Dinah Leah Buckhoy was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 16, 1978. She is the oldest of two daughters born to the late Claudia Buckhoy and Woodrow Wilson.
Dinah, or Leah as her family referred to her was an extrovert. She was at her best when she was around people. She loved sports, traveling, shopping, writing, and spending time with her family. Dinah was extremely intelligent and loved to provide help and offer advice to those in need.
As a child, Dinah was involved in many activities. Her main passion was writing. She was the recipient of the only award given at the grade school level for her writing on the drug program D.A.R.E. In Junior High, Dinah shifted her attention from writing to sports. She excelled in softball and volleyball and continued this passion throughout high school.
Dinah attended Proviso West High School where she took General Education courses. Even with a full load, she still managed to find time to join different after-school social clubs. One club took all its members and their families to visit HBCU's (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) around the country. This was Dinah's first experience with college, but not her last. After High school, Dinah attended Southern University but it was short-lived. She returned home and attended Concordia University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences focusing on Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. Following Concordia, Dinah was accepted at National University of Health Sciences where she studied Chiropractic Medicine. As usual, she excelled and received a Doctoral Degree in Chiropractic Medicine. During the graduation ceremony, she was honored with the Dr. Joseph Janse Award. This award was given to the Most Outstanding Graduate.
Once her studies were complete, Dinah fiercely entered the workforce. She loved to stay busy so she held many titles throughout her career. These titles included working as an Independent Contractor for various Chiropractic clinics, Adjunct Anatomy Physiology Professor at the College of DuPage, and a Procurement/Buyer for Omron. Dinah's various careers are attributed to the person she was….strong, intelligent, confident, caring and compassionate.
Our beloved Dinah is survived by her sister, Addiah Buckhoy; aunts, Anna Jackson, and Deborah Breland-Nalls; uncles, Earl Dennis Breland, Jr., and Mark Nalls; cousins, Oscar Jackson, Jr., Kenya Jackson, Donta Breland, Rachel Jackson, and Rahkeim Breland; and cousins once removed, Torrence Jackson, Khaniyah Jackson, Akiel Jackson, and Kayla Robinson. Dinah was preceded in death by Claudia Buckhoy, Woodrow Wilson, Claudia C.Y. Breland, Earl Dennis Breland, Annie Mae Breland, and Oscar Jackson.