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Gladys Racelia Brown

March 19, 1925 October 19, 2014
Gladys Racelia Brown
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Brown, Gladys Racelia, age 89 of Colorado Springs. Gladys passed into eternity on Sunday, October 19, 2014, in Centennial, Colorado. She was born March 19, 1925 in Atmore, Alabama to Nancy Cavanaugh and Frederick Douglas Hall. Gladys was a pioneer who worked tirelessly to be a positive force in the lives of her family, her friends, her congregation, and her students. Gladys dedicated her professional life to education – both of herself and of others. She attended Escambia County Training School in Atmore, Alabama, graduated from Roosevelt Industrial High School in West Palm Beach, Florida and attended Florida A&M University. In 1945, at the age of twenty, she moved to Colorado Springs and worked as a nurse’s aide and cosmetologist. In 1970, Gladys returned to school to fulfill her life-long dream of a college degree, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Colorado and later a Master’s in Education from Colorado College. In 1975 she started her vocation as an elementary school teacher, pursing it with passion and dedicating herself to making a difference in the lives of her students until retiring in 1995. Gladys continually expanded her horizons and never hesitated when presented with an opportunity to help others. She taught Bible study to women in the Canon City correctional facility and served as a docent with The McAllister House Museum. She was adventurous – traveling to Russia, China, New Zealand, and England. And she had fun, as evidenced by her endless collection of striking hats, glamorous outfits, and long lunches with the Red Hatter’s Society. Her relationship with Christ was her source of strength. She was a member of Payne Chapel AME Church and a lifetime member of the Missionary Society. She loved singing in the choir and teaching Sunday school. Whenever asked how she was feeling her consistent reply was “Blessed-Blessed” - doubly blessed. Even in the final days of her life when her memory failed her and her speech was impaired, her heart and mind were devoted to honoring her Lord as she led her family in the following prayer: “Heavenly Father, we thank you for this wonderful occasion. Please bless and sanctify this food for our bodies. In Jesus name we pray Amen.” Gladys was married to Earl Bragg, Walter Clinton, and John C. Brown Sr. who preceded her in death. As a widow she enjoyed a loving friendship with Robert Rates Jr. She is survived by two children, Carolynn A. Erickson (nee Bragg) of Denver, and James R. Bragg, of Denver, a step-son, Walter Clinton, four grandchildren; David P. Bond, James Earl Bragg, Sarah R. Bond, Lawrence Bragg, and three great grandchildren, Benjamin Roy Bragg, Hazel Lynn Toedebusch, and Dexter Glenn Toedebusch; three sisters, Alfreda Lewis of Pensacola, Florida, Dorothy Hall, Ft. Myers, Florida, Elnora Jordan, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and a host of nieces and nephews. Gladys leaves behind a legacy of faith and service.

Viewing at Payne Chapel AME Church, 3626 Marion Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado viewing at 10 AM.

Services at Payne Chapel AME Church, 3626 Marion Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado viewing at 10 AM.

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Alzheimer's Association of Colorado

455 Sherman Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80203

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