Obituary

Louise Gloria (Briscoe) Garland was the eldest of two children born to the late Ignatius and Lucile Briscoe. Born on April 16, 1930 in Washington, D.C. she peacefully departed this earthly life on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at home.

She was united in holy matrimony to the late Prince F. Garland, Jr., in 1962. The joy of her life was her daughter Sandra.

Louise was educated in Washington, D. C., attending Birney Elementary School, Randall Junior High School and Cardozo High School. She furthered her education by attending University of District of Columbia (formerly Washington Technical Institute), obtaining her degree in Computer Science.

After more than twenty years of service with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) , working as the Chief, Sm-Un Pending Claims Section, with expertise in the area of Retirement Laws and Regulations, she retired from OPM in September 1990 . Prior to working at OPM, she worked for the Department of Defense - Bolling Air Force Base and the Mayflower Hotel. After retiring from the Federal Government, Louise started her own Day Care, in her home with her mom, Lucile Briscoe. Louise was affectionately known as Ms. G. Louise loved all of her little babies and they loved her just as much.

Louise began her Christian journey at Campbell AME Church. She later joined Canaan Baptist Church and was baptized in 1974. She served faithfully as a member of the Pastor’s Aide Society, the Senior Ushers Ministry, and was a member of the Church School. Louise was also a member of the Interdenominational Church Usher’s Association of DC & Vicinity, Inc (ICUA). In 2006, she united with Saint Stephens Baptist Church. She served on the Number 2 Ushers Ministry and Senior Ministry until her health began to fail.

Louise loved to travel with her daughter Sandra and her two granddaughters Tamara and Nicole. She was member of the International Mason and Order of the Eastern Star. She served as the East Central Jurisdiction (ECJ) Grand Matron; which comprises of the following States: DC , MD, OH , KY, PA, and WV. Her hobbies were shopping for her daughter and then her granddaughters. Louise was family oriented and was always concerned about her younger brother Cecil, “Butch.” Sandra, Tamara, Nicole and Sydney were her pride and joy.

During her most recent illness, Sandra was her mom’s faithful and devoted caregiver along with her granddaughters and they were training her great-granddaughter to be her nurse as well. Special thanks to Ms. Alfreda Powers who took time out of her to busy schedule to come and sit with Louise while her daughter Sandra ran errands. Ms. Powers would pray, sing and have Bible devotions, which she loved. Also many thanks to Ms. Corliss Smith Pompey, who came to the house and did a mini gospel concert, which lifted her spirits mightily.

To treasure her memories, she leaves behind her devoted and loving daughter Sandra B. Powell. Brother Cecil (Barbara) Briscoe; two granddaughters: Tamara and Nicole Powell; great-granddaughter Sydney Thomas; Cousins: Gloria and Manuel (son) Sistrunk, Milton “Michael” (Judy) Williams; extended family James (Jimmie) Powell and Dameon Thomas and a host of nieces and nephews.