Gladys Darlene Grant

February 3, 1929 ~ December 16, 2021 (age 92)

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Gladys Darlene Grant, 92, Gallipolis, passed away at 12:37 P.M. Thursday, December 16, 2021, in the Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio. She was born Gladys Darlene Keels on February 3, 1929 in the Rendville, Ohio community of Perry County, the daughter of G. Dewey Keels and Huldah A. Howell Keels. Darlene graduated public school in Rio Grande, Ohio in 1947. She completed two years Pre Med/Pre Nursing at Rio Grande College from 1947-1949. She entered the East Vocation School of Practical Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio where she received her diploma and pin as a Licensed Practical Nurse in September, 1950.

On Easter Sunday, April 5, 1953, she married Charles Morris (Foxy) Grant at the New Hope Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Ohio. Gladys has been associated with the Gallipolis Medical Clinic and the Holzer Health System network since 1958 working in the healthcare industry for her professional career. Gladys received an Honor Commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives for thirty years of loyal and outstanding service to the Holzer Health System.

Gladys was a faithful servant in her church, Paint Creek Baptist Church of Gallipolis, Ohio, a Vacation Bible school teacher/helper at various churches mentoring and instilling in young children the importance of loving the Lord and serving the community, which she did whenever called. An active member of the community, Gladys was involved in many organizations and activities at the local, state and national levels, the Gallipolis Business and Professional Woman's Club, the French Art Colony and the Gallipolis Kiwanis Club. For her selfless actions, she was awarded "Woman of the Year" by the Gallipolis Business and Professional Woman's Club, the Ohio State Senate, and recognized as one of Ohio's Finest Citizens.

Gladys is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Charles Morris (Foxy) Grant on February 5, 2013, her parents, G. Dewey Keels and Huldah A. Howell Keels, three brothers, James D. Keels, Lloyd E. Keels and Russell E. Keels. She is survived by her fourth brother, Raymond K. Howell, of Las Vegas, Neveda, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family, relatives and countless friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 8, 2022, in the Paint Creek Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Christian Scott. Interment will be in the Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral service at the church. Gladys' care is entrusted to the Cremeens-King Funeral Home.

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