The world lost a beloved mother, Caroline LaBoo, on March 14, 2021. Caroline fought many battles, but it never stopped her love for cooking huge meals on Sunday which was odd because it was only herself and her younger son Jamel (her baby). There was always plenty of food for everyone and especially for Shaquina. Her house was more than a home, but the gathering place.
Caroline was born in Jersey City, NJ on May 8, 1953 to the late Heyward and Alberta Neals. Caroline attended Jersey City Public Schools and graduated from Dickerson High School. As Caroline navigated through life, she met and married James LaBoo and through their union bore two sons Terrance E. LaBoo and Jamel LaBoo. Her love for her children would never go unnoticed.
As an employee of Prudential Life Insurance for over 20 years and later retired from the Jersey City Public Library as librarian. During her years of service, she met co-workers who became family. Caroline faith is what kept her going and because of her heart was always condition to love and trust God, she rededicated herself back to Christ. In the year of 2005 she rejoined the Sanctified Church of Jesus Christ. She loved attending Sunday School and Gloria and Hellen Brown always made feel like another sister. As Caroline finished her last chapter of her story, I know her last words are I Love You!
Caroline is survived by her darling children Terrance E. La Boo (Yoconna Owens-LaBoo) and Jamel LaBoo; grandchildren Terrance E. LaBoo Jr, Shanice Terri LaBoo, Erica Shadae LaBoo; great grandchild Carter Ahmod LaBoo; brother Eleton Neals and sisters Judith Gallemore (Willie Gallemore Sr), Iredarne Gourdine (Michael Gourdine Sr.) Joann Neals, Rita Thomas (Richard Thomas Sr). Caroline is also cherished by her sisters-in-laws Laura Elmstead, Bernice Shannon and Lillian Mickens; goddaughter Monique Gallemore-Bullock; godson: Theodore Neals and special nieces Sherry Neals and Shaquina Neals, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Likewise, Caroline also holds a special place in the hearts of her Sanctified Church of Christ family, dear circle of friends and coworkers who somewhere along the way seamlessly transitioned into family. Caroline is preceded in death by her loving husband, James LaBoo, her parents Albertha and Hayward Neals; siblings Gloria Neals, Willie Neals Sr., and Daisy Neals; mother-in-law and father-in-law Evelyn and Frank LaBoo and sister-in-law Evangelist Francine Stewart
Dedication to Grandma
A couple of hours before sunrise, my beloved Grandma left us March 14th 2021 at 4:47 AM to catch the sunrise to Heaven to be with God and our other family in Heaven. As I mourn over her leaving this reality, my Grandma will always still stay with me and my older siblings. I wish I had the chance to say goodbye one last time but everything happens for a reason. I will forever remember her when she told stories of my older siblings. Like them having to put their shoes on before their clothes. And how when my older brother and sister lived up North, Grandma would say "Y'all bet not leave that porch!" I was also told by Grandma to never leave your purse on the floor, because that's how you go broke and that sometimes beauty comes with pain, as my sibling watches her put on her heels. I will forever love her, and wish to hear more stories from my Uncle and Dad as we keep her alive in our hearts. Thank you Grandma for setting the light for us to thrive and work as a family unit. I know you'll be watching over us until we meet again one day. We all love you and just want to say thank you for God giving us the time that we did have with you Grandma and we won't let you down. We love you, rest peacefully, pain free, worry free and watch us all make you proud!
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