Gladys Welsh Bruner, 96, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Arlington, Texas, while visiting her son and daughter-in-law. She was born on July 18, 1916, in Chambers County, Ala., to the late Joseph Luther Welsh and Lena Gertrude Hodnett Welsh.
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Throughout her life, Mrs. Bruner was known as a loving, compassionate person who went out of her way to help others. She excelled as a leader of Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts, as a PTA president, camp counselor, Bible School teacher, and life long Presbyterian. Her children remember accompanying her to deliver food and clothing to the needy, going house to house for the Mother's March of Dimes, and helping neighbors and friends in need.
After graduation from Daviston High School, where she led the girls' basketball team, she studied cosmetology in Alexander City, Ala. Establishing her own business, she became the first female member on the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce. During this time, she met the handsome and kind Joe Bruner, the love of her life, and they were married November 13, 1948.
The couple relocated to Anniston, Ala., where she continued working from home and raising their two children. When her husband was transferred to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in 1963, she began a new chapter in her life as a part time teacher. During the last 20 years, she enjoyed the presence of her grandchildren while living with her daughter and son-in-law in Raleigh, N.C.
She loved being outdoors, working in the yard, and planting flowers. She also excelled in the kitchen and her Angel Biscuits will never be equaled. She loved sports – in the stands or on TV. She was an avid reader – of biographies, mysteries, and even books about sports heroes. After macular degeneration affected her sight, she "read" over 500 books on tape.
Her children remember that "Momma" was always ready with an idea to jumpstart school papers and projects. In retirement, she made fashionable clothes for her daughter and grandchildren, oil painted, wrote poetry, and designed her own Christmas cards, creating drawings of her favorite places at the Welsh family home place near the Tallapoosa River.
She is survived by her two children, Sally Bruner Johns and husband, Marvin, of Raleigh, N.C; and Joe Bruner, Jr. and wife, Doreen, of Arlington, Texas; her grandson, Sam Johns and fiancée, Lauren Crawford, and two granddaughters, Hanna Johns and Emily Johns, all of Raleigh, N.C; her sister, Floy Welsh Strickland, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Her husband of 42 years, Thomas Joseph Bruner, Sr., and five sisters and four brothers, predeceased her.
In lieu of flowers, the planting of a tree in our mother's memory would be an appropriate and appreciated way to celebrate her love of God's natural world.
Mrs. Bruner's life will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home, 1326 Dadeville Road, Alexander City, AL 35010. She will be interred beside her husband in Darian Cemetery, near the Hodnett Bend Community, following the service. The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Radney Funeral Home.
Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneyfuneralhome.com. Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Dec. 13, 2012