SHINGLEHOUSE - Gladys A. Howard, 77, of Shinglehouse, passed away from this life into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday (March 6, 2013) at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, with family members at her side.
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Born Oct. 27, 1935, in Roulette, she was a daughter of Frank C. and Grace U. Harris Tucker. On May 26, 1956, in Roulette, she married C. Dean Howard, who passed away April 26, 2007.
Mrs. Howard was a graduate of Roulette High School. She was employed as a cafeteria helper at the Oswayo Valley Elementary School and later was a housekeeper at the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home in Shinglehouse.
Mrs. Howard was a member of the Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse. She loved to read her Bible and her Daily Bread devotional. Gladys fondly remembered family and friends with letters and cards. She was always more concerned with helping others than herself. She loved to bowl, having been on a bowling league at OV Lanes in Shinglehouse, and she loved to shop. She especially loved family gatherings.
Surviving are a daughter, Diane K. Gilroy of Shinglehouse, with whom she resided the last five years; a son, Rodney D. (Becky) Howard of Port Allegany; three grandchildren, Brian L. Gilroy of Shinglehouse, Benjamin D. Howard of St. Davids and Meredith K. (Jonathan) Gant of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Lois (George) Grossman of Roulette; a special sister-in-law, Judy Tucker of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Howard was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters, Millie Griffith, Fern Griffith, Betty Lent, Marian Smith, Edna Eaton, James "Tuck" Tucker, Don Tucker, Robert "Brother Bob" Tucker, Paul "Boots" Tucker, Bert Tucker and Keith "Billy" Tucker.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 S. Union St., Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday with her grandson, Benjamin D. Howard, and Karmon M. Wood, pastor of the Prattsburgh Bible Church, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
A fond memory of Gladys may be expressed at www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.
Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
118 South Union St.
Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 8 to Mar. 18, 2013