Laurie Ann Jennings Braswell

September 5, 2020

Laurie Ann Jennings Braswell, 63, was born on April 22, 1957, in Tallahassee, FL and ran into Jesus’ arms on September 2, 2020, after a long battle with Muscular Dystrophy.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William L. and Doris Jennings, and two loving brothers, Bill and Greg Jennings.

She is survived by her daughter, Jamie Purnell (Craig); her two beautiful grandbabies, Charlie and Clara Purnell. Other special family include: James Braswell, Lisa Braswell, Jane Jennings and Penny Bemis.

Laurie was a long-time resident of Gonzalez, Florida, attending Tate High School, class of 1975. She attended Pensacola Junior College and received a degree in medical terminology where she worked at an ENT’s office until she had her only child, Jamie. She became a homemaker for many years until returning to work at Walmart in the early 2000’s.

Laurie loved studying family history with her brother Bill. As the family was long time residents of Gonzalez they enjoyed tracking their roots back and sometimes traveled to obtain historical family documents.

Growing up, she loved spending time at the family property by the bay with her many cousins. She loved sharing the stories of her childhood growing up in Gonzalez and by the bay. She loved spending time with her family and planning birthdays and holidays.

Laurie was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy in her late 30’s. Simple tasks we take for granted, like clasping a necklace around your neck, squeezing a Lysol bottle, turning a door knob or lifting your arm to turn off a light switch became impossible because her muscles were not strong enough to do it, nor did she have the dexterity. She, however, was more creative and positive in how to overcome those situations.

She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, full of selfless love and actions. She loved her grandbabies, Charlie and Clara. She would spend so much time playing with Charlie when he was younger. Charlie would sit with Grandma for hours. His favorite things to do with Grandma were melting crayons, making inventions out of cardboard boxes and sharing snacks after school. She enjoyed watching her granddaughter, Clara, grow into her funny sassy stage and we are thankful of the memories Clara will have of her.

Laurie will be missed as the most loving Mother and Grandmother, but we know she passed into Heaven’s gates running into the arms of her Savior with new strong legs and hands. That all the little things we take for granted that our bodies can do, she’s doing right now without a sense of frustration. After falling into the arms of Jesus, we are sure a celebration followed with her brothers and parents.

We are blessed to have had Mom home with us since March, where she could listen to the endless chaos, screams and giggles from her favorite people.

A private graveside service will be held for the family at Gonzalez United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Emerald Coast Hospice, as they have provided the family with so much support since coming into their lives last September. There is no way such care would have been possible for her at home without their help. They are angels walking on earth.

Rest in Peace, Mama. You are so deserving of the rest.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with arrangements.

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