“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Gwendolyn Louise Drayton, affectionately known as, “Momma Gwen” was called home to our Lord on October 6, 2021. She was at Metro Health Hospital.
Gwen was born on December 14th, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio to John H. Hull and Willie Ruth Wilson who preceded her in death.
She graduated from East Technical High School in 1973. Upon graduation, Gwen immediately began her career as an Auditor for the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s Office. She was known for her competence, integrity and love for the community.
In August 1995, she began her journey of sobriety. With her renewed perspective on life, she decided to attend Cuyahoga County Community College to pursue her Associate’s Degree in Sociology. Due to her efforts in the community and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), she was offered a Family Advocate position with the Ohio Jobs and Family Services where she thrived. As an advocate, Gwen was passionate about building trustworthy relationships and aiding her clients in developing their own long-term sobriety goals and effective communication skills. Her contributions to the lives of many included building partnerships and coalitions that connected people with the right resources. Her interests included traveling, reading, and watching classic western. She was most proud of her devotion to her faith, family and sobriety. She was also committed to coaching and mentoring her brothers and sisters in AA. Her charisma, diligence and selflessness were contagious and engulfed all who knew her.
She is survived by her loving community of Cleveland, Ohio, her children; Nicole Drayton, Aaron Drayton-Ali, and Ameaá Lago, along with their spouses and children. Gwen is also survived by eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three nieces, and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her two sisters Tomasina and Barbara Drayton, and one brother, Andrew Drayton.
Her light will shine on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with as well as those she reached out to and never met.
“God is within her, she will not fall.” Psalms 46:5