IRWA Member Farewell
LaQuita C. Brown was born on November 20, 1979 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She fell asleep in death
on May 31, 2019. She was a willing volunteer with the Regional Building Committee in Virginia, later
to be called Local Design Construction. Her diligent efforts in the construction of many Kingdom Halls
in the Hampton Roads area were well observed by others. She spent many days working with the HVAC
Department, specializing in the tie-in crew. "Quita" was also such an asset as a volunteer Local Project
Regulatory Consultant. Her experience in the real estate field, particularly as a Right of Way Technician,
proved to be an invaluable service. LaQuita loved spending time with children. She had a profound effect
on the spiritual development of many that she came into contact with. LaQuita also enjoyed traveling, amusement parks,
karaoke, dancing, playing games and cooking. Quita leaves to cherish her memory family and a host of friends.
Mary Louise "Mary Lou" Crutsinger Gayle, 65, died on May 31, 2019. She was a doting mother
and grammy who leaves behind son Matthew Gayle and spouse Carrie Gordon; daughter Sarah Leonard
and spouse Jeff Leonard; as well as grandchildren Jeffrey and Genevieve. She was a sister to Barbara and
spouse Joe Wood; Robert "Bobby" and spouse LaDona Crutsinger; Cathy and spouse Richard LaBranche;
and Patricia "Tricia" and spouse Cecil Smith. Mary Lou also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
She was a friend to all who knew her. She was a dedicated public servant who worked for the City of
Virginia Beach for 24 years, starting as a legal secretary in the Law Department and ultimately advancing
to become a highly successful Public Works Right of Way Agent. Mary Lou was slated to be honored as the Regional
Professional of the Year by the IRWA.
Alexander Mikhail Gusev, 35, died on May 31, 2019, as one of the victims of the Virginia Beach
Municipal Center shootings. He was born in Mogilev, Belarus. Alex was a Right of Way agent for the
Virginia Beach Public Works department, allowing him the opportunity to bring his mother from
Belarus to join him in America. He was very active in his spare time playing volleyball and soccer. He
also loved the ocean and surfing. In his time here, he made many faithful friends and touched the lives
of many others. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Mikhail and Alena, his twin brother Aliaksei
with his wife Olga and their daughter Arina.
Three IRWA Members Among the Victims of the Virginia Beach Tragedy
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of LaQuita C. Brown, Mary Louise Gayle, SR/WA, and Alexander
Mikhail Gusev, SR/WA. These dedicated IRWA members were among the 12 victims of the Virginia Beach shooting
in a municipal building on May 31, 2019. We offer our condolences to the victims and their loved ones. We are forever
grateful for their passion, their love of the right of way profession and the dedication they had for the IRWA.
IRWA Interim CEO Daniel Stekol remarked, “The IRWA is a close family of colleagues that meets frequently throughout
the year. The loss of LaQuita, Mary Louise and Alexander cannot sufficiently be expressed. Their spirit and commitment
to the right of way profession will be missed.”
“Our hearts are breaking for the family and friends of those lost, including three of our own IRWA members,” added
IRWA International President Aimie Mims, SR/WA. “We will forever remember Mary Louise, Alexander and LaQuita,
as well as their contributions to our Association and profession.”