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“I was sitting here talking to a mutual friend and said let me pull up Gayleatha on the net to see what see is doing -- and I was shocked to see that...Read More »
1 of 81 | Posted by: JACQUELINE DACUS - HOUSTON, TX

“I can never believe the departure of the Ambassador Gayletha B. Brown. I had a heart trouble as I read that she passed by, one year ago. I believe...Read More »
2 of 81 | Posted by: Daniel MOUSSOUGAN - Cotonou

“I am shocked to have just found out that Gayleathea passed! I have been away and had no idea! We entered the Foreign Service together and together...Read More »
3 of 81 | Posted by: Deborah McCarthy - Vilnius

“I just found out about this today. My mother and my family are so very sorry for your loss. Karin Marie Kendrick, Esq. ”
4 of 81 | Posted by: A friend

“This has nearly killed me. Gay was one of my Aunt Minnie Belle Veal's favorite people and she considered Aunt Minnie Belle one of her true mentors. ...Read More »
5 of 81 | Posted by: Leslye Joy Allen - Atlanta, GA

“This has saddened me beyond belief. Gayleatha B. Brown was one of my late Aunt Minnie Belle Veal's most memorable protegees. I am speechless as I...Read More »
6 of 81 | Posted by: Leslye Joy Allen - Atlanta, GA

“On behalf of the officers and staff of the U.S. Consulate General and Permanent Observer Mission to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France,...Read More »
7 of 81 | Posted by: Evan G. Reade, U.S. Consul General - NJ

“Gayleatha and I spent time together in Strasbourg. I was singing at the opera and I enjoyed so many good times with her at the consulate. She and I...Read More »
8 of 81 | Posted by: kevin maynor - NEWARK, NJ

“My condolences to the Brown family. Gayleatha was supportive to all who crossed her path. She will be greatly missed.Dr. Melanie Duckworth ”
9 of 81 | Posted by: A friend

“I am deeply saddened about the passing of Ambassador Brown. As a very young lady, I supported Ambassador Brown in the U.S. Department of State...Read More »
10 of 81 | Posted by: Doretta Willingham - Bowie, MD

“My cousin, Gay, was an inspiration to our family, and she will be remembered with pride. ”
11 of 81 | Posted by: Mary Evelyn (Fullen) Blackwell - TX

“My condolences to the family of an amazing light. Even during her challenging moments she encouraged me and challenged me to pursue my dreams! We had...Read More »
12 of 81 | Posted by: Rev. Demetria Edwards, M.Div., JD - AR

“My condolences to the family of an amazing light. Even during her challenging moments she encouraged me and challenged me to pursue my dreams! We had...Read More »
13 of 81 | Posted by: Rev Demetria Edwards - AR

“So sad to receive this news. She was a blessed person who was faithful to her God, mother, country, and church while in South Africa. Thank God for...Read More »
14 of 81 | Posted by: John Allen

“My condolences to the family of an amazing light. Even during her challenging moments she encouraged me and challenged me to pursue my dreams! We had...Read More »
15 of 81 | Posted by: Rev. Demetria Edwards, J.D., M.Div. - AR

“It's an earthquake in my body and in my inner being. Gayleatha Brown is a second mother for me, a woman full of human values. My thoughts go...Read More »
16 of 81 | Posted by: Victor GBENOU - Cotonou

“It's an earthquake in my body and in my inner being. Gayleatha Brown is a second mother to me, a woman full of human values. My thoughts go...Read More »
17 of 81 | Posted by: Victor GBENOU - Cotonou

“Gayleatha was the Political Counselor at the US Embassy in Pretoria when I met her. She did a very good job in representing the United Sates at a...Read More »
18 of 81 | Posted by: Gerald Hanisch - Leuven

“My most humbled condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of this great lady. I will always remember her beautiful smile, and the mother of...Read More »
19 of 81 | Posted by: Benita Baber-McCrea - MD

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Ambassador Brown. She was truly a phenomenal woman. My heartfelt condolences go out to her extended family...Read More »
20 of 81 | Posted by: Yvie Thompson

“Ambassador Brown was an active members of our church fellowship during her stay in Pretoria. John and I have fond memories of her and mother Nellie...Read More »
21 of 81 | Posted by: Susan Reed-Allen

“My heart is deeply saddened by the loss of a truly phenomenal woman. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to her family as especially to...Read More »
22 of 81 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences to Gay's mother and family. Gayleatha was a kind, sincere, and inspiring spirit. I am truly saddened to hear of her passing. ...Read More »
23 of 81 | Posted by: S. D. alexander - Washington, DC

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ambassador Brown. Gayleatha had a very special place in our hearts since her work with Gola...Read More »
24 of 81 | Posted by: Ada Adler - Betheesda, MD

“Mrs. Brown and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gayleatha was an inspiration to my daughter Aleia and me. May she find rest in...Read More »
25 of 81 | Posted by: Faye - Woodbridge, VA

“Sad to hear another Ivy over the wall. My dear soror who lit the world with soft spoken dignity. You represented our people well. THANK YOU. ”
26 of 81 | Posted by: joyce ship-freeman - edison, NJ

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family. ”
27 of 81 | Posted by: James and Sally Gadsden - NJ

“Our hearts are heavy and our lives empty without you. Your were a great friend and the Boone family will cherish our too brief time together. The...Read More »
28 of 81 | Posted by: Ronald & Hazel Boone - MD

“To the Brown Family: Ambassador Brown led the US embassy in Benin as an outstanding diplomat with a lovely and caring heart. For her, there was no...Read More »
29 of 81 | Posted by: Raphaella Houessou - Cotonou

“Gayleatha was my beautiful cousin. We very close as children, and saw each other occasionally through the years. I had the privilege of attending...Read More »
30 of 81 | Posted by: Jada C. Hunter - Chattaroy, WV

“Gayleatha was my beautiful cousin. We very close as children in West Virginia, and we saw each other occasionally through the years. I had the...Read More »
31 of 81 | Posted by: Jada C. Hunter - Chattaroy, WV

“Dear Ambassador Brown: You will remain in my heart forever. I will never forget you even if i try hard. You have been so good to me, your driver,...Read More »
32 of 81 | Posted by: Gerard Koumondji - Cotonou

“Dear Ambassador Brown: You will remain in my heart forever. I will never forget you even if i try hard. You have been so good to me, your driver,...Read More »
33 of 81 | Posted by: Gerard Koumondji - Cotonou, NJ

“To Gayleatha's family, Ambassador Gayleatha Brown’s tenure in Benin left the Mission staff with lasting memories. When she departed post the...Read More »
34 of 81 | Posted by: Djosse Atchade - Cotonou

“Your family is in our prayers ”
35 of 81 | Posted by: Alicia Thomas - woodbridge, NJ

“Ambassador Brown, I will never forget you, Ambassador Brown. Your were a hard working woman and excellent caring mother for the people who used...Read More »
36 of 81 | Posted by: Marius Lotsu - Cotonou, NJ

“I will miss my dear cousin, Gayleatha. May God strengthen you Aunt Nellie and Curtis. With Lots Of Love. Jada ”
37 of 81 | Posted by: Jada Hunter - Chattaroy, WV

“I fondly recall our collaborations back on the Hill when we worked for Congresspersons Collins and Rangel in the Cannon building, and I followed your...Read More »
38 of 81 | Posted by: George Dalley - Washington, DC

“To the Family of the late Gayleatha B. Brown. It was with sadness that I learned of her passing on last Saturday. I only knew her for a short time...Read More »
39 of 81 | Posted by: PAMELA TAYLOR - Lauderhill, FL

“Your sudden departure afflicts us because you have been exceptional to us. Do you remember the song “Gayleatha Brown, we’ll never forget...Read More »
40 of 81 | Posted by: Damienne Maouignon - Cotonou

“With sorrow, we heard about the passing of Ambassador Brown, our dear Ambassador. We still remember the farewell ceremony we organized to honor her...Read More »
41 of 81 | Posted by: Mr. Jean-Marie Ahouadi - Cotonou

“To her Mother Nellie and Brother Curtis Brown and to the whole family of late Ambassador Gayleatha B. Brown. Trust in God’s promise that...Read More »
42 of 81 | Posted by: Stefan Salaou - Cotonou

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an...Read More »
43 of 81 | Posted by: Francine Agblo - Cotonou, NJ

“I am truly truly saddened to hear about the loss of Ambassador Brown. I knew her when she as the Ambassador to Benin. My thoughts are with her...Read More »
44 of 81 | Posted by: Ifeoma Ezeh - Dakar

“My condolences to The Brown Family. May the God of all comfort be with you in this time is sorrow. 2Cor1:4. Draw close to God and he will draw close...Read More »
45 of 81 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to The Brown Family. May the Gid of all comfort you in this time of sadness. 2Cor1:4. Draw close to God and he will draw close to you. ”
46 of 81 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Brown family, this is to express my deepest sympathy for your and our great loss. Gayleatha was truly an exceptional woman who was a wonderful...Read More »
47 of 81 | Posted by: Ruth A. Davis - DC

“To Gayleatha's family: Please know that Gayleatha was a wonderful person and will be missed. I first met her in graduate school at the School of...Read More »
48 of 81 | Posted by: Sullivan - Fairfax, VA

“I SEND MY SINCERE SYMPATHY TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AMBASSADOR GAYLEATHA BROWN WILL BE TRULY MISSED AMBASSADOR SHIRLEY ELIZABETH BARNES, U.S....Read More »
49 of 81 | Posted by: SHIRLEY ELIZABETH BARNES - DC

“West Virginia Baptist State Convention Hilltop Baptist Center Baptist Road Post Office Box 283 Hill Top, West Virginia 25855 Office of...Read More »
50 of 81 | Posted by: West Virginia Baptist State Convention - WV

“Condolences April 22, 2013 To The Gayleatha Brown Family The officers and members of the Second Mt Zion Baptist Church extend our...Read More »
51 of 81 | Posted by: Second Mt Zion Baptist Church - WV

“April 22, 2013 Condolences To the Family of Gayleatha B. Brown Life is good; It is a gift from God. Friends are also a gift of God...Read More »
52 of 81 | Posted by: Frank Jones & Lewis Jones - WV

“Gayleatha was a wonderful colleague, was a wonderful officer and happy to share and teach. Wherever she went, she just made things better in service...Read More »
53 of 81 | Posted by: Eileen Kane - Washington, DC

“Dearest Ms. Ambassador: You sure are already in the Lord's Hands. Sidney and Jennifer join me in wishing you a Peaceful Rest. We appreciate and are...Read More »
54 of 81 | Posted by: Firmine Houemavo - Palm Coast, FL

“Sis Helen, I send my condolences and prayers to you and your Family in your time of sorrow. May God bless you all. ”
55 of 81 | Posted by: Patricia Vaughn - Tinton Falls, NJ

“I certainly want to offer my condolences to the family. Ambassador Brown was an outstanding diplomat and a wonderful person. I had the opportunity...Read More »
56 of 81 | Posted by: Melvin Foote - Washington, DC

“Dear Nell, So very sorry, My thoughts and prays are with you . ”
57 of 81 | Posted by: Jackie Crockett Kellum - Matewan, WV

“Saddened to learn of Gayleatha's passing. She was a colleague in Paris and South Africa and always a devoted daughter to her mother. May her soul...Read More »
58 of 81 | Posted by: Gillian Milovanovic - Annandale, VA

“I AM TRULY SADDENED BY THE PASSING OF OUR FRIEND AND FOREIGN SERVICE COLLEAGUE, GAYLEATHA. MY CONDOLENCES AND VERY BEST WISHES TO GAYLEATHA'S MOTHER...Read More »
59 of 81 | Posted by: EDWARD PERKINS - WASHINGTON

“Like others, I was saddened to read of Ambassador Gayleatha Brown's passing. She was a wonderful mentor to other women in the Foreign Service, and a...Read More »
60 of 81 | Posted by: Carole Jackson - Washington, DC

“It was with great sorrow that I learned of Ambassador Brown's passing. We served together at the U.S. Embassy in Harare and I will always remember...Read More »
61 of 81 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest in peace, Ambassador Brown. Elie and I are deeply saddened that you had to leave us so soon, and we bid you a fond farewell. I am grateful for...Read More »
62 of 81 | Posted by: Martina and Elie Boustani - DC

“We share this loss and express our condolences to the family of Ms Gayleatha B. Brown. From GANGBE Maxime Philippe ”
63 of 81 | Posted by: A friend

“As a Foreign Service colleague and friend my prayers go out to the wonderful family that nurtured and supported Gayleatha throughout her life. I am...Read More »
64 of 81 | Posted by: Sunny Halliburton - DC

“The Brown Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. Uncle Tommy, Aunt Pauline and the Hunter Family of Virginia. ”
65 of 81 | Posted by: Kathleen Hunter - Evington, VA

“To Mrs.Brown,Curtis and the entire family,We offer you our deepest sympathy. We know that the Lord will never give to more than you can bear! Weeping...Read More »
66 of 81 | Posted by: Mr.& Mrs. Stanley and Beverly Bryant - NJ

“I was truly shocked this morning when I read the passing on to the ancestors of Ambassador Brown. We worked together in the Foreign Service, and were...Read More »
67 of 81 | Posted by: Amb. Robin Sanders - Alexandria, VA

“Dear Mrs. Nellie Brown: My colleagues from US Embassy Cotonou and I are shocked by this news. We were talking about Ambassador Gayleatha Brown last...Read More »
68 of 81 | Posted by: Justeciel - Cotonou

“I am truly sadden to hear of this tremendous loss to our family. She will be surely missed. Julia Foster. ”
69 of 81 | Posted by: A friend

“My love and Prayers are with you always. Gigiann ”
70 of 81 | Posted by: A friend

“To my dear friend Nellie and Curtis,you have my deepest sympathy at this time of your bereavement.May God bless and keep you and I will keep you in...Read More »
71 of 81 | Posted by: Christine Langston-Collins - NJ

“May the Honorable Gayleatha Brown rest in peace, a most dedicated member of the Foreign Service. Herman O. Bailey US Army and Foreign Service...Read More »
72 of 81 | Posted by: Herman O. Bailey - Palm Coast, FL

Our Christmas Day together. “First my condolences, love and prayers to the family and all those who love Ms. Brown. I was Ms. Brown caregiver here in Arkansas; she was/is very...Read More »
73 of 81 | Posted by: Carol Blea-Dinwiddie - Sherwood, AR

“To the family of Gayleatha Brown.May the memories that mean the most to you live forever in your heart. You are forever in our prayers. Shirley...Read More »
74 of 81 | Posted by: Shiirley Arrington - Englewood, NJ

“Mrs. Brown: My heartfelt sympathy and deep condolences. Gayleatha was a dear friend and wonderful person. We will all miss her. Ambassador Harry K....Read More »
75 of 81 | Posted by: Harry K. Thomas Jr - Washington, DC

“Loving Aunt ”
76 of 81 | Posted by: Denise Brown - East Orange, NJ

“Love You & Brown Country! ”
77 of 81 | Posted by: Nyka Brown - Middletown, DE

“My condolences to The Brown Family I'm praying for y'all. ”
78 of 81 | Posted by: Lisa Fisher - Perth Amboy, NJ

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the Brown family. May God comfort you at this time, and give you the peace that surpasses all understanding. ”
79 of 81 | Posted by: Michelle (James) Field - PA

“Going to miss you so so so much! Love you dearly! ”
80 of 81 | Posted by: Helen - Edison, NJ

“Love you ”
81 of 81 | Posted by: Carol j Brown - Morgan, NJ


Ambassador Gayleatha B. Brown Passed Friday at the JFK Medical Center in Edison NJ. Born in Matwon, West Virginia, she had been a resident of Metuchen for 37 yrs. formerly of Edison. Ms. Brown was a United States foreign service officer and ambassador for over 30 yrs. She attained her BA and Ma honor degrees from Howard University and post graduate work in international relations SAIS at Johns Hopkins University. Her career includes, before joining the Department of State Special Assistant to USAID, Asst. Administrator for Africa, and a legislative Assistant to the House of Representatives, with the Department of State she served as the Ambassador to Benin, , Counselor for Political Affairs in Pretoria, South Africa, US Consul General at the ACG., US Deputy Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Chief of the Economic and Commercial Sections at the US Embassies in Harare, Zimbabwe; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Desk Officer for Canada, Senegal, Guinea& Mauritania at the State Dept., Wash. DC., Desk Officer for the Export-Import bank of the US., Representative, Finance and Development officer for at the US Embassies in Paris & Abidjan, representative for OECD. She is listed among the first women in the Rotarians of Tanzania and received 2 Department of State Superior Honors Awards. Predeceased by her father Daivd L. Brown, brothers David, Darrel, & Dennis Brown she is survived by her Mother Nellie and Brother Curtis Brown. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 12 Noon at the Community Church of Iselin , 15 Montague Ave, Iselin, NJ. Visitation will be held Tuesday 10Am until time of service Arrangements by Judkins condolences –

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