The Washington Times-Herald


May 17, 2014

Gladys Mallett

Jan. 29, 1908 - May 14, 2014

BLOOMINGTON — Gladys Swan Mallett was born Jan. 29, 1908, in Francisco. The daughter of Dr. Dudley and Flora Catherine (Wirth) Swan, she grew up in Paragon and Plainville, where her father was the town physician.

At that time, roads were mud and gravel and horse and buggy; later autos were the only means of transportation. Electricity and indoor plumbing became available during her childhood.

Gladys attended Indiana University, Butler, Ball State, and Indiana State. She received a BA and a MA in home economics and taught at Plainville, Epsom, Elnora, Odon and Jasper. She married John Mallett of Plainville on Jan. 16, 1932. They were married for 76 years until his death in 2008 at the age of 102.

After their retirement, John and Gladys spent winters in Naples, Florida, with many of their friends from Indiana. She enjoyed tennis, yard sales, parties, cruises, and other trips.

She also took art lessons and painted many oils and watercolors for her family. She also knitted, quilted, and caned and refinished rocking chairs for her daughters.

Survivors include daughter Linda O’Neal of Hilton Head, South Carolina; a grandson Arge O’Neal, his wife Liz O’Neal, and great-grandsons Isaiah and Lucan O’Neal, all of Los Angeles, California; daughter Catherine Beeker (Ray) of Bloomington; grandaughter Malinda Matteson (Bill) and great-grandchildren Ian, Brock, and Ellie of Washington; daughter Jo Ellen Chuberka (Paul) of Murietta, California; grandaughter Natasha Manger (Paul), great-grandaughters Alexandra and Courtney, all of Temecula, California; and grandson John Rodgers (Yoon) of Los Angeles, California; and a nephew Richard Luckey of Northridge, California and niece Karen Lucarelli of Jacksonville, Florida. She was preceded in death by a son, Leon; and sisters Ruth Craig and Jeanne Parker.

A service of remembrance will take place in Parkview Christian Church, 12 Second St., Plainville, on Monday, at 1:00 p.m. Monday with burial to follow in Plainville Cemetery with Bro. Alfred Helms officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Gill Funeral Home.

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