Gladys Maud RallifordApril 28, 1928 ~ January 27, 2018 (age 89)
The Lord looked into his beautiful garden on January 27, 2018 and handpicked a beautiful rose by the name of Gladys. She answered the master’s call as she bid goodbye to planet earth.
Gladys Maud Ralliford was the only child born to Isadora Brown and the first born to Edwin Coley. She grew up in Greenvale, Manchester, Jamaica West indies, where she attended Hatsfield Primary School. Gladys met and married the love of her life James Clyde Ralliford and this union produced eight children (four boys and four girls). Alva, Derrick, Carlton (deceased), Joyce, June, Ericka, Arleen, and Wayne.
Gladys was a homemaker, so it was no surprise she had to be a conventional disciplinarian when it came to her eight children. Her children describes her as the only person who could throw a shoe around the corner and connected to her target. Her favorite phrase was “Pickney Yuh Blue” They weren’t sure what it meant, but when she said that they all knew that she meant business! Outside of her stern exterior Gladys was a loving mother, who would do anything for her children. She would make ends meet with little she had to ensure that all her kids were short of nothing!
She accepted Jesus Christ at a tender age and was baptized at the Bible Way Church of God, in Manchester, Jamaica West Indies. Every Sunday, she was in church and her younger children followed, because she would not have it no other way.
She migrated to the United States in 1987 and worked as a nurse’s aide that granted her the opportunity to file for her children and grandchildren . Gladys learned to drive and got her driver’s license at the age 64. To our knowledge she had never had an accident or gotten a ticket. She was fearless and would go anywhere that her red ford escort would take her. One day on her way to church, a route she had travelled many times before, became strange to her. She did not know where she was and had to call for help. This day was the start of her battle with Alzheimer.
In March 2005, she became a member of the El Shaddai Pentecostal Holiness Church. Her church family remembers Gladys as a loving, wonderful, caring, and devoted person. She was a very active member in the church and a great worshipper, not to mention her stylish wardrobe. She always wore the most stylish outfits in the hat to match. Her smile would light up a room and the people around her.
Leaves to cherish her memories are her children: Alva and wife Violet, Derrick and wife Norma, Joyce, June, Ericka and husband Troy, Arleen and husband Godfrey, and Wayne and wife Rose. Twenty-five grandchildren, Twenty-three great grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Brothers: Vincent, Tony, Norman, and Clovis. Sisters: Ena, Gloria, Pauline, and Norma. A host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friend, pastors, and congregation who really love and miss her. We are mourning her
departure, but will always cherish her memories.