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Gladys (Smith) Terry

Posted 2021-01-11 by mhenderson
Published in The Miner on Jan. 9, 2021 -
Kingman, Arizona -

Gladys Terry, 96, of Scottsdale, Arizona, went home to be with the
Lord Dec. 25, 2020. She was born on Jan. 15, 1924 in Horatio,
Arkansas. Her parents were Pierce Bowie Smith and Vergie L. Smith.

Gladys spent most of her childhood growing up in Arkansas, Texas and
Arizona. She spent a good portion of her young life in Kingman,
Arizona. Gladys lived through the Great Depression and ended up in
Kingman in 1942. She met the love of her life, Dick Terry, in 1946
while he was working at Davis Dam near Kingman. The adventure of her
life then began. She lived in Bogota, Columbia and San Juan Marcona,
Peru, while Dick was building dams and running mining operations at
those locations and around the world. She also enjoyed her stopovers
in Cuba and traversed the Panama Canal on her trips back from South
America. Her main adventures took place in San Juan Marcona, Peru. She
was a loyal and devoted partner raising her kids there.

In 1962, the family moved back to Phoenix, Arizona, where she remained
for the rest of her long, wonderful life. In 1969, Gladys joined the
staff of the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette Newspaper as a
librarian and had a rewarding 18-year career there until she retired
in 1987. She loved her job at the newspaper and had many friends
there. Gladys was a devout Christian and family meant everything to
her.

She always enjoyed it when her large family would gather at her house
during any holiday or celebration. She was also very happy when her
kids, grandkids and animals spent time in her backyard swimming pool
or playing cards with her. She was kind and accommodating and wanted
to ensure everyone was happy. Gladys was affectionately known to all
of her grandkids as their “Nanny.” She created so many memories and
will be in our hearts forever and was the matriarch of the family. She
was the glue that kept everyone together. Gladys was very soft-spoken
with infinite wisdom and was kind to everyone she met.

She leaves behind her huge family with children, grandchildren, great-
grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The family is as follows
and each person had a special place in her heart. She leaves behind
her brother Raymond “Bud” Smith and sister-in-laws Elsie and Judy
Smith. She is preceded by brothers Clarence “PeeWee” Smith, Jim Smith
and sister Opal Whalen. Her surviving children are Lorene Gratham,
Barbara Avalos, husband Lenny, Ronald Terry and daughter-in-law Jane
Terry. Her deceased children and daughter-in-law Sharon Terry and son
Leonard Terry. Surviving grandchildren are Jodie Blood, husband
Darrin, Stephen Terry, wife Brandi, Darren Grantham, wife Megumi, Todd
Grantham, Karen Curry, Christopher Stocks and Charles Stocks. She is
also preceded by grandchild Shawn Grantham. Her surviving great-
grandchildren include CJ Stocks, wife Sophia, Austin Stocks, Ana
Stocks, Alex Stocks, C. Connor Stocks, Cole Stocks, Tanner Blood,
Leila Molina, husband Christopher, Rebecca Martinez, husband Gilbert,
Patrick Grantham, Haruma Grantham, Christina Bolf, husband Jason,
Brandon Grantham, Stacie Ann Grantham, Veronica Ashlie Isch, Madison
Alyssa Isch, Logan Aidan Isch, Joseph Allen Curry, Olivia Adaline
LaBlanc, Shawna Grantham, Jessica White, fiancé Tim Knochel, Kaitlyn
Evans, husband Joshua, Taylor Grantham, Travis Grantham, fiancé Megan
Henson, Tyler Gutierrez, wife Kandace and Meaghan Ann Terry. She is
also preceded by great grandchild Trent White. She is survived by
great-great grandchildren Hailey Stocks, James Lee Grantham, Judith
Lorene Bryant, Katherine Isabel Grantham, Jaden Grantham, Christopher
Shawn Grantham, Samuel Martinez, Avery Martinez, Lincoln Martinez,
Sabastian Molina, Oliver Molina, Mackenzie Rayne Gutierrez, Kennedy
Lee Gutierrez, Camden Riley Thomas, Rylynn Mae Kanochel, Faith Lee Ann
Riley, Kash Elliott Evans, Addison Jo Evans, Noah Bolf, Tristen Bolf
and Natalie Bolf.

Service will held at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N Hayden Road,
Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

This would have been her 97th birthday. A visitation will be held from
noon with a funeral service to follow at 1 p.m.





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