Sabra Lynette Coverdale was born November 15, 1962, to Berry Ann Boxley and William David Coverdale in Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She attended Germantown Friends School from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 1979, at the young age of 16 she was accepted into Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. There she received a BA in mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. Her journey continued on to the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, in 1986. She then received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Strategic Planning.
Her career as an Information Technology and Services Specialist landed her a summer position with Compaq that gave her an opportunity to be a full time employee in 2000. With that, she was then able to move to Hewlett-Packard in 2002 and continue on with her career in corporate America until 2009. During her career she was able to travel to many exotic locations including Africa, Asia, and Europe. Traveling was one of the finer things that Sabra loved to do.
Sabra later embarked on a different kind of voyage when she announced that she was expecting her first child; Blake Taylor. To our surprise, two years later she revealed that she was expecting a second child; Brent Taylor. Sabra was excited that her family had begun!
Sabra took pride in her appearance and carried herself with style and grace. When she entered a room her pleasant personality was felt and her infectious sile brightened the surroundings. Her "laugh" will forever resound in our hearts.
Sabra loved Shinnecock and being part of the Shinnecock Nation. She was very passionate about our youth and supported higher education and cultural enrichment. She contributed yearly to the Shinnecock Nations Youth Council in memory of her father, the late William "Bunky" Coverdale, who was an advisor to the council. With Sabra's generous endowments, the youth was able to travel yearly to the National Unity conferences throughout the country. With her generosity, she donated computers to the Southampton Day Care where her children attended.
Sabra Coverdale passed suddenly on the morning of Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was predeceased by her sister Stacey J. Coverdale and her father William D. Coverdale. Sabra is survived by her sons, Blake Taylor, Brent Taylor, and their father, Ollie Taylor, her mother, Berry Ann Boxley, three sisters, Sabrina Bess, Selena Coverdale, and Shari Holloway, niece Chenoa Curry, nephews, Christopher Jenerette, Kendel Jenerette and Seth Holloway. Sabra is also mourned by a host of cousins and friends.
A viewing was held on Saturday morning at the Shinneocock Presbyterian Church where a Funeral Service took place Saturday at 1 PM, Rev. Michael Smith, officiating. Interment followed at Shinnecock Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton.
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