Gladys passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, near her home in Swansboro, North Carolina. During her life, she fought cancer four times over 16 years and was an active advocate for cancer research.
Throughout her life, Gladys pursued and excelled at many things. She was a private pilot, park ranger, avid deer hunter, lover of nature and the great outdoors, technology enthusiast, and an accomplished amateur photographer with several published works.
This long-running blog was her “digital home” and another one of her many passions. Through it, she derived much joy and made many lasting friendships with people from around the country. We plan to leave this site up for a year so others may stop by to enjoy her posts and her beautiful photography.
On September 18, husband Steve found a poem in his dresser drawer placed there by Gladys at some point within the last few weeks. It reads:
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch,
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.