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  • Visitation:  12-1 p.m.  Monday
  • Services:  1:00 p.m.  Monday at Shiloh Community Church, Orleans

Mrs. Laura B. Gladding-Deacons, age 93, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday evening, May 13, 2009 at Spectrum Health United Memorial-United Hospital with her family at her side.

The daughter of Guy & Ethel (Ward) Wright, she was born on July 15, 1915. For many years, Laura worked at the former Gibson Refrigerator Company and had also worked as a cook. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Stanley Gladding and Edwin Deacons; an infant daughter, Betty Jane Gladding; a son, Bradley Gladding; a daughter, Darlena Olmstead; a daughter-in-law, Linda Gladding; a grandson, Richard Wayne Barnes; a brother, Jack Wright; and two sisters, Naomi Byrne and Dorothy Hulbert.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy & Barry Bailey of Howard City, and Kay & Richard Barnes of Greenville; three sons, Jerry Gladding of Manistee, Tex Gladding of Cadillac, and Steve & Bev Gladding of Stanton; twenty-four grandchildren; and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Also surviving are four step-children and their families, Buddy & Linda Deacons, Yvonne & Joe Ottensman, Sharon Hammer, and Carol & Ray Hicks; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009 at Shiloh Community Church, Orleans, with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Visitation with the family is on Monday from 12-1 p.m. at the church and a luncheon will follow the ceremony.

Instead of flowers, Laura would have appreciated contributions in her memory to the Activities Funds at either Spectrum Health United Memorial-Long Term Care Unit or Green Acres Retirement Living, or to Spectrum Health Hospice.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Lauras online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on May 13, 2009 at 12:00 am


    05/21/2009 –

    Ron & Cheryl Porter

    Tex & Judy, Please except our sympathy for your loss from an old neighbor. Sure doesn’t seem possible it has been this long sence we were at Wabasis Creek and the ole swimming hole. I was out of town when it all happened or would have been there with you guys! Continue to hold her memory in your heart and pass on it to the grand kids about how GRAND their Grandma was. Bless you guys and Peace Be With You, Ron & Cheryl

    05/18/2009 –

    Connie Hopkins

    So sorry to hear of your loss.

    05/18/2009 –

    Linda Coffy

    Please accept my condolences for your loss. Please find comfort and hope in Gods word the Bible. Please Read Acts 24:15 where we read of the resurrection and Revelation 21:4 where we see an end to death and pain. My prayers are with your family.

    05/17/2009 –

    Darryl & Margaret Gladding

    Darryl & I wish to express our deepest sympathies to each and every one of you. Darryl has a lot of great memories with you kids and your mom and dad. He talks about them a lot! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May you have peace knowing that your mom is in God’s hands now.

    05/16/2009 –

    Gerry Lynn

    I will miss you alot grandma, you will always be in my heart. You were the best cook in the world, we all loved the butterscotch pies. Love you grandma!

    05/15/2009 –

    Randy Lee gladding

    Grandma laura was a wonderful Grandmother to all my brothers and sisters and I. We will always love her and miss her very much .I know now that God has Grandma Laura in His Great Loving Hands and in His Great Care so she will be safe,warm and at peace with God and Now She is with Dad , Aunt Linda and Grandpa Stanley in a way better place

    05/14/2009 –

    Carma McGowan Fingleton

    I so sorry to hear about aunt Laura’s death. I know how you all are feeling, since we just went through this losing dad. My deepest sympathies. I remember playing out at Aunt Laura and Uncle Stanley’s house on M91 when we were kids. Texas, you were closest in age to me, and I remember we used to be able to talk easily. I also remember when the Gladding family would get together out at grandma’s house. Great memories. You are all in my prayers. Sincerely, Carma Jo

    05/14/2009 –

    David and Lorri McGowan

    Dear Cousins,
    We are all too familiar with the separation you are feeling and want you to know that we are lifting all of you and your families in prayer. David remembers coming to the your grandmother’s house in Belding, walking across the “huge” bridge and going to the Labor day parade with your family. We’re praying for you all.


    Dear Bev and Steve- Just a quick note to say how sorry we are about your mom. You were always such good neighbors to mom! We’ll keep you in our prayers.

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