Gloria Brown Spencer was born on November 11, 1926 in Colon, Rep. of Panama; the third child born to Aubrey and Catherine Brown. Her father worked for the Panama Canal Commissary and her mother was a
dressmaker. Gloria transitioned peacefully on Long Island, New York on April 6, 2020 at the age of 93.
Gloria attended primary and secondary schools in Gamboa, Canal Zone. She was the valedictorian of her graduating class. Gloria was a wiz in Mathematics even into her golden years.
Gloria met and married Franklin A. Spencer and out of that union came five children. Gloria Vanecia Jemmott, Xenia Fareaux, Sergio Spencer, Franklin (Chombi) Spencer and Rosalba Rodrigues.
Gloria and Franklin were residents of Paraíso, former Canal Zone, for many years. Gloria attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paraiso, Canal Zone. She worked for the Panama Canal Commissaries, as well as the Administration Building for many years and ultimately retired. She subsequently immigrated to the United States, residing on Long Island, New York. She traveled to New Jersey and Seattle frequently visiting with loved
ones; as well as going on cruises. Even though she was retired, she liked being busy, so she worked at Biopharmaceutics where she met wonderful friends and was well liked by employees and management. She spent her latter days surrounded by her family. She loved when her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren came to visit. It always placed a smile on her face. Gloria will be remembered as a quiet and kind woman, with a winning smile, who loved to dance and sing; as well as cook, bake fruit cakes and buns. She loved God, and every morning she devoted time to prayer and spending quiet time reading her Bible. She also enjoyed spending time watching game shows and novelas.In her latter years she attended the Jesus is Lord Church in Holtsville, NY, where she was well loved by her church family.
Among survivors are her children: Gloria Vanecia Jemmott (spouse Clifford), Xenia Fareaux (spouse Arnulfo), Sergio Spencer (spouse Annesta); Franklin “Chombi” Spencer(spouse Margarita); Rosalba Rodrigues (spouse Michael). She was affectionately known as “Abuelita or Lita” by her 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Aubrey
and Catherine Brown; her brothers Arnold (Leo) Brown and Rodolfo Brown; and sister Rosa Palma.
Gloria is greatly missed by her family and friends.