2012-05-24 / Obituaries

Gladys L. Brown

Gladys Louise Brown, 79, was born in St. John’s, Mich., on Oct. 28,

1932, and called home by her Lord and Savior on May 15, 2012.

Gladys married Alden Leroy (Lee) Brown in 1952. They lived in Gulliver, Mich., for many years, where they built their own log cabin while living in a tent and starting their family. She assisted her husband in his masonry business, Brownie Construction, while raising their two children. In the 1960s they moved to Marquette, Mich., so she could attend Northern Michigan University. After graduation, she began her teaching career in Negaunee, Mich., where she taught first grade for over 30 years. Her joy and passion was teaching children to read, giving them a solid start on the road to success. Many will remember her for her special hands-on unit she taught about Japan. She developed this curriculum after a trip to Okinawa in the mid 1970s.

Gladys enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, reading and camping. In the early years they explored many campgrounds until they found the perfect camp on Dead River Basin near Negaunee. She and Lee spent many happy summers living at camp. Gladys loved poking in a campfire, floating on a tube in the water, cruising in the boat and reading on the beach. Her favorite book and most treasured possession was her Bible. She always said it stood for basic instructions before leaving Earth. She believed in Christ as her Savior and therefore was a member of God’s Church/Family.

She was also well known for her collection of quotes and her one line cracks of humor, which caused everyone to smile. The last two years of her life were shared with the wonderful caregivers at Fountain View Nursing Home in Grant, Mich. It was here she put her hand in the hand of Jesus and departed this world to travel to her heavenly home. Her family would like to thank the Fountain View staff as well as the Hospice of Michigan staff for their loving care of Gladys during this time.

She is survived by two children, David Alden (Jean) Brown of Marquette, and Sandra Louise (Sergio) Bassetto of Newaygo, Mich.; grandson, Matthew (Mary) Brown; and great-grandchild, Laura Smith of Milwaukee, Wis.; grandson, Andrew Brown (Mandy) of Marquette; a foster granddaughter, Tracey Rae Johnson-Duquette; and two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Hunter Johnson-Duquette of Negaunee. She is also survived by nine brothers and sisters, Duane Baley, Roger Baley, Robert Baley, Brian Baley, Sharon Jensen, Sallie Franks, Nellie Garvie, James Baley and Susan Allward.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Gertrude Baley; her husband, Alden, in 2000; brother, Bruce Baley; and her foster daughter, Mary Johnson (Rudy).

A memorial service will be held in Marquette and will be announced at a later date. Her final arrangements were provided by McKinley Funeral Home in Grant. Condolences can be left online at http://mckinleyfuneral.com.

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