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Wallace, Gladys Edwards


Age 84, owner of Wallace Broadview Funeral Home in Broadview, IL, beloved and devoted wife of 48 years to the late Vernon L. Wallace, founder of Wallace Broadview Funeral Home. Cherished sister of Roy L. Edwards and the late Johnnie B. King, devoted aunt to Menai Edwards and Rory Momon, loving cousin to Mable Jean Edwards-Darden and adoring Aunt and Godmother to many, entered eternal paradise on January 22, 2021 at 2:08 a.m.

Gladys Wallace was born in Alberta, Alabama and became a proud Chicago westsider graduating from Hayes Elementary and John Marshall High School. She was a Marshall H.S. Alumni Hall of Famer, a graduate of Wilbur Wright Junior College, attended Loop College and Moody Bible Institute; a former National President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Associatio­n, Inc.; a recipient of the Business and Community Service Award and the M. Athalia Range Trailblaze­r Award both given by the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Inc. where she was also an Honorary Life Board Member; a mentor to Mortuary Science students; a Licensed Insurance Producer for the State of Illinois; and a former Fifth Vice President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salem Baptist District Associatio­n. Gladys was a faithful and dedicated charter member of St. Joseph M.B. Church in Chicago for 65 years serving as Sunday School Superinten­dent, Director of Christian

Education, Vice President of the Senior Usher Board Ministry, Vice President of the Busy Bee Ministry and a member of the Mission Ministry. Gladys Wallace worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 30 years retiring as Supervisor of Benefits in the Human Resources Division. Walk-Thru Visitation for Mrs. Wallace will be on Thursday, February 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wallace Broadview Funeral Home, 2020 W. Roosevelt Rd., Broadview, IL; Memorial Tribute & Walk-Thru Visitation on Friday, February 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph M.B. Church, 2901 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL; and Homegoing Celebratio­n on Saturday, February 6, Wake 9:00 a.m. – Service 11:00 a.m. at Freedom Baptist Church, 4541 Harrison Street, Hillside, IL. Virtual viewing of Homegoing Celebratio­n via Live Stream at www.enjoyfreed­ or Facebook Live @FreedomBap­tistChurch­Hillside. Interment at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Hillside, IL.

In lieu of flowers, please send scholarshi­p donations to: 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Inc. – Vernon & Gladys Wallace Scholarshi­p, c/o Ms. Elleanor Starks, P.O. Box 916404, Longwood, FL 32791


National Funeral Directors and Morticians Associatio­n Ladies Auxiliary, c/o Ms. Cynthia Betts (Treasurer), 124W Quailridge Rd., Oxford, NC 27565

Due to COVID-19, the CDC guidelines will be enforced accordingl­y at each facility, masks and social distancing is required.

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