Gazel Pauline (Rose) Brown, a longtime resident of the Mundy’s Corner area, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Allegany Nursing and Rehab Center in Cumberland, Maryland.
Born in 1923 in Nanty Glo, Cambria County, Gazel, one of five siblings, found the love of her life which would result in 63 blissful years of marriage to her husband, Russell Earl Brown. Despite Russ’ deployment to Europe during World War II, Gazel and Russ graced the world with two children, Russell “Butch” Sherman Brown and Shirley Carol (Brown) Dyson. They gave Pap and Gram the joy of a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On their farm, Gram enjoyed helping pap with chores, maintaining a well-manicured lawn and tending a robust garden. She loved their horses as much as she enjoyed baking and socializing. A person could not stop by to visit without a warm embrace and fresh cookies or blueberry pie. Depending on the time of day, Gram would serve up stacks of silver dollar pancakes or her homemade pierogies. She and Pap enjoyed their summers camping at Raystown Lake so much that they eventually packed up and moved from the house that Pap built in Mundy’s Corner, and set up a new home in Huntingdon County to enjoy their golden years.
Gazel is preceded in death by her father, Harold Rose; mother, Ethel (Whitsell) Rose; husband, Russ; son, Butch; and siblings, Melda, Harold Junior, Hobert and Bonita. She is survived by daughter, Shirley (Brown) Dyson; sister, Bernice (Rose) Silbaugh; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews spread throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Gram’s family was the center of her life. From her arrival into this world in the bustling coal-mining town of Nanty Glo, Gram was the Lord’s good and faithful servant. She attended the Pike Grace Brethren Church in Mundy’s Corner, then became a devout member of the Beavertown Bible Church in Todd after she and Russ moved. Gazel was destined to bring grace into our lives and ultimately enter into her eternal home with Christ. These words could never begin to tell the story of a wife, mother, grandmother and matriarch who touched so many.
Family and friends will be received to share their memories from noon until the 1 p.m. service Friday, March 15, at Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. 1521 Frankstown Road, Johnstown. Interment will be made in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.