Glenda Gail Smith Muskelly was born in Kermit Texas on November 7, 1956. Glenda went home to be with the Lord on September 2, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Dorothy Mae Smith and Fordson Smith Sr. She was the sixth of nine children.
She is preceded in death by her siblings, the late Diane Smith, Saddie Mae Garret and Dean A. Smith.
She leaves to mourn her death: two brothers Fordson Smith (Sara) of Fall River, MA, Carl A. Smith, Providence, RI, and the late Dean A. Smith. Three sisters, Fannie M. Noble (James) of Elberton, GA, Sandra L. Gresham (Richard) of Colbert, GA and Yvonne Smith of Pawtucket, RI.
In 1993 Glenda married the late Phillip Dalton Muskelly. From that union (8) children was conceived: Oscar D. Smith, Senica R. Muskelly, Phillip Dalton, Saddie D. Muskelly, Mary L. Muskelly, Edward D. Muskelly, Samuel F. Muskelly, Sir Aaron James Muskelly, Rashaad Tyre Muskelly and Glenda Gail Muskelly. In addition to her children, she nurtured twenty-two stepchildren along with James Lassister, Dennis Lassiter, Loletha Lockhart and Dee Dee Muskelly whom she loved and adored.
She also leaves behind her thirty-four grandchildren: Kevon Lassiter, Shaniqua Morrow, Shakeyla Stevens, Infinity Barr, Phy-nel Muskelly, Gregory Muskelly, Junior Muskelly, Falize Muskelly, Hannah Muskelly, Ariel Muskelly, Trinity Muskelly, Phillip Muskelly, Phil-rel Muskelly, Phil-zel Muskelly, Phyness Muskelly, Jahkim Muskelly, Aalaysia Muskelly Wilson, Natoria Muskelly, Styles Muskelly, Taylor Muskelly, Knowledge Muskelly, Ealijah Muskelly, Shania Muskelly, Leelani Muskelly, Jerilise Muskelly, Adrian Muskelly, Aarianna Muskelly, Aaron Jr. Muskelly, Victoria Muskelly, Desani Muskelly, Alexis Baker, Alexandra Baker, Unique Muskelly and Serenity Muskelly. Thirteen great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Glenda was educated in the Providence School System where she attended Central High School. She was a campaign manager for Belbina Young, she campaigned for Vincent “Buddy” Cianci and Bruce Sundlun. While always remaining heavily active in her neighborhood, organizing fundraisers for several churches in the community. She also was an avid reader, fashion designer and spent some time drawing.
In 1984, Glenda accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her savior and over time, she developed an intimate relationship with God and would consistently give God praise for All He has done for her and brought her through. She and her family became members of Holy Cross C.O.G.I.C under the leadership of Bishop Robert E. Farrell where she served as president of pastors’ aide, director of the children’s choir, president of Young People Willing Workers (YPWW), Sunday School Teacher, in addition to church photographer. Along with being a member at Holy Cross, she attended Whole Armor international Church in Lowell, MA under the leadership of Prophet Anthony L. Triplett where she served as chairman of pastors’ aide for ten years until her health began to decline in 2017. At which point, she frequented Shiloh Gospel Temple Church under the leadership of Apostle Eric and Nancy Perry in Providence, RI.
She enjoyed being active in her community and church, but her greatest love was being a wife, a mother and grandmother to her beloved family.
Our Angel has certainly gained her wings. I know the heavenly choir was excited to see her enter in. She is no longer here with us in body, but her spirit will be with all of us forever.
No more pain, no more sorrow, that’s all we’ve ever wanted for you, Mom. We love you, until we meet again, kiss everyone for us.