Monday, July 20, 2009

Gladys E. Porter Wailes, 1900-1981

Gladys E. Porter Wailes, 80, a retired teacher and lifelong resident of Appanoose County, died in the Golden Age Manor in Centerville, Wednesday, January 7, 1981, following a lengthy illness. She had been a patient at the Manor since November 1978.

Born September 19, 1900 in Appanoose County, she was one of 11 children of Charles and Addie Ridgeway Porter. The family lived on a farm south of Centerville. She married Marion C. Wailes December 25, 1921 and he preceded her in death on June 20, 1980. Mr. and Mrs. Wailes farmed in the Plano and Jerome vicinities, moving to Centerville in 1962. She taught in the rural schools many years, and later taught five years at Hope School in Centerville. She was a member and former young adults Sunday School teacher of the Jerome Methodist Church, a member of the Appanoose County Teachers Association, Centerville Teachers Federation, National Education Association and the Iowa State Education Association.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Briggs, Bert, and Clarence, and six sisters, Ethel, Mernie, Alice, Louise, Mary and Clara.

Survivors include one sister, Grace Ross of Unionville, Mo., and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Services were held Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home in Centerville, with the Rev. Bill Ballard officiating. Burial in the Jerome Cemetery. A memorial to the Jerome Methodist Church was established.
Transcibed from the Appanoose County, Iowa, GenWeb site's Appanoose Obituaries maintained by Mona F. Knight from a posting by Virginia Gentry on 12/15/2004.

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