Gwendolyn Eileen Sinnett Newman (Gwen) was born August 7, 1944, to Emmett and Myrtle Milton Sinnett in Horning, Pennsylvania. She was raised in a Christian Family. Gwen graduated from Baldwin High School in Baldwin, Pennsylvania.
During her past time she enjoyed Roller Skating on Saturday with friends. After her graduation in 1964, Gwen relocated to Washington DC where she met her husband, Joseph N. Newman, and started her career with HQ AMC in the field of Data Systems. She served as a secretary and entered the Upward Mobility Program in 1980.During her career, she served as a Computer Technician, Computer Specialist and Retired as an Information Systems Management Specialist. Gwen also served as the Freedom of Information Act Officer and assumed the G-6 training and Events Coordinator duties. Gwen’s career was culminated by executing the 1st CIO/G-6 Christmas Formal, an event that set the bar for Directorate unity and Esprit de Corps. Gwen also served as a Girl Scout Leader at all levels from 1983-2003 and as a Service Unit Manager for eight years. She led two and three groups at a time, consisting of girls from all over the Washington Metro Area. Under Gwen’s leadership, the girls were introduced to all types of activities, i.e., camping, skiing, swimming, ice skating, and ceramics, just to name a few. Over the course of 20 years, they traveled to Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Orlando, FL and cruised to the Bahamas and many more destinations. Gwen also took many trips to all the Amusement Parks (Cedar Point, Six Flags, Kings Dominion), to name a few. The girl scouts also attended numerous Broadway plays, the Miniature Horse Farm in Gettysburg, PA, Holy Land USA in Bedford, VA.,Black History tour of Washington DC and the Escape to Freedom on the Underground Railroad. Under the leadership of Gwen, her scouts participated in the Easter Egg Rolls at the White House and also the Clinton Inauguration. During her many years with the girl scouts, Gwen has received many honors and recognition for her loyalty and leadership to the organization. Gwen would also come to receive one of the highest Leader Awards in Girl Scouts. In 1998, Gwen started a women’s group called “Woman with Serious Attitudes (WWSA), comprised of her former Girl Scout Leaders. The Group made it their mission to visit area nursing homes and made yearly donations to the House of Ruth Shelter for Women.Gwen was indeed a Beloved Christian and loved the Lord. She loved attending Church Rivals with her mom while growing up as a member of the Sun Rise Baptist Church in Horning, Pa. After settling down in Temple Hills, MD, she soon became a member of the National Pentecostal Holiness Church now known as the Living Waters Church) where she served as Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Camp Counselor, and also conducted Children Church on Sunday mornings. At the time of her death, Gwen had served the Lord and her church for more than 50+ years.
On Tuesday September 27, 2023 after being ill for sometime, Gwen passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside.
She is preceded in death by her mother Myrtle, Father Emmett, sisters, Francis, Melba, Shirley and brother Emmett Jr. She leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews: Talicha (Goddaughter), Larry Jr. (Tattar), Jerime, Shanna, Wilma, Joyce (Larry), Leona, Anthony, Marty, Glenn (Mia), Conrad, Billy, Dean (Kitten), and Albert who all loved her dearly. Her brother-in-law Larry Blake, Sr. Stepdaughters (Belinda and Janice), Step- son Wayne (Salome), her Caretaker Floyd Porter (her nephew), and a long list of great nieces/nephews/friends.
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