Emma Brantley Gilmore
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Emma Brantley Gilmore, age 95, the beloved wife of the late William M. Gilmore, Sr., passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Southport, CT. Born Emma Louise Brantley on August 7, 1918 to the late Carrie Bessie Hayes-Brantley and Garnet Henderson Brantley in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Mrs. Gilmore grew up in New Jersey. She was a graduate of Abraham Clark High School and received her B.S. in Education in 1941 from Cheyney State Teacher's College and her M.A. in Education in 1961 from Columbia University.
Mrs. Gilmore was the first African American Teacher in the Roselle, NJ school system. In 1954, the family moved to Norwalk and Emma continued her outstanding teaching career. Emma Gilmore was an exceptional educator, recognized for her energy, enthusiasm, courage, creative methods and total dedication to her students. She believed in the potential of each child and was totally committed to their success. Emma was a leader among her peers, mentored many young teachers and advocated for excellence in education with the Norwalk Education Association for over forty years.
Mrs. Gilmore was a lifetime member and President of the Church Women of the Norwalk United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Fairfield County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; an active community volunteer for the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the Girl Scouts and many other groups. Mrs. Gilmore also founded and for years directed a town wide celebration in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..
She is survived by her devoted son, Thomas C. Gilmore of Norwalk; her nephew, Glenn Brantley and his wife, Muriel; nieces Carol, Francena and Janet Brantley and many grand nephews and grand nieces. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, William and her two brothers and sisters.
Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of her Life on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 718 West Avenue in Norwalk. Interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery. Calling hours are private.
The family of Mrs. Gilmore acknowledges with sincere appreciation every thought and act of kindness expressed during this time of sorrow.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Norwalk United Methodist Church, 718 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of the arrangements. To send an online condolence, please visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com
Published in The Hour on Apr. 6, 2014
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