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Gladys Mae Frank


1916 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Gladys Mae Frank Obituary
GLADYS MAE FRANK October 24, 1916-August 23, 2017 On August 23, 2017, Gladys Mae Frank, 100, of Orland, passed away peacefully in a Chico hospital with her beloved husband Harold by her side and holding her hand. Gladys was born in Ranch Creek, Montana on October 24, 1916 to Vernon and Katy Powell. The Powell family later relocated to Broadus, Montana where her father was the town blacksmith. After graduating high school, Gladys moved to Los Angeles, California upon the advise of her eldest brother. Her intention was to enroll at the University of Southern California. Upon learning that tuition was very expensive at $11 a unit, Gladys decided to go to work to save for her college education. She took employment at Ralph's Market stocking candy and eventually was promoted to the bakery department where her talents shined. It was while working at that market where Gladys met the love of her life, Harold Frank. Gladys and Harold were married on June 10, 1939 and recently celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary. Loving the idea of having a large family, Gladys and Harold had four children while living in Sun Valley in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. Their first two children were very young when Harold enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World II. As a military wife, Gladys cared for them on her own with help of family until Harold's safe return. Then, they welcomed their two younger children into the fold. In 1959, the family relocated to Orland where they purchased property including an almond orchard. Gladys spent her days working hard to care for her family, tending to her very large fruit and vegetable garden, her fruit trees, and the almond orchard. Gladys was a devoted member of St. Dominic's Catholic Church. For many years, she was an active member of the church's Alter Society and participated in a local sewing circle. She was a life long learner and read voraciously, especially non-fiction. Gladys was an original environmentalist. There was never a plant that she didn't empty her left over glass of water or coffee cup into. She composted with food scraps and coffee grounds and collected rain water in barrels to water her yard and garden. A few years ago, one family member commented that our Earth would be a much better place today if everyone had treated it as Gladys did. Gladys had only one enemy, the tomato worms that invaded her garden and she managed to dispose of them in quite unique ways, amusing her young grandchildren. Gladys was the quintessential 'Good Samaritan.' If she knew of a person or family in Orland or within the St. Dominic's community that needed assistance, Gladys was always there to provide. They were also known for their project of cracking walnuts so that they were able to pass them on to friends and relatives to use for their holiday baking. Gladys and Harold enjoyed traveling in their camper to visit relatives and friends across the country. One of Gladys's favorite getaways was up to Patrick's Point on the far Northern California coast. Gladys is survived by her loving husband Harold Frank of Orland and her four treasured children: Don Frank (Julie) of Pleasant Hill, CA, Sue Beigh of Orland, Bruce Frank (Jill) of Angwin, CA, and Joe Frank (Loretta) of Orland. She leaves behind a legacy of ten grandchildren, eighteen great-grand children with two more on the way, and eight great-great-grandchildren. Gladys was prede-ceased by her parents and siblings Elwood Powell, Leslie Powell, lsabelle Powell Williams, Arletha Powell Drexel, and Lawrence Powell. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 29th from 4:00 7:00pm followed by a Rosary service at St. Dominic's Catholic Church at 830 "A" Street in Orland. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Dominic's on Wednesday, August 30th at 10:00am. Memorial contributions may be made in Gladys's name to U.C. Davis Children's Hospital, 2315 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, CA, 95817. Arrangements were made by F.D. Sweet & Son of Orland.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2017
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