Our beloved sister, aunt and friend, Gladys Allen Gammon, left this world to be with her Lord in Heaven on November 9, 2014, at the age of 104. Funeral: 1pm, Friday at Lucas Funeral Home, Hurst. Internment: Midlothian Cemetery. Visitation: 12 noon to 1pm, Friday at Lucas Funeral Home. Memorials: Midlothian Cemetery Association, P O Box 1423, Midlothian, TX 76065. Gladys was born on a farm in the rural Ellis County, Texas settlement known as Long Branch, as the first child of Sidney Willis Allen and Florence Grimes Allen on January 13, 1910. She spent her young life in and around the Midlothian, Texas area, graduating from Cedar Hill High School in 1929. Gladys had six brothers and sisters, Berniece Allen Munden, John Lewis Allen, Jeline Allen Pegram, Cleta Mae Allen Rothrock, Richard (Bill) Allen and Troy Lee Allen (died in infancy). Gladys married Elzie Gammon, on November 1, 1933, and they were devoted to each other in marriage for more than 69 years at the time of Elzie’s death in 2003. Shortly after their marriage, Gladys and Elzie moved to New Mexico where they farmed cotton and alfalfa. They were active members of First Baptist Church in Las Cruces, where Gladys taught Sunday School for pre-school boys for many years. She had fond memories of those precious children. While in New Mexico, Gladys operated a ceramic shop behind her house and taught classes to local women and children free of charge. Orders came in from as far away as California, but Gladys’ favorite part was the people and working with them. They returned to Texas in 1998. Unwavering until her death was her faith in Jesus. She would say it was hard for her to hear and see, but she could still sing and pray – and sing she did. She loved to sing old Baptist hymns and turn of the 20th century popular music. Gladys is survived by her sister, Jeline Allen Pegram, who is now 96 years old. Gladys is also survived by loving nieces, nephews and friends and her special “daughter”, Manuela Guerrero, Manuela’s husband Ramiro Guerrero, and their daughter, Orimar (Cookie) Guerrero, whom Gladys and Elzie loved so much.
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