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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the untimely passing of Laquiesha Shantell Duncan, a vibrant and vivacious woman whose spirit illuminated the lives of those fortunate enough to know her. On December 18, 2023, at the age of 39, Laquiesha left us, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and boundless creativity.
Born on June 5, 1984 to mother, Regina Bolden King, and father, Darrell Duncan. Laquiesha was the third oldest among her four siblings, Jeremy Pleasant (42), Toccara Thomas (40), and Charles King III. (37). Laquiesha faced the challenges of life with resilience and grace. Separated from her biological family at the tender age of eight, she was placed with a new foster family in Kirbyville, Texas that opened their hearts to her and, over time, grew to love her as their own. She leaves behind her foster sisters and brothers that include Sheila Limbrick, Margaret Brim, Delores Senegal, Joe Ervine, Dominque Ervine, Dominique Ervine, Qu’Darius Ervine, Brittnie Sinegar, Travis Sinegar, Loretta Diggles, Doretha Fowler, Preston Ervine, Marcus Sinegar, Michael Ervine, Burman Ervine, and Joaquin Pugh. She is survived by her parents, her biological and foster siblings; niece, Norielle Thomas; and nephews, Davion Thomas and Adrian Charles King; in addition to her beloved children, Ziyon Smith (17), Jahvontay Pinesette, Johntai Leola Pinesette, and Josiah Pinesette.
Although she was separated from her biological family at such a young age, she was very fortunate to reunite with them again in 2002 at the age of 18. She embraced the duality of her roots, forging even deeper connections with those who shared her blood and those who opened their hearts to her in foster care. The love she received from both families was immeasurable, and she reciprocated it with a heart full of gratitude. Laquiesha was a loving sister, friend, auntie, and daughter. If you ever needed a listening ear, or even just someone to crack jokes with, she was the one you’d call on. And let’s not forget, she could be brutally honest in the most hilarious way. Known for her zest for life, as Laquiesha grew older, she became an adventurer at heart, constantly seeking new horizons and experiencing the world to the fullest. Her passion for photography, with “her” always the subject, captured the beauty she found in every moment, and her poetic words reflected the depths of her soul in all the poems she wrote, some as a dedication to her spiritual leaders. A fashion enthusiast, Laquiesha expressed her unique style with flair, earning her the title of “Mrs. Diva” in her own charming way.
A devoted mother, Laquiesha poured her love into the hearts of her four children, creating a home filled with laughter and some good ole’ delicious food, especially around the holidays. She made sure her family had more than enough to eat, so much so that there would be a table spread with a feast for the family and everybody else’s too! Her blended family was her greatest joy, and her dedication to them was unwavering. Her love extended beyond her immediate family, forming bonds that transcended bloodlines.In addition to her creative pursuits, Laquiesha found solace in song and spirituality. She enjoyed singing on the praise team where she initially attended God’s Family of Deliverance Temple Church, under the leadership of
Apostle Wonderful L. Ryan, another important person in her life whom she saw as a great mentor and phenomenal leader. She appreciated the wisdom and leadership of her Apostle, as she found strength and inspiration through her teachings. In 2013, Laquiesha embraced a new chapter of faith when she joined Greater New Hope Church in Houston Texas, under the leadership of Pastor Robert Bailey; another spiritual leader who provided further guidance and support along her faith journey. There she served as an active member of the choir with her bright, soprano voice that resonated through the uplifting songs of praise. She was also part of a mentees group called
GLOW, a women’s ministry at Greater New Hope Church. As she grew older, her faith became an integral part of her life, guiding her through the highs and lows.
Laquiesha touched countless lives with her infectious energy, leaving a lasting impact on everyone she encountered. Her laughter echoed in the hearts of friends and family, and her courageous spirit inspired others to embrace life’s opportunities. She leaves behind a treasure trove of memories that will forever be cherished by those who were fortunate enough to share in her journey. Despite facing many challenges in her life, Laquiesha remained resilient and persevered through it all. She was a fighter till the end.
In honoring Laquiesha’s memory, let us celebrate the vibrant life she led, remembering the laughter, the love, and the indomitable spirit that made her a cherished daughter, sister, mother, aunt, and friend. May her legacy live on in the hearts of those who were touched by her warmth and may she rest in eternal peace.