Saduqah Al-Mumina Hassan El formerly known as Eleanora Virginia Cheeks (Tinker), was born on September 1, 1950 in Wilmington, DE to Essie V. Cheeks-Brown and James E. Brown Jr.
She transitioned this life on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at home in Wilmington, DE surrounded by her husband Umar, her daughter Jamillah and granddaughter Raabi’a.
She received her education from Mary C.I. Williams Elementary, Bancroft Junior High, and Howard High School, where she graduated in 1968. After graduation she worked at Wilmington Trust for many years until marrying the love of her life, Umar K. Hassan El formerly known as Lewis E. Coffield
(Butchie), for 49 years. Saduqah loved children and later went on to work as a teacher at The Wilmington Head Start,
where she was able to travel with them to Puerto Rico. Her love of children inspired her to open and run a home daycare for many years called Mother’s Paradise at 615 west 9 th street.
She helped to raise many children in the West Center City neighborhood. She was a truly sweet, kind, and wonderful person. She was number five of twelve children. She loved her brothers’ and sisters’ dearly and remained very close to them. She enjoyed spending time with her children and great grandchildren at her daughter Jamillah’s house, The Crazy House as she affectionately called it. She also loved traveling with her husband, a.k.a. her man as she called him. They traveled down south numerous times as well as fulfilling her dream of a cruise to the Bahamas. She loved Allah and fulfilled her obligation as a Muslimah by going on Hajj with her husband.
Saduqah was preceded in death by her parents: Essie V. Cheeks-Brown and James E. Brown Jr.; parents in law: James and Emma Coffield, Lolita Washington-Miles, 1 step son: Darius Brown, 2 brothers: Lloyd Anderson and James Cheeks III, 5 brother in laws: Ralph, Robert, and June Matthews, Christopher Sutton, and Robert Simpson Sr., 1sister in law: Isabelle Parker, and 4 aunts: Rev. Lavinia Starks, Bessie Hall, Mary Ryan, and Bertha Driggins, and 3 uncles: Isaac, Earl, and Clarence Anderson, 2 nephews: Waali Qaadir Bey, and William Coffield, 1 niece: Sonya Chambers, 1 great nephew Christian Coffield and 1 great niece Kaia’Lynn Congo Watson.
Saduqah leaves to cherish her memory her 4 children: Sadaqah Hassan El, Jamillah Hassan El- Wise (Larry), Isma’il and Akbar Hassan El; 2 step daughters: Belinda Ross-Butler (Rodney) and Tanya Lea (Stephen), 2 Godchildren: Iesha Congo-Watson (Doc) and Dennis Cheeks, 31 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, 9 siblings, Nahreem and Waali Qaadir Bey, Victoria
Simpson, Wanda Cheeks, Veronica Congo (Michael), Connie Robinson, Bonnie Sutton, Kim and Tony Cheeks, her God sister: Barbara King-Guy (Nelson), God brother: Russell Harmon, 2
sisters in law: Evangelist Barbara Crummel and Delia Cheeks, 1 brother in law: Rev. James E. Coffield Jr., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and adopted children. Ummi as
everyone affectionately called her, loved and touched the lives of many, many people and will be truly missed.
Janazah service will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 10AM - 11AM only at Masjid Al Kauthar 2102 Northeast Blvd Wilmington, DE 19802. A graveside service will be held at 12Noon at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery following the Janazah services. A memorial service will be held at 7PM at Masjid Al Kauthar 2102 Northeast Blvd Wilmington, DE 19802.
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