Gladys M. Smith
VIRDEN - Gladys M. Smith, 89, of Virden, IL passed away Monday November 5, 2012 at St. John's Hospice in Springfield, IL.
Gladys was born October 9, 1923 in Farmersville, IL a daughter to Loren Russell & Alta Marie (Skeen) Clause. She was a 1944 graduate of Virden High School. After high school, she worked at the Joliet Ammunitions Plant during WW II and lived with her future sister-in-law, Dorothy Jensen in Chicago, IL. She also played baseball for a short time for the Joliet Bombers a local plant team and on the weekends played for the Milwaukee / Grand Rapids Chicks of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Virden, IL and did local volunteer work in the community. Gladys formerly worked as a nurse's assistant at Memorial Hospital, Springfield, IL.
Surviving Gladys is her son, Gary R. Smith of Virden, IL one niece, Gayle VanAuken of Overland Park, KS and several great nieces and great nephews. Gladys is preceded in death by her parents, husband, John E. Smith, brothers, Frank and Elmer Clause and her sister, Lucille McElroy.
Graveside service for Gladys will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday Nov. 8, 2012 at the Virden Cemetery. Rev. Sara Isbell officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL in charge of arrangements. To leave a comment for the family, please visit: www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com.