Memorial fund set up for woman killed in rollover crash

Lanette Shirley

PALMDALE – A memorial fund has been created for the Lancaster woman killed in a rollover crash Monday morning (Oct. 1).

Lanette Yvonne Shirley, 30, was driving southbound on 50th Street East, in a Toyota Sienna van, when the van spun out of control, flipped several times, and landed on its roof in the middle of an alfalfa field. Lanette was pronounced dead at the scene.

In response to the tragedy, family members and close friends have set up a fund in Lanette’s name to help cover the cost of her funeral.

“She was always there for everybody and now we just want to be there for her,” said Lanette’s best friend, Markeisha Brignac.

Lanette was known for her generosity and positive outlook on life, Brignac said.

“She didn’t have any children of her own, so she spent a lot of time helping out with kids and volunteering,” Brignac said.

Lanette was recently laid off from her job in Valencia, so she put her free time to good use by transporting children in her neighborhood, Brignac said.

On the day she died, Lanette had been taking Antwone Richmond, who is blind and handicapped, to school.

“She was taking him to school and she was on her way to pick up another blind girl when she got in the accident,” Brignac said. “That’s just the type of person she was.”

Lanette’s death is especially hard on her sister, Tiffany Tillman, whose fiancé Nathen Tayler was murdered in Lancaster five months ago. (Read more here)

“She was living with them for about a year and helping out with the kids,” Brignac said. “After Nate passed she helped her sister a lot, and now she’s gone… that’s a lot for the family to go through.”

Anyone who would like to help the family with funeral costs can contribute by via Paypal by visiting

  5 comments for “Memorial fund set up for woman killed in rollover crash

  1. sherman francis
    October 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    To everything there is a season,and a time to every purpose under the heavens. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted (ecclesiastes 3:1,2) I love you niece and you will greatly be missed. LOVE YOU ALWAYS UNCLE

  2. +-=
    October 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    WOW another heartless pig. A young woman dies while helping others, and all you see is beggars. There’s a place in hell for some of the compassionless people in this valley.

    • we care
      October 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

      my heart goes out to lynette’s family she was a caring and sweet person and she was a dedicated driver i don’t know where it went wrong only god knows, and my heart goes out to the passenger’s family…

  3. DeShawn
    October 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Quit emberassing yourselves. She always drove like this. Now she killed herself and you all want somebodys money to pay for everything. Get a real life and stop begging.

  4. Wylda Rose
    October 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I feel so bad for this family…the roads out here are more dangerous than they look and one little miscalculation is all it takes. I know she is in a better place now, watching over her friends and loved ones. It’s always hardest for the people left behind.

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