Carla Ann Gaylord – 12-19-2017

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memorial page for 

Carla Ann Gaylord

September 7, 1952
~ December 3, 2017



Tuesday - December 19, 2017
Lawson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
243 Broadway 
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Tuesday - December 19, 2017 
Lawson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
243 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740


Carla Ann Gaylord of Wayside, New Jersey entered Heaven's gates on Saturday December 3, 2017, after a courageous lifetime struggle with juvenile diabetes.  Her father, Milton Gaylord Sr., received her with a warm embrace into God's eternal care. 

Carla is lovingly remembered by her mother Clara Gaylord; her sister, Renee Elizabeth Gaylord Taylor; her brother, Milton Gaylord Jr. and her sister-in-law Karen; her aunt Ruth Drummond, her cousins Jacqueline Drummond, Louis Wickes, Robert Wickes, Thomas Wickes and wife Belinda, Joanne Linda Green, Deborah Gaylord Bennett and husband Henry, Elliot Lee, Marilyn Lee; her nephew Kenneth Taylor and wife Lizette, and her nieces, Traci Taylor, Lola Tyler and husband David, and Aisha Wickes.

Born at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank, New Jersey on September 7, 1952, Carla dedicated her life to educating children.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University and at the young age of 21, earned her Master of Science degree, also from Rutgers University.  Until her retirement on July 1, 2016, she faithfully served the Long Branch Board of Education for over 37 years as a teacher and media specialist, enriching the lives of students who attended Long Branch Middle School, Morris Avenue School, Audrey W. Clark School and George L. Catrambone School.

A member of the National Honor Society, Carla graduated from Red Bank High School on June 19, 1970 having served on the cheerleading squad for all four years.  Despite her lifelong health challenges, Carla was a sports enthusiast, and particularly enjoyed tennis, gymnastics and jogging.

A scientific curiosity that served her throughout her life led Carla to invent a safety device for automobiles that she endeavored to patent, though unsuccessfully.  She was also quite proud of her professional affiliations as an educator, having belonged to the National Alliance for Black School Educators, the Rutgers University Alumni Association, the New Jersey Library Association, the Long Branch School Employees Association, the Monmouth County Education Association, the New Jersey Education Association and the National Education Association. 

It was special colleagues who made her life's work a worthwhile journey.  Carla's notes to the  family specifically acknowledge her spiritual advisor, Pastor Virginia Feldman of West Long Branch; special friends Mary Hill of Tinton Falls, Iris Alvarado of Long Branch and Jeff and Janay Davis of Toms River.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages a tribute gift to JDRF, the foundation supporting a cure for juvenile diabetes.  The fund can be reached via internet at:


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