Gladys Lorene Steward, 84, daughter of the late Fred and Delpha Campbell Cantrell, was born in Thayer, Mo., on April 9, 1927, and passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Southern Missouri Healthcare in Dexter, Mo.
Gladys worked at Senath Nursing Home for 23 years as a CNA, retired in 1993 and moved to Bloomfield, Mo. She enjoyed word search puzzles, yard sales, and family reunions, especially fourth of July and family get togethers. She also loved Josh Turner and Elvis Presley along with country music shows. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas. She was like a little kid opening presents and especially enjoyed her grandchildren when opening their gifts. She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Bloomfield before her illness kept her from attending.
Surviving are six sons and their spouses, Ivan and Tanya Bostic, of Bloomfield, Clyde Bostic, of Nixa, Mo., Jim and Mary Bostic, of Flint, Mich., Wayne and Faye Bostic, of Dexter, Ronnie and Regina Bostic, of Wilson, Ark., and Gene Gillenwater, of Nixa; one daughter, Deborah Gillenwater, of Kennett; 23 grandchildren, Connie, Calvin, Ivan Jr., Tracy, Dwayne, Wendy, Amy, Jason, Chad, Angie, Rusty, Beth Ann, Tony, Anthony, Tina, Mike, Alicia, Alan, Catrese, Ronnie Joe, Shane, Sara and Eric; 43 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Herbert Cantrell, of Bald Knob, Ark., and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Hubert Cantrell and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., today, Friday, July 15, at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 16, in the Chiles-Cooper Chapel in Bloomfield.
Burial will follow in the Lulu Cemetery at Senath.