Gladys Marguerite Reid, 92, of Rootstown, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013.
Gladys was born in Sulfur Spring, TX to parents Grady and Cecily Allen on September 3, 1920. She worked for the United States Postal Service and served as Postmaster in Rootstown. Gladys had a deep faith in the Lord and was a founding member of Community Bible Church in Rootstown where she remained active. After retiring as Postmaster she served as the church secretary. She had her own greeting card ministry and enjoyed sewing and crafts. Gladys was an open and warm person who had a hospitable heart.
Gladys is survived by daughters: Susan I. Spears of Columbus, OH and Pamela J. (Susan Kolarik) Reid of Akron, OH along with her sons: Ronald S. (Joan) Reid of Tampa, FL and David W. (Doreen) Reid of Newport Ritchie, FL. Surviving also are her grandchildren: Michael, Justin, Rachel, Kyle and Jayde Reid. Gladys also leaves adopted daughter and granddaughters: Sharon Allen of Columbus, OH, Jessica Allen of Columbus, OH, Jen Kolarik of Albuquerque, NM and Christina Kolarik of Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents and her long time special friend Eulah Jane Metzner of Rootstown, OH.
Family will receive friends at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. where friends will also be received on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. until the 11:00 A.M. funeral service officiated by Pastor Scott Hindel and Pastor Roy Kelsey. Interment will follow at Homeland Cemetery in Rootstown.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com
(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436, RC 2-13, 14-2013)
Pam, Sue, Ron, David - In all my life I have never met another person who was more caring, generous, loving, and chocolate-covered-cherry loving than your mother. Her home was always open to all in need. She introduced me to microwave hot dogs, brandied fruit (how DOES that get started anyway?), and four of the most interesting and diverse siblings any family could ever create. And she did it all as a working, independent mother long before strong women were fashionable. Her legacy has gone into the world and changed it for the better. From tiny Rootstown, her "ministry" helped bring light to communist countries in Europe, clothe the needy in Columbus, teach the tech world how to recycle for fun and profit, and MOST importantly to give the MUSIC of UNIVERSAL, UNCONDITIONAL love and acceptance to the world. She didn't just love the Lord, she lived God's love through the four of you, and her "adopted" children Sharon, Susan, and I like to think, me. Her light shines brightly in so many ways. She was not afraid to do the most important thing one can do in life - change. Gladys looked so conventional on the outside, but was the first to have a microwave, the first to have a computer, the first to have a culturally and ethnically diverse family, a single working mom, a postmaster in a man's world, who traveled the country, but never left home for long. And all decades ahead of her time. And one could not say the Gladys without "...and Jane". They were the Abbot and Costello of my world and I loved them dearly. Gladys was generous in so many ways but what she truly gave was - "JOY TO THE WORLD". - Rick Hoskins
Dear Pam and Sue, so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. I remember all of the good times we had in scouting, cooking and the many things we did as Girl Scouts. Your mother had a heart of gold and a very sweet lady. I'll keep you all in my prayers.
Connie (Clark) Kelley. One of the Clark girls.