Gladys Mary (Turner) Richmond went to Heaven on October 11, 2012. Gladys was born on August 3rd, 1921 in London, England to Albert and Ellen (Sexton) Turner. She was married in England on July 13, 1946, to Simon Richmond of Patterson, NY, who served in the US Army, and came to the USA as a GI bride in 1946. Her husband predeceased her on March 11, 2005.
She is survived by four daughters, Virginia (Mike) Gustafson, California, Beverly Richmond, Florida, Nathena (Peter) Kain, Norwich, NY and Tracy Richmond of Richfield Springs, NY, two sons, Wayne (Charlene) Richmond, North Carolina and Philip Richmond, Guilford, NY. Gladys also leaves behind 10 grandchildren; Laura Pearson, Dan and Taylor Richmond, Patrick, Emily and Lydia Kain, Vanessa (Chad) Aharon, Ryan, Carrie and Caitlyn Richmond, and five great grandchildren: Percy, Simon and Emily Pearson, and Alaina and Logan Aharon.
During World War II, Gladys was a volunteer for Animal Air Raid Protection in London. Her love and concern for animals continued throughout her life. Dogs, especially, were close to her heart, and she was never without one at her side. She was also a highly skilled secretary in the British Treasury and worked for Sir Winston Churchill. Later, while raising her family, she worked at other secretarial jobs. During the war she also performed as a dancer at the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Avon.
Gladys and her husband purchased their first farm in Bloomville, NY and later moved to a farm in South Kortright, NY. In 1972, they purchased a farm in Guilford, NY which is now owned and operated by their son, Philip. Gladys and her husband were partners in life, sharing their farming experiences with family and friends. They believed in the virtues of hard-work, compassion, and responsibility.
Gladys was a 4H leader in Delaware and Chenango counties and a past member of the Grange. She was a foster mother to six children. She was a member of the Guilford Center Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon, Elder and Treasurer of the Presbyterian Women.
Gladys' passion was her family. She was always interested in all that went on in her children and grandchildren's lives. She could be counted on to be strong for all of them when the need arose, or just enjoy being together as a family. Gladys' uncanny skill for remembering names, dates, places and events was legendary in her family. Her bright mind and sense of humor stayed with her until the end. Gladys had many friends, and especially in recent years, enjoyed the laughter, companionship and outings they shared. She will be missed by many.
If you would like to make a donation in Gladys' name, please consider the Guilford Fire Department or EMS, the Delaware County Humane Society in Sidney, NY, or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101. Funeral services for Gladys will be held at 11:00am on November 3, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY.