Gladys M. Kenton passed away on September 26, 2012, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center in Tonganoxie, Kan.
Gladys was born July 13, 1921, at Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Warren and Minnie Scott. She married W. Orville Kenton on February 4, 1944. He preceded her in death on September 25, 1958. She was also preceded in death by her brother Ralph Scott and two grandchildren. She is survived by two sisters: Shirley Miller of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Ruth (Darrell) Zimmerman of Desoto, Kan.; three sons: Gary (Ruth) Kenton of Lansing, Kan., Ron (Kathy) Kenton of Basehor, Kan., and Randy (Vickie) Kenton of Leavenworth, Kan.; six grandchildren: Jonathan (Jenny) Kenton, Brett (Kurt) Naus, Rebecca (Curtis) Matousek, Adam Kenton, Krystal (Dustin) Pence, and Kayla Kenton; nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Gladys graduated from Piper High School, received a teaching certificate from Kansas State Teachers College, Pittsburg, Kan., and then taught at the Wallula School. After Orville passed away, Gladys raised their three sons while employed at Central Theological Seminary, then as a medical transcriber at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center where she retired in 1986.
Gladys' life centered on her family as a caregiver for her brother, father-in-law and mother, all while being actively involved in her sons' lives with boy scouts, sports and church activities.
Gladys was a member of the Eastern Star, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and First Baptist Church of Basehor and then First Baptist Church of Leavenworth. She was actively involved with American Baptist Women and many other Christian organizations. Gladys' life was grounded in her faith and worship of Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.Gladys created many cherished articles for her family by quilting, cross-stitching, knitting, crocheting and sewing.
The family would also like to thank Homstead Assisted Living, Tonganoxie Nursing Center and Southern Care Hospice for their care of our mother.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, 340 N 13th, Leavenworth, Kan. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be at the Glenwood Cemetery, Basehor, Kan. on Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Leavenworth, 340 N 13th Street, Leavenworth, KS or the National Parkinson's Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Davis Funeral Chapel.