Gladys Emily Genzer arrived on November 09, 1930, the second daughter of Sophie Wilhelmina Augusta Kuhlman Genzer and Martin Emil Genzer. Gladys attended Sooner Elementary School with a young Jerry Gragg. Gladys was the Valedictorian of her 8th grade class and went on to attend Midwest City High School where she was a cheerleader for the Midwest City Bombers. She graduated with the class of 1948 as Valedictorian. After graduation, she attended Oklahoma University before going to work as the secretary for the vice president of The First National Bank in what was then the tallest building in downtown Oklahoma City. Jerry graduated from Northeast High School before attending the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. The two dated until Jerry returned and went to work for Street and Draper Funeral Home in downtown Oklahoma City. Gladys and Jerry were married June 28, 1952 at Saint Lukes United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and started their young life's together there until Jerry was drafted into the United States Army. Gladys went with Jerry to Fort Polk Louisiana where she worked in the Public Information Office on base. After their return to Oklahoma, they both returned to their former jobs, bought a house and started a family. Lisa and Deuce were born in Oklahoma City and then the young family moved to Binger when Gladys and Jerry bought the funeral home there. Gladys opened a tag agency in Binger and typed many hours on her manual type writer. Soon their third child Jeff arrived. The family moved again when Gladys and Jerry purchased the Fort Cobb Funeral Home and there were better livings quarters there. Gladys was a Cub Scout leader. and active in the community. Gladys loved bowling in the Coffee Cup League, attending Garden Club Meetings and attending the Fort Cobb Methodist Church where she belonged to the Fidelia Circle and helped with many church activities. Gladys had a warm smile, generous heart and a calming nature and comforted many grieving families during her lifetime while working at the funeral homes. Gladys loved her children, but she adored her grandchildren and attended as many school and sporting events of theirs as she could, being tied to the business. Gladys and Jerry retired in 1999 and moved to rural Anadarko. Gladys enjoyed watching OU basketball and football, Thunder basketball, but most of all she enjoyed watching her birds at the feeders and had named many of them. Just when she thought things couldn't get any better, along came the great grandkids who called her G. G.
Gladys left us on Friday. October 27th at her home. She is survived by her husband of 65 years of the home, daughter Lisa of Anadarko, son Deuce of Lawton, granddaughters. Tory Crawford and husband Kent of Chickasha, Jerica Hester of Chickasha, and the joy of her life, great grand children Mylie. Adlee and Brydon Crawford and Bryar Kate Emilyann Hughes all of Chickasha. Gladys loved her caretakers Debbie Doshier and Tama Gilbreath and they loved her. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, older sister Dorothy and her son Jeff, who was taken by ALS.
Published on November 8, 2017