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Gladys A. Howard

Gladys A. Howard             “loving mother, grandmother and sister”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Gladys A. Howard, 77, of Shinglehouse, passed away from this life into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, with family members at her side.
     Born October 27, 1935 in Roulette, she was a daughter of Frank C. and Grace U. Harris Tucker.  On May 26, 1956 in Roulette, she married C. Dean Howard, who passed away April 26, 2007.
     Mrs. Howard was a graduate of Roulette High School.  She was employed as a cafeteria helper at the Oswayo Valley Elementary School and later was a housekeeper at the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home in Shinglehouse.
     Mrs. Howard was a member of the Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse.  She loved to read her Bible and her Daily Bread devotional.  Gladys fondly remembered family and friends with letters and cards.  She was always more concerned with helping others than herself.  She loved to bowl, having been on a bowling league at OV Lanes in Shinglehouse and she loved to shop.  She most especially loved family gatherings.
     Surviving are a daughter, Diane K. Gilroy of Shinglehouse, with whom she resided the last 5 years; a son Rodney D. (Becky) Howard of Port Allegany; three grandchildren, Brian L. Gilroy of Shinglehouse, Benjamin D. Howard of St. David’s, PA, and Meredith K. (Jonathan) Gant of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Lois (George) Grossman of Roulette; a special sister-in-law, Judy Tucker of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.
      In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Howard was predeceased by eleven brothers and sisters, Millie Griffith, Fern Griffith, Betty Lent, Marian Smith, Edna Eaton, James “Tuck” Tucker, Don Tucker, Robert “Brother Bob” Tucker, Paul “Boots” Tucker, Bert Tucker, and Keith “Billy” Tucker.
     Friends may call on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2013 with her grandson, Benjamin D. Howard and Karmon M. Wood, pastor of the Prattsburgh Bible Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.


I will always remember Gladys and her contagious smile!  Whenever she would visit  our office, her smile would light up the entire room.  Over the years. I became  friends with her family as well.  The ones who have passed have been sadly missed. Now Gladys has joined them in heavenly rest.  May God's peace find you and comfort you in this sorrowful time.  But rejoice in knowing that she is finally HOME! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

Bob and Barb Campbell Mar 16 2013 12:00 AM

Rod, Diane, and family. Please accept my dearest sympathy for your loss.  She is with the Lord now and looking down upon you all and I am sure wanting you to realize she is in the best place.  Rest in peace Aunt Gladys.

Jerry Austin Mar 12 2013 12:00 AM

rod, becky, ben, and meredith...debbie and i want to send our deepest and most sincere condolences during this time of loss...you have been, and shall be, in our thoughts, prayers, and our hearts...joseph and debbie

joseph and debbie beckley Mar 12 2013 12:00 AM

Rod and Becky, take peace in knowing that your Mom is now with God and free of pain.  We are sorry for your loss.

Richard and Judy Durst Mar 12 2013 12:00 AM

If more people shared Gladys' faith and joy, the world would be a better place. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. That is why, during times like this, I try to look to the Bible for comfort. No doubt, Gladys enjoyed scriptures like Psalms 46:1 and 55:22 which reminds us to throw our burdens upon God because He wants to be there for us during our times of distress. I have found that the best way to benefit from His offer of comfort is by getting to know God's real name which is found at Psalms 83:18. I hope these scriptures can bring you a measure of comfort as they have for me over the years. Your family as my sincerest condolences.

Dan Cole Mar 12 2013 12:00 AM

Rod, Diane, and families~ My sincerest sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that Gladys is in heaven now.  My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Diane (Howard) Marsden Mar 11 2013 12:00 AM