Aliyya Kareem
(1924 - 2009)

Aliyya Kareem

April 18, 1924

February 6, 2009


ALIYYA KAREEM 1924 -2009

“In GOD I will praise His word.
In God I.will put my trust,
I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” Psalm 56:4

It was a beautiful morning in Houston Texas when Aliyya Kareem fell asleep to await the call of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Aliyya's passing took place February 6, 2009 at the Mariner Nursing Home after a valiant four year battle with cancer.
Aliyya was the youngest child of five, born to Amos & Fannie Bell in Meridian, Miss on April 18, 1924. She was named Eunice Ruthlin Bell, and was a student at St. Josephs Catholic High School, and an alumnus of McClendons Beauty School. Later in life, Aliyya worked for many years at Creedmoor State Hospital in Queen's New York as a Certified Nurse's Assistant.
Aliyya , a spirited fearless woman, possessed a larger than life personality that denied her petite 5’ 2” frame … A person blessed with many talents,.. an interior decorator, event planner, avid gardener of exotic plants, a lover of poetry and a jazz enthusiast.
Blessed with beauty, a sharp wit, and the gift of being a superior cook, she loved to entertain, often having Arthur Prysock , Billy Eckstein, Sammy Davis, Jr and , Sarah Vaughan, as guests around her bountiful table. She owned and operated a restaurant for several years delivering delicious “down home” cooking.
She was a stanch Republican and a dedicated member of the Standpatters Republican Club of New Jersey. She worked lovingly in her community by sponsoring outstanding young women in a year long event culminating in the annual Scholarship Cotillion.
Aliyya with her husband, James Beale, who proceeded her in death, (was the love of her life and best friend) established a rich social life in the bustling cities of Chicago, IL , Philadelphia Pa, and settling finally in her city of choice…Atlantic City, NJ.
Later on in life, due to failing health. she would move to Houston Tx to live with her niece Barbara Hearon.
In 1973, Aliyya, embraced the Muslim faith.
In the Spring of 2003, Aliyya accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior becoming a member of the Houston NW Seventh Day Adventist Church family.... "He (Jesus) is the boss of my life” was her firm declaration.
Aliyya was also proceeded in death by her parents Amos & Fannie Bell; her siblings, Mildred Bell-Duncan-Lomax, Cappitolia Robinson, Odessa White and Cornelius Paul Bell .
Aliyya leaves behind to celebrate her life ..33 nieces and nephews: Barbara & David Hearon, Spring TX , David R. Hearon III, Houston TX, ..Dana & Linda Hearon San Jose Ca, …Jon & Nancy Hearon, Chicago Il, Henry Hearon, Chicago,… Jeff Hearon, Spring TX, ….Sean & Monica Hearon,Chicago, Il … Ben Hearon ,Chicago Il . David , Keva & Nick Hearon, Huntsville Al. …Dr. Michael & Greta Dunca, Nashville TN, Jerome & Dr. Reta Duncan, Altadena Ca, Marcella Duncan, Nashville TN, Dr. Gussie Hawkins Duncan -Green, & Keitron Duncan in Chattanooga, TN; Elisha Duncan , CA, Justine Duncan,Huntsville Al,;….Fannetta Marie Robinson, Queens NY, Lillian Robinson, Queens NY, Arthur Robinson,Westville, NJ, …Bettina Robinson Atlantic City NJ, …Quana Robinson, NY, …Trent Robinson Atlantic City NJ,… Bertha Robinson, Brooklyn NY, Cappie Robinson . Seymour Robinson,NC …Mark Robinson, NY,NY.
Cousins, Charles & Louise Crenshaw of Huntsville, Al. Carrie Mae Johnson of Lisma, AL, Eva Welsh of NY, NY, Evelyn Collins of Baltimore Md. Beatrice Pearson of Tuscaloosa AL and Thelma & Glenn Earl , San Bernardino CA
and a host of loving friends…..namely Comfort Hoffman, Michelle Jennings and the Roman family.

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Aunt Aliyya was a very giving & kind person. She always knew how to make everyone feel right at home. Always ahead of her time,(back in the early fifties)she was a gay rights advocate.
I should know, because I had a first hand lesson that taught me how not to react to gays.
She had a dear friend, a very handsome man, who often came by her home to have refreshments.
A child of 11, I found his effeminate behavior very amusing...So when she finally introduced us, I had an uncontrollable fit of giggles. And between giggles, I had the adaucity to ask him " Why do you act like a girl"....Aunt Aliyya, was mortified, having me apologize on the spot. Later on she attempted to explain his behavior to me. Of course the explanation was over my eleven year old head.
I didn't get it. However, I never again laughed at the unfamiliar behaviors I observed in others. Lesson learned! Thank you Aunt Aliyya for modeling kindness towards others.
Barbara Hearon (niece)
July 29th, 2009
Aunt Aliyya, A wonderful wild and free spirit. Very Loving ,kkind and generous. Always willing to help out her family and friends and yes a great host. Awesome cook and lover of music and people.
Aunt Aliyya you are truly missed. But you live on in my memories. Thank you for loving me and being their for me.
Arthur Robinson (Nephew)
July 29th, 2009
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"To My Aunt Aliyya..I miss our weekly outings... shopping and doing lunch. You will always be remembered for your funny musings about people and life. thanks for being there for me..."
Barbara Hearon
July 29th, 2009


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