Tanisha Shantae Anderson, daughter of Shirley Anderson-Solomon, was the firstborn of 3 children. Both Shirley and Franklin Jones raised her. In her later years, her mom married Joe Solomon, and he became her stepfather. He was an exceptional father figure to her.
She was educated in Detroit Public Schools and subsequently attended Eastern Michigan University, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
On August 22, 1998, she married Shannon Terrell Smith. Tanisha became pregnant during her marriage but unfortunately lost the baby; his name was Jeremiah. There was an amicable decision to dissolve the union in 2015.
Tanisha worked at Comcast corporation from 2000-2016, where she was in leadership. True to her nature, she started with the company as a temporary employee and worked her way up the ladder to senior management. Integrity and empowerment were essential characteristics that Tanisha possessed and instilled in others.
She was the president of her block club group, D.A.R.T.S., and remained an active member until she passed. Community involvement, activism, and preservation were among many of her passions. Traveling was another; one of her greatest dreams was to go to Italy, and she realized this in 2016.
Tanisha was a foster mother to one child but a second Mom to many others. Her greatest love was for children, and she was determined to be a great role model for all. She volunteered at Hazel Park schools and saw the need for great teachers, which led to her career move to teaching.
She became a teacher at Detroit Leadership Academy from February 2019 until her untimely passing. Tanisha's pride was in her school and students, and she shared her passion for learning with many children over the years.
At the time of her passing, she had completed a Real Estate course and was in the process of studying to complete the exam. Tanisha was posthumously honored by Councilman James Tate with a resolution given to impactful citizens.
The last 5 years of her life were the most amazing years for Tanisha. She evolved into the woman that she always wanted to be. She traveled, she changed careers, and she grew exponentially as a courageous woman. Her focus became loving and serving others, with most holidays spent as a volunteer at the local soup kitchen.
She was an inspiration to many, with integrity and wisdom beyond her years. She was a phenomenal woman in the truest sense of the phrase. She was a quiet voice with a powerful impact on everyone she encountered. She will be greatly missed and eternally honored by many.
Tanisha is survived by her mother Shirley Anderson-Solomon, her brother Bryant Anderson-Jones, her favorite aunt Laura and "Uncie" and a host of friends and family members. Her son Jeremiah and her sister Donna Anderson preceded her in death which was a significant part of her life.
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