Gladys A. (Lewis) McLain, 91, of Manchester, beloved wife of 69 years to the Rev. Neale O. McLain, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Vernon Manor.
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Gladys was born in Endicott, New York, on Nov. 16, 1922, daughter of the late Earl F. and Ermina (Carrington) Lewis. She joined the Church of the Nazarene in 1939 and following her marriage was assigned with her husband to several churches in St. Albans, Vermont, Fairfield, Maine, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dover, New Jersey, and Manchester. In her first church all of the members of her Junior Sunday School class eventually attended college, and while in Manchester she was recognized as a fine Bible teacher. Gladys and Rev. McLain resided in Manchester for more than 30 years, and while serving at the Church of the Nazarene in Manchester from 1975 to 1984, Gladys founded the Cornerstone Christian School in 1981. She was a Bible teacher at the church and a writer of devotional and history books of Cornerstone Christian School. Gladys was a longtime volunteer and active member of Church of the Nazarene in Manchester.
In addition to her husband, Gladys is survived by two sons, the Rev, Kevin N. McLain, and his wife, Robin, and Martin G. McLain, and his wife, Linda; a sister, Rosemary G. Lewis; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Gerald McLain, and his wife, Susan, and their son, Skip; Alan McLain, and his wife, Lucille, and Alan's children, Nora and Monika; a sister-in-law, Anne McLain, and sons, John and James. Besides her parents she was predeceased by three brothers; a sister; and a brother-in-law, Col. Roy W. McLain, who proudly served his country during World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
A memorial service will be Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 218 Main St., Manchester. A memorial calling hour will be prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church. Private burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Endicott, New York.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Christian School, 236 Main St., Manchester, CT 06042.
Holmes Funeral Home, Manchester, is in care of arrangements.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from May 12 to May 16, 2014