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O. B. Davis Funeral Homes

4839 Nesconset Highway, Port Jefferson Station, NY

OBITUARY

Elder Gladys Diaz

November 28, 1930September 3, 2020

Elder Gladys Diaz, 89, went to her heavenly home on September 3, 2020 while resting in the house of her children Edwin and Odette Guisao. Gladys was born to the late Jose Net and Aracelia Latorre Net in Santurce, Puerto Rico on November 28, 1930. As time went on, she was blessed with five children. In her journey of life, Elder became immersed in the Christian faith that became her lifelong support. From the very beginning, she dedicated her children to God and encouraged them to explore the beauty of serving the Lord. Throughout Gladys entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, and shared it with those who surrounded her. Gladys Diaz was ordained as an Elder at her beloved church, International Revival Tabernacle. She spearheaded many ministries such as: Intercessory Prayer, Clothing Distribution, Witnessing of Souls, Feeding the Hungry, Healing of Souls and Pastoral Care just to name a few. She has always been loved and cherished by her family, home, church and community where she resided. Elder was known to be a mother and grandmother to many. Her favorite scripture was Philippians 4:13 KJV - I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. She demonstrated this until the very end. Elder Gladys is survived by her children Celia Cortijo, Benjamin Cortijo and Odette Guisao and husband Edwin Guisao, her grandchildren Liza and Rachel Cortijo and nephew Ruben Caro. She will also be missed by her church family and friends.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, September 13, 2020

  • Committal Service and Interment

    Monday, September 14, 2020

Memories

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Celia Cortijo

September 14, 2020

To my mother Glady’s Diaz from Celia Cortijo. My mother was a very loving mother who would feed you when you were hungry and clothed those in need. She would also give you a word from God or advise. Also, she would call to check up on us to see if we were feeling okay, got home from home or school. I am proud and sad but at least I had 65 years with her. I can only Imagine is a song our family and I have always enjoyed hearing it. I can only imagine you in heaven seeing your loved ones you’ve missed And you have now met your Heavenly Father. Yes you are missing us but know one day we will be altogether again. Love you mom this is not goodbye but will see you again.

Rachel Cortijo

September 12, 2020

It’s taken me a while to find the words to honor my grandmother, and honestly I don’t think they will ever come to me.
She was a rare and special soul. A loving, passionate, most generous woman. She was always willing to give even when she had nothing herself. She would give clothes to those in need, food so you wouldn’t be hungry for the night, and when she had nothing physically to give, she would pray. She taught me that you can always give something of yourself. Her prayers were powerful. I could feel burdens lifted off me as she took them on herself. Her passion and zest for serving the Lord NEVER wavered.
She lived a life of sacrifice from 9 years old. While her circumstances were never great the joy in her heart overcame all. The joy of the Lord was her strength.
She loved her family immensely but her one true love above all was the Lord. While I will miss her so much, I know she’s in heaven with Jesus, surrounded by His glory, probably singing and dancing. Her spirit will live on in all of us, as we have all been touched by her.
I’m beyond blessed to have had a true angel in my life for so long.
Grandma, you have earned your crown! I hope heaven is more than you dreamed of, I will love you forever. Until we meet again XOXO

MANUEL PADILLA

September 12, 2020

Mrs Diaz has been more to me then just a next door neighbor, as I write this im still in disbelief that she has moved on,but I am aware our God needed her. She has been like a grandmother to me and my sister, I can remember the times we spoke in her kitchen table over a cup of coffee and breakfast numerous of times. She was the comfort when we needed the voice and prayers we needed, she always knew exactly what to say. I remember a cross she had given me and told me never to remove it from the place she told me to keep it till this day it goes where ever I go. Till we meet again love manuel always.

Millie Marrero

September 11, 2020

My condolences to the family.
I met Sister Diaz at IRT in 1978. She was a great instrument used by God to teach me about the power of prayer and for that I will always be grateful. Rest In peace and enjoy the presence of God!

Fajar Robinson

September 11, 2020

WE THINK ABOUT YOU ALWAYS
WE TALK ABOUT YOU STILL.
YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN FORGOTTEN
AND YOU NEVER EVER WILL.
WE HOLD YOU CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS
AND THERE YOU WILL REMAIN.
TO WALK & GUIDE US THROUGH OUR LIVES
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.

Fajar Robinson

September 11, 2020

I was introduced to the IRT Church & Sister Diaz through a childhood friend of mine that lived on my block at age 5. I considered her to be my grandmother because she was. She taught me how to tithe and that I could always count on the Lord no matter how hard life got. Sister Diaz had a way with words. As a child I only knew English but one day as the years passed, I realized I understand better than I could ever speak it. Sister Diaz is the reason for that. Her prayers would stretch far and wide to those she knew and even those she didn’t know. Sister Diaz has taught me what it means to have compassion, to love those that are super hard to love, to pray for everyone, to shout and praise God even harder in the greatest times of tribulation. I am grateful and very blessed to have known Sister Diaz. Thank you always believing in me and for your words of prophecy. I love you Grandma! May you Rest in Heaven and watch over us. Give my brother a kiss for me!

Millie Ferreras

September 11, 2020

I have known Sis. Diaz for over 40 years so she was family, my second mom. I’m conflicted over her death, I wanted her to be here longer but then again it was her desire to be with the Lord. It was selfish of me to want that, but that’s what love does. I will miss her lively spirit, her words of wisdom and her spunkiness. She truly loved the Lord and now she is where she belongs . My sincere condolences to all the family again. One day we all are going to be reunited.

Isabel Rivera

September 10, 2020

I met Doña Glady 28 years ago when I first moved into the building. She was the first person to welcome me and my family and from there we became friends. We exchanged food, she would take my kids to church on Sundays. She loved them like they were her grandkids. Doña Glady was a loving, caring and giving lady. If you were hungry she would feed you, if you needed money she would give you her last dollar. My kids are adults now and she was still there for them and they consider her as their grandma. She loved my grand daughter, that was her princess. Doña Glady your are truly going to be missed, I am so happy I was there for you when u needed me the most. You were an angel on earth and now you are an angel in heaven. We will never forget you. Your memory will live in us.

Patricia Carreno

September 10, 2020

From the day I met Gladys, she had already committed her life to the Lord. Her faith in God has always been unwavering.
Odette, Celia , the love and care you gave your mother is a sign of your devotion.
Benny, I’m sure her proudest day was when you gave your life to the Lord.
Thank you for being such a loving grandmother and mother-in-law.
You are now home. Rest in the comfort of the Lord. You will be missed.

Analee Paisley

September 10, 2020

Im still in disbelief that you are no longer here. We met back when i was 3 years old, and you watched me grow. You saw all of my milestones! Marriage and then becoming a mother. You loved Riyanna so much that you always called her "my princess". You loved me like i was your grand daughter and i loved u like u were my grandma! We always had long talks and laughs, im going to miss those. You were so proud of me, i will hold on to your last words to me forever. You told me you love me and i made you very proud. May you continue being the Angel u are and now you can rest. Love you Always
One of my memories with her was always sitting on the bench and she would always buy us sunflower seeds and talk about everything. She would always knock on the door to take me outside for a while and when i got tired we would go back in... Sweetest woman ever!

FROM THE FAMILY

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