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Day’Ozjah Monae Blassingame was born on January 8, 1999 in Portland, Oregon to Nicholas Blassingame Sr. and Ayanna Poe. She was the eldest of three children to Nicholas and Ayanna. We knew our first born child/grandchild was special. Babies’ first words are normally Mommy or Daddy, but not our Day, her first words were her own name “Day’Ozjah” at eight months old.
Her early education was received at Humboldt Elementary and SEI Charter School. While attending middle school she met the love of her life Clayton Cox and the two became inseparable. It was with Clayton and his grandmother Dr. Pastor Mary Green that Day (as we all called her) traveled to Seattle where Dr. Green had her church Curry Temple CME Church and on February 1, 2015 she turned her life over to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and was baptized. Day finished her education at Jefferson High School as she was part of the June 2017 graduating class, which was a momentous day for not only Day but for all of us.
Day was in the discovery part of her life, trying to figure out the world and her place in it. She had made a decision to become a mortician and was in her gap year from school, hanging out with friends and family and working to keep a little change in her pocket, when she wasn’t hitting her family up.
Day loved being around her Mom and Dad or “Pop Pop” as she affectionately referred to her Dad. She always made time for the people she loved. Her parents were her best friends besides “Tweet”. Day shared a bond with her parents that was
unbreakable. If she wasn’t hanging with them she was with her younger sister and brother, she always promised them that when she got her own place she was going to let them do all the things they couldn’t do at home. Day spent time with her Nana who she called “Lil Fay” in the room watching TV or laughing and talking about things a grandma and granddaughter talk about. Day loved spending time with her grandma Wilma who was truly her best friend. There wasn’t a day that went by that they didn’t talk on the phone or go hangout. If Day wanted it Grandma Wilma got it, including a trip to Las Vegas before she was 21 you better know she was
going to send her. Day sent her famous text messages to her grandmother Kathi and Papa Bugsy: “Can we hang today” and just like always since the day she was born they’d come running to pick her up to take her to eat, shop or just be together. We cannot leave out Chela and Akira the three of them were affectionately known as the “Three Stooges” they were cousins but their relationship was more like sisters.
Milk and cookies (as her dad affectionately called her) you will truly be missed, we loved you in the beginning and will always love you.
Day was preceded in death by her grandfather, Neal Blassingame Sr.; great grandparents, Joseph and Deather Sloan, Morie and Audrey Fuller; great grandfather, Lolenzo Poe Sr. and Curtis Lincoln; uncles, Paul and Marlon Lincoln, Stephen McCorvey Jr.; and cousin, Marquis Chaney.
She leaves to cherish her memory, mother, Ayanna Poe; father, Nicholas Blassingame Sr.; sister, Nikylah Blassingame; and brother, Nicholas Blassingame Jr.; great grandmother Geneva Warren-Burton; grandparents, Wanda and Stephen McCorvey, Lolenzo and Kathi Poe, Herman and Wilma Goudy; long time boyfriend Clayton Cox and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.