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Gladys Colburn

1924 - 2015 PORTLAND, OR Gladys N. Colburn, 91, died peacefully on Sept. 5, 2015. "Glad" was born in East Arlington on May 5, 1924 to Miner and Alice Clark. She grew up on Locust Hill Farm with two sisters, three brothers, two cousins, an uncle and a grandfather. Valedictorian in high school, she graduated from Castleton Normal School in 1944. Her teaching began in 1944 in a one-room school in Old Bennington. After teaching at Johnson Normal School, she received a Masters in Education Supervision from Ohio State University Glad taught at Buffalo State Teacher's College and at public schools in Morristown, NJ, and in Oregon. In 1977, Glad was audio-visual librarian at the United Methodist Church Conference Center, Portland, OR, and retired in 1989 as Media Center director. How did Glad get to Oregon? Her brother invited a fellow student from Drew University Theological Seminary home for Christmas in 1951. A simple kiss in the backseat of a car on the way home from a skiing trip sparked a romance that would last for 63 years. Glad and Don were engaged in the spring and married in East Arlington Aug. 24, 1952. They served churches in Metzger, St. Helens, Silverton, Christ (Cedar Mill), Forest Grove, Montavilla and Epworth, OR. After retiring, Glad became active in volunteer work at Oregon Peace Institute, always deeply committed to peace and justice issues. Glad was a remarkable pastor's wife, supportive of her husband's work, strong in choosing her path and parenting four daughters. She enjoyed reading and music, playing the piano and singing. An excellent cook, she loved bringing family and friends together. Glad is survived by her husband, Don; daughters, Mia Schurman (Frank), Katrina Berg (Brian), Marta Colburn (Bruce Paluck) and Lara Colburn (Rich LaSasso); seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; and sisters, Martha Smith of Lunenburg, MA and Ruth Salter of Saxtons River.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 1, 2015
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