Obituary - Gloria Ann McIntyre Braswell

Gloria Ann McIntyre Braswell, 77, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Gloria was born in Mt. Gilead, North Carolina on May 21, 1941, daughter of the late Frank Grady and Jessie Beatrice Greene McIntyre. She graduated as valedictorian of Ellerbe High School, then from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a degree in Education.

On August 8, 1965, she married Doyle Braswell and they settled in Miami, FL where she taught at Comstock Elementary and then Village Green Elementary, developing special life long friendships with fellow teachers. In 1975, they moved to Homestead, FL to farm avocados while raising their three children.

She returned to teaching at Redland Elementary as a substitute teacher, then started a tutoring business. Just as with her own three children, she was patient, encouraging and creative in fostering a love of learning. In addition to teaching, Gloria volunteered extensively in the local schools and her church, Silver Palm United Methodist. From planning fundraisers, directing Christmas plays, overseeing youth group activities, or planning Mother's Day luncheons, she had a heart for children and families. She loved music and was a member of the church choir for decades. Many of her best friends were through church and choir. In addition, she sought out those who might be lonely or isolated. In caring for the shut-ins and elderly, she exemplified a wonderful example of service and Christ's love for others. She was generous and compassionate, quick to appear with a meal for a sick friend, a devotion and hug for a lonely friend, or a phone call or card to keep in touch with those she loved across the miles.

Her enthusiasm for shopping, especially yard sales and bargains, was motivated by her love for others and her yard sale finds were usually shared - a toy for a grandchild, clothes for those in need, or vases she would fill with flowers for a church pot-luck.

Gloria's dinners and holiday parties were memorable and lively, filled with creative games and themes. She loved to cook and had many delicious recipes, generously shared with family and friends. Her love of family was legendary; spending weeks to care for a newborn grandchild, planning family reunions and celebrating birthdays. Thanks to Doyle's pilot career, Gloria had ample opportunities for family vacations to many different places. She was always up for an adventure and loved traveling with her family.

Gloria exemplified the Proverbs 31 woman - a hard working woman who took care of her family, her home and her friends, the poor and needy. "She is clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Many women do noble things but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who loves the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all her hands have done and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." Gloria never had a negative word for anyone, was radiant and forgiving and demonstrated a sharp wit, even when she was very sick. She loved to laugh with friends and family.

We extend much gratitude to the numerous family members and friends who generously cared and supported her and the family in the last weeks of her life. Your presence and prayers truly astounded Gloria. At one point, she even laughed at the crowd gathered in her hospital room and remarked, "I had no idea so many people even liked me!" Her life is a legacy of love, with each of us responsible for extending it by being a blessing to others.

Gloria is survived by her husband of 53 years, Doyle Braswell, her daughters, Shannon (Beau) Eddleman of Raleigh, NC, Tiffany (Ron) Larson of West Bend, WI, and son Michael (Amy) Braswell of St. Petersburg, FL as well as her five beloved grandchildren, Auburn, Trey, Lindsey, Brian and Colton. She has many special nieces and nephews as well as extended family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by twin sisters, Maxine and Collene McIntyre, brother Baxter Grady McIntyre, and sisters Betty McIntyre Hatcher, Arlene McIntyre Baxter and Lillie McIntyre Haywood.

A celebration of Gloria's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or, as Gloria would do, share an act of kindness toward someone in your community.