Gladys Brumfield Brookshire passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020 at the age of 96. She was a loving and beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Born in Richmond, Kentucky in 1924, Gladys lived her life in Madison County with her husband Neville J. Brookshire until his death in 1998. She then moved to Lexington to be near her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.
Gladys was a compassionate, loving, and lively spirit who looked out for those in need, both humans and animals. She had a keen wit, loved humor, and enjoyed being with her Brumfield family for 'fun days" which consisted of loving conversation, playing music, and laughing. She danced into the room on her 90th birthday as her brother played the piano. Her greatest gift was being able to make any space, no matter how large or small, cheery and aesthetically beautiful. An avid reader and lover of music, Gladys kept her ability to sing and quote poetry until the end. She especially loved animals. When she lived on her farm, stray animals had a way of finding her, and she sheltered and cared for them all. Gladys also appreciated the beauty of nature, and she often commented on cloud formations, trees, and flower gardens. She was a member of Walnut Hill Church, Lexington.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband Neville, and her siblings Margertte Brumfield Hull, James William Brumfield, Leona Brumfield Tribble, Evelyn Brumfield Bosley, Nathaniel Brumfield, and William Bowin Brumfield (Georgia). She has two living siblings Naomi Brumfield McCoy and Donald Brumfield (Mamye). She is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Angela Brookshire Hurley and Dr. Carl Hurley, and her much-loved grandchildren Lori-Lyn Hurley (Tracy Hawkins) and Chad Edward Hurley (Chloe), and her adored great-grandchildren Ava Elizabeth Hurley and Emme Catherine Hurley. A host of cherished nieces and nephews also survive.
In her final years, she was much comforted and cared for by her sister Naomi and her niece Judy Bland, and she enjoyed being a part of the family through social gatherings at her brother and sister-in-law's home. These gatherings were organized by her niece April Brumfield (Wycliffe) and nephew Tim Brumfield. Her nephew, Mark McCoy (Stacia), also helped in numerous special ways.
Owing to Covid, the immediate family will hold a private burial service at Walnut Hill Church Cemetery. A large family gathering is planned when Covid conditions allow. In keeping with Glady's compassion for those in need, memorials may be sent to God's Pantry, any animal shelter, or to Walnut Hill Church.
She was truly an instrument of God's love and peace. She will be forever in our hearts.