Gladys M. (Turner) Whitfield, 90, of Mt. Vernon went to be with The Lord on February 4, 2021. She was surrounded by family at the time of her death. She was born on October 13, 1930 in Ravenden Springs, AR the daughter of Earnest and Pearl (Jenkins) Turner. She married James “Bill” Whitfield in 1948 and he preceded her in death in October 1994.
Gladys worked as a teacher's aide for many years at Rosamond Elementary School in California. She was a devout Christian who led by example and a loving and humble advocate for all in need. She was a devoted member of Faith Fellowship Church in Mt. Vernon and rarely missed a service. Her family, church family, friends and anyone in need made their way into Gladys' prayers. She enjoyed reading her Bible and singing hymns. She played the guitar and the harmonica, playing the hymn 'At the Cross' on her harmonica (harp) at bedtime every night.
Gladys is survived by her sons, Jim (Darla) Whitfield, Bruce (Lou Ann) Whitfield; daughters, Dianna (Greg) Furstner, Jeri Hobson, and Brenda Goodman; stepson John (Valerie) Newcom; 23 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild; brother, Herman Turner; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, children Larry and Michael Whitfield; brothers Harold, Frank, and Curtis Turner; sisters Nellie Cox and Penny Hamblin, grandsons, Michael Turner, and Jeremy Hampton; great granddaughter, Katlyn Whitfield.
Her funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Indiana with Rev. Brad Nolan and Rev. Dallas Robinson officiating. Burial immediatley following the service at Bellefontaine Cemetery. A walk-through visitation will be from 11:00 am until time of service. The funeral service will be streamed on the Stendeback Family Funeral Home Facebook page. Due to the national health crisis face masks are required and social distancing should be maintained. Flowers and/or memorial donations to Faith Felllowship Church or to St. Jude’s Children Hospital are equally welcome. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com