Death of Gladys Dudley

William and Gladys Dudley
Willie and Gladys Dudley

We were saddened to learn of the May 14 death of deaconess Gladys Etta Dudley, wife of GCI elder Willie Dudley, members in GCI’s Manhattan, New York congregation. Her funeral was held on May 18. Here are excerpts from her obituary.

Gladys was born in 1924 in Dinwiddie, Virginia. Her family moved to New York City where she grew up with a strong belief in the Lord and a commitment to helping those in need.

DudleysGladys and her first husband were among the founding members of the Manhattan Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God. Gladys became the mother of hospitality for the congregation and would regularly host traveling pastors and evangelists. She was well known for her culinary talents, including her delicious meals and famous rum balls. Gladys also became well known as a seamstress for a bride’s wedding dress, den mother to the girls in the church, and adviser to young people due to her beautiful, but firm motherly personality to everyone.

After the tragic death of her first husband, Gladys married Willie Dudley in 1968. Together they served tirelessly and passionately in the Manhattan congregation. They were known as the first to arrive at every church event or activity and among the last to leave. Gladys typically took charge of the kitchen or organizing an event.

Gladys is survived by her husband, Willie Dudley, two daughters, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild, three sisters, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cards may be sent to:

Mr. Willie C. Dudley
3736 10th Avenue, Apt 13M
New York, NY 10034-1814

6 thoughts on “Death of Gladys Dudley”

  1. We are so sorry for your loss. May God, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ keep you and your family snuggled in His all encompassing love during this time of loss.
    In Christian Love
    Grace Covenant Fellowship
    Birmingham, Alabama

  2. I have fond memories of conversing with Gladys at various church events. Such a sweet lady… but very matter-of-fact in her conversations with me. She provided me with a perspective on church life that I lacked and I have been thankful to her for that. I know she will be greatly missed.

  3. Dear Willie Dudley, our condolences, love & prayers of peace are with you & family. I remember the warmth of the love expressed when ever I had contact with you in the Brooklyn, NY church.

  4. While pastoring in New Jersey from 1976-1980 there were many occasions where we got together wit the New York churches and Gladys was always there with Willie serving tirelessley. Her service never ends it continues in heavenly places. Our prayers are for her immediate family and her church family. Richard and Joyce Frankel.

  5. We pray with you and for you now as you adjust to the emptiness and void left by this precious lady. Praise GOD we will all be together one day and live forever with the TRIUNE GOD. GOD will keep you in perfect peace. Love

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