Gladys Ann Braden, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at Adams Woodcrest Nursing Home in Decatur, Indiana, after a brief illness. Gladys was born on June 3, 1917 to Mary (Barkley) and Cecil Harvey.
Her mother died of the Spanish Flu, when she was only 1 ½ years old (her older sister, Mabel, was 3 years old and her younger brother, Bryce, was a new born baby). Cecil later remarried, Bertha Drummond, and the family grew. Mother’s siblings were: Calvin Harvey, Bill Harvey, Bob Harvey, Dick Harvey, Naomi Krueckeberg, Betty Zurcher, Rosanna and Helen (both died in childhood). Mother was the last one living in the Harvey family.
Mother was a 1936 graduate of Decatur High School, after high school she went to St. Joe School of Nursing in Fort Wayne and became a registered nurse in 1941. She loved being a nurse and particularly enjoyed being a private duty nurse. After nurses training she married the “love of her life,” Robert M. Braden on August 23, 1941. They spent 69 wonderful years together and are the parents of six children: Carol S. Braden, Nancy J. (Edward - deceased) Cornejo, Roxy A. (Darrel) Harmon, Gregory R. (Sherry) Braden, Rebecca L. (Michael) Brown, Beverly K. (Michael) Hoopingarner. They have 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren (2 on the way) and 1 great-great grandchild.
Our mother was very active her entire life. As a young girl she helped milk the cows every day before walking to school. Living through the Depression and growing up on the farm, they learned how to be thrifty and how to work hard. Being a mother of six was a full time position, but our mother never complained! She cooked, cleaned, canned all kinds of fruits and vegetables, raised a big garden and sewed many prom dresses. She gave each one of us her unconditional love and admiration. When we would visit her, she always told us how much she loved us and how very proud she was of us. One of her favorite sayings was: “You know you had the best Father in the whole world, and I’m so lucky because I have the nicest children in the world!”
As she became a grandmother, she made each grandchild a baby blanket. Her greatest legacy is her grateful heart and faith in our Lord. She felt so very blessed each and every day. Mother was a true prayer warrior and always remembered all our family members. “It pays to pray,” was said very often. Mother held a special devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary and to her Catholic Faith.
Mother missed her husband for a little over ten years (Nov. 7, 2010). She spoke of him almost daily of how special he was: “Tall, Dark & Neat – In basketball, he can’t be beat!”
Yes, Mother you lived a wonderful full life. You gave everything for “others” and you did so with such joy and kindness. We will never forget you Mother. God could not have given us a more perfect mother. Your love and your beauty (inside and out) will never fade. Heaven is richer today because of you!
Visitation will be from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, ending with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 3:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November, 16, 2020 in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Father David Ruppert will be presiding and burial will immediately follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Masses or to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
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