Lena Mae York

August 27, 1926January 2, 2021

Lena Mae York, 94, of Charlotte, formerly of Lumberton, passed away peacefully January 2, 2021. Born August 27, 1926 in Laurinburg, she was the daughter of Lee Gaston Simmons and Mary Viola York. Lena graduated from Laurinburg Institute at the age of 16 and studied Secretarial Science at Robeson Community College in Lumberton. A survivor, Lena maintained and provided for her family in spite of the obstacles she faced as a single woman of color from an impoverished background. Survivors include; her daughter, Yvette Walker of Charlotte, grandsons, Zadie A. Walker of New York, NY and Seneca M. York of Durham. Her daughter Gloria Gail York predeceased her in 1996. At Lena’s request, no services are scheduled. Arrangements entrusted to Forest Lawn West Funeral Home.


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John & Gloria McIntyre

January 8, 2021

Our sister in Christ is a jewel to our lives. A supporter of the Body of Christ and a shining light in our hearts. She was at our wedding in 1983 and was a celebration of joy and victory with her presence. Our spirits were one together in the Lord.
(John) at a critical time in my life, Sister Lena at times seemed to be the only one that I could trust and depend on. I had just got saved and would attend different churches. I would often see this lady whose hair seemed to grow each time I saw her. I learned that she was saved also, so I considered her my twin sister, in that, we began to grow in the Lord together. She taught me much and look forward to seeing her in glory.

Teresa Morrison

January 8, 2021

In loving memory of our wonderful cousin Lena Mae York. She was a beautiful, gorgeous, loving and sweet Woman of God. Lena was my mother Catherine Watson Morrison oldest cousin on her father Cicero Watson side that was living. She called grandpa Cicero Unk. I remember my mother and I visiting cousin Lena, her mother, which we called MeMa, Yvette and Gloria in Lumberton. Cousin Lena was very hospitable. She made you feel loved.
Cousin Lena loved her family. She was the historian of the family. Cousin Lena was brilliant and full of wisdom. On a occasion her and Maurice would visit us and our cousin in Gibson. I have so many memories of our dearest cousin. When she couldn't visit anymore she would write or send a card. We will always love you. I will forever remember and cherish what you've deposited in my life. To Yvette, Zadie and Maurice may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. May the love and peace of God comfort your hearts. Our prayers, love and condolences are with you all. 🙏♥️
Love your cousins Teresa, Wanda, Catherine and Dot the daughters of Catherine Watson Morrison.

Rita Anagor

January 7, 2021

Her smile was contagious the few times I’ve met her. May her soul Rest In Peace.

Tremesa Medley

January 7, 2021

I'm going miss mrs. Lena . I use to work for mrs.lena as a back up caregiver. I enjoy myself while I was around her . She had me laughing at times. I called her mama. A sweet little lady. I'm going miss her. Her daughter going miss her as well. Sending my love .

tony blanks

January 6, 2021

Mama Aunt Lena was very inspirational in my life a rock that I could hold onto when she visit us in New York back in the day she was my history teacher about our family about things I would have never known if it wasn't for her ..she was always a graceful lady very sharp in her knowledge and wisdom and understanding she passed it all to me and her daughters Gloria and Yvette I am very grateful of the times that I was in her presence and it will be in my heart and soul forever her presence will always be with us. Ma Mays presence has always been around us and my sister Gloria Im so grateful thankful for their guidance throughout my life. Thank you thank you thank you in Jesus name for their spirit that's interceding on our behalf until the day we meet again Amen

Brittney Coleman

January 5, 2021

Aunt Lena was a great joy! I loved going to her house in Lumberton with my Grandmother Lillian, we would eat cake and watch tv or seat outside when it was nice enough. Around that time Aunt Gloria taught me how to read. Aunt Lena is having a great time in heaven with her daughter Gloria and my grandmother Lillian.

Carla Watson-Carter

January 5, 2021

Ms York was a staple in my upbringing and a part of my personal village. Her daughter Yvette was my “bestie” and still is, so I spent a lot of time in their home. She was soft spoken, but a very progressive thinker. She always had a message for us that made sense. I saw her last in 2018, and even though her memory was declining, she remembered Me and gave me her signature “Colgate Smile”. Beautiful memories of Ms Lena will always resonate in my Heart.