Lorease Amey

Date of Birth

March 12, 1962

Date of Death

September 17, 2022

Lorease Amey was welcomed into our dreamland on September 17, 2022. She is survived by her husband, Clenton Burke (Beenie), her sons, Nya, Noah, and Pedro Burke, her daughter, Rosie Burke, her mother and father-in-law, Gloria and George Burke, her siblings, Tim, Kevin, Stanley, Bernard, Anthony, Tina, Rosetta, and Renita (Nini), and her grandchildren, Pharrell, Summer, and Meilah Burke. She touched many lives, including a cadre of extended family, community members, and dear friends who knew her as family. Lorease was a devoted wife and mother, and she created a loving home where everyone felt nurtured, motivated, and appreciated. She raised other people’s children when their parents could not; providing them with a house and a home when they had neither.

Lorease was born March 12, 1962, in Bakersfield to William Amey, and Faye Lynn Young. After graduating from Santa Barbara High School she earned Certificates in Cosmetology and Early Childhood Education from SBCC. Later in life, she also earned a Certificate in Colon Therapy. Lorease utilized her amazing talents to weave braids into delicate designs of exquisite hairdo artistry. Her passion for the well-being of young children prompted her to follow a 20-year career as a preschool teacher for the Santa Barbara Unified School District. Grandchildren were the light of her life, and many considered her the “baby whisperer.”

Lorease was adventuresome, traveling to  Togo, Jamaica, Thailand, and Hawaii. She was as generous with her time as she was with her heart; devoting many volunteer hours to causes close to her, including MLK Jr. Day, Black History Month, the Black Family Reunion, the African American Film Festival, Summer Solstice, and her church, Greater Hope Baptist. She enjoyed reggae and African music and participated in African and  Hula dance.

 A fierce social justice advocate, she donated countless hours to directing a public access TV show, “African Roots and Culture”, as well as serving as a crew member on the award-winning TV show, “Third World News Review.”

Lorease blessed us with her kindness, integrity, creativity, and faith.

Please consider making a donation for her grandchildren at https://gofund.me/58dae735



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