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Goldie Belle (Lacey) BrownJune 4, 1929 ~ May 31, 2017 (age 87)
June 4, 1929 – May 31, 2017
On May 31, 2017, Goldie Brown, fondly called Granny by her family and close friends, walked into the waiting arms of Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. There were shouts of joy from the angels as she crossed through the pearly gates, on her own, with no assistance from a wheelchair. No longer blinded by macular degeneration, she opened her beautiful, brown eyes and clearly saw many loved ones who were already there. Her scarred lungs were made whole and healthy so that she could praise God, dance with the angels, and run through the streets of gold.
Goldie was born in Beaumont, Texas, to Laura and Edward Lacey. She was their second child and adored her older brother very much. Both parents preceded her in death, as well as her brother, Ulion, who died serving his country in World War II. Their family finally settled in the Dallas area.
As time went on, Goldie married Hubert Casey, and they had three children, Paulette, Ulion and Tena. As sometimes happens, the marriage dissolved. She was later married to the love of her life, James Brown. He brought his children, Jim, Rickey, Jeanie, Joanie and Jamie, into the marriage. The family was large and grew over time as their children married and had kids of their own. They had a wonderful life and enjoyed a very active lifestyle of lake life, trips to Vegas and bingo games. Her husband, James, and sons, Ulion and Jim crossed over into heaven before Goldie arrived. They probably tried to convince the Lord to arrange all their heavenly homes next to each other by a beautiful lake full of crappie. Goldie’s favorite pastime was fishing. She loved her life, being at the lake and being with her family. Her children had all married wonderful spouses and began to bless her with beautiful grandchildren: Corey, Amber, Keith, Kody, Bryan, Christine, Jeremy, Krystal, Joey, Jamie, and Jennifer. They began to have children, as well. Goldie was so proud and full of love for those grands and great-grands!
Oh, how she enjoyed cooking, and was the very best at it. Everyone always wanted to go to her house and eat that good, southern cooking. Without a doubt, she welcomed anyone and everyone who came. As a matter of fact, her cooking probably contributed to all her family’s obesity. No one could turn down her biscuits and gravy!
She had a career of various jobs during her lifetime, which included waitressing, lacing purses, vending machine attendant, and bingo queen. Yes, you heard that right! Bingo Queen! She was the heartbeat of the Bingo Hall, Amvet’s Post 15, that she and James owned for many years. Later in life, as her health declined, she became a housewife. It was a much deserved break for her.
Goldie loved her family beyond measure. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were precious to her. She was the best mother God ever created. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ, and was implemental in many of her loved ones coming to know Christ. Even after Alzheimer’s robbed her of most of her memory, she could recall the words to every hymn she learned decades before. She had the most tender heart and cried at the drop of a hat. That’s something she passed down to many of us – and we are all grateful for it!
We will miss her terribly, but we wouldn’t want her back here – even if it were possible. We know that she is whole, healthy and unbelievably happy. In her last days, she saw angels all around her in the form of children. They brought her such joy! Just last week, she saw a light descending from her room and felt the warmth of it. Then days later when she was semi-conscious, she repeated “Hallelujah!” over and over. And the day before she passed, she was visited by the chaplain of hospice. Again, she was semi-conscious and wouldn’t respond to any of us. She hadn’t moved her arms or legs at all for a couple of days. As we gathered around her bed in prayer, we all said “amen.” About 5 seconds later, she threw up her arm and shouted “AMEN!” We were all stunned! We all burst out in laughter! Then, she let out a laugh and had the biggest grin! She had heard it all - the prayer, the scriptures we had recited, and the hymn we sang. It was such a gift from God…a miracle, indeed! Thank you Father God, for this precious woman. We will miss her so much - until we meet again!