Shawntay K. Allen and Ty’Lahni Shawntay Lee Kennedy

Shawntay K. Allen

September 5, 1993 – June 3, 2023

Shawntay Kiarra Allen (Kennedy) was born September 5, 1993 to Valerie Allen (Hines) and Raymond D. Baker. Shawntay grew up in Mankato, MN where she attended school at Mankato East Jr. & Sr. High School and Riverbend academy (Kato public charter school). At a young age Shawntay found one of her talents in doing hair. In her community she was known as the “Loc Queen” for her gifted ability to do Loc hairstyles. People would often say that their hair was “slayed by Tay” because her talent was unmatched. Tay was also gifted with the skills of decorating and event planning. Over the years Shawntay made many friends and impacted the lives of everyone she encountered with her loving, kind, and infectious spirit. Shawntay’s greatest joy in life was being a mother to her four babies: E’miyja Allen-Taylor, E’Laiyja Allen-Taylor, E’Mariya Darrough, and Raymonie Robinson, awaiting her baby girl Ty’Lahni Kennedy, and being a future wife to her fiancé, Tyrone Kennedy.

Shawntay instilled the best parts of herself in her children, she taught them to keep family first, to be resilient, to be kind, and how to live life to the fullest. To continue to create the best and most peaceful life for her family, Shawntay and her fiancé decided to relocate to Omaha, NE on her birthday 9/5/22. She would often express how it is the best decision she ever made. In Omaha Tay found peace and a closer relationship to God; she loved living closer to her big brother and baby sister as well. Many people will miss her eternally.

She is survived by her fiancé, Tyrone Kennedy; children, E’Miyja Janes Desreyell Allen-Taylor (Devin Taylor), E’Laiyja Sincerre Allen-Taylor (Devin Taylor), E’Mariya Leone Darrough (Jamontay Darrough), and Ray’Monie King Robinson (Monteray Robinson); parents: Valerie Hines (Cornelius Mack), Raymond D. Baker (Kahalla Baker), and Darryl Beasley; siblings, nieces and nephews: Big sister, Destiny Owens (Dana Owens), James Owens and Dana Owens. Big brother, James Moore (Macy Moore), Aaliyah Moore & Everson Moore; baby sister, DyReyell Beasley; little brother Rayden J Baker; big brother, Raymond D. Baker Jr., Noah Baker, Zaida Baker and Mia R. Baker; grandparents: Wayne Ayers Sr., Mercedes Scott, and George Baker;  god-daughter, Hunni; aunts & uncles: Shawntay L. Benton, Wayne Ayers Jr, DeWayne Ayers, Courtney, and James Scott; cousins: Casha Benton (daughter), Kei’andre Benton-Kelly, Kei’Asia Benton- Kelly (grandkids), D. Romain Thomas;  bonus siblings: Deanna McNair, Shaquille McNair, Tyia Johnson, Dondrea Catchings, Olivia Wynn, Abel Navejas, and Sagal Hurshe; bonus mom, Kimberly Johnson .

Shawntay is survived by many more family and friends.

Although Shawntay is physically gone her spirit will live on through all of us. May we forever make her proud. Shawntay was preceded in death by her grandmother, Sherry L. Ayers. Sadly, Shawntay was followed to heaven by her precious baby girl, Ty’ Lahni Shawntay Lee Kennedy, where they will be together for eternity. All three of these ladies are watching over our family as our angels. We miss them beyond measure.


Ty’Lahni Shawntay Lee Kennedy

June 3, 2023- June 20, 2023

Ty’Lahni Shawntay Lee Kennedy was born June3, 2023 at 9:18pm to Shawntay Allen (Kennedy) and Tyrone Kennedy in Omaha Nebraska. Ty’Lahni brought so much joy and hope to her family upon her arrival. Ty’Lahni was her fathers twin and had the fighting spirit of her mother, she was the best combination of the two of them. The love that everyone saw in her and felt from her was unmatched and her beautiful little spirit was felt by everyone who came to visit her in the hospital.

For the seventeen days she was on the earth she spent quality time with her dad, grandma, grandpa, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She enjoyed their singing, wearing cute outfits, holding hands, and being held by her family, and a beautiful garden photoshoot with her loved ones.

Ty’Lahni is survived by. father, Tyrone Kennedy; siblings, E’Miyja Allen-Taylor, E’Layija Allen-Taylor, E’Mariya Darrough, and Ray’Monie Robinson; grandparents, Valerie Hines (Cornelius Mack), Raymond Baker Sr, Darryl Beasley, Mattie Kennedy, Tyrone Kennedy Sr; aunts, uncles, and cousins, Destiny Owens (Dana Owens) James Owens and Dana Owens ll. James Moore (Macy Moore) Aaliyah Moore and Everson Moore. DyReyell Beasley, Casha Benton, Kei’Andre Benton-Kelly, Kei’Asia Benton-Kelly, Kiawanna Kennedy, Krystal Allen, Nathaniel Harris, and Brandon Celestine; Great-aunts and uncles, Wayne Ayers Jr., Dwayne Ayers, Courtney Ayers, Glenda Chopin, Annette Whittington, Dan Jones, Dana Jones, Roosevelt Gant; bonus aunts and uncles, Deanna McNair, Shaquell McNair, Tyia Johnson, Dondrea Catchings, Olivia Wynn, Abel Navejas, and Sagal Hurshe.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, June 30, 2023. 11:00am at the West Center Chapel. 7805 West Center Rd. Memorials to be directed by the family.



1 Condolence

  • E’Miyja Allen-Taylor Posted July 24, 2023 9:00 pm

    I love my mom. She means a lot to me and my siblings and it was unfortunate for her to leave but we will meet again. And she needs to know I got all her kids forever even if nobody else do, I love you mommy and I can’t believe your really gone,

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