Gladys Ross

Gladys Ross

Tony Sylvester Williams and Mary Flowers rejoiced on November 7, 1929 when they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl that they named Gladys Inez in the beautiful city of Pomona Park, Florida, best known for beautiful Lake Broward in Putnam County, Florida.

Gladys attended public schools in Pomona Park and came short of obtaining her High School Diploma. But she was to be complimented, because she was unique in that she was determined to finish her education, and after turning sixty years old, she went back to school and obtained her GED. She was the type of person that when she set a goal, no matter how long it took, she would accomplish it.

She met a young man by the name of Charles Burch; they fell love and were married October 21, 1946. To this union were born two children that were the light of their lives, in the person of Tyrone Ted and Carolyn. She accepted Christ into her life early on, and was a faithful member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Pomona Park, Florida.

Gladys was a person who thoroughly enjoyed life, and number one on her list of favorite things to do was fishing, because she found it to be a form of stress relief, a great mode of recreation, and to boil it all down she simply loved the thrill of fishing, literally would do so almost every single day. It was something about catching them, scaling them and enjoying the knowledge that she put forth the effort to catch her dinner.  She was also a hairdresser and she could come up with all kinds of styles and ways to make her clients look beautiful. Another thing about her was the fact that she was a cook extraordinaire and if you had the opportunity to partake of her cooking, it would be something that you would remember and hope to come back to again and again.  Another gift she possessed was that of sewing and designing wear.  And finally, the love of her life next to fishing was bingo.

After the demise of the marriage to Charles, Gladys relocated to New York where she met and married James Ross. While in New York she enjoyed cooking for the migrant camps and was always trying to help those who were less fortunate both in New York City and also in Poughkeepsie New York which was about eighty-five miles from New York City. She moved back to Florida, back to her roots, in the early 1980’s where she resided, and continued fishing until she was called home to be with the Lord on May 11.

Gladys leaves to fondly cherish her memories, two children, son Tyrone Ted and Carolyn (James) Artison. She only has one sibling left in the person of Alease Milton. The following siblings preceded her in death: brothers Sylvester, Hubert, James and Earl; sisters Leola, Grace, and Candace. She also leaves to mourn her passing six grandchildren Tawnya (Robert), Kelley (Anthony), Ina (Alaric), Brendan, and Markeis. Two of her grandchildren preceded her in death in the person of Tyrone II, and James III. She is blessed to leave eleven great-grandchildren, namely Michael Wallace, Michael Anthony, Laniece, Brittany, Londone, Tymyra, Merrell, Aryion, Kelley, Aaron, and Ian. She is blessed to be able to live and enjoy twelve great-great-grandchildren, Amiri, Ameer, Eyden, Michael, Marcellus, Lazenia, Laniya, Noah, Shayna, Shane, Levi, and Elijah.  And it goes without saying that she leaves a host of nephews, nieces, and valued friends.

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