In Memory of

LaTonya

Mabry

Obituary for LaTonya Mabry

LaTonya Mabry, 88, passed away on Dec 12, 2023 at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland California with complications from Dementia. Born Beulah Anna Johnson, to McCullough and Beaulah Johnson on Feb 15, 1935 in Denton, Texas, was the youngest of six. Proceeded in death by her brothers; DL & Emery Johnson, and sisters; Ester Mae Kirtman, Doris Cutea Williams, and Betty Lou Stinson.

As a young teen, she attended Vallejo High School, while playing piano for her home church. Later, acknowledging her natural talent, when her cousin Loretta left the group “The Stewart Four”, she was invited to join her cousins Sylvester, Rose, and Freddie Stewart to complete the quartet. Together, they recorded “On The Battlefield” where she played piano, and sang soprano on the recording. While attending San Jose State college, she received her degree in English.

Married to the late E. Bob Mabry in 1955, the two embarked on their new life together. With both coming from large families, the two were looking forward to starting a tribe of their own. In March of 1958, they welcomed their daughter, born Peggilyn Mabry. A few years after their divorce in 1961, Beulah legally changed her name to LaTonya. Inasmuch, after her daughter’s constant bulling from classmates, LaTonya legally changed their daughter’s name to Lynn.

As a single mom, LaTonya worked as a secretary at Travis Airforce Base, and an Executive Assistant to Col. Parker at the U.S. Army Post at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA. She will always be remembered for her hospitality, spirited nature, and her exceptional culinary skills. Everyone LOVED her gumbo! No matter what she created in the kitchen, it was extraordinary. She joyfully opened her home for people to come for a good meal, fellowship, and grow as human beings.

Now residing in Berkeley California, and while working at the Oakland Naval Supply Center as the Racial Awareness Facilitator, she formed and spearheaded an at home-based therapy group called “U.P.W.A.R.D.S” (Understanding People Who Are Racially Diverse). If you knew her, LaTonya was all about empowerment! She had a special place in her heart for people in need. So much so that she worked at the Women’s Shelter for a couple of years. Prior to, and during her retirement, she became a private caregiver for aging seniors. Once fully retired, she was diagnosed with Dementia. LaTonya, and her best friend Sonja Williams, shared a home for over 50 years. Ms. Sonja devoted her life, caring for her best friend, until she succumbed to the disease.

Survived by her daughter Lynn Mabry, granddaughter; Akasha LaRain Hendrix, and two great grandchildren; Junie Lynn & Osbourne Lennon Hendrix. Nieces; Patricia Norris, Arvora “Cookie” Henderson, Connie “Peaches” Stokes, Mary Young, and the late Omega Kirtman. Nephews; Richard “Deacon” Williams, Gaylord “Snookie” Stinson, Danny “DL” Johnson, and her late nephews Paul Kirtman & Dwayne Stinson, with a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins, loved ones, and family friends!