Lois Gladden Thomas, 88, daughter of William F. and Alice Aline Carty, was born Nov. 2, 1912, in rural Texas County. She died Jan. 5, 2001. She graduated from Houston High School in 1930. She was the Pineymo queen and the phrase, “”She is pretty, she is witty, she’s in love…what a pity”” was used in the yearbook to describe “”our queen””. She married her high school sweetheart, Garth Gladden June 1932. They had three children. They moved to a farm near Huggins and started a dairy which became one of the most progressive grade A dairies in the area. She was a homemaker and worked alongside her husband on the farm and continued to operate the dairy for a time after his death in 1957. She later sold the farm and moved to Houston. Mrs. Gladden was a 50-year member of the Mary S chapter, Order of Eastern Star, serving as worthy matron and district deputy grand matron in 1961. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi and active in 4-H. She was a supporter of high school activities and ball games while her children were in school. In 1967, she married Harold “”Tommy”” Thomas and moved to Rolla. While in Rolla she was active in the Saturday Club and participated with her husband in university alumni activities. In 1997, she moved to Pineview Heights in Cabool. At the time of her death, she lived at Wilshire at Lakewood at Lee’s Summit to be near her daughter. Both at Pineview and Wilshire, she could be seen buzzing around on her electric chair. In addition to her husband, Garth, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter at birth in 1939; a son, Robert, in 1975; her parents; a sister, Louise Davis; a brother, Jay Carty; and her husband, Tom Thomas in 1994. Surviving are her daughter, Lou Gladden of Kansas City; and one sister, Loyse Reuter of Farmington. Services were Jan. 10 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery.”

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