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Gladys Joan Black, 92, of Lowell, AR., passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the Willard Walker Hospice Center in Fayetteville, AR.
Gladys was born on May 12.1929, in Richmond, Wisconsin to the late Edward Kitzman and Anna (Maas) Kitzman. On October 4, 1952 Gladys married John Mack Black and he preceded her in death on June 21, 2013. Her ancestral roots were from Ireland and she kept in touch with her relatives for over 20 years.
Gladys grew up on a farm in Clinton, Wisconsin and in 1980 moved to Lowell, AR. with her husband. She was an incessant worker, feisty, full of energy, fiercely independent and loyal to friends and family. Gladys and her husband believed in hard work and taught their daughters the importance of a hard work ethic. In fact, at age 85, on a hot summer day, her daughter came over and found Gladys with a chain saw in hand, cutting down a large magnolia tree! She was the epitome of the energizer bunny, even in her 90’s.
Gladys loved adventure and travel, so every year with her husband and 2 daughters, they
would take off on another vacation traveling all over the U.S. and thus instilled wonder, adventure and a love for travel into her daughters. Gladys loved the outdoors and often took off on her own exploring mountain tops and foreign countries with zeal and energy. She traveled to Tahiti, Bolivia, France, Israel, Egypt, Switzerland, China, Norway, Sweden, and several Caribbean Islands during the last half of her life. Gladys grew up as a Lutheran and remained a loyal member of Salem Lutheran Church in Springdale for over 30 years.
She developed Alzheimer 5 years ago and was forced to leave her home on Beaver Lake for assisted living in Springdale. She loved to dance and thoroughly enjoyed going to the Springdale Senior Center every Thursday morning with Colleen and Barry. She also danced in the streets of China along with the locals.
Gladys is remembered for her hard work and her extraordinary homemade pies and Christmas cookies that rarely lasted for more than a few days.
Gladys is survived by her 2 daughters, Colleen Brown and husband Barry and Rita Roberts and husband Brent, who share the wonderful memories of their mother; a granddaughter, Madison who is presently a senior at NWACC, loved to sit in “Grandma and Grandpa’s” lap while growing up; a sister, Mary Young of Sharon, WI.
Gladys is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Doris, Beatty, Barbara; and brothers Glenn and Ronnie.
Graveside services will be held at the Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Springdale, AR on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Mark Krause officiating.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
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Salem Lutheran Cemetery
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