. I love you Nera and I will miss your gleaming smile and positive attitude. I'm so happy that you displayed the Light of the Lord to shine through you and touch so many people. You were truly a blessing to our family. I'm confident that you are in the hands of God because, He was always present with you. He never left you. My God decided that it was time to carry you home to be with Him in Eternity. I'm so grateful that you knew who God was in your life. Rest in God's Peace my darling. Thank you Lord for sharing Shanera with us for 53 years. I know that Nera did not let NOTHING SEPARATE her from God.
To God, I give all Honor, Glory, and Praise. Thank You Lord!!
Love Forever,
Your Mom
Jacqueline Washington
Mother
May 25, 2020
I remember traveling from New Orleans East to Harvey (Woodmere) to bring my daughter to dance class. Shanera was a tough dance instructor, but she always had a smile. Rest in Heaven to our cousin and my daughter's 1st dance teach. To our cousins Randy, Kamri & Kamri we pray GOD will protect you during this difficult time. May he bring comfort and peace through laughter and memories.
Shontell Baker & Family
Family
May 25, 2020
I remember bringing my daughter to dance class driving from New Orleans East to Harvey (Woodmere) to support our cousin. Shanera was a tough dance teacher, but always kept a smile. Rest in Heaven Shanera. To our cousins Randy, Kamri & Kaila, we are praying for you during this difficult time. I pray that GOD will lift you up with everlasting memories, comfort and peace.
Shontell & Kedrick Baker
Family
May 24, 2020
Pin the many accomplishments and achievements in Shanera's life. So much love. I still see Shanera strutting in her Eaglette uniform! Those legs. Her moves. That smile. Always will see her dancing... Glad I had the opportunity to know her. Peace and love to her husband, Kaila and Kamri.
Tonya Freeman Brown
Classmate
May 24, 2020
Sending my prayers to her family Its a pleasure of knowing her through her dance team & reception hall , always a pleasant person. #RIH
Kyna
May 24, 2020
Rest well my friend. Thank you for the love and guidance you have shown my Cydney . You have always been an example of strength and determination. I will always consider your family as my family.
Chequita Shantel Williams
Friend
May 24, 2020
There will never be another star that shined as bright as yours big cousin. No one will ever forget that smile that always lit up a room. Rest easy Nera, your job here is complete.
With Love the Gilmores
(lil Wilbert and family)
Wilbert Gilmore
Family
May 24, 2020
We love u nera
You will be miss
Roshaun Gilmore
Family
May 23, 2020
I love you big sis!! My best friend and confidant. Your smile and faith you displayed in this world gives me peace in my heart that you aren't here in the flesh anymore. But your voice and spirit remains with me always!! I love you and will see you again in the next life!! Get your rest baby!!! Get your rest!!!
Cyrus Washington
Brother
May 23, 2020
To my dear Sister in Law,
Words cannot express enough the love in my heart for you and your family. It is going to take much prayer for all of us to get through this. But I know your spirit is in heaven where there is the fullness of joy. My your spirit forever be alive in us as we think and contemplate on the wonderful life you shared with us and others. You helped to many people through your dance, your motivation and your smile. In spite the odds you kept your joy. The lord said he will never leave you or forsake you. Today you know that is true as the Lord welcomes you with open arms. Today your faith can rest in him now, knowing the final call to home is a permanent calling for you. I know your smiling again, i know your dancing again, I know you motivating others in heaven. God bless you my sister in law. You will be missed. Until we meet again on that old ship of zion. It sits one hundred thousand. Tell my father in law hello. Tell Cyrus I love him. Tell him that his beautiful daughter has come home to a resting place in Jesus. To a resting place in God. No more tears, you have cried enough. No more pain. You have hurt enough. No more heartache, God has healed you, just as he did Jesus. Now you are planted by the rivers of water where you will never thirst again. Dance on my sister in law, dance on. Love you girl.
Elvin Brown
May 22, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Glenda W. Teague
Family
May 22, 2020
sleep well my beautiful niece Im gonna miss that beautiful smile you just lit up a room with your presence. Gonna miss those words of encouragement when we would talk I know you are in a better place it wont be the same without you sleep well my angel love you .Auntie Pam
Pamela Lofton
Family
May 22, 2020
beautiful young woman who was a gift to her family
Vera
Friend
May 22, 2020
Prayers and Condolences to the Washington n Sylve Families in your time of sorrow
Kathleen. W. Smothers
Family
May 22, 2020
To the Family,
Shanera was very dear to me. I thank her for being my play niece. When you see my mom, sister and your dad give them a big hug and kiss for me. Keep dancing and cheering.
LOVE, Teetie, Cathy
May 21, 2020
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Gustave Mire
May 21, 2020
One thing I always admired about Teetie Shanera was her energy. No matter what she did, whether it was planning events, dancing, or just being with her family, Teetie was extremely passionate and full of spirit. She was always a loving aunt for me and, even though I will miss you, I know you are in a better place and have found peace. I know that our family will prosper without you, because you lit the way. You showed us how to be energetic, resilient, and most importantly, full of heavenly grace. Thank you for being a great aunt. Love, -Elias
Elias Brown
Family
May 21, 2020
May your soul Rest In Peace Im so sorry To hear of your passing no more pain no more dialysis you were a joy to see 3x a week rest easy good night, See you in the Morning
Tashina G Williams
May 21, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Slyve and Washington families. May God grant His peace that surpasses all understanding and guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus during this time.
From the Harvey Family (Cousin Dana, Ed, Breanna, and Ejay)
Dana Gilmore Harvey
Family
May 21, 2020
Shanera's brightness was like a shining star. Even though she is gone, her light still burns in all she touched. Her smile, her exuberant personality and kindness live on in each of us. Her star shines brightly in the sky each night. Look up and smile and know that she is still with us. Thank you Shanera for sharing your passion for life with everyone you met. You will be missed greatly and the world is a better place because of you!
Claire Runnels-Alvarez
Friend
May 21, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tifany
Friend
May 20, 2020
The Lord will comfort and keep the family. He has promised never to leave you or forsake you. Trust him. The choir of Historic St. Peter AME Church sends their love.
Jacqueline Winston
Acquaintance
May 20, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jeffery, Miny
Family
May 20, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Prayers to the family
Hazel Family
Family
May 20, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Hazel Family
Family
May 20, 2020
EMMA LANDRUM
Friend
May 20, 2020
Praying that the Joy of the Lord and his comfort will be the Family Strength in this time. Jesus was, Jesus is, and Jesus will take care.
Michele Dent
May 20, 2020
look to the hill which come in your health and your health comes from the lord
Annie Barrow
May 19, 2020
Our prayers and sympathy are with the family
Skip & Pat Darensburg
May 19, 2020
Sending prayers to Randy and daughters on the loss of your loved one. We are here if you need anything
Kim McGrew
Neighbor
May 19, 2020
May we so live to enjoy that day when the Lord may say to us,WELL DONE,thou good and Faithful Servant:thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord. Matthew 25:23 God loves you best . Cousin Elmo& Romona McKenzie
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