But They that wait upon the Lord Shall renew their strength.
Gladys Bracey Stancell was born to the late Elie and Henrietta Jordan Bracey on October 10, 1928.
She joined the St. John Missionary Baptist Church at the age of eleven. She remained a faithful member of the Sunday School as a child and a loyal choir member for many years.
She received her education in the Northampton County Public Schools and graduated as class Valedictorian of her class in 1947. She was also a great basketball player.
She was married to the late Horace M. Stancell on February 19, 1949. To this union, nine children were born. Three who preceded her in death.
She joined the Zoar Missionary Baptist Church in February 1960. She served as Choir President, Sunday School Teacher, organized the Pastor’s Aide Ministry, served as Church Clerk for thirty three years, President of the Deaconess Ministry, Women’s President of the Women Auxiliary to the Northampton County Missionary Baptist Association, member of the Women’s and Missionary Ministries at Zoar Missionary Baptist Church and a supporter of all church activities, spiritually, physically and financially. In February, 2017, she relocated to Largo, Maryland to live with her daughter Beverly and her son-in-law, Roger Hill. After relocating, she joined the Isle of Patmos Baptist Church in Washington, DC where Bishop Calvin L. Matthews is Senior Pastor. While there, she was a member of the Deaconess Board, the Sunday School, the October Ministry and the Senior Ministry. She was recently selected as the “Spiritual Mother” of the Isle of Patmos Baptist Church Senior Ministry.
Professionally, she was a longtime employee in the Northampton County Public School System as a Teacher’s Assistant and school bus driver.
She and her “long time Special Friend”, Mary Tyner, were known to travel together visiting numerous churches in and around the area. They were especially devoted to supporting the churches within the Northampton County Vicinity Missionary Baptist Association. They were often affectionately referred to as the “Golden Girls”.
She leaves to cherish her memories: six children, Donald (Dorothy) Stancell of New Carrollton, Maryland, Beverly (Roger) Hill of Largo, Maryland, Ruth Slade of Mitchellville, Maryland, Elie Stancell of Suitland, Maryland, Kenneth(Rosie) Stancell of Washington, DC, Dreck (Feenice) Stancell of Belcamp, Maryland; ten grandchildren, Devon, Donald Jr., Eric, Tony, Cedric, Waltrina, Dre’Toria, D’Ana, Kenneth Jr., Asha; special friend, Mary Tyner; nineteen great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by all seven of her siblings.
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