Lanashia Imari Groce, age 22, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts December 22, 2000, and was called home January 6, 2023. Lanashia graduated from Fecteau-Leary Jr./ Sr. High School in June 2019 - a place she loved with all her heart. In her early life she loved to write music and was always an old soul. As a high school student in Lynn, Lanashia served as the high school Representative to the Lynn School Committee and brought student voice as a member of the Long Term Strategic Planning Team under Dr. Tutwiler. She also participated in the City of Lynn’s Student Government Day 2019 and was the recipient of the Lynn Business and Education Foundation Scholarship.
Lanashia was the devoted daughter of Lucretia Groce and the late, Gary Ruffin and leaves behind the love of her life - her daughter, Dream Jo’Leei. Lanashia is the youngest of six and leaves siblings: Stephanie, Michael, Makayla, and two stepsisters: LaToya Sandford and Jasmine Ruffin. She was a godmother to Jeremy Gonzalez. She was deeply cherished by her grandmother Gladys Hall of Boston, Massachusetts and her Godfather David Huffman of Boston. Lanashia also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and several nieces and nephews.
Lanashia’s lifelong besties were Devyn, Arelys, and Alex who were genuine and true blue always! She was also fortunate to have the support of her Godsister Jenna.
Lanashia had a strong work ethic and held positions at B Good, Bertucci's and was currently working at the LCB Senior living as a member of the waitstaff (although she thought was the social worker!). During the pandemic, Lanashia took an interest in cooking, especially Soul Food. She was an entrepreneur and had begun a food business she created - “Get Right with Lux”. Lanashia was appreciative of the support she received from the staff at Compass Mom’s Do Care of Beverly, Massachusetts where she began attending early in her pregnancy. She was slated to begin college this month with the hope of entering the medical field where she could continue her passion of working with the elderly. She had a dynamic personality and anyone who knew her would tell you that she lit up a room and commanded everyone’s attention. She was compassionate, feisty, savvy, accepted others for who they were and loyal to the end. Always affectionate to those in her life, she would go out of her way to tell them daily how much she loved them. She was devastated by the loss of her father in 2018 and never truly got over it, always speaking of him and saying how much she missed him every day. Lanashia had a very special relationship with her mother who lovingly called her “NAY NAY”. She was so grateful for the care, support and love that Lucretia gave her throughout her life and spoke of it often to anyone who would listen. This past year was very special as Lanashia, Dream and Lucretia resided together and were able to make ever lasting memories.
Lanashia’s family is forever grateful for Jean Robert Orne’ coming into her life as her memory and legacy will live on in their daughter Dream Jo’Leei.
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