Valnique, affectionately known as “Bae” “Giggle Bear” and/or “Nique,” was born on the glorious day of February 10, 1984, through the holy union of her parents Maureen and George “Vic” Henry in Wilmington, DE where she was raised, educated and resided.
Valnique worked as a dietitian, event planner, and childcare provider. Valnique also loved to roller-skate, jump double-dutch, cook, and sing; and she did them all very well.
Nique was the glue to the family. She always made sure she was on call for her children, husband, siblings, parents, nieces, nephews, and godchildren who she loved dearly. Nique enjoyed socializing and loved family gatherings. Valnique was a feisty 5’2 event planner. She organized every event and went above and beyond your expectations. Even if you didn’t ask Valnique to plan your event, she’s taking charge and she welcomed everyone with open arms. You were her family even if you were not biologically related. It was always a question of Aunt who? Cousin who? … You know, whatchamacallit!? She was always there, especially when you needed her the most. A few of Valnique favorite sayings: “I’m putting you in time out” “I’m sleep” or “Go stand in the corner.”
She was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Emani Bell; her beloved grandparents Mervin Johnson, Sr. and Barbara Henry; 1 aunt, Valerie Pettiford, and nephews, "Quis" and "Pb."
She leaves to cherish her precious memory: her husband, Shaye Freeman; her six beautiful children for whom she overloved and enjoyed planning parties, get-aways and preparing family dinners for, (sons) Jy’aire Johnson and Jah’myre (Chummy) Freeman and (daughters) Shayonna, Azhae, Journey, and Ja’Lah; her parents, Maureen and George Henry, Jr.; 4 brothers, Rashaon Deburnure, Victor Henry, George Henry III (Ashley), and Jamarr Henry (Shardaja); 2 sisters, Geor’Nae Henry and Itiyya Wynn; Grandparents, Lucy Johnson and George Henry Sr; aunts, Vastine Jones (Danny), Vondra White, Tenille Hardy (Marcus), Elisha Johnson, Lisa E Smith, Cheryl Henry, Tamela Rider (Andre) and Chanda Murkinson; uncles, Mervin Johnson, Thomas Henry (Khelia), Oliver Henry, and Michael Henry; special cousins, Terra Jones, Britiane Coleman, Brandi Henry, Damita Watts, Talisha Henry, Barbie Henry, Shannon Wooldford, Tonya Wright, Danasha Williams, Schemeck Pratt, Aaron Johnson, Anthony Jones, Daniel Jones, Amber Jones, Shardae White, Brittany Ennis, and Courtney Ennis; god children, Kameron McManus Bivens, Jahidyn Henry, Jaidah Henry, and Azaria Demby; 1 god sister, Sarai Jones; and two best friends Anitra Demby and Tishae Pinder.
Should friends and family desire, contributions can be made to her children's college fund. Please make checks payable to: Jy'Aire-Johnson.
Her Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11;30 AM on Monday, March 23, 2020, at Congo Legacy Center, 501 W. 28th Street, Wilmington, DE 19802, with viewing from 9:30-11:30 am.
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