A’Laya Royalty Jones, age 2 ½ months, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was born in Erie on December 6, 2020 to Lavell Jones Sr. and Janet Dembinski.
Known as “Little Bit” by her siblings, A’Laya was a little angel with beautiful light skin, eyes that sparkled like diamonds, and a beautiful smile. She was always feisty and the staff of the NICU said she seemed to be the boss of all the babies at the hospital.
Due to the unexpected loss of our sweet A’Laya, we would like to take the time to thank her for blessing us with her presence and love. As she entered the world, she started with a fight to live, fighting in a NICU bed the entire time. She never got the chance to play, but was always feisty showing everyone love, her personality, and kindness. So I would like to thank her for staying strong and fighting for two months and two weeks and also sharing her last moments with me and dad. I would like to thank the family and friends who support us and are there for us when we need them.
A’Laya is preceded in death by her grandfather Bill McCloud and uncle Dustin Dembinski.
In addition to her parents, A’Laya is survived by her brother Lavell Jones, Jr., sisters Zyasha Jones, Nigerana Jones, Laveasha Jones, Lataevonna Jones, Lamajesty Jones, Lonniela Jones, and Karya Jones, grandmothers Grace Gray and Janet Johnson, grandfathers Lonnie Jones and Billy Joe Johnson.
Following all current Covid-19 guidelines, visitation will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, 459 E. 12th St. Erie, PA 16503 from 2:00 pm until the time of the memorial service at 3:00 pm. Family and friends may also attend the service virtually at https://www.facebook.com/Edward-J-Garr-Funeral-Home-Inc-100130284712299 .
Condolences may be made to the family at www.garrdavisfuneralhome.com.
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