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Gladys D. Browne

October 8, 1923 August 30, 2020
Gladys D. Browne
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A Time to Be Born
The life of Gladys Dixon Browne began in DeLand, Florida on October 8, 1923, born to Mother, Wilhelmina Candler Dixon and Father Walter Dixon. She would soon become the loving sister to brother Walter “Zundy” Dixon, as well as brother and sister (twins), Dorothy and Alonzo Dixon. She graduated from Bronson (Euclid) High School.
A Time to Love
Love found its way in 1940, when she became a wife. She is a loving mother to Joycelyn Witts, Emerson Brown, Willirene Smith, Anna Andrews, Michael Smith, Lana Smith and Maurice Brown. Although she had seven children, she was a “mother” to many. She loved unconditionally and abundantly; she was as generous as she was kind. She is affectionately known as “Miss Gladys” to many, however, her nickname is “Daisy.” Miss Gladys was a friend, a prayer warrior, load lifter, burden barrier, praise giver, joy bringer and heart consoler. Her faith was unwavering even in moments of despair, her perpetual faith sustained her. She is indeed a woman of God. Miss Gladys was a loving woman, she had a wonderful sense of humor, she loves fashion and she enjoyed cooking and is known for her infamous “perlo-rice.”
A Time to Develop
At an early age she was baptized in the Church of God In Christ under Pastor Elder Hart, Deland Florida. Miss Gladys worked at Stetson University as an Environmental Specialist for 32 years. She later worked as a supervisor at The Duvall Home for Developmentally Disabled Individuals, a position that she treasured dearly. She later became an active member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (Bethel A.M.E.) Church, Pastor Reginald Johnson, presiding. She was an active member of Bethel A.M.E. Missionary Society Trustee Board. She was also an active member of the former Bronson-Southwestern and Euclid School Reunion Board. She later became Deaconess Gladys D. Browne.
Always dawning the most fashionable attire, including the most exquisite hats. This high fashion DIVA was a community activist and a lifelong Democratic campaign worker. As a world traveler, she traveled to Germany, Paris and often vacationed in Los Angeles, California. When visiting Los Angeles, she would attend three of the most renowned Churches, First African Methodist Episcopal Church (F.A.M.E.), where the former Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Murray presided, the Church of God in Christ, where Bishop Charles Blake presides and the City of Refuge, with Bishop Noel Jones presiding.
Although Miss Gladys loves gospel music, she had a fine appreciation for Rhythm and Blues and attended many concerts including the likes of Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder. One of her favorite artists is “Snoop Dog” In addition, Miss Gladys has made a cameo appearance in the movie “Walking Dead.”
Miss Gladys greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She was an inspiring and heartening woman who enjoyed witnessing others in their pursuit of happiness. She was indeed a “people’s person” and her friends range from young to old. “Christian Diva” is personified in her walk, her talk and her dedication to church and people. She will surely be missed.
Late Sunday evening August 30, 2020 at 7:50 p.m., peacefully she took God’s hand and got on that train to Glory to be with those who proceeded her in death: Maurice “Cat” Brown (Son), Walter Dixon (Father) Wilhelmina Dixon (Mother) Walter “Zundy” Dixon (Brother), Dorothy Lewis (Sister), Alonzo Dixon (Brother). She leaves to cherish fond memories, six children: Joycelyn Witts (Los Angeles), Emerson Brown (Johnny Brown) (Miami), Willirene Smith (DeLand), Anna Andrews (Los Angeles), Michael Smith (DeLand) and Lana Smith (Los Angeles). Twelve Granddaughters Joycelyn, Ingga, Cyrelle, Cyntrea, Shyrelle, Shavonna, Shequita, Nisheka, Ingrid, Bianca, Tiffany, and Four Grandsons: Bertrum, Emerson, Elliott, and Justin, and Fifteen Great Grandchildren. Betty Jean Thorn (Daytona Beach), a loving first cousin. A host of nieces, nephews and sorrowing friends. Two devoted friends: Carnetta Odom and Sally Lou Lum.
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Friday

4

Sep

5:00 PM 9/4/2020 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/4/2020 7:00:00 PM
J. E. Cusack Mortuary

727 S. Stone Street
DeLand, FL 32720

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J. E. Cusack Mortuary
727 S. Stone Street DeLand 32720 FL
United States

Graveside

Saturday

5

Sep

11:00 AM 9/5/2020 11:00:00 AM
Union Cemetery

1645 West Euclid Avenue
DeLand, FL 32720

Union Cemetery
1645 West Euclid Avenue DeLand 32720 FL
United States

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Union Cemetery Final Resting Place

1645 West Euclid Avenue
DeLand, FL 32720

1645 West Euclid Avenue DeLand 32720 FL
United States
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