Carolyn Yvonne Bussey of East Orange, formerly of Montclair, died on January 13, 2022. She was 63 years old.

Ms Bussey was born to Mary Alice Martin and Wilbert Bussey in 1958 and had 13 siblings. She lived most of her childhood in the Ironbound section of Newark, where she attended Oliver Street School and East Side High School.

Before graduating from high school, her family moved to Montclair, where she continued her high school education and shortly thereafter entered the Job Corps program.

For many years Ms Bussey worked for the law firm of the late Raymond Brown as a legal assistant.

She was baptized at New Hope Baptist Church in East Orange, where for a time she enjoyed singing in the choir and attending service.

Ms. Bussey has always had a passion for reading, writing, music and theatre. As an avid reader, she could tell you a little about almost anything and anyone. One of her greatest hopes was to one day open her own bookstore.

She is survived by three children, Hasana, Marquis and William; four grandchildren, Rashad, Eliijah, Xavier and Yogin; seven siblings, Willie Mae, Beverly, Kim, Clarence, Cleveland, Bridget and Brian; two aunts, Essie and Frances, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her brothers Curly, Michael, Jerome and Pierre, and her sisters Lynne and Janice.

Services will be held Wednesday, January 19 at noon at New Hope Baptist Church in East Orange, 44 Norman St.

Arrangements were made by Perry Funeral Home, Newark.

The family is requesting that donations be made to Autism New Jersey.

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