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Gladys Earle

1931 - 2015 Gladys Earle, loving wife, cherished mother, grandmother and friend passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. A resident of the Thompson House since 2012, she loved socializing and thrived on visiting with the employees and residents. Failing in health, she still managed to demonstrate genuine interest and caring of others. She was born in Brattleboro on February 8, 1931 to Esther (Gerrish) and Gustave Raithel. Financial times were difficult and a hard work ethicwas learned and developed throughout her life as she left high school to work and help support the family, returning later to complete her education. On November 26, 1951 she married Robert Earle in Brattleboro. They raised two children and were then fortunate to have six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Family was what Gladys cherished the most and "Nan" loved her household pets and wild animals as well. Herb, the pet crow who ate almonds and bread she fed to him for many years. There were generations of chipmunks. Stray dogs were guided to her home. She especially treasured her own Labradors. She was an avid knitter, cook, baker, and a favorite mom with neighborhood children as she sewed the coolest clothes, made May baskets, homemade Christmas decorations and hosted great doll parties. Many summers were spent on Spofford Lake which brought her great joy even though cooking was on an electric skillet and water was carried from the spring. She lived a life of simplicity. Gladys worked as manager of the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital coffee shop for 37 years.Upon her retirement she was honored with the planting of a young cherry tree on the hospital lawn which held a plaque citing her years of dedication. Additionally, she was named "Auxiliarian of the Year" shortly before her retirement. She loved her volunteers and customers and until a few days before her death, she was remembering the tomato soup, seafood chowder and crabmeat rolls that were her signature lunch favorites. Her years there were a very important part of her life. She cared deeply for the sensitive and compassionate caregivers at the Thompson House and was reminding them of her love until the day of her passing. This love was reciprocated as well. When word was spread that "Gladdie" was nearing the end, her loyal caregivers rallied around her. Gladys Earle (wife, mom and grandmother), will be treasured in our memories for always. Her compassion, sensitivity, joy in a simple life, sense of humor, hard work ethic, and love of family will forever serve as an example to us. Gladys is survived by Rob, her husband of 65 years, a daughter, Jan Brown and husband, Todd of Dummerston, VT, a daughter, Sue Coleman of Hinsdale, NH, grandchildren; Chelsea Kuhn and husband, Blake of Columbus, OH, grandson, Taber Brown and wife, Lexie along with great-grand-daughter, Leighton of Seneca, SC, grandson, Robby Brown of Minneapolis, MN, grandsons, Wade and Riley Coleman and granddaughter, Taylor Coleman all of Hinsdale, NH, sister-in-law, Ann Raithel, and nieces, Beth Raithel and Katie Capasso. Additionally, dear friends who are considered family, Reg Coleman of Whitingham, VT, Kayla Matuszewski of Hinsdale, NH, Bruce and Bridget Gardner of Guilford, VT and Nancy Leavy of Hopkinton, NH. Gladys was predeceased by her parents, two sisters and one brother. Any donations made in her memory may be directed to The Windham County Humane Society, PO Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302, or The Thompson House "Blanket Warmer Fund", PO Box 1117, Brattleboro, VT 05302. There will be no calling hours. Following cremation the family will gather at a later date to celebrate a life well lived.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on July 29, 2015
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