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GLADDEN, Mary Hazel (Kelly)

Mary Hazel (Kelly) Gladden, a long time resident of Whittier, California, passed away on Thursday, August 17th, 2017, in Scottsdale, Arizona, after a long battle with dementia. Mrs. Gladden was born on the 4th of July, 1933, in Louisville, Kentucky and always enjoyed all her birthday fireworks. Mary spent her childhood living in various cities in the mid-west and east coast and many summers with her brothers, Ted and Jack, on the Kelly family farm in Duntroon, Canada. She graduated from Eastwood High School in Syracuse, New York and moved to Whittier in her early twenties. In Whittier, she found dear friends who became her family and married her husband, Daniel Gladden, with whom she lovingly raised three children.
She was known by many in the community for her nearly 30 years of teaching at the Whittier Presbyterian Nursery School, where she loved working with the preschool aged children, their families and the loving, devoted staff. Gladden was involved in the PTA at Longfellow Elementary, Dexter Junior High and Whittier High School, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, was a Girl Scout Leader, and served as a board member supporting the Shelter's Right Hand for many years. She was an active member of the Whittier Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder and a deacon, in addition to other ministries.Mary then followed her children's youth ministry interests and became a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was an active part of her church family for 25 years.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband Daniel and Brother Ted (Rosemary) and is survived by her children: Kelly Loonam (Stephen) of Scottsdale, AZ, Daniel Gladden (Jennifer) of Naperville, IL, and David Gladden (Joy) of Rocklin, CA; grandchildren: Molly, Daniel, William, Samuel, Leah, Catherine and Henry; brothers: John Kelly (Josephine), Leo Kelly (Judy), and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions made in her memory to the Shelter's Right Hand or children's . A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Whittier.
Published in Whittier Daily News on Oct. 1, 2017
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