Meridian Star


December 27, 2013

Gladys Boatner

MERIDIAN —     Gladys Boatner is now with her Lord and Savior and with loved ones who have gone before her.  She was born on November 10, 1919, in Newton County, to Charlie and Nora (Williams) Spence; she died on Dec. 20, 2013, in Meridian.

    She was, by profession, a Licensed Practical Nurse at Anderson’s and also worked in private duty nursing.  She was married to the love of her life, Edison Boatner, who preceded her to Heaven in 2007. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage, spending their final eight years together at Aldersgate. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed traveling, especially camping, throughout most of the USA.

    Gladys leaves behind three nieces:  Elaine Spence Brown, Ann Wilcher Craven (Bob), Julie Wilcher Sharp (Dwayne); her nephew’s wife, Elaine Shirley Spence, all Meridian residents.  Ann’s husband, Bob, was also her devoted caregiver during the years following Edison’s death.  Bob had known her for most of his life, having served as her newspaper carrier as a teenager in the Oakland Heights community.

    Having no children of their own, “Glat” (as she was lovingly known to her family) and Edison devoted their lives to their families, especially to their nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. They were also active participants of Highland Baptist Church.

    Her family offers a special “thank-you” to Dr. Paul Wilcox for his many years of care, to her Sunday School class and pastor at Highland for their love and contacts, as well as to the staff of Bedford Care and the staff of Aldersgate.

    According to her wishes, there will be a family graveside service at Decatur City Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Aldersgate Personal Care, Bedford Care Center of Marion or Highland Baptist Church.

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