Bebe Zareena Ally, a devoted mother, enthusiastic grandmother, loving sister, and beloved aunt, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at NYU Langone Hospital – Long Island after a brief illness.
A longtime Baldwin resident, Bebe was born in Triumph, Guyana to Wazir and Zohora Ali on September 27, 1939 into a family with three brothers and five sisters. After attending school, she began a career, married, and started a family of three children, Rosina, Rolan, and Sean. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1978 and settled soon thereafter in Baldwin.
Divorced in 1992, she was an avid gardener (people would actually stop on the street to take pictures), a stylish homemaker, a wonderful cook, and a hockey fan. She was known equally for her devotion to her children and grandson, and as a trailblazing independent spirit, an automotive enthusiast, and a confidant of many friends.
While she loved being at home, she also had the wanderlust. Whether traveling on the Concorde or by hot air balloon, she was an eager explorer, always open to new adventures. Among her favorite destinations were Italy, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Antigua, Florida, California’s wine country, Bermuda, Barbados, Spain, Morocco, Canada, France, and Macy’s which is to say she loved to shop. She relished finding bargains or the perfect gifts (or both).
She was a smiling, welcoming personality. It was often said of Bebe that she never met a stranger. In the aisles of a supermarket, a pharmacy, or a department store, people she had never met would often strike up conversations with her and end up laughing.
While her absence leaves holes in many hearts, the warmth of the memories of her many kindnesses will soothe the pain, the light of her smile will remain, and the echoes of her laughter will brighten the days ahead.
She is survived by her daughter Rosina (Jeffrey Vaughn) of Baldwin, son Rolan and grandson Alexandre of Rockville Centre, son Sean (Amparo) and grandson Brandon of Rockville Centre, sisters Neisha Bacchus and Lilah Bacchus of Queens, brothers Hakim Bacchus (Daisy) of Georgetown, Guyana, and Nizam Bacchus (Nazira) of Toronto, Ontario, nephews Roy, Ansari, Neil, Raymond, and Imzaman, nieces Fazeela, Yasmin, Corine, Shalesa, Sabrina, Shamella, Sandhya, Sasha, Julie, Aleema, and Melissa, grandnephew Khemraj (Tiffany), and many other grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, loved ones, and friends, as well as her former husband, Shamir Ally of Indian Trail, North Carolina, and former brother-in-law and dear friend Badruddin Ally (Saveta) of Queens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bebe’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, https://www.stjude.org/.
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