Velinda Ballantine


Velinda Ballantine was born on May 17, 1971 in Harlem Hospital, New York City. She was raised in the South Bronx of New York by her parents Anselmo and Hattie Yvonne Ballantine.

Velinda attended CS 67 Elementary, where she graduated as the Valedictorian. She attended IS 70 Junior High School, where she graduated as Salutatorian. Velinda attended Dewitt Clinton High School for her freshmen and part of her Sophomore years. Velinda’s freshmen year was the first year Dewitt Clinton approved females to attend the school. Velinda was homeschooled during her sophomore year, as she started her fight with Lupus. The homeschool teacher expressed that Velinda was the smartest and most organized student he taught. Even though Velinda was struggling with Lupus during her sophomore, junior and senior year, she graduated High School in 1989 with Honors. Her siblings would always say they have big shoes to fill.

Velinda enjoyed Bookkeeping. She processed family and friends’ taxes for so many years. Her uncle Shorty let her help maintain the bookkeeping for his moving company after she graduated High School. Velinda worked as a Bank Teller for HSBC bank in Co-op City. She also worked as a teller for Pay Omatic check cashing in the Bronx NY. Velinda worked for Uplift Home Health Agency as a Bookkeeper in Columbus Ohio. When Lupus prevented Velinda from working a steady job, she started taking online classes with Devry for Accounting. She loved working with numbers, but she loved reading even more. Velinda’s favorite author was Stephen King. If he wrote a book, she read it. She was a big time STAR TRACK fan. As a child she loved to watch and talk about Star Track with her uncle John. He was also a fan. She liked watching Syfy movies and scary movies. Velinda loved sports. She loved to watch the New York Mets play baseball. She enjoyed watching the Golden State Warriors play basketball.

Velinda loved shopping. She was the queen of online shopping. She loved her natural colors, her capri pants, wedge shoes, her designer bags, and her lip gloss.

Velinda is preceded in death by grandmothers, Lucy Leslie and Anita Ferris; grandfathers, Willie Leslie Sr. and Anselmo Ballantine Sr.; grandaunt, Hazel Stovall; cousins, Ky Swails and Nicki Stovall; uncles, John Leslie, and Milton Clark; and God mother, Ruth Glover.

Velinda is survived by her parents, Anselmo and Hattie Yvonne Ballantine; siblings, Delvin (Chanae) Ballantine Sr., Sherise (Andre) Smith, Cynthia Ballantine, Zelvin (Erica) Ballantine and Valencia White (Peaches); aunts and uncles, Theresa Stovall, Nannie Williams, Dorothy Swails, Willie Leslie, Charles Leslie, Alger Glover, and Christopher Ballantine; cousins, Stacey Heyward, Latoya and Shamirra Williams, Natasha, Simone and Willie Jr. Perry, Edward Aziz, Stovall’s, Ballantine’s, Jennifer Leslie, and Timothy, Kimberly, and Christen Smith; God children, Kelly Levon, Keith Heyward, Nicholas Williams, Daniyyel Matthews, Kamora Nun-Amat, Solonia Nunn-Amat, and Davion Scales; seven nieces, Delvonna Ballantine, Lauryn Walker, Julisa Stepney, Zahria Ballantine, Danaia Smith, Mahogany Bryant, and Victoria Dash; eight nephews, Delvin Ballantine, Jr., Bilal El-Amin, Andre Smith, Jr., Donovan Ballantine, Christopher Smith, Shamal Mayo, Jeremiah Mayo, and Santino Peaks; three grandnieces and one grandnephew; and best friends, Leslie Hightower and Tonya Levon.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Monday, June 1, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates

Condolence Messages

  1. Our hearts goes out to you as you prepare to say goodbye to your love one. May your Good and happy memories and remembering the love that God has for you comfort you and bring you peace. Thinking of you all.

    • Velinda Headlee

      My name is Velinda Headlee, as I read the paper this morning I couldn’t believe another person had my name spelled the same way! But sadly I had to read it in the Obituaries, I wanted to know more about her and this young woman was remarkable, smart kind and beautiful. It makes me appreciate at the age of 66 I had someone out there who shared my name! The comment I often hear is “ that’s different one of a kind! And the Velinda who has passed and in the hands of our Lord sounds like she fits the bill. My thought are with her family and friends and my we meet someday but until then I will carry on the proud name of Velinda

  2. Elizabeth Johnson

    My heart and prayers goes out the Family of Velinda Ballantine aka MUMU! During this season in your lives. May the all her memories bring you comfort, peace and strength in knowing that she is GOD’S HANDS WITH LUDDY AND AUNT LIL!

  3. Yvonne L Twyman

    My heart is aching, but I know you’re in a better place.

    You are one in a million.

    I love you Moo – Moo

    Rest in Peace

    PS: You and Ky behave yall self LOL

    Love ,

    Cousin Boo -Boo

  4. My prayers go out to my Brother in law Tee and the entire Ballantine family. May God comfort you through this difficult time.
    God Bless you all. Carla Murray

  5. Tammy Stovall Korva

    To all my cousin’s and my heart is heavy and I pray that you find strength and comfort in each other and hold on to all your memories in this time of grief. Our prayers are with you and your family . I love you dearly ❤️.

  6. Tracey Lousell

    Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, Unheard but always near, so loved, so missed so very dear.


  7. To my family
    I’m sending my love to you all during this time. I wish we can all hug each other and say I Love You! I miss you all so much! Moo Moo I love you and I’ll never forget you! Watch over us all until we meet again.

    Love Asia and Avani

  8. Imania Kerrison

    Velinda had a beautiful soul and warm heart..I remember her always having a smile on her face despite anything and she will truly be missed. She will forever be in my heart and I sincerely send my love and regards in this time to the family. May her legacy live on forever and always.

  9. We would like to extend our condolences to the family. Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Thinking of you all.

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