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Irma Cleo de Leon

December 4, 1942 ~ July 15, 2021 (age 78)


Irma Cleo de Leon of Beltsville, Maryland transitioned on July 15, 2021, and is with God, Hallelujah!

Irma was born in Anguilla Village Arouca in the beautiful country of Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies to the proud parents of Cordelia Richardson and Cyril Richardson. Irma lived and grew up in Arouca up until she got married to Martin de Leon. Irma personally and at first aspired to be a teacher as she was growing up, but her father wanted her to become a nurse. With that nudge, Irma pursued a career in nursing and with that accomplishment, her parents were so very proud of her. Irma embraced her nursing career worked at the General Hospital in the capital “Port of Spain” of Trinidad and later transferred to a hospital closer to her home, Caura Hospital, and there became a Matron “Sister” (Head Nurse) at the Caura Hospital located in the city of Tunapuna.

Throughout her life Irma was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. She would take her children to church services and thanksgiving events. She was a humble, gentle, compassionate, caring, and generous person who helped others when they were in need. Her friends and family reflecting on their life’s experience with her have expressed that she is such a beautiful woman, a beautiful soul, a saint, always kind to them, being generous, feeding them, looking out for their families, taking care of children going through a rough time, planning beach events, and inviting neighbors. Some refer to her as a saint because of the kindness she always showed to them as well as the good experiences they have had with her and how well she took care of them when they experienced her as children and as adults.

Irma loved her family and was a dedicated mother to her three children. She also cared very much for her three nieces and one nephew from her only brother, Selwyn Richardson, as well as her nieces and nephews through marriage to her husband Martin. Irma cared for her family, was humbly serving God, and continued to work in Trinidad until she retired early at the age of 50. She and her youngest daughter Nicholle then migrated to the United States to join her husband Martin, her first daughter Nichelle and son Junior who had migrated to the United States a couple years earlier. As a humble servant of God, she immediately found a church, the “Third Street Church of God” in Washington DC and became a loyal member, through which she became very rooted in the community. She also was a part of and named a women’s group which she called the “Group Women Of Substance” and was given the position of Chaplin. Irma spent her years in Maryland with her immediate and extended family supporting them, cooking for her household even while visually impaired and building memories and experiences with them. She was also a dedicated participant for 20years of a “Morning Glory Ministry” prayer line organized by her dear friend and sister in Christ, Minister York. Irma also became a member of the International Conference of Prayer led by Apostle Victor Hinds 5yrs ago.

Irma is the daughter of the late Cyril Lawson Garcia Richardson in 2002, the late Cordelia Carmen Richardson in 1998, the daughter-in-law of the late Cito de Leon in 1991 and the late Isidria Jemenez-de Leon in 2015; the wife of Martin de Leon; the mother of Nichelle de Leon, Martin Junior de Leon and Nicholle de Leon-Williams; mother-in-law of Wayne Anthony Williams, and Betty Allen-de Leon; the grandmother of Kemeron Senhouse, Nya de Leon and Ethyn Williams; sister of the late Selwyn Richardson in 2012; sister-in-law of the late Mavis Richardson in 1984, Margo Richardson, Casimie Joseph & Irene de Leon, Faustin Allen & Monica de Leon, Anthony and Valarie de Leon, the late Elliott Gill in 2013 & Josephine Gill, the late Carlisle R. Paul in 2017 & the late Gloria Paul in 2016, Richard & Christina McCollin, Christine Gomes, Virginia Johnson; the aunt of Arlene Thomas, Gayle Richardson-Ijomor, Heather Alexis, the late Desmond Richardson in 2018, Shadelle Thomas, Faith Thomas, Melissa Chambers, Breanna de Leon-Brown, Denise Jackson, the late Allan de Leon Jr. in 2006, the late Adina de Leon in 2008, Keston de Leon, Kevin de Leon, Allison Pierre, Gillian Williams, Christopher Gill, Marlon Gill, Lesly Young, Duane Paul, Roxanne Gillard, Carlene Bidi, Tasha McCollin, Chenelle King, Isidria Ward, Crystal de Leon, Michelle Henriquez, Susanne Gomes, Sean Gomes, Christopher Gomes, Janelle Lynch, Ronette Lynch, Dwight Lynch, Shane Johnson, the cousin of Janet Richardson-Manzano, Arnim Richardson, and Phyllis Francis.


Irma transitioned on July 15, 2021 with her daughters by her side, constantly lifting her up in prayer and comforting her.

To honor the memory of Sister Irma Cleo de Leon, memorial donations in her name can be sent to Third Street Church of God using the donate button at the bottom of the page of the website, the Givelify smartphone app or by mailing a check to: Third Street Church of God 1204 Third Street, NW

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Funeral Service
July 23, 2021

10:00 AM
Borgwardt Funeral Home
4400 Powder Mill Rd
Beltsville, MD 20705


Third Street Church of God
Third Street Church of God 1204 Third Street, NW, AL

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