Channa Hope Guinard
April 15, 1974 – April 10, 2021
Channa Hope Guinard, age 46, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. Born in Fall River a daughter of the late Norman and JoAnn (McCartney) Guinard, she resided in Fitchburg, New Bedford, and finally Fall River.
Channa’s legacy does not just stop with all the selfless work she did in the community, she was a loving mother, a caring sister, and a devoted grandmother. She is survived by her eldest son Rekein Dean, and his partner Erin Call of Kelsyville CA., her adoring daughter Liara Dean and her finance Johnathan Leveseque, and their daughter, Channa’s only grandchild Anabela Leveseque of Ashburnham MA, her youngest son Octavio Plasse, and his partner Victoria LoRicco of Barre MA. her younger sister Ina Guinard, Ina’s wife Felicia, and their two children Liandra and Diandra Boddie of Leominster MA., and last but certainly not least, her partner in crime, her beloved dog “Prince” Rocky Guinard.
A graduate of Fitchburg High School, she later received a Hair Stylists Certification, and was attending The School of Ministry in order to further her career with the church. Her title as the Urban Outreach Minister of The First Baptist Church of Fall River, was a role with heavy responsibility. She was passionate about helping those that seemed helpless and developed the Building Bridges program that brought both The First Baptist Church of Fall River, and the First Christian Congregational Church of Fall River together to aid all of those in need. She devoted her life to the service of the needy, and boldly accepted the challenge. She founded The Clothing Ministry, The Community Service Program, and The Warming Center, just to name a few.
Channa had a relationship with God that we all would admire, she lived a very humble life, and saw beauty in everything around her. She was the kind of person who often took the time to smell the flowers and breathe in the scenery. She loved music, especially her first love Prince, anyone who knows her, knows that she would not leave the house without stopping at Dunks for an iced coffee or three. Her laugh was contagious, and she always found a way to find the good in every terrible situation. She loved the ocean, and gazing at the moon, and she spent many hours playing video games with her family. Her final wish was to donate her organs and use her life to perpetuate life and love to others. She will be eternally remembered and missed dearly.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday May 26 at 2:00 PM in First Baptist Church, 228 North Main Street, Fall River. Contributions in her honor may be made to Steppingstone Incorporated, 466 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720, www.steppingstoneinc.org.
- Steppingstone Incorporated
First Baptist Church
Channa Hope Guinard
May 10, 2021
Channa, I am saddened by your passing but grateful we had an opportunity to reconnect one last time. You were a friend in school and despite our differences you always had my back. I hope you are at peace and I cherish the memories we had of our times at school.
May 4, 2021
I remember you, quiet and with a beautiful, soulful vision.
You were so excited, when you came into my office and said...."I am going to start a clothing ministry." Then, "I'm going to be a Community Health Worker"....then "I can be there for the homeless of the Winter Overflow during the day, it will be their warming center." Then, "Can I work at the shelter?"
Dear sweet Channa, you have touched so many with your selfless compassionate heart. You're going to be the very best angel in Heaven.
May 4, 2021
I'm still shock you are gone you was so happy when you finally got the new place and your car. You was one busy woman I don't know how you did it but you did. Even when your legs were hurting you was still at work. I would tell you to go home and rest but you was on a mission. We had the best team me you and James the night shift crew we kept Amazon clean lol. Man I am going to miss you knowing your name was Channa but I always called you China on the walkie you would get a kick out of it then it became natural my nickname for you. You were a good Shift Leader and I am glad we met I'll remember the good times and laughs we all had. You rest now you did most of the things you told me you wanted to do.
Your Amazon Crew
May 3, 2021
Thanks for sharing of her passing I loved Channa like she was my daughter . I used to work for Steppingstone and in the program Stone Residence. I loved how she got up early and went to the church every morning and would retire to bed early . She was a model to me and it was her commitment that taught me how to be more committed to ministry. For those 2+ years I enjoyed her and even when I left working and retired we were still friends on Facebook and it was recently we just spoke about the ministries that we both have so I thought this memory so fitting to uplift your spirits and remember such a committed person who loved God and people with all of her being .
We will all have a reunion one day in heaven my sweet friend!!! Rest In Peace