KHADIJAH S. RHETT
Khadijah Sameerah Rhett, affectionately known as “Dee Dee” was born on June 7, 1980, in Elizabeth NJ to Dianne Rhett and DeNorman Williams. She gained her wings on August 28, 2020.
Khadijah obtained her education from the Elizabeth Public School System. She graduated from Thomas Edison High School in 2001. After, graduating she went on to work for United Parcel Service (UPS), where she was employed as a Sorter Operator for over 20yrs.
As a child, she loved spending time with her sisters and all her cousins. She was always trying to get someone to take her to a corner store so she could buy ice cream and a bag full of candy. Needless to say, it wasn't long before she ended up with a mouth full of silver caps. All the children in the family thought she looked so adorable. By the time each day ended she’d be covered in ice cream and dirt. This was why her granddad, "Gramps" nicknamed her “Dirty Red”. When indoors you’d catch her hula hooping, dancing, and flying thru the house on her roller skates. The neighbor, who was also a family friend would often bang on the ceiling and yell " Dee Dee, quit skating over my darn head" Everyone would laugh. The next day Dee Dee would be right back at it.
Boy did she love to dance! The time she spent dancing in front of the mirror appeared limitless. She was so excited when her younger sister, Khariah became old enough to join her. They spent countless hours during childhood and as adults having a great time dancing and hanging out. During family gatherings, she'd dance her way up to those sitting or dancing and say" you don't want none of this" as a way to challenge them to dance. Very few people could keep up with her. She was often the last one on the dance floor. Khadijah was truly the life of the party!
Khadijah enjoyed relaxing in the yard with her parents, discussing life. Dee Dee got a kick out of talking smack with her dad. She also loved to spend time with her nieces and younger cousins. She encouraged them to listen to their parents. Khadijah took pride in helping others look good. She was a self-taught hairstylist and was absolutely great at it. She appreciated her role as a “family stylist” for many years. Whether doing hair or putting an outfit together for someone, you could always depend on her to make you look fabulous. Khadijah had a true passion for fashion. Dee Dee could dress her butt off. She knew how to coordinate colors and her style was impeccable. She had a unique sense of style and didn’t mind stepping out of the box when it came to fashion.
She was affectionately known by most as Dee Dee, some called her, Dirty Red, Tweety Bird, Rhett, etc. However, her favorite name to be called was “Mommy” because her son meant everything to her. She was so proud of the young man that he is becoming. She appreciated how he stays out of trouble. She was excited about him graduating next year and had already started planning his prom. She was often giving him pointers on respecting and caring for the women around him. He was her Joy.
Khadijah leaves her most cherished memories to her beloved son, Jahod N. Woodard; Parents Dianne Rhett and DeNorman Williams; sisters Khariah Rhett and Shakerra McNair; great-aunt Johnnie Mae Champagne, godfather Howard Dennis, nieces, Leasya and Anayah; nephew, Elijah; close friend, Jason Woodard and a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that she truly adored.
Khadijah was one of a kind. A very special person. She will truly be missed.
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