December 29, 2003 ~ September 30, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Aja Rhionna Dean, 16, of Owensboro, passed away September 30, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Aja was born in Owensboro on December 29, 2003 to Melissa Kay Pollard and Broderick Dwayne Dean, Sr. She was a junior at Owensboro High School, where she was heavily involved in playing softball and dance for the school.

It has been said Aja could have been born in another time; a flower child of the 70’s, perhaps. Where the little things, like family, easy living, conversations and taking care of people took precedence over today’s distractions. Hard working and hard headed, she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and share her viewpoints, yet always seemed to find a way of embracing differences and agreeing to disagree. At 16, she had a growing passion for politics and enjoyed sharing her thoughts. She was artistic, a singer who appreciated artists like Fleetwood Mac and Frank Ocean. Aja truly adored her nephew, Sayvior, and blessed so many with her photos of them together to prove it. A true affinity for life, Aja would be inclined to help anyone if she could, and was once quoted saying if people needed a ride somewhere, she would be glad to pick them up, because she knew what it was like. To be able to place herself in the shoes of another; a gift Aja had, and shared.

A certified “daddy’s girl”, her father was her everything, and she, his. Big, beautiful hair, natural beauty, and a charisma and personality to follow suit, the mark she has left is on this world is apparent and known. Teachers, students, friends and family, celebrate and honor a bright, vibrant life, and a young woman who spent her years loving, serving and celebrating.

Aja is preceded in death by her grandfather, Steve Frey; her brother, Jay’vair Pollard; and aunt, Aja E. McHenry.

Along with her parents, Aja is survived by her siblings, Broderick Dwayne Dean, Jr., Laylonni Dean, Kiearna R. Dean, and Michael Anthony Dean; her nephew, Sayvior Dean; her maternal grandmother, Lori Gray; her paternal grandparents, Dalsie Agee and Charles E. Coleman; her uncles and aunts, Ryan McCullan, Jaimie Paradissis, Trisha Holcomb, Steven Frey, McKenzie Frey, and Mary Frey; her great grandparents, Lana Burkeen, James and Gloria McClure.

Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Tom Cayce officiating. Burial will follow at Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home. A Memorial Balloon Release will take place 3:00 pm Sunday, October 4, 2020 at English Park.

For all those who wish to honor and celebrate Aja at the funeral home, are required to wear masks for the safety of all those who are in attendance at the visitation and funeral celebration. The family asks for all those who visit, wear bright colors because Aja was the color in our life!

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Aja Rhionna Dean. Share your messages of condolence with the family Aja and sign her virtual guestbook by going to www.haleymcginnis.com


Visitation: October 3, 2020 10:00 am - October 3, 2020 2:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Service: October 3, 2020 2:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Burial Service: October 3, 2020 3:00 pm

Owensboro Memorial Gardens
5050 Kentucky Highway 144
Owensboro, KY 42303

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  1. So sorry for your loss. You will be greatly missed. You was a bright star in our lives. I loved you dearly like you was my own. RIP baby girl. We will meet again one day. Love the Newman’s.

  2. Praying for strength and comfort during this unfathomable time. A young soul gone way before her time. May she rest in peace.

  3. Aja was a such a beautiful and genuine soul. Everybody loved her and she touched the lives of many. Gone way too soon🕊💕 I love you aja, until we meet again..

  4. Aja, you were such a beautiful person, inside and out. All my love to you, sweet girl. I will miss you so much and I prayer for peace for you as well as your family. You will never be forgotten.

  5. Never will this beautiful soul go in vain ❤️ A smile that could lite up a room, and a heart made of pure gold. You’ve truly made a huge impact and been a blessing on everyone’s lives Aja. You’re loved more than you could ever imagine. Fly high sweet girl🕊

  6. You are a beautiful soul an was a very talented, bright girl, now u are with ur papaw an ur cousin an watching over us all as a beautiful 👼 we will all miss u more than ull ever know… Rest easy honey me an the boys love you so so very much!!!!!!

  7. Aja your smile replays in my head along with your voice🖤 so caring I miss you babygirl and I wish I would’ve been a better friend

  8. To the Frey, and Dean family I am truly sorry. Praying for all especially her parents and siblings.

  9. It was my pleasure to have Aja as a student last year, I was looking forward having her in junior English this year. Her spirit will certainly be missed at OHS.

  10. Honey you’ve touched so many hearts and souls. I’m not gonna say “was” cause it doesn’t feel Right, but you are the sun, stars, and moon in everybody’s life. I’m sorry you didn’t walk on your path for a long time, but you did embrace life’s colors and accepted everything and everyone for who they are and what they’re not. You are beautiful. Fly high butterfly

  11. Aja had a sweet, kind spirit about her. I loved having her in class. She was so smart, well-spoken, and talented. Her notebook for my class was so creative with her designs and drawings. I will miss seeing her in the halls of OHS. The world lost a special person. I hope the people she touched can keep her sweet, special spirit going.

  12. I do this every year for my stepfather. I wished I didn’t have to do it again for another family member. But here I am. I miss you, sissy. Always and forever. Even tho everyone says you were nice and always talked about me, you were always mean to me. But I know it’s because we’re sisters.

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