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Silliman Baptist Church
Saturday September 11th, 2021
11:30am - 2:00pm

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Anika A Stevens

Anika A. Stevens

Sunrise: January 6, 1975 - Sunset: August 19, 2021



“You might as well get the best”. If you knew Anika (more commonly known as “Tia”), you knew that she always wanted the best. Not only the best for herself, but the best for her loved ones. At the very young age of 25, she took on the huge responsibility of taking care of her siblings after the passing of her mother, Sonia Samuels. She was resourceful and a fighter. After years of fighting, she was called home to eternally rest on August 19, 2021 at the age of 46.

Tia was born on January 6, 1975 in Kingston, Jamaica, as the first child of the late Sonia Samuels and Bert Stevens. She was brought to America when she was 6 years old and attended school in Stamford, CT. She eventually went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was married in 2000 to Jose Cruz and had her first two beautiful girls Aaliyah Cruz and Taylor Cruz. She then went on to meet her now deceased fiance, Steven Wynn, and have two more gorgeous girls: Idalis Wynn and Tareesa Wynn. Tia was a free spirit and loved fiercely. She loved music and dancing. In her younger days, she aspired to be a female MC and was an avid writer. When she arrived at an event, everyone knew because she was such joy to be around. Just a quick smile from Tia could brighten up anyone’s day. Her charisma will live on in her children, siblings, and everyone who were blessed to have known her.

Tia was preceded in death by her parents: Sonia Samuels, Bert Stevens; daughter: Crystal Cruz; and her fiance Steven Wynn.

In addition to her charisma, her love and legacy will live on through her wonderful children: Aaliyah Cruz, Taylor Cruz, Idalis Wynn, and Tareesa Wynn; her grandchildren: Emory Stephenson and Andrew Stephenson; her siblings: Akeem Pottinger; Ayana Naidu, Somali Samuels, and Semhar Samuels; her nieces and nephews: Kennedy Francis, Aiden Naidu, Alexa Naidu, and Khalif Francis; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins with special mention of her aunt who she considered special to her heart Vivienne Daley aka Auntie V.


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A candle was lit in memory of Anika Stevens

Dion Sep 14 2021 6:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Anika Stevens

Verciene Sep 12 2021 11:40 AM

My deepest condolences to the family especially Tia's siblings, children and grandchildren.

Sandra Pottinger-Mitchell Sep 11 2021 12:16 PM

My condolences to Tia's family. Her memory will live on through her children. Rest in peace Tia.

Joy Robertson Sep 11 2021 11:37 AM

T - honey, you were one of the most one of the most resilient, boldest, kindest, most beautiful, women I knew and deeply admired. That smile and personality of yours lit up every room you entered! Every! I am still stunned and hurting by the news of your passing. But even as I hurt, it's hard to think of you without smiling. Love πŸ’• you always and forever T!

My deepest sympathies to the family. Tia was an amazing person indeed. And her light, love and legacy will continue to shine through you.

Tamara Sep 11 2021 8:24 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anika Stevens

Tamara Sep 11 2021 7:42 AM

My condolences to the Family πŸ˜”πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ Rest up Tia. I've learned that we are spirits that live on through our experiences you will be missed but will always be with us in our hearts as we reminisce about the times we shared on the earth. πŸ’―β€οΈβœŠπŸΎπŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ

Rodney Clarke aka MizzyRebel Sep 11 2021 7:22 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anika Stevens

Rodney Clarke aka MizzyRebel Sep 11 2021 7:14 AM

Tia, it wasn't to long ago we saw each other at your granddaughter recital with my grandson. This is heavy on us all but praying your girls and family stay together an pray. God bless you guys. Love Davee and Silas Family

Davee Silas Sep 11 2021 3:03 AM

My heartfelt condolences Aaliyah & family. May God comfort you with strength and peace. I'm blessed that I witnessed your Mom's beautiful smile. May she rest peacefully. Much love always.

Rachel P Sep 10 2021 6:19 PM

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