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|01-04-03: A gentle lady passes
|Daily Standard employee Gladys Gray dies at age 82
By BETTY LAWRENCE
The Daily Standard
Long-time Daily Standard employee Gladys Gray, 82, died Thursday at
Community Hospital in Coldwater, following a lengthy illness.
Everyone knew her as Glady, the little woman who worked at the front
counter of The Daily Standard newspaper in Celina for nearly 40 years.
She always had a ready smile for customers and her co-workers and took
great pride in knowing the customers personally. Gray once told a co-worker that she
thought customers appreciated it when she took the time to ask about their families and
how they were doing.
In 1994, Gray moved from the front counter at the newspaper to a nearby
desk due to her failing health. At her new desk, she would still greet customers and write
a weekly historical piece that appeared in Saturday's edition of The Daily Standard.
Gray, who was wheelchair-bound the last few years, was insistent on
going to work every day. Even after being admitted to the hospital or local nursing home
due to illness, she would return to work as soon as she felt better. Her work was her
life, Gray always said.
Customers would come in the office, looking for that tiny woman with
the ready smile, huge brown eyes, long dark hair and slipper shoes. They were her
She turned up her nose at electric typewriters and computers. The
distinctive "click click" of the manual typewriter could always be heard coming
from Gray's desk. That old typewriter too was her trademark.
For the past year Gray had been homebound, but she never gave up on her
desire to get well and return to the newspaper office.
Her final article appeared in The Daily Standard in November. It talked
about her long-time friend, Jim Wasson of Celina, who has played the part of Santa Claus
at various functions for the last 40 years.
Wasson often stopped in The Daily Standard to visit Gray and had
stopped in to see her at Coldwater hospital the day before she died.
"She was a special lady who always had a smile and in good humor.
She cared about people and was just a very special lady. I will miss her and am proud to
have known her. She was one of a kind," Wasson said.
Celina realtor Owen Hall said he has known Gray for at least 50 years,
when she worked as a young woman at the former Stubbs & Havel Insurance Agency in
"I knew Glady at the business level and she always appeared to be
a loyal and dedicated employee and caring, loving and understanding person. She has always
been well respected," he added.
Gray's first day of work at The Daily Standard was Jan. 3, 1956. She
was hired by the late Parker Snyder, publisher of the newspaper. Her first duties included
working as Snyder's secretary. She also covered local school drama productions.
In a memoir piece written by Gray several years ago for a co-worker,
the very private lady let readers into her private life through her words.
Her unfilled dream, she wrote, was "to be an actress on
She attended Immaculate Conception elementary and high school, and
"being a shy student, the nuns chose me for roles in their yearly plays to help me
gain confidence," she wrote.
"I also was always placed in a classroom with an advanced grade,
such as first with half of the second," she also wrote.
After graduation, Gray taught physical education at IC one year and
then began working in the office of a local plumber. In 1940 she was hired to work for the
Stubbs Insurance Agency and in 1956 began working at The Daily Standard.
As a young woman, Gray played on the city of Celina's softball team and
as a third baseman for the Mercer County All-Stars. She also was a member of the former
Northshore Players, performing in theater productions for three summers.
She has always been an avid reader, she said, and often wrote and
mailed short stories to various magazines for publication. She also loved to write cards
to shut-ins and lonely people.
Gray was a life-long resident at 310 Beaver Street in Celina. She never
married and along with working at The Daily Standard, cared for her father after the death
of her mother.
A full obituary appears on page 3 of today's newspaper.
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