OTTUMWA-Gladys M. Jones, 82, of 933 W. Mary St., went home to be with the Lord on January 10, 2017, at home, after a long-time battle with a chordoma tumor and side effects.
She was born March 15, 1934 in Ottumwa to Harold and Elsie Eakins Phillips. She married Gary Jones on April 26, 1953 and he preceded her in death on July 30, 2014.
A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1952, she worked for many years as a legal secretary and later as a church secretary/bookkeeper. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting, playing the organ, and most of all spending time with her family.
She was a member of Ottumwa Baptist Temple, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and was the church organist for many years.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda (David) VanHorn of Charleston, WV; one son, Rex Jones of Ottumwa; three wonderful grandchildren, Shanna Jones, Taryn Jones and Dalton Jones; three brothers, Wayne Phillips of Omaha, NE, Gerald and Gary Phillips both of Otumwa; a sister-in-law, Norma Phillips of Ottumwa; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Lloyd Phillips; and sisters-in-law, Alice Phillips and Marie Phillips.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Ottumwa Baptist Temple. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Ottumwa Baptist Temple or the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.