The Life & Legacy of Evangelist Gladys M. Taylor
Evangelist Gladys M. Taylor, affectionately known as “Puddin,” was called to reside with the Lord on September 29, 2017. She was born to Peggy Edwards and the late Ralph Colburn on August 5, 1948 in Wilmington, Delaware. She was the granddaughter of the late James and Gladys Mitchell.
Evangelist Taylor received her education in the Wilmington Public School system. She was employed by many different companies throughout Wilmington. She worked for the Drew-Pyle Elementary School, Hercules, and retired from the Terrace at Greenhill.
Evangelist Taylor was an avid baseball player. She enjoyed cooking, and she was famous for her candied yams and rice pudding.
Evangelist Taylor was a lifetime member of AUMP Conference. She served in capacities such as the Bishop’s Steward Board, Pastor’s Aide Committee, Choir, Sunday School, Missionary, Steward’s Board, Youth Department, Pastor’s Steward, Kitchen Committee, and more. She loved her church and her church family. She also was known for founding the Mount Zion Crab Feast and Breakfast with Santa. She was truly an Evangelist at heart, especially when it came to ministering to the youth. She would always bring neighborhood children to church so they could learn of God. She loved to be in the House of the Lord, always attending services at everybody’s church she could. Her ministry extended beyond the church doors as an avid local supporter of the Clubs of the 70s, making sure that they had her assistance for their Annual Programs and always giving of her time and resources to positive programs.
She leaves to continue her legacy her mother, Peggy Edwards; children Mary Ann Hunter (Mark) and Rochelle Mitchell, Jerome Wright (Constance) and Donna Wright; seven grandchildren, Melyssa Hunter and Mark A. Hunter, Jr., Shawn Mitchell Baker, Jerome Jasire and Ah’Janae Wright, Jerrell Turner, Jr., and Jer’Me Wright; six great-grand children, Amera Pilchard, Anyla Harris, Kennedy and Kyndal Hunter, Mark A. Hunter, III; adopted great-grand daughter London Mitchell; her siblings, Janice Harris, John Mitchell, James Edwards, Vivian Edwards, Cynthia Edwards, Wanda Boston, and Diane Colburn; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, family and friends. She also leaves to cherish her memory her devoted friends Arthur Proctor, her “funeral girl” Evangelist Barbbara Gupton Abbott, and Dr. A. Tyrone Stancial and an adopted son, Apostle Andre L. Harris.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Allen Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell, Florine Mitchell, Jerome Mitchell Edwards, Bruce and Curtis Colburn.
Funeral 11:00 AM Fri. Oct.6th at Mt. Zion AUMP Church
2801 Jessup St., Wilm. DE; viewing 9-10:45 AM only.
Burial, Gracelawn Memorial Park (Full obituary forthcoming)