Tasha H. Muhammad was a true beacon. Much like her joyous laughter, her positive energy brightened every room she entered. While she left this world on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the age of 51, the light of the love she shared with us will shine brightly for eternity. Tasha was a loving wife, mother, aunt and sister, a devoted friend and soror, and a nurturing counselor. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Tasha Oliver, the youngest of 4 children, was born to Ida Mae (Riddick) Lee and Isiah Oliver, in 1969. After an adventurous childhood, she embarked on her boldest journey yet, the pursuit of higher education at Winston-Salem State University. There she explored her emerging interests and forged bonds with a new family: her fellow WSSU Rams. While attending college, Tasha was an original Scarlet Lace dancer for the Marching Band, and she served her campus through organizations including the Nation of Islam Student Association and the Positive Student Awareness Association. Then, in the spring of 1994, Tasha affirmed her commitment to sisterhood and service beyond the campus borders when she was initiated into the Gamma Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Tasha concluded her undergraduate experience by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems in 1998.
Two short years later, on September 16, 2000, Tasha joined hands and heart with Vernon Muhammad as the two pledged a lifetime of love. Their union yielded Tasha’s greatest joys: her 3 children. The Muhammad family welcomed a beautiful daughter, Mahdiyyah, on August 13, 2001, followed by a charming son, Najm, on November 22, 2003. Finally, on October 19, 2009, another handsome son, Ishmael entered the world and completed their family. Anyone who knew Tasha can attest to the fact that her family was always her #1 priority.
Along the way, the Muhammad family relocated from North Carolina to Texas, and in 2007 begin putting down roots in a new garden. Here, Tasha aligned with like-minded mothers through her membership in Mocha Moms, and new friendships bloomed. Her love of all things family propelled her to pursue what had become a palpable calling: helping families create healthy, happy environments from which productive and contributing adults could emerge. She fulfilled her professional purpose by becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist after earning her Master’s of Education in Community Counseling from the University of North Texas in 2013. With her strong educational foundation and a passion for making a difference, she went on to organize key events like Dallas’ Baby Day and facilitate parenting classes for individuals and organizations across the nation.
Tasha’s was a life well-lived. She is survived by her husband, Vernon, daughter, Mahdiyyah, sons Najm and Ishmael, sister Deborah, brothers David and Douglas, a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, Ida Mae, and her father, Isiah.
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